The benefits to human health of rest and relaxation are well documented, and travel is considered by many to be an essential activity. "Getting away from it all" is one of the best ways to relieve stress, broaden cultural horizons and enjoy the fruits of our labour.
In our pursuit of happiness, however, we may be destroying the very beaches, mountains and monuments we visit.
Environment impacts of tourism and recreation
Ecotourism: Threat or opportunity?
What can be done