Take only memories, leave only footprints (LS-HR-547)

In a time without the possibility to travel, we can only remember the previous travels. We can also learn from our own experiences and memories and those of other people. Do we behave appropriately on these trips? How did the people around us behave and can we learn something new from that? Did we even notice something is wrong? This learning scenario talks about learning from negative effects of mass tourism. It also emphasizes the possibilities to reduce them.

This scenario is made for the 14-15 year old high school students.  They are vocational students, hotel-tourist technicians that learn basics of tourism. During the work, students will learn about inappropriate behavior of tourists while traveling. Behavior will be, for instance, related to souvenirs, clothing, drinks, attitudes towards the local population, etc. Some of the students travelled and some didn’t have that opportunity. Therefore, some topics should be explained more to them.

In this learning scenario students will do free search of the Europeana platform. They will use their findings to create a digital work presenting the tourist behavior. By combining images and text, students will do their best to present the topic of this learning scenario.

Of course, we all know that tourism brings huge profits to many countries and many other positive impacts. It is necessary to warn of such situations so that we still have something to show and something to be proud of in the future. They say that travel is the best teacher, so let’s learn and act responsibly and respectfully in this great world that still has so much to offer.

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Nationalmuseum, Sweden.

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