Kia Ora, Gidday, Hi my name is Luke Desforges I work at Sheffield University and have a background in geography and education. I have decided to take 2 months out of work at the university in order to travel "down under" to further my research into youth tourist culture and this quest for cultural capital.
I am planning to spend a month in Australia starting in Perth making my way to Sydney where I plan to head up the East Coast of Australia, from there I will fly out to Auckland/ New Zealand where I will travel down the North Island via Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington and on to the beautiful South Island for my final week before heading back home.
My blog is very much centred on youth and this phenomenon of "collecting places" for the purpose of accumulation of cultural capital which if collected correctly can be displayed and of value back in the "real" world. As such I will strive throughout my trip to experience my journeys through the eyes of a some what younger tourist and search for this "authentic" youth tourist experience in order to draw greater insights into this exciting area of tourism.