10th Year Blog Anniversary
I have now been blogging on travel & tourism related matters for ten years.
A decade that saw our industry dominated by technological advancements, geo-political changes and escalating environmental challenges.
In the process of personally turning sixty this year, my decade of blogging has covered my fifties. It started with my being trackside for Super Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics, and Nomadic Thoughts winning the BTA Best Small Worldwide Luxury Tour Operator Award.
Global international tourism reached over one billion people in 2012 (rising to 1.5 billion in 2019). Uber and AirBnB – today’s biggest transportation and accommodation providers (despite even today not directly owning any vehicles or property) – had hardly started.
Latterly the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on all our fellow industry stakeholders, destinations, and longstanding business associates. Nomadic Thoughts has had to negotiate almost no business for the past two years.
Early 2022 sees transportation companies, accommodation providers and destinations re-calibrate their business models, as travel within Europe returns in earnest. North, Central & South America are also now fully open this month. Interestingly Africa, with such a young demographic, has bounced back in tourism terms a lot quicker than Asia or Australasia. For example, India, Bhutan, Indochina, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and the south Pacific Islands remain closed.
As Chair of AITO’s Climate Crisis Think Tank (ACT), I too am aware of the challenges we all face in addressing the burgeoning climate crisis.
Despite humankind’s unfolding story and that of the planet we live on, I remain steadfastly optimistic for the future. I wholeheartedly believe that well-managed tourism remains a force for good, and the most important line of international communication.
To that end, I have chosen, with brief explanations, twenty of my favourite photos, all taken over the past decade since I started blogging.
Thank you for reading this blog. I hope my second decade of blogs continues to be of interest to travellers.