Hickman explores the shadows cast by our holidays in the sun in his quest to discover how we can have a truly 'good' holiday.
No industry in the world employs more people or is the world's largest foreign currency earner than tourism. Long billed as the cleanest industry for developing countries to invest in, tourism seems to offer everyone involved a positive experience.
This is the official line, anyway. In truth, the reality is much more complex . For The Final Call Hickman goes from the cruise ship to the ski run, from the sun lounger to the backpacker hostel, finding out what this industry is really like.
We hear from everyone - the holidaymaker, the hotel manager, the waitress, the disillusioned travel agent, the exploited prostitute and the angry local politician to discover what they don't tell you in the glossy brochures.
Behind the sunny facade of pools, smiling locals, sightseeing trips and exquisite cuisine is an often damaging phenomenon that is spreading unchecked to all corners of the globe. But none of us are going to stop holidaying and at the heart of this is a heartfelt attempt to discover the best way to holiday wherever you are.
About the Author
Leo Hickman is the ethical living columnist for the Guardian. He is the author A Good Life: The Guide to Ethical Living and A Life Stripped Bare. He is married to Jane and has two young children.
|Two Degrees from Meltdown: Chamonix, France||p. 1|
|A Line in the Sand: Dubai, United Arab Emirates||p. 29|
|The Model State: Kerala, India||p. 62|
|A Pitching Wedge Away from the Sand Trap: Benidorm, Spain||p. 85|
|A Massage for Mr Average: Bangkok and Pattaya, Thailand||p. 108|
|The Trail on Trial: Bangkok and Ko Phi Phi, Thailand||p. 139|
|The Dragon and the Mouse: Sanya and Hong Kong, China||p. 169|
|All at Sea: Miami, Florida||p. 200|
|Turtles and Towers: Cancun, Mexico||p. 230|
|Green Gold: La Fortuna, Costa Rica||p. 257|
|Party Politics: Ibiza, Spain||p. 291|
|Kamikaze Sex and Kalashnikovs: Tallinn, Estonia||p. 313|
|Cleared for Take-off: Six Miles High||p. 331|
|The Final Call: Conclusion||p. 368|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 2007
Dimensions (cm): 22.860 x 15.240 x 3.023
Weight (kg): 0.455