Too Many People Want to Travel

Too Many People Want to Travel

The crowds around the Mona Lisa are so bad that museum workers walked out recently claiming the working conditions were too dangerous. Instagrammers created safety hazards during the poppy super-bloom in California. Historic cities inundated by tourists. Sensitive habitat destroyed. Monuments damaged. This phenomenon is known as over-tourism, and it’s affecting the planet in unprecedented ways. There’s a way in which tourists can alter the experience of visiting something such that they ruin the very experience that they’ve been trying to have. That’s the essential condition of over-tourism. I would put tourism in the large bucket of things that people do that have been made possible now with fossil fuels. Historically tourism was only for a small wealthy elite in fact It was common to stay within 50 or 100 miles of where you grew up. European nobles or very upper income people would go on grand tours in Europe. There is also religious travel. However, you didn’t have the kind of “let’s go take a Disney vacation” type thing until the 20th century As Western societies gained a middle-class tens of millions of people could suddenly afford to travel and mass tourism began and that’s what’s happening again today with rapidly developing countries. In the last thirty years or so you’ve had the emergence of this global middle class that has come out of middle-income countries. So Brazil, Mexico, China, India, where millions of people have achieved this wage level where they’re also able to travel. Overseas trips from China alone rose from 10 million to a hundred and fifty million in under two decades and globally, we’ve gone from 25 million to 1.4 billion trips today. But that’s not the only factor, budget airlines like Ryanair allowed tourists to fly cheap bleep and Airbnb has increased the supply of lodgings. And the rise of Instagram across the world has spurred over-tourism in a big way. Social media has provided a way for people to find out places to go, things to do, things to see, and in some cases, has also really eroded the tourist experience. People show up to try to take the same selfie of what they had seen online, which is a very very new thing. In a few tragic cases this phenomenon has even led to injury and death. In response to over tourism, many cities are starting to tax tourists more heavily and put daily limits on cruise ship visitors, and regulating Airbnbs so that locals aren’t priced out of their own cities But it’s even more challenging to mitigate the effects of all this travel on climate change. The biggest part of any trip is the flight. Just from one flight from New York to London and back you’re doing about a third of the damage that a car does over the course of a whole year. And cruise ships aren’t much better. Ships are one of the most efficient ways you could move across the surface of the earth, but they’re using one of the dirtiest fuels. Climate activist Greta Thunberg made a statement by choosing to take a six-day journey on a carbon-neutral schooner rather than fly across the Atlantic, and in Europe the “flight shame” movement has taken hold. Should we all be expected to follow their lead? The pros for flying are that it’s absolutely amazing, and there’s no parallel for it in all of human history. It is not the inherent fault of individuals that the planet is warming. It’s the fault of how we run our energy system, and there are people in charge of it and they’ve made decisions that force us all to emit, and in fact, they are very happy when we talk about individual responsibility because it takes the focus off the massive systematic decisions that got us to this place. Alongside the problems there are upsides to tourism like global connection and financial investments in the places that need it. I don’t think that we can put a value on the fact that so many people get to go see so much of the world’s wonders, and I think that we do have some evidence that that might change people. It may make them more open to other cultures, other experiences. Tourism as a general point is a really great and amazing thing, and this is just one of the dark sides of it. Thanks for watching this video and please like and subscribe

100 thoughts on “Too Many People Want to Travel

  1. How have free markets responded to climate change? Check out the previous episode on disaster capitalism:

  2. My daughter & I have tons of fun doing overnight trips within 400 miles from home. We take trains & busses whenever we can! ✌❤?

  3. … I have to wonder what people do with the experience. I have an interest in Eastern religion so I'd love to visit some of their historical/holy places. Engage with people born into that culture so I can learn about it on a whole different level. Some of this shit seems really shallow though, like doing shit because you saw it on Instagram. -_-

  4. When the gretist environmentalists go back to living in caves I’ll start worrying about flying trips. Till then, I reserve myself the right of calling it the empty rhetoric of snowflake leftism backed by an adolescent prophetess of fear, whose irrationality, fanaticism, ignorance and pietism seems to surpass every other figure in human history since montanism gave a voice to such figures as Prisca and Maximila in the first century of our Era…

  5. I'm a frequent flyer, and over the past ten years, I've seen an unprecedented increase in tourism. International airports and flights used to be half-full certain times of the year but are now running at 100% capacity year-round. I can't remember the last time I had a row of seats to myself.

  6. Strange to refer to the yacht as a 'schooner'. It's obviously a modern single-masted racing yacht. Why use such a specific and incorrect term?

  7. Gee, India has melas every two years, kumbha melas every twelve and crowds of millions. They manage. Just pray tourists never get their grubby little hands on wilderness. Then we're doomed.

