The Monday Rant: Dream Books Giving Nightmares?
I'll admit it. I've taken my swipes at Conde Nast Travel on occasion, chiefly for its fixation on trips that 99% of the public couldn't or wouldn't ever take (Bay of Kotor, anyone?). But it's a rare month when I don't learn something of immediate relevance to my travel career.
Let's take the June issue, here, since it's handy. Flipping through the mag, I come to page 98, which has several wonderful tips on how to handle oneself while at dinner parties in Croatia. Chief among them is this: Never bring up the fact that Croatia supported the Nazis during World War II. "It's over," says a Croatian chef as quoted in the mag. "We're not interested in it anymore."
Of course, if you're like me, suddenly you're dying to book passage to Dubrovnik and get yourself invited to a dinner party, all for the sole purpose of working the Third Reich into the dinner conversation. Just to watch the fireworks, ya know. (There goes my theory, I guess, about Conde Nast Traveler not actually inspiring any trips.)
All kidding aside: As you probably know, this is an unusual time for the travel media, not to mention the public at large, which is more concerned with $4 gasoline and staving off foreclosure than trips to Far Tortuga. Which brings me to a question: Am I the only one who feels increasingly tortured by travel magazines these days? And what would happen if they suddenly began to reflect how people actually spend their vacations (sample headline: "Virginia's Secret: Luray Caverns!")? Would you buy them?
By Scott Vogel |
June 23, 2008; 12:09 PM ET
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