How backpacking lost its way
"Well-written, factual and funny. Not since Paul Theroux has a travel writer really gotten to the dirty bottom of the rucksack of travel writing."
Nick Clarke Gerrard, author of 'Travelling for the Hell of It'
what is more than footprints?
An 'Emperor's New Clothes' for the backpacker circuit,
More than footprints? How backpacking lost its way heads onto the beaten track to examine the rise (and fall) of ‘independent’ travel.
Retracing the steps of his own Asian gap-year(s), travel-writer Martin Stevenson joins a cast of wide-eyed travellers, suicidal bus drivers, expats, NGOs, frustrated volunteers and two very unlikely sex tourists on a journey through India, Southeast Asia, Australia and the USA.
Through interviews with those involved with, and effected by, the backpacker trail, More than footprints? uncovers some inconvenient truths about how backpacking has become very big business and asks those questions the industry would rather he didn’t.