In Beijing: Olympic Travel Junkies

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  08.11.08 | 1:49 PM ET

My companions at the hotel here vary by age, gender, nationality and sport of choice—but as we’ve chatted over breakfast or on the shuttle to the subway, I’ve learned that there’s one thing many of them have in common: this isn’t their first Olympic Games. “Calgary, Barcelona, Atlanta ... Sydney, Nagano,” one man rattled off during a subway ride. His wife added: “Don’t forget Salt Lake!” Another man scratched his head thoughtfully when I asked how many Games he’d attended. “I guess I got started back in ‘76,” he said, “in Montreal.”


Considering the ongoing decline in vacation time taken these days, a trip to the Olympics every two years—or even every four—probably represents a hefty percentage of my companions’ overall holiday total. So what drives them to keep coming back again and again?

After just a few days here, I can already see the appeal. The exotic, exciting locale, the sheer athletic ability on display, the emotional highs and lows lived vicariously through the athletes—together, it all packs a pretty powerful punch. In fact, I’ve already caught myself looking ahead to 2010. I haven’t been out to Canada’s west coast in a few years.

Isn’t it about time I made it back to Vancouver?

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

4 Comments for In Beijing: Olympic Travel Junkies

Heather 08.12.08 | 10:19 AM ET

Vancouver - absolutely!

You should take a moment to stop in at BC House while you’re in Beijing.

TambourineMan 08.12.08 | 3:03 PM ET

Eva, you need to re-title this blog post: “Olympic Travel Wankers.”

Remember this post from a few weeks ago?

Love 2 See New Things 08.12.08 | 6:48 PM ET

Just came off AOL and was curious to see of anyone had a reaction to the lip-syncing debate in China.  The article entitled:  “Controversy Brews Over Lip-Synching”

I think it is terrible what they told a 7 year old.  You’re not cute enough to sing!!!  All China taught two young children is that superficiality will be rewarded.

Someone on AOL blogged that she thought only the U.S. was this superficial.  Similar to my thoughts that only the western world was this shallow.  Surprise to us both!

Last question:  For those that have traveled not only throughtout the games, but to many countries—How Superficial is the World Today?

freebet 08.19.08 | 3:47 PM ET

ooooh, bad China - human rights, bad China bad bad bad - very naughty…
oh look - fireworks! What’s that? Human Rights? Pah! FIREWORKS! LOOK AT THEM. WOOHOO!

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