Welcome, unfortunately this is my last blog…
Looking back on the precious experiences I have had in Israel and Jordan makes me want to go back. I am feeling a bit sad now that it is over, although I do enjoy the orderly life again in Groningen. For me it is clear that I will visit Jordan again!
All my previous blogs were a combination of narrating my experiences, as well as intertwine and substantiate the stories with theoretical concepts. Storytelling (narrating) is something we do a lot; they shape our lives, give meaning to it, construct and maintain social structures according to Scott McCabe and Clare Foster. Furthermore, the theories that I have used were to (try to) explain the underlying motives and values of tourism. Clearly tourists have different reasons for visiting countries. Cohen identifies four different types of tourists: organized mass tourist, individual mass tourist, explorers and drifters. Pearce shares the conception of tourists having different reasons; his theory ‘the travel ladder’ is based on the pyramid of Maslow. Also, tourists tend to perceive experiences differently; this can be elucidated with the ‘Tourist Gaze’ of John Urry. Our culturally shaped minds fill in gaps we initially don’t understand. A gaze is conditioned by personal experiences and memories and framed by rules and styles. Another discussed topic was the presence of dark tourism in Bethlehem (West Bank). Dark tourism, which is mentioned by Dorina Buda in her book, refers to tourism in areas of political turmoil intimately connected to outbursts of frequently violent conflicts.
To conclude, I used a variety of theoretical concepts to support my blogs about the Journey in Jordan. Hopefully you enjoyed reading them and along the way picked up some interesting concepts in regard of tourism. But above all: I hope that my blogs have convinced you to visit Jordan yourself. It is such a beautiful country! The people are very hospitable and proud of their heritage they love to share with you!
 McCabe, Scott. "‘Who is a tourist?’A critical review." Tourist studies 5.1 (2005): 85-106.
 Erik Cohen, 'The Tourist Guide', Annals of Tourism Research 12, no. 1 (1985): 5-29.
 William, S. (2009). Tourism Geography: A new synthesis. London: Routledge
 ohn Urry, The tourist gaze 3.0, 2012
 Dorina Maria Buda, Affective Tourism Dark routes in conflict (Routledge, 2015), 14-30.