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.
Tony Wheeler is an English-Australian publishing entrepreneur, businessman, co-founder of the Lonely Planet guidebook company with his wife Maureen Wheeler.
Marni Cordell is the editor of Crikey. She is the former editor and owner of news website, New Matilda, and is a strong believer in independent media.
Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. July 2013), which was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Her writing has been published in Best Australian Stories, Sleepers Almanac, the Big Issue, Women of Letters and The Lifted Brow.
A freelance foreign correspondent, magazine writer and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Doug’s interest is in the unusual – subcultures, personalities, histories.