  8. Spend one minute on Tinder and you really see just how sick this whole 'I'm a traveller chick' thing is. People see it as their personality and it's fucked up because it doesn't mean anything. I think it started when the term 'wanderlust' became a thing on instagram.

  9. Kilimanjaro peak climb was super crowded… I found "the experience" more appalling and repelling rather than so-called "profound and spiritual" as people describe it. It just does not feel right "to consume a mountain climb just because we can" and the unnatural amount of human and courier traffic you find climbing to one of the highest peaks of the world – by people who normally don't even exercise daily, who never question even the conditions of labour who pass by them loaded with crazy baggages and the corruption of African tourism companies, and the tremendous "daily" pollution of this great mountain of the World. It is unbelievable how any single day, Kilimanjaro is like a party place, high urban traffic spot, imagine amount of sewage produced and other pollution and many die – locals dying carrying stuff is not even seen as a big fuss and also each time, definitely some tourists die or seriously injure in each climb too…

  10. I live in Berlin. When I want to travel (which isn't very often), I pack one my bicycles with camping stuff and start at the border of my city. Longest trip was to Sweden, but I am also fine with staying in my country.
    My main idea of travel is sports (doing 100 Kilometer in 5 hours), simplicity (camping site) and as LESS PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
    I don't get, why people are making themselves generic cloned slaves of Instagram and why they worship mass stupidity.

  11. Next, do a video about how people are too isolated by the internet social media and need to leave their house more often.?

  12. The point mentioned at the four minute mark addresses the real problem. It's not individual travelers or flights, it's not a hiker taking selfies at a famous overlook which does the vast majority of harm to the environment. Its the entire system of consumption, energy production, and waste of resources that is doing the harm. Industries and corporations do whatever they deem necessary to increase production and profit margins, and we as consumers by and large support those efforts by voting with our dollars.

  13. Kinda weird that as soon as people from developing countries started to travel this became a "problem" it wasn't bad before seriously.

  14. This has been common knowledge for quite some time now. Was it really necessary to give it a name. Do we really have to label everything now for it to have any validity… that seems silly to me lol

  15. There are alternatives for us poor folk: Google street view + read a book on the country/location you want to visit. 🙂

  16. Not travelling has also become something people will shame you for. I don't have the travel bug, sure it looks fun and maybe I'll go to a couple of nice places during my lifetime but tell that to people and they'll act like you just committed a horrible crime.

  17. I went to a museum in seattle and it was so sad to me. Just crowds of people taking pictures of every exhibit. Like hello experience something through your eyes. Learn something and move along. Also you know all the pics at museums are gonna be reflections of the person in the glass lol

  18. Interesting video… we enjoy traveling… but we also live on a sailboat sailing around the world so our carbon footprint is less than flying.

  19. I've gone to a lot of basic tourist places, I never liked any of them particularly because of the crowds of people. I don't blame people for wanting to travel tho.

  20. It seems this is stated as there is only one option: travel less. However look at your opening premise. Too many people could be the problem also. Another solution to the problem is don't have kids. Here's another solution: if you have kids you're not allowed to travel.

  21. Hey, Atlantic, maybe don't source your clips from RUSSIA TODAY, news source of the Kremlin? Their use of the "flight shaming" story, much like their obsession with stories about Westerners being offended by things, is part of a broader effort to make Western nations appear decadent and foolish.

  22. 3:52 Now say it again so the people in back can hear.

    They love it when you blame tourists for the damage because it distracts from the oil spills, methane venting, forest clear cutting by "Chaining", and all the other things that do far more damage to our country than a family on vacation.

  23. We all thought that it is a norm to have thousand of people wanted to take a picture of the same thing. But I always dislike that. When I travel, if I know there are thousands of tourists there. I turn around and walk away. The place is no longer special.

  24. I struggle with this a lot as I am traveling fulltime now… I am bringing a lot of positivity to the people around me, but I am also causing a lot of problems by flying for example. I try to fly as little as possible but I am sorry for contributing to the problem…honestly

  25. 4:00 "… force us all to emit [by flying]." BS. It's a choice. This is a crisis and this video doesn't reflect that. You need to change how you live your life today. Go vegan, avoid air travel, use electric cars or take transit or bike etc, divest from fossil fuel companies, and vote and donate accordingly. WE NEED A GLOBAL PRICE ON CARBON: CAP N TRADE.

  26. If people were to actually care about the social and ecological implications of their travels and cared less about recreating images for social media that have already been posted by thousands of others just to get that instant gratification push, the world would be in a much better state. And I wouldn't have to sit through parties listening to the same travel shit I already have listened to 100 times over. We're at a point where travelling actually makes people less interesting.

