According to The Financial Times (of The Times of India), new trends in travel are creating new additions to the industry’s lexicon. Cool. I guess. Here’s an example:
Extrava-gappers: wealthy corporate types who have had enough of the grind and decide to head out after never taking that gap-year trip.
I love new words. I just don’t like the way our culture is creating them today. A few buzzwords attached to a couple of celebrity tweets shouldn’t make Websters go running to the printing press, especially when most of the truncated combinations are usually the result of their orators’ simple laziness.
Not long after I published this post did I pick up the latest National Geographic Traveler to find an editorial by Christopher Elliot entitled “Savor the Trip, Don’t Tweet It.” It’s about, well, just what the title says. It does go a little deeper to explain how the rise of video documentation and digital recording tech of all kinds alters our true impression of the outdoors and travel in general. It’s a solid counter-argument to the concept of real-time adventure sharing propagated by today’s increasingly influential digital movement.
Then, OutdoorEd.com sends me the video posted above, which offers us Ms. Patty Zaradic’s academic study of the reasons behind a decline in not only national park visits but outdoor experiences all together. Her thesis makes an empirical case for the rise of consumer video and gaming technologies contributing directly to our nation’s collective indifference toward outdoor pursuits.
It's not Mardi Gras, but it's a helluva an event.
April 17 – 25 is National Parks Week. That’s right, for those who may be calendar impaired, that means it’s going on right now.
The nine-day event is intended to showcase the parks, encourage tourism and educate about the unique landscapes, plants and animals so abundant in each. Granted, mid-summer may be a better time for such an event but then the free admission incentive to all 392 parks would result in even more devastating financial erosion, which our drastically under-funded parks can ill afford.
However, a vast majority of parks and monuments do not charge admission ever, so it’s not like our parks are ever really that restrictive. And hell, if $30/car prevents you from driving into Yosemite Valley, well then, you don’t care about it anyway.
Events are happening at the parks, national monuments and recreation areas throughout the country and are primarily targeted at families, which is a good thing, because it’s the future generations that will be saddled with the burden of dealing with the close-minded, financially-foolhardy decisions that have governed our parks for the last two decades. So the more junior knows about them, the better.
If you happen to be close to an event, stop by. Meanwhile, here is a sweet lineup of National Park images from National Geographic to remind you of just all that is out there.