|Asterism Travels & Tours - Myanmar||International travel articles|
International travel articles
With better communication we usually find information about the places before we actually go. There are many channels for information. The most convenient, fastest and cheapest is of course Internet.
We also enjoy many different ways of moving about: by plane, by boat, rail or car and the connections are taking us to more and more places around the world. Each day thousands of new roads and vehicles have been built and delivered for use. The long distance communication has seen the revolution since the coming of Internet, and it is still evolving to take more of our life into it.
When we look at cross continent international travel of the last 100 years we see that in the beginning almost all the flow was from the wealthy regions (North America and Europe) to the poorer countries (Asia, Central and South America, Africa). It was because the peoples of the richer places had money that contained more value than the wealth of the folks in poorer region, most of the technology and means needed for traveling were invented and or made possible in the wealthier regions. It was also because it was very difficult for the citizens of the poor places to enter the richer countries.
At first glance at tourism, one might think that tourism makes economic profit for the peoples of the destinations. In reality, there are reciprocal and multi-directional flows of benefits. The visitors collect valuable information and records of the places they go, and build friendship with local peoples. We now understand that these are ones of the most important benefits for life. The host country peoples get employment, money income and work skills as well as knowledge that comes from afar.
With the better economy and technology, some of the Asian and South American countries are now sending tourists to the world. The continental flow of visitors still keeps the similar old trend but with increasing number from Asian riches to the west.
When we interviewed randomly selected sample of tourists from Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia who visited Thailand between 2000 and 2010 what we found are:
Anyway we hope that more and more peoples will take responsible travel by studying about themselves, peoples of the other places and environment, inter-relation and its effects. It is also said that visitors should not take or buy samples of any matter and valuable materials for their own benefit or for research. The damage from tourism to the culture, dignity, social life, environemnt, unity and ownership of the destination places must be kept minimum.
We also hope that tourism will create more understanding and friendship among different peoples but less and less conflicts; and also the chance of (or) the right to travel should be available to all citizens of the world quite equally or fairly.
2nd April 2012