It’s one of Travel’s Ten Commandments: ‘Thou Shalt Respect Local Culture and Traditions'. But should we respect all local traditions, regardless of what they entail? ...more
Travel writing may get its own section in a bookshop, but it can’t really be called a genre. It’s an amalgam of other genres, wrapped in a journey.
Travel writing is as much one genre as the decathlon is one sport. As a result the travel writer really needs to be able to write... more
Tonight we’re watching a ‘cabin in the woods’-type horror movie, so we came up with this over lunch.
While watching the movie, drink if:
the perfect kit
"Compulsive, laugh-out-loud, good reading - and that's from a book snob who has never had the slightest inclination to go backpacking in Asia!"
Hazel Fairbairn, Vancouver
Backpacking has exploded into an industry worth billions. In this hilarious exposé of how backpacking has become big business, travel writer Martin Stevenson journeys onto the beaten track through India, Southeast Asia, Australia and the USA, retracing the steps of his own gap year(s) to ask the questions the backpacking industry would really rather he didn’t.
Featuring a cast of backpackers, neo-hippies, suicidal bus drivers, expats, NGOs, prostitutes, frustrated volunteers and two very unlikely sex tourists, More than footprints? How backpacking lost its way unpeels the ‘banana pancake’ trail and reveals how it has changed, how backpackers have changed it and how, far from being separate from the mass tourism industry, backpackers have become pioneers for it.