Chapter

Looking for Sights

Orvar Löfgren

in On Holiday

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780520217676
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928992 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217676.003.0002
Looking for Sights

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This chapter studies some of the ways where tourist experiences have been produced in different periods and cultural settings. It first presents the reflections of two northbound travelers in eighteenth-century Sweden. It then takes a look at an important element of pioneer tourism, which is the romantic English garden. This chapter also considers the tension between improvisation and routinization, and the predictable and surprising, which results in a craving for fresh sights and novel experiences. The ways in which the romantic longing for the wild became intertwined with the quest for national identity is also discussed.

Keywords: tourist experiences; northbound travelers; pioneer tourism; romantic English garden; improvisation; routinization; longing for the wild; national identity

Chapter.  8930 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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