Explorer Travellers and Adventure Tourism

Author: Jennifer Laing, Warwick Frost

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This book examines the nexus between exploring and tourism and argues that exploration travel – based heavily on explorer narratives and the promises of personal challenges and change – is a major trend in future tourism. In particular, it analyses how romanticised myths of explorers form a foundation for how modern day tourists view travel and themselves. Its scope ranges from the 'Golden Age' of imperial explorers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, through the growth of adventure and extreme tourism, to possible future trends including space travel. The volume should appeal to researchers and students across a variety of disciplines, including tourism studies, sociology, geography and history.

Engaging, well-written and concise, this book provides a context for the tourist-traveller debate – a microcosm of social and cultural complexity where the quotidian meets the extraordinary and the economy of colonisation meets the egos of the great explorers. It is this legacy that explains our ongoing fascination with frontier adventure travel from exotic journeys through 'otherness' to space travel.

In this topical volume, Jennifer Laing and Warwick Frost venture into uncharted conceptual territory to portray the socio-cultural context of explorer travel. In a comprehensive and critical review of archetypal, fictive and autobiographic narratives of the frontier traveler – including seldom depicted female adventurers – they vividly demonstrate how mediatized adventure pursuits affect a wide range of contemporary tourism experiences, also encompassing food explorers and space tourists. A long anticipated cross-disciplinary reconceptualization of the transformative journey!

This book is absolutely stunning. No dull moments while reading it. Its easy writing style, enlightening and amusing citations from interviews and published texts, and the authors' own reflections tease your inner explorer and adventurer. Look out – your view on travelling will change while reading this meaningful text, and most likely you'll start planning your own expedition.

The purpose of this review is to give the potential reader a brief sense of the range of issues and of travellers discussed so brilliantly
in this book. It would make a fine addition to the academic literature in any tourism library, personal or institutional. And it is, quite
simply, a good read.

Tourism Management 48 (2015) 318

Jennifer Laing is a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia. Her research interests include heritage, events, travel narratives and the interaction between media, popular culture and tourism. She also co-edits the Advances in Event Research series (Routledge) with Warwick Frost.

Warwick Frost is an Associate Professor at La Trobe University, Australia. His research interests include natural and cultural heritage and the interplay between tourism and popular culture. His recent publications include Books and Travel (with Jennifer Laing, 2012).

1. Introducing the Explorer Traveller

Section 1 – The Hero's Journey

2. The Call to Adventure

3. Preparation and Departure

4. The Journey

5. The Return

Section 2 – Imagining Explorers

6. Fiction and the Myth of the Explorer

7. Desert Island Castaways

8. Re-enactments

Section 3 – Tourists At Play

9. Crossing Borders

10. On Safari

Section 4 – The Future

11. Destination Mars

12. The Explorer Traveller: The Myth Continues



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