Introduction

One way to think about travels in tourism is whether the journey embarked upon has changed our perspective, so that we see things differently, even (especially) the mundane things that once appeared so comfortably known and understood. Make the familiar strange, said C. Wright Mills and engage the sociological imagination, cast a critical yet charitable learning gaze, see how the things and practices of everyday life are related to larger social (and political) structures (Mills, 1959). A journey elsewhere accomplishes this in travel and upon returning home, for even activities and things in the homeworld take on new meaning after coming home. You might, for instance, kick that old plastics habit ...

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