The case against travel

How to understand modern tourism

Welcome to Borderless. Every week, we handpick the best links on digital nomads, remote work and global mobility to help you navigate the quirks of living and working on the internet.

Does travel make us better people?

Sure, we love to explore new places. It's a great way to learn about different cultures and meet people. But modern tourism has become a lot more complicated than it used to be.

The rise of nomadism has changed the nature of travel. The line between tourism and migration is becoming more blurred. It’s also created fresh opportunities, and challenges, for destinations seeking to attract and accommodate these new types of visitors.

The stories in this week’s issue will help you better understand the modern-day traveler, for better or worse. From the possibility of lunar travel and the most annoying people in line at airport security, to the complicated relationship between remote workers and tourists.

Wherever you are in the world right now, have a joyful and productive week.

– Anna at SafetyWing

Portugal is the nomad hot spot, but is all the attention sustainable? People are flocking to Lisbon for its affordable cost of living, warm climate, and relaxed vibe. But the influx is putting a strain on the country's infrastructure and resources.

Clár Ní Chonghaile for The New European

According to a survey of 1,200+ nomads around the world, the top destination is (surprise!) Portugal. The survey also looked at nomad visas, frustrations and salaries, finding that over half of nomads earn between €10-50k per year, while less than 10% make more than €100,000.

Alexandra Bacon for Sifted

We like to think that travel introduces us to new cultures, broadens our horizons and makes us good global citizens. It’s branded as aspirational, something we should want to do without question. But what if it actually just brings out the worst in us?

Agnes Callard for The New Yorker

Buggy rides across craters, lunar golf and watching the Earth rise at dawn: the Moon is the next frontier in space travel. It sounds like a sci-fi fantasy, but Moon tourism is within our grasp. If we can just build the right telescopes, that is.

Joseph Silk for Aeon

The traditional model of economic development is no longer viable. The rise of remote work has disrupted cities' competition for corporate headquarters, and tourism authorities are struggling to adapt to new travel patterns.

Lev Kushner and Greg Lindsay for Bloomberg

Don’t be that person in line at security. From the adventurer who avoids questions to the flier with faulty luggage, TSA agents break down exactly what not to do when passing through airports.

Lydia Mansel for Travel + Leisure

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