Mass tourism - ups and downs
I have a confession: I love to travel. Like most people, especially in this community.
Tourism nowdays is an industry, making up huge part of many countries' GDP, creating lot of jobs from waiters to interpreters. Great advantage is, that lot of the money spent stays with the locals.
There are however disadvantages too. Impact on the environment, on cities and locals are immense. Some places became overcrowded. Think of Venice, Barcelona or Plitvice Lakes. All are trying to limit the flow, with more or less success.
And that is, what we (stock) photographers don't like. When I visited Prague this february, I choose the date because I tought there would be a bit less people. How wrong I was! The iconic Charles Bridge was full with people as early as half past 7! And have you ever tried Split (Croatia) in the summer?
Under those circumstances you have no chance to catch the vibe of the place.
That's why I prefer to travel to smaller towns, villages, if possible, with the train. To think outside the tourist guide, check out places besides the mandatory tourist attractions. You might even have a better chance selling such pictures than selling your Eiffel Tower of the 70 838 pics (yes, I checked).
Photo credits: Bettina Wagner.
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