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My question should be similar to this one : http://anarchy101.org/6584/what-good-anarchist-holidays-what-purpose-holiday-your-life .

But it's different. I wondered what you think about making holidays/vacations and trips in an anarchist way.

I think that, as an introduction, you shall never consider what you are doing as "tourism" and behave like a tourist. Like not taking part to things, get served, soil everything by the simple fact of being there, etc.

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So basically, all conventional holidays were generally total disaster for me as I really hate "normal" and conventional things in general, but especially the pre-conveived, artificial and "ready to consume" aspects of entertainement, recreational activities and the tourism and leisure industries.

That really makes me sick most of the time. Even I also like the sun, drinking margaritas, making veggie BBQ (lol) and this kind of cliché things. As paradoxal as it may seem.

So my best "holidays" memories are about trips and/or events that weren't really prepared or conventional.

I won't give precise examples here of what I did.

But I can recomand you : DIY music festivals, or anarchist summer or winter camps (;-)), or making wilderness camping with friends (very good for getting a bit out of "civilization"). Making hitchiking, going in squats in others cities (taking contact with people before). Meet new people, friends, comrads, etc. Some of things that have been sometimes critized as "anarcho-tourism" by some compas.
 But I never saw it that way and always tried to take part to the life of places where I've been and joining activities or even struggle with people where I were. And things always worked well.

Something that some people do here in Europe and that work pretty well (especially if you are not from the country where you do it) is to defraud the train on long distance or jump and hide in "commodity trains" (like "hobos" used to do). For what I know, controllers, when you meet them, barely never call the cops. And even if they do it, you don't risk much in much countries of western europe. Just take some advice and tips from people in the country where you are before you do it.

In last resort, especially when you live in squats or collective housing or flat sharing and you don't have much money, is to "invite holidays at home". The principle is simple : you let people know, in "anarchist circles" or friends from other cities or countries that you can host one or several people for some days or during an event. You often have good surprises.

But you need to work on your "anti-social" tendencies. Which is not always easy. As you also may have bad surprises. ;-) But it's no big deal to me.
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i am not much of a traveler but my tendency is either to only travel to places where i know people, or to travel and stay long enough to make actual friends (like, a month or more).

tourism is evil.
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I do agree 100% about tourism. But sedentarism is also evil, and death, and fascism by the way. ;-) . It's important to precise that I was entirely jocking about the cliché things. But to me my question makes sense because with time I realised that many comrads or compas or friends with radical ideas and practices use to make very conventional holidays and trips. Like going to the sea in a cheap motel, or stuff like that... Like "cheap tourism". Which is really not my cup of tea, one more time.

But seriously, how do you define tourism ? That's a good question. Basicaly, -for you- what makes the big difference between nomadism, travelling and tourism ? The fact is that it's often hard to meet friends (with affinity I mean) when you don't get out of your place, unless if you live in a big city with an important amount of anarchists, anti-authoritarian or radical people.
hey okapy, when you come back...
i'm reading a yet-to-be-published piece by peter lamborn wilson/hakim bey called The Caravan of Summer. i've never really read him before, but this piece (talking about guesting and hosting, etc) says a lot of cool things about tourism... thought you  might be interested. it's not on the anarchist library (yet) but perhaps it will be soon. :)
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