Our perception of the world is based on imagination and memory as much as physical experience. Each of us carries around in our heads a picture of the world as we perceive it. How does this virtual world compare with the physical reality? Can virtual travel ever be a satisfactory substitute for the actual experience of ‘being there’? Indeed, is virtual travel actually better than the real thing, taking us to places we could otherwise never visit or to worlds which no longer exist or exist only in the realm of the imagination?
Photography, film and television shape our vision of the world. From its beginnings, photography has shaped our perception of the world and of travel. In turn, travel is one of the main reasons why people take photographs. > more
Images have been combined with motion, sound and even smell to try to recreate the physical sensation of travel. ‘Immersive’ technologies such as widescreen films and 3D attempt to make us feel part of the action. > more
Despite technological advances in transport and communication, the world is still a big place. How much more convenient, then, to bring all the major sights together in one place to be enjoyed in a single day! > more