This week in our Time Travel series, we’re venturing through the history of tourism.
At its dawn, travel focused on cultural and educational enrichment and was typically carried out by the elite. By the Middle Ages, religious pilgrimage encouraged members of lower classes to venture on significant journeys.
Technological advancements and the advent of a larger middle class transformed tourism into something widespread among all economic estates. Mass travel bred new concepts of tourism, such as seasonal resorts and niche vacations. Today, these trends still hold true, and travel is seen as an essential part of life.
Flip through the gallery above to see how tourism has changed over thousands of years.
Sarra Sedghi is a freelancer based in Athens, Ga.