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Travel Bugs

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Globalisation has ushered us into an era where the ability to travel almost anywhere in the world is at our fingertips. As more and more people hit the road, seeking out cultures and places previous generations could only dream of ever seeing, many unexpected and awkward questions are raised.

Do travellers treat other countries as theme parks? What responsibilities do visitors have? Does their presence help destroy cultures, or enrich them? Are we in fact moving towards a homogenous global super culture? Lonely Planet co-founder (and the man with his name in ours) Tony Wheeler sits down with a panel of travel bugs to assess the damage, the risks and the benefits of travel.

Joining Tony are Doug Hendrie and Laura Jean McKay. Doug is a journalist and author of Amalgamations: How Globalisation is Good. Laura is a writer and performer whose short-story collection Holiday in Cambodia was hugely acclaimed upon its release. Together they try to make sense of the place where local, foreign, national and international life and culture meet.

Hosted by Marni Cordell, editor of Crikey.

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