Travel Connections: Tourism, Technology and Togetherness in a Mobile World by Jennie Germann Molz
Living in a world where "mobility" is increasing means that many of us now rely on mobile devices, social media and network technologies to coordinate with our social networks even…
Travel Connections synopsis
Living in a world where "mobility" is increasing means that many of us now rely on mobile devices, social media and network technologies to coordinate with our social networks even when we are separate. This phenomenon does not appear anywhere more apparent than the emerging practices of "interactive travel". Today's travelers are more likely than ever to package a laptop or mobile phone and use these devices to stay in touch with friends and family - as well as to communicate with strangers and other travelers - while on the road.
New practices such as site-based navigation, travel blogging, fast-filling, and Couchsurfing are now shaping how travelers interact with each other, with their social networks, and with the world around them. Travel connections are urging a rethinking of the major paradigms of tourism studies in the digital age.
Interactive travel calls into question the concepts of ancient tourism such as landscapes, tourist outlook, hospitality, authenticity and flight. The book proposes a set of new concepts to describe the way tourists inhabit the world and interact with their social networks in the twenty-first century: smart tourism, intermediate outlook, mobile living, restoration of magic and acceptance.
Building on extensive fieldwork with interactive travelers, Travel Connects provides a detailed presentation of this emerging phenomenon and unveils new forms of face-to-face interconnection that have become possible in a mobileworld. This book will interest students, sociologists, tourism, hospitality, new media, international studies, mobility studies and cultural studies.