Already Registered?

Not Registered?

Room ControlMenu
Book NowClose

Bored Tourists

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bored Tourists

Ever had a holiday that wasn’t what you hoped for?

'Bored Tourists' explores the phenomenon of travelling to a foreign country with every intention of being inspired by it, only to be left feeling bemused, bored or half asleep...

bored-tourist-4.jpg (835 KB)

We’ve all been there: guidebook in hand, sunglasses, sun cream and camera at the ready! And yet, on the holiday that promised so much we are often somehow left feeling disappointed, bored or half asleep, with a cheap souvenir and an aching desire to be back at home with the TV on.

Eager to remember our experience through rosetinted glasses, we crowd around tourist attractions and frantically take it in turns to strike a pose, put on a smile, and construct a flattering memory to post online.

bored-tourist-3.jpg (1004 KB)

We go abroad seeking out cultural enlightenment but end up spending most of the time looking for a place to sit down; a bench, a wall, that abandoned mattress lying in the street. Or, we wander around blindly from monument to monument staring at smartphones, searching for digital entertainment to get us through the next few hours of monotony. All the while checking the clock for an appropriate time to escape to the nearest bar to reward ourselves.

bored-tourist-5.jpg (454 KB)

What began as a chance visit to Barcelona Cathedral led photographer Laurence Stephens to spend the next three summers exploring the cultural landscapes of Spain and Portugal. From stuffy museums to breathtaking skylines, with camera in hand, he went in search of the not-so-elusive bored tourist. Shot in square format as a subtle nod to our current ‘Instagram generation’, these playful images present an unforgiving vision of the tourist experience.

bored-tourist-2.jpg (664 KB)

Inspired by colour photographers of the 1980s, Stephens' approach is anthropological, exploring aspects of modern life with a satirical eye. Exposing the bizarre comedy of human nature, his photographs entertain and intrigue us, but when further considered draw us in to explore other meanings and ultimately question our own response to the world we live in.

Bored Tourists by Laurence Stephens. Hoxton Mini Press, £9.95.

BLOC Hotels London Gatwick

They say it's better to travel than to arrive. We think both are important. With BLOC you won't have far to travel at all. We're waiting to welcome you just steps from Gatwick South Terminal Departures. Any closer and we'd be on the runway!

Our 245 room hotel offers 'Sleep Haven Zones', family rooms, a business floor and Presidential Suite. Park at the terminal through one of our exclusive deals; check your bags with your airline and take your overnight bag to the room; send an email with free WiFi; relax on your sumptuous king-sized bed, watching one of our HD LED TVs; freshen up in a monsoon-drench shower wet room and seamlessly check out to arrive at your gate in a great mood to enjoy your holiday or business trip. So much more for less.

BLOC Hotel London Gatwick

BLOC Magazine

BLOC Magazine Autumn 18.jpg (214 KB)

Welcome to the online home of BLOC, the glossy new lifestyle magazine for smart travellers.

"In this issue we have curated an eclectic mix of content - from The beautiful British Virgin Islands to the Street Art of Birmingham and quite a lot in-between.

There are some very exciting events happening in the capital and second-city and we've collated some of our favourites.

You will also find details of BLOC's new VIP Guest List - sign up to receive free room upgrades (where available), free Premium Security passes, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions and offers.

Once again we hope that this magazine provides you with some insight and entertainment on your journey.

We hope you enjoy it and look forward to welcoming you to a BLOC experience again very soon."

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online version of the magazine click here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

Your journey begins here.