• Angels and echoes: an analysis of human connection and altruism on the trail

      Lee, Mary (2019-05)
      An aspect of long-distance hiking culture which ties hikers deeply to the hiking community is "trail magic” and “trail angels.” These “angels” are everyday civilians, often former or current hikers, who provide random acts of kindness for those on the trail. In recent years, with the emerging platform of online video diaries and blogs, the inner-realities of long-distance hiking culture, and the altruism hikers experience are becoming more accessible. In March of 2019, a Google search for “thru-hiking vlogs” yields more than 300,000 results. Using Turner’s theory of communitas, and Gordon’s theory of ghostliness, I argue that community building and generosity are integral to thru-hiking culture, and form the backbone of social and emotional life on the trail.
    • The Brooklynite abroad: how I turned my personal travel blog into a business

      O’Brien, Veronica (2020-12)
      COVID-19 negatively impacted thousands of vacation plans worldwide. After months of lockdown and quarantine restrictions, people are now eager to start traveling again. A travel boom is coming our way. We have already seen several spontaneous trips across the globe and it is only expected to increase as the months go on. Given all of the changes in regards to social distancing and safety regulations, the travel industry has changed. The way that we once traveled is now a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean for the worse. Traveling still has that spark of joy associated with learning and experiencing the thrill of new cultures, even if it is within your own country. While the cure to the coronavirus pandemic is not certain to happen anytime soon, we have to adapt. By that I mean we have to completely change the way that we travel. As a matter of fact, given the demands of eager travelers, it has never been a better time than now to turn travel blogging into a career.