How many of us travel in search of that special place. An oasis, a haven or utopia. Somewhere with a magical scenery, interesting culture and an idyllic society. Postcards attempt to capture feelings of happiness, warmth and wellbeing generated by these ideals. We send them home as a caricature, to encapsulate the dream that motivated us to travel to that particular location. The reality of these places is often very different. It is amazing how the memory can be selective, when the frayed, dirty edges are trimmed off with a strategically framed photograph or two.
|Mabul Island – Tourists lounging in the sun with the ramshackle shanty village of the local community in the background.|
|A typical scene from the cliff-top village at Varkala. Waste management involves dumping and burning of plastics and plant matter.|
Popular attempts at eco-existence in tourism.
The specialist area of sustainability in tourism.