Travelling or going on holiday is often associated with our desire for escapism in a quest to 'get away from it all' and change our psychological mood. It is a paradox, therefore, that we can never completely escape the pressures and constraints of an ever changing world, whether that arises from climate change, movements of displaced peoples, terrorism, political tensions or other forces. In recent years, events in the Middle East have led to greater numbers of tourists travelling to Spain or Portugal as they are perceived to be comparatively safe and peaceful destinations.
Such trends either impact on travellers and visitors directly, or raise moral questions for us. The rise of Sustainable Tourism and the over-development of some locations reflect this, and so this page provides blogs that are more thought-provoking or opinion-orientated in character across a range of subjects which may also contribute to wider debates around such issues.