What feeds the impulse to explore new horizons? What makes travel meaningful? Julia Harrison explores the motivations of a large group of middle-class travellers to find out why people invest their financial, emotional, psychological and physical resources in this activity. She suggests that they are fuelled by several desires: to find intimacy and connection; to express a personal aesthetic; to explore the idea of home and to make sense of an increasingly globalized world. Written for readers of travel writing, tourism studies, anthropology, cultural studies and sociology, the text goes beyond debates about authenticity and consumption to analyse the nuanced moral and political complexity of privileged travel.
Julia D. Harrison, formerly a museum curator, is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Trent University.