A Brief History of Tourism

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We’ve all heard the slogans, “I <3 NY,” “Virginia is for Lovers,” and even Idaho’s whimsical “Great Potatoes. Tasty Destinations.” Across the country and world, places near and far are all vying for our attention as a source of adventure and relaxation. However, the industry of tourism is a pretty modern invention.

While the wealthy have always travelled, lower classes historically lived, worked and died within a ten-mile radius of where they were born. When people did travel, it was usually for business, religion, safety or to conquer others. Not leisure.

We’re going to take a look at how we went from being cave-dwelling hunters and gatherers, to taking transcontinental flights on a whim.

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