If you can do it, others can do it too?: Unacknowledged Privileges in Tourism
This open letter, composed in a first-year writing course, addresses a Twitter thread initiated by Kristen Gray in which she promoted her relocation to Bali to live and work during the pandemic. The letter identifies Gray’s book, which she promotes in the thread, as representative of the significant power imbalances related to tourism in developing nations. These imbalances result in problems for local populations in tourist hotspots, including pricing locals out of their own land and resources, national development that prioritizes tourism over other local interests, and various other issues. This open letter was composed with an imagined context of a travel blog that highlights mindful, responsible tourism.
Keywords: Open letter, Marginalization, Migration, Bali, Tourism, travel inequity