Travel and tourism 'stories' have been told and recorded within every culture, in every period of oral and written history, and across the breadth of the fact/fiction continuum. Taking two broad themes as its starting point - travellers and their narratives, and place narratives in travel and tourism - the book has a deliberately wide scope, with different chapters addressing the subject through various relevant 'lenses' and in relation to a number of different contexts. The narratives discussed include both historical and contemporary, as well as 'real-life' and fictional, narratives contained within travel writing, travel and tourism stories and different types of media. In relation to the principal themes of the book, some chapters also explore the importance of collecting memorabilia and image making in the recording, remembering, writing, telling or disseminating of stories about travel and tourism experiences and some examine the ways in which travel and tourism narratives may construct and reinforce personal, collective and place identities. The whole book is marked by an over-arching concern for narrative interpretation as a means of understanding, and providing a new perspective on, travel and tourism.
'Narratives are a key data source in geography and tourism studies because they provide insights into spatial imaginary, situated knowledge and positionality. From a critical reading of narratives, what matters is the particular way places, events and people are portrayed. This argument is made in this book through diverse historical and contemporary examples including: the historical experiences contain in personal diaries from the English Victorian period; travel journals kept by a English family over fifty years from 1895-1945; "holiday books" written by one English man over 60 years from 1937-1996; the tropes of travel narrative found in twentieth century opera; the representation of places by eighteenth and nineteenth century British novelists and travellers; and the ways in which tourism and nation are linked together in contemporary Palestine, Israel and Greece. This book provides an essential guide to studying narratives of travel and tourism and marks an exciting transformation in how scholars think through these narratives.' Gordon Waitt, University of Wollongong, Australia