Travel Photography and Travel.

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This article in the Guardian Newspaper did not surprise me very much when I read it. I live in Italy and have had experience of what mass tourism is like. I can understand that there is starting to be a backlash.

I spent part of my Honeymoon in a sleepy quiet Cinque Terre many years ago. I made the tragic mistake of taking some relations to this summer hell hole a few years ago.

I often see on this forum (and others) posts here where somebody has done a trip to Italy. I often click through out of curiosity to see how others see where I live. Nine times out of ten I see those same three or four places in the same order. Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and to finish off Venice. I suppose you could say the same thing about most countries just changing the names of the cities ( I come from Bath another hotspot). BTW I often see some very nice pictures.

One of the interesting things I found in the article is where the writer talks about exploring places near to home. I have practiced this for years on the little half ( one day work - one day off) holiday I take in July. The internet can throw up some incredible places that hardly anybody knows about like this UNESCO site that I had much to my self a couple of weeks ago just two hours up the Autostrada. I have explored the Italian Apennines where one can walk and perhaps see just one person in a days walking . Or how about having a perfect Renaissance city much to ones self, just an hour away from the packed Verona.

I went to Florence for work in late November and had a nice day with few crowds when I skived off for the rest of the day. So it is still possible to enjoy the "classic" destinations. But for how long?

I was in Verona a couple of months ago to catch a concert. I wandered around the crowded city in the evening. I turned a corner and found myself on a footbridge packed with people with cameras on tripods and an army of people with Cell Phones all taking the same shot. One could not cross the bridge. I was quite shocked.

When we visit another country is it not be better to try to find some more obscure places to visit? I have always had more fun, eaten better and been treated better in other countries when I have visited those places the guide books hardly mention.

Travel photography without crowds is much easier and the results always much better.

Your thoughts.

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