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On the Origin of the Species Homo Touristicus: The Evolution of Travel from Greek Spas to Space Tourism [Paperback]

William D. Chalmers

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Book Description

Feb. 21 2011

A stunningly well-researched book, offering readers an authentically fresh and at times wickedly off -the-beaten path irreverent look at travel history and the evolution of homo touristicus. This insightful book takes you on a Grand Tour full of fun and interesting nuggets about travel- the past, the present, and soon to be future, that is sure to make you laugh, make you think, and keep you reading. Just perusing the Table of Contents whets your appetite for more. This multi-disciplinary look at the travel and tourism industry-and we travelers who make it all happen-includes: the age of discovery, world wonders, tourist novelties, the paths of pilgrims, travel safety and security, travel literature, geography and mapmaking, Grand Hotels, the technology of travel, travel industry porn and public relations campaigns, mysterious liaisons, and affairs to remember, along with great travel quotes and culturally relevant tourism-related anecdotes.

This factual, enlightening, and oh so opinionated book is designed for real travelers, casual tourists, and armchair travelers alike; with this fi rst edition disproving myths, unveiling new legends and bursting a few overly righteous historical bubbles along the way.

Indeed, this book includes something for all members of homo touristicus who have been there, done that, and keenly want to know what is next!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (Feb. 21 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450289266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450289269
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g

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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you've ever wanted to know about travel.... April 4 2012
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One of the most enjoyable things about "On the Origin of the Species homo touristicus: The Evolution of Travel from Greek Spas to Space Tourism" by William Chalmers is that you can open it to any page and learn something new about travel. Yes it is a time line...and it is incredibly well researched. Exhaustively researched one might say. There are thousands of facts, who did what first? Who created motels? Who made the first package tour. And on and on. If you need an answer to a travel trivia question, it is most likely in this book. It is not a narrative with a story line, it is a time line of travel, a history of sorts, and thus a great book to have on the coffee table. But in the end, I still come back to just how much information there is in this book. Did I mention exhaustively researched? Buy this book. It is a must have for anyone who loves travel and anything to do with travel.

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