What: A nonfiction book that lifts the veil on the $9 trillion global tourism industry, revealing the urgent and surprising ways in which travel affects our lives and communities – and making the case that the right kind of travel is more essential than ever.
When: Aiming for May/June 2024
Where: I'll be reporting from 10-12 places where tourism is changing cultures, economies and physical environments in ways that are good, bad, and everything in between. My list of destinations is evolving but currently includes Israel/Palestine, Hawaii, Cornwall, Cambodia, and our own little village, among other places.
How: The book will be a mix of reportage, profiles, and (I hope!) evocative travel writing that will bring you along with me as I examine the impact of tourism around the world.
Why: Travel reached a crisis point before the pandemic and it's now returning in ways that risk perpetuating the industry's most damaging impacts, while undermining the critical role that travel can play in creating a better world for us all. This book helps readers come to grips with the industry that employs 1 in 10 people around the world, and it points to a better path forward for travel in the 21st century.
So what's the title?: Stay tuned... I should have more to share in a month or two.
So there you go! I'm leaving on my first reporting trip in two days (!). I'll be in Israel and Palestine to examine how tourism is being used to perpetuate (in some cases) and deconstruct (in others) the dominant narratives around place, culture and identity. Among other things, I'll be going on one of this guy's tours, which should be fascinating. Follow along on Instagram if you want to see how it goes.
The Writing Life
What else have I been up?
I've recently had the pleasure of running off the side of a mountain with a world champion paraglider (and writing about the experience for AFAR Magazine). Continuing the adventuring-female theme, I got to talk to a record-breaking French skier for the NYT, as well as the aforementioned guy who is trying to turn travel into a force for peace, including in his native Palestine. Plus, I wrote about how planes and trains are going head to head in Europe, where trains are gaining an edge.
In somewhat more mundane work, since December, I've been in charge of maintaining the NYT's running list of Covid travel rules around the world. Want to know the test requirements for your upcoming trip to Germany / Greenland / Guatemala (pictured below)? It's all in there...
(I unlocked all of those NYT links, so you can read them free for the next two weeks, even if you don't subscribe.)