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October 29, 2012

Travel, by its very nature, is a ritual act of renewal

“The structure of tourism is basically identical to that of all ritual behavior: it first translates the tourist into a sacred world, then transforms/renews him, and finally returns him to normality. This other world is sacred because it is out of space and out of time. The normal rules are in abeyance (if not actually reversed), and replaced by [a] close and egalitarian ‘communitas.’ It is evident to the tourist that this exalted state is too good to last, however, and he is returned to normality renewed in his acceptance of it. What he has experienced, then, is a classic rite of renewal.”
–David Brown, from The Tourist Image: Myths and Myth Making in Tourism (1996)

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