By Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The paintings of Travel comes a wittily interesting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the resourceful middle of our civilization.
Given unparalleled entry to 1 of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton discovered it to be a exhibit for lots of of the main crosscurrents of the trendy world--from our religion in know-how to our destruction of nature, from our worldwide interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from in all places and spoke with all people from luggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving jointly those conversations and his personal observations--of every thing from the poetry of room provider menus to the eerie silence in the midst of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced a rare meditation on a spot that almost all folks by no means decelerate sufficient to determine essentially. Lavishly illustrated in colour by means of popular photographer Richard Baker, A Week on the Airport unearths the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and--yes--even beauty.
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In the USA, it is estimated that 82 per cent of all long-distance leisure trips involve personal use vehicles (Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 1995). Sharpley (2009) suggests that carbased tourism is likely to be higher than estimated, due to a lack of detailed monitoring in many countries. Furthermore, if infrastructure construction, car manufacture and disposal are included, car-based tourism has a high environmental burden. In this respect, car-based travel for tourism is likely to become more significant in terms of the potential for carbon savings in the tourism sector.
Studies suggest longer stays spread the travel carbon footprint and improve the eco-efficiency of a holiday (see, for example, Gössling et al, 2005; Peeters et al, 2006; Peeters and Schouten, 2006). The problem is the transport carbon footprint still remains constant, regardless of length of stay, and this is the major energy and emissions output of all holidays. There is, however, a substantial carbon saving if a tourist substitutes three short holidays for one long holiday at a similar distance.