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I Guess I Would Travel

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Lucas AcostaLeave a Comment

Apart from the wandering ‘stiffs’, a lot of movement during the time came from tourism. In James Agee’s The American Roadside he provides knowledge on business operations that flowered during this period of migration and exploration. His focus is on auto cabins and how they remained successful. The key for a good auto cabin campsite is having all the necessities. …

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On The Road

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Laura Casado1 Comment

The tourist industry boomed during the Great Depression. It increased during that decade to unsurpassed levels, in terms of how many people took vacations as well as the profitability of businesses and products that resulted from (or, perhaps instigated) the surge of travel. While writers of the era varied in their opinions of what caused the tourist frenzy, the 1930s …

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“The Travel Habit”

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by AroushiLeave a Comment

“Why did a period of drastically declining national income coincide with the development of new leisure practices, especially that of mass tourism?” This question appears to constitute the central theme of Berkowitz’s writing, particularly in the exploration of how leisure travel expanded rapidly in the depression era alongside the movement of vagrants for work. The cause has its roots in …

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The Cross Country Voyage I had never Done

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Alessandro Harabin2 Comments

Although I personally have never journeyed through America I feel that our modern day cross country adventures would be the equivalent of Roland Wild’s piece on journeying through America. “ You want circumstances to make a decision for you” I think accurately embodies the general attitude of people during this time. It was no longer any of them who called …

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Thank You, Thirties

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Jason Gabaee2 Comments

“The initial efforts by railroads and resorts to encourage recreational travel dated back to the mid-1800’s. It was not, however, until the decade after World War I that paid vacations were extended to a majority of salaried workers, and that local business leaders and government officials began to establish a network of professional tourism promotional associations. By this time, employers …

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On Repeat!

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Andrew KarpanLeave a Comment

James Agee keenly places the new world of the roadside into its historo-poltical context: “the twenties made him rich…and he found the automobile not merely good but better and better” (44). Excess capital was now a middle-classman’s sport, post-subsistence, he could now become restive, indulge in the fantasy of the mobile box. Even the miniature cabin succeeds next to the …

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Tourism — an ironical product of profit-making? 

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Jessie Cao1 Comment

After reading Michael Berkowitz’s ‘A “New Deal’ for Leisure”, I can’t help but ask myself, what’s so “American” about the making of mass tourism during the great depression? And the answer I found is the significance to profit making in American capitalism. Consumptionalism and profit-making are the unique values that made mass tourism possible during the great depression. The beginning …

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What Do I Know?

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Zoe Hall1 Comment

When I was little, I thought tradition came from a place where all the things of my childish life came from. There were a lot of experiences I had in my youth that I just accepted as a fact of life because nobody taught me that I should think anything else. So this reading has had an interesting turn of …

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1930’s Trailer-Life, Modern Van-Life, and Travel Marketing

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Nicole1 Comment

I really enjoyed Roland Wild’s “Double-Crossing America” and found it honest and humorous. He starts out by mentioning a method of self-defense in which people build their own barriers and obstacles. In my opinion this is a way to combat the fear of failure. Expecting the worst in order to avoid being letdown. I thought that this allusion to psychology was …

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The Elephant in the Room

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Amy Greenspan1 Comment

American Tourism during the Great Depression is perhaps one of the most interesting and successful marketing ploys of all time. It is the perfect example of a capitalist, Laissez-Faire system actually benefitting the country by benefitting the economy for all. Humans are not “born with the ‘travel habit’”. An entire population did not just wake up one day and spend …

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How free is free time?

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Jack1 Comment

The idea of leisure, either as a privilege or as a human right, is a fairly recent concept.  It was only during the industrial revolution that the idea of free time on a weekly basis for relaxation, personal reflection, and rejuvenation, became a widespread phenomenon.  Leisure is traditionally associated with free time, which is in turn associated with disposable income, …

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Country road, take me home.

In The Travel Habit, 10. Tourism in the 30s by Frank Cheng1 Comment

‘Being elsewhere’ gives an analysis on what led to the increase of American vacations and road trips. It argued that the government activities had a lot to do with the road trips taking place and the labourers taking vacations. Author argues that vacations became ‘Institutionalised feature of American labor relation’ (Being Elsewhere) The American government and tourism advertising agencies also …