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The Eccentric World of Fake Holiday Destinations

There are innumerable ways to travel or in first class or in a hostel; with tour guides or nothing but a backpack and fresh pair of socks. Regardless of the voyage, the point is constantly nearly the same: to leave regular life behind, if just for a moment.

Reiner Riedler’s photos captures a portion of the travel business that capitalizes on that very thought. Call it fabricated travel. There are crystalline tropical beaches, constructed in the resort in Germany. In Dubai, there’s an indoor ski resort—with snow.

I was fascinated first by temporary city shores,” Riedler says. To these man-made beaches people went after work and loved the feeling of being on vacations. I wondered why people were so easily manipulated, as if a tub of water, beverages, music, and sand are the ingredients for happiness.”

After that, he detected a robust, international company catering to the urge for an immediate getaway—no matter the integrity of the destination. Here, guys chat at among the indoor skiing halls in Dubai.
After that, he discovered a robust, international business catering to the desire for an immediate escape—no matter the integrity of the destination. Here, guys chat at one of Dubai’s indoor skiing halls. Reiner Riedler

The photographer decided to look into the tendency. After studying the area, he learned that there’s a strong, international company catering to professional sorts seeking an immediate getaway— the integrity of the destination. Within the span of several years, Riedler traveled to states such as China, Turkey, the United States, Germany, Japan, and also the United Arab Emirates. During the course of his travels, he paid attention to the psychological forces driving what he calls a boom in imitation vacations: “ There is no danger. There are no malaria and no crocodiles,” Riedler says. “You can get a safe adventure excursion only to get a day.” The downside? “This is exciting to get two or a day, but in the end folks will find there are no stories to tell when they are back home.”

Disney Land and Disney World turned their fictive, on screen worlds into sprawling complexes filled with pirates, waterfalls, and fake castles. The key difference, as Riedler points out, is that nature is being replaced by tourists at the resorts in Fake Vacation with indoor sun lamps or ski slopes —and that raises some questions about environmental responsibility. “Tourism means consumption—consumption of culture, nature. “I ‘m unsure what is better: going to a skiing hall built in Dubai, in the desert, understanding that the skiing business ruins nature in the mountains, or going to the Alps.”