We like to think of travel as a good thing: 'to travel is to live', 'travel broadens the mind' and 'to travel is to see' are all popular sayings. Thanks to technology, we can now travel quickly and cheaply all over the world. But travel also has its dark side: the impact on indigenous communities, the effect on local cultures and the pollution it brings in its wake. Explorers can be heroic, but they can also ruthlessly exploit the regions they find, even kidnapping its inhabitants. The history of exploration is well represented in the Science Museum’s collections, with artefacts from several Everest expeditions. At the NMPFT there are many photographs of explorers and the people they met during their travels. Explorers have opened up new parts of the world, but usually with the aim of asserting their cultural superiority and taking control of natural resources. Do our holidays broaden our minds, or do we take our prejudices with us? On our return we like to reconstruct the pleasure by looking at postcards, photographs and videos. It is possible to experience foreign places without even going abroad.