Chris Gash

Solastalgia

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If nostalgia is a longing for the past, then “solastalgia” (a combination of solace and nostalgia) is mourning for a world that’s constantly changing all around us. “Most people realize that technology is progress, but they almost lament the fact that there is so much of it in their lives,” Holthaus says. She envisions locavorism and retro impulses taken to their extreme—resort villages dotting the English countryside where visitors detox from modern life by learning to harvest vegetables, cook meals, and care for animals. Grandparents will teach courses on their nearly forgotten family histories while their grandchildren acquaint themselves with obsolete skills such as analog photography.

The Future of Travel

Solastalgia

If nostalgia is a longing for the past, then “solastalgia” (a combination of solace and nostalgia) is mourning for a world that’s constantly changing all around us. “Most people realize that technology is progress, but they almost lament the fact that there is so much of it in their lives,” Holthaus says. She envisions locavorism and retro impulses taken to their extreme—resort villages dotting the English countryside where visitors detox from modern life by learning to harvest vegetables, cook meals, and care for animals. Grandparents will teach courses on their nearly forgotten family histories while their grandchildren acquaint themselves with obsolete skills such as analog photography.

Chris Gash

The Future of Travel

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