Journalist goes undercover as a tourist in her own country

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a tourist in your own country? That’s exactly what investigative journalist Jan Fran has done in her web documentary series Harmful or Helpful: What sort of traveller are you?

In this video, Fran checks in with tourism vendors and local attractions and hotspots to see what Aussies think of those who travel to our country, as well as whether our expectations of tourists match our own actions overseas.

Are you surprised by any of the attitudes in this video? Do you think, as a rule, that Australian tourists have a good reputation overseas?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 2
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    Since the article is predominantly on Hyam’s beach which has been a known problem for several years now. It is a state/council issue that is not being addressed. It is neither the tourist or the locals “fault”.

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    The power of advertising. This has happened to some degree all over the world with places being feted as somewhere for the “in” crowd. The Kokoda Track was just a place in the history books when it became the done thing to meet its challenges. Same as Mount Everest which was once a place for very experienced mountaineers but is now a place to cross off the bucket list.

    Where we live is an unspoiled part of the world, a well kept secret that the locals don’t really want to share. Very selfish of us but we get to enjoy it without traffic jams, littering or trampling of fragile vegetation. I’m sure that one day the world and his wife will invade us but until then…………….



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