Guest lecturer, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Professor Volodymyr Antonenko on the latest trends, advantages and threats of independent travel
On March 16, 2021, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, the head of the Department of International Tourism of Kyiv University of Culture, Professor Volodymyr Antonenko delivered an online lecture on independent travel as an alternative to organized tourism (latest trends, challengesand threats) to scientists and students of the the Department of Tourism of the Faculty of Tourism and International Communications of UzhNU.
Independent tourism is an increasingly widespread phenomenon. The lecturer acquainted the audience with the main trends in organizing independent trips, based on the latest statistics: he analyzed the risks in tourism and pointed out the advantages and disadvantages of self-organized trips. The widespread introduction of information technologies and telecommunications is the factor that influenced rapid development of independent tourism. Nowadays, there are a lot of social networks for independent tourists, such as Hospitality Club, Couchsurfing, etc., whose members help each other by offering accommodation to each other. Another free website with a lot of useful information for planning independent trips is http://dontforgetyourtoothbrush.com. Trip Adviser service is well-known among independent travelers, however the Lonely Planet service is also interesting, in particular because it contains the most professional reviews.
It has been proven that the most experienced tourists pay more attention to independent travel, as it is cheaper and more flexible than organized travel, and is a great opportunity for experienced tourists and desperate adventurers to reach the destinations that would be impossible to visit on organized tours.
We are grateful to Prof. Antonenko for his highly professional lecture, exchange of experience and cooperation between the Department of Tourism of Uzhhorod National University and the Department of International Tourism of Kyiv University of Culture.