Mobility and tourism
New ways to get around
A people of migrants
Human beings have always been on the move. The first communities of women and men were nomadic and moved in search of food and shelter, gradually expanding throughout the world.
Over time, migratory phenomena have become increasingly established as the constitutive feature of human beings: changing city, region, state or continent to improve one’s living conditions or seize new opportunities is a typical feature of us.
Over the centuries, the ways in which these movements took place have changed radically, culminating in automobiles, airplanes, trains, and everything else we know.
What is soft mobility?
Unfortunately, from the Industrial Revolution onward, there has been a tendency in the West to favor increasingly faster and more powerful and, consequently, more polluting means of transportation. For this reason, as a result of increased sensitivity to environmental issues, to counter the climate crisis many people are choosing to favor public transportation, vehicles powered by electricity instead of fossil fuels, car sharing such as car sharing, all the way to soft mobility.
Soft mobility is the use of non-motorized means of transportation such as bicycles, scooters, walking, etc., and involves specific urban design. Necessarily limiting in trips that cover long distances, soft mobility imposes itself in one’s daily life as an environmentally friendly choice.
As a result of greater economic availability and an increase in “leisure time,” tourism has increased in recent decades. Although traveling and visiting new places can be stimulating and educational, it can take on an unconstructive turn when it turns into mass tourism, which funnels massive amounts of people to places collectively recognized as “of interest.”
Opposed to it is sustainable tourism, which attempts to contain the negative impact on the environment (think, for example, of the crowded beaches of the Adriatic Riviera), on society (such as the invasion of Venice by tourists) or on the economy (unauthorized retailers competing with local merchants). Sustainable tourism, in fact, seeks to safeguard territories and protect the environment and cultural heritage of the place of one’s stay.