  27. These are only over tourism places that most “influencers” go to. Don’t want the crowds go to countries most people don’t go to. Try Paraguay, Uruguay, Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan, or even Eastern Europe, Africa is on the rise. Places like Western Europe and South East Asia are the only places people go to now a days.

  28. Cheaper airplane flights.
    Marriage is on the decline
    Childbirth in USA is a all time low

    People have changed. We now identify more with being single and free and traveling with options…no one wants to be seen as committed with kids and stuck at home.

    The point is this mindset I have just mentioned combined with the items I first listed is the reason why people are traveling….

  29. It's mostly Chinese increase going to Europe. Americans started doing the same in the 80s. Middle class people seeing the world, and Sharing pics to there dummy friends sitting at home

  30. Its our birthright to travel, conquerors travelled without passports but now their evil leaders/rulers have invented this slave system that prevents us/humanity from exercising our true natural birthright of freedom. Disgusting, you need money to buy a passport to travel on your own earth.

    Rulers are evil and corrupt, so are their governments and forces. Humanity does need to wake up and bring down the system that wrongfully hinders not just our lives but our unborn children's lives. We have all been tricked and had our destiny stolen from us by entities who claim to be above. They're Evil.

  31. It's only funny to me that it seems like people go to these places so they can appear to be more intellectual than they actually are. It's also the same people that I always see her first to scream about how we need to pay higher taxes and ban plastic straws because of the environment.

  32. I’m glad that I’m over that phase lol. Only took me a few countries and I knew it wasn’t for me. Traveling is Overrated. I can watch other people do it on YouTube from the comfort of my home.

    You want culture? America has people from every country in the world. Make some friends.

  33. My last big trip was to Paris and London in 2012 after caving in to husband's wishes. I spent two-weeks counting down the days to getting home. The historical sites are much more entertaining and informative on television. My feet hurt, hard to find a toilet when you need one, tired of eating out. I do not understand the appeal of travel at all. I spend my vacations at home now and enjoy every second of it. Air travel is so bad now, it will take the death of family member to get on board again.

  34. During the climbing season There are atleast 200 people waiting everyday in 'The Death zone' of The Mt Everest to take a selfie at the top.

  35. It also deteriorates the fabric of social cohesion, affecting locals in more than just economic turmoil such the as-mentioned "pricing out locals of their own cities". Let us acknowledge the real tragedies people!

  36. Over-tourism=over-sheeple. most of those sheeples go to the same country to do the same thing,no originality and they love to pretend

  37. It's really sad to see sensitive environments and historical places being destroyed by careless tourists. Tourism isn't essentially bad. But there are hiking trails and fences for specific reasons and going off-trail or hopping that fence for a selfie is disgusting, irresponsible, and often illegal. When you go to a National Park or similar place, listen to the rangers, learn the rules, and please be respectful of not only the environment and the people whose jobs it is to protect those places, but all the other people who came to enjoy that special place.

  38. I feel like this is especially true in the Instagram community. Almost every place I've been to so far, everyone feels compelled to pull out their smartphones and start snapping like the paparazzi like what happened to living in the moment?

  39. I'm not sure why this massive influx of travelers hasn't made over-touristed countries like Italy, France and the UK take advantage of this influx. Sure there are "touristy" areas where restaurants and events can be more expensive than the civilian side of town, tourist taxes, but I really don't think countries are making the most of it to really turn a profit and truly benefit from this phenomenon.

  40. Global warming, such propaganda. Tell you what , ice age is not a better condition. Wait, the earth naturally warmed to melt the ice thousands of years ago???

  41. I travel often…via Google Earth, supplemented by reading and watching documentaries. I know it’s not the same as experiencing a place firsthand, but it’s a cheap, uncrowded way to learn about the world.

  42. That’s why I never go to tourists spots. I get to know the locals and find out the gems from them. As a misanthrope who travels, I refuse to let people ruin my vacation.

  43. Doh. Global population doubles since 1970. It is all problems. It’s the root of all problems. And the solution? Wtf do you think?? It’s not hard to fix it.

  44. I agree there is a degree of absurdity regarding air transit. It's very silly to go across country in Europe by aviation when there are existing e
    infrastructures in place to move masses. Similarly, it is also silly here in the US there isn't an effective mass transit it for moving across the country other than airplane. Amtrak and Greyhoun exist, yet are awfully slow. In June I attended a sustainability boot camp in Lyon (France). To get there I left eastern Iowa via Greyhound and arrived in Montreal… over 57 hours later. Could I have flown? Sure thing, however, I decided to take a different approach. Montreal to Lyon was a direct flight.

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