“Last Chance Travel” (climate alarmism in a suitcase)

From MasterResource

By Robert Bradley Jr. — March 24, 2023

“Last chance travel …. From melting glaciers to unbearable summer heat, climate change will make some holiday destinations unrecognizable.”

The mentality of the doomsday crowd is something to behold. Why would one go zombie on the coming end of modern civilization rather than soberly examine the (failed) track record of alarmism and the (non-alarming) data of weather extremes, temperature, and climate-related deaths?

I am reminded of two authors of the 1972 Club of Rome study who were so confident of doomism (here):

Dennis and Donella Meadows retreated to a New Hampshire farm after completing the book “to learn about homesteading and wait for the coming collapse.” “We definitely felt like Cassandras,” Donella Meadows added, “especially as we watched the world react to our work.”

But maybe Kenneth Boulding got it right when he said:

Is there any more single-minded, simple pleasure than viewing with alarm? At times it is even better than sex.

Maybe “fear porn” is how to describe those who peddle fear and doom and want to recreate society along the lines that they think is “sustainable,” what F. A. Hayek would call “the fatal conceit.”


An article in The Times, “Last Chance Travel: The Trips that May Lose Their Appeal in Five Years” by Chris Haslams inspired this comment on social media by uber-doomist Zoe Cohen:

Is that what we really want as (privileged) human beings in 2023? To fly somewhere to ‘see it before it’s gone’? (or more accurately before it’s destroyed by our extractive colonial system that benefits a small proportion of humanity and f**ks everyone else, human and non-human)

Or to find out the places we can fly to that aren’t yet so destroyed that they still look ‘nice’ and we can go there without feeling too guilty? Really? Aren’t we better than that?


The article follows:

#Travel planning has always involved a gamble with the weather. Sometimes it’s a dead cert — the Canaries in December, for example. At others it’s a long shot, Brittany being rain-free in August, & occasionally it’s a no-hope outsider, as anyone who has been tempted by a bargain package to Thailand in September will know

The weather, however, is no longer a safe bet. The #climate is changing, and last year offered the most dramatic and convincing evidence yet of its effects. Wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of square miles of forest in the US, South America & Europe

Devastating floods hit Australia, South Africa, the Sahel and Pakistan, and Europe endured the hottest summer since measurements began, with the UK reaching a new high of 40.3C at on July 19th

African rivers are dry. Alpine resorts are warm and muddy. Beaches in the south of France recorded June-like temperatures at Christmas and, last week, Los Angelenos built snowmen. India issued heatwave alerts in February, Adelaide issued a “code red” heatstroke warning last week, and in Mauritius holidaymakers sought shelter as Cyclone Freddy battered the island. It will come as no surprise that there’s more of the same to come, exacerbated this year and next as a new El Niño event takes over from the outgoing La Niña….

Last-chance #tourism seems not only in bad taste but also to be a driver of #climatechange by adding to overall emissions. But it’s not that simple. In 2019 the global travel industry supported 333 million jobs. If each of those jobs feeds just four mouths — and in sub-Saharan Africa it’s eight — then one sixth of the global population depends on tourism’s transfer of wealth. (***Bullsh*t – people are dependent on tourism ‘Transfer of wealth’, because of the obscene actual transfer of wealth from the global south to the global north through extraction and debt! A global debt cancellation could surely resolve much of that overnight***)

And there’s the need, too, to bear witness. (!!!!?) I always thought the Antarctic cruise industry’s insistence that “every tourist who sees the ice returns as an ambassador” was self-serving — especially when you saw those ambassadors heading for the biz-class lounges at Buenos Aires airports. But if we travel in a sustainable way to inspect the damage we have done, perhaps we’ll fight harder to protect what’s left”

Before 2035: escape the heat

We’ll have crossed the 1.5C of warming threshold by 2035 and, according to the Met Office, summers like the last will be the norm. Much of the Med, from southern Spain to Turkey, will be too hot to handle between June and September.

Before 2050: dodge storms, flooding and more heat

Sea levels are forecast to rise by between 29cm and 1.1m by 2100. It doesn’t sound like much, but a New Zealand study says it’s enough to put “one billion people at risk of coastal inundation or high-tide flooding” by 2050.


Or maybe not ….

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Ron Long
March 25, 2023 6:08 am

luckily my wife and mother-in-law have already booked a vacation for June in Florida and the Bahamas, hope it’s not too late? Tourism is the greatest of business types, because it basically is: people come to where you are, give you their money, and then leave.

Reply to  Ron Long
March 25, 2023 6:35 am

I tend to avoid Florida in June so as not to feed the insects. I just sent my passport in to be renewed for a European vacation this summer. I’m hoping that Paris garbage collection has resumed by then.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Scissor
March 25, 2023 7:27 am

Don’t worry there’ll be strikes and demonstrations about something in Paris/France. Possibly a bit quieter in August when the entire nation has its congé annuel. One of my classic memories of the French and holidays is a visit to Cordes-sur-Ciel in August and seeing a tourist trap shop with a sign saying “fermé pour congé annuel”

Reply to  Scissor
March 25, 2023 8:46 am

wishful thinking

Reply to  ResourceGuy
March 25, 2023 9:48 am

Come to think of it, the underground is smelly in many places even in winter. Might skip Paris.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  Scissor
March 26, 2023 9:36 pm

My wife went there long before I met her, she said the men smelled like goats.
As she grew up on a farm, she spoke from experience

March 25, 2023 6:43 am

…and still the “conferences” will be held in far away places inviting the corrupt and evil, and brainwashed, to climb into their private jets or business class seats paid for by a “supportive foundation” or charity for short, leaving their hypocritical avatars at home to deliver yet more climate change bowlocks from which they will profit when their new film or book, which they push relentlessly at said conference to be bought by the gullible masses.

I , for one. will not be complying.

March 25, 2023 6:44 am

Places like Maldives don’t think CAGW is real or they would not rationally spend billions on just barely above sea level airports, hotels, etc.

Actions speak louder than words so they surely don’t think CAGW is real.

Reply to  mkelly
March 25, 2023 6:55 am

They tried to play the scam for the money. Silly cabinet meetings in scuba gear etc put the tourists right off going there – it’s doomed, right? Then, they started building.

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Walter Sobchak
Reply to  mkelly
March 25, 2023 7:51 am

And their god Obama, wouldn’t have spent $12 million on a beachfront mansion.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
March 25, 2023 9:06 am

Neither would Gore-menghast

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Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
March 25, 2023 10:20 am

but now he can socialize with other elites and stay away from “commoners”

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 25, 2023 1:18 pm

If he believed in “climate change”, he might buy a house in the mounatins

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
March 25, 2023 5:19 pm

Obama in 2014 –

Obama said he had not had time to go to the Great Barrier Reef but “I want to come back, and I want my daughters to be able to come back, and I want them to be able to bring their daughters or sons to visit. And I want that there 50 years from now.”


Maybe if he had made the effort to travel to the pristine GBR proper (~100 kms off the Qld coast) he could have asked himself –
what should I believe – the IPCC propaganda or my lyin’ eyes?

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  mkelly
March 25, 2023 10:19 am

and the banks that fund them

Reply to  mkelly
March 25, 2023 6:11 pm

Everyday the Detroit newspapers run an ad for spending a vacation in the Maldives at one of the resorts for $3000 to $4000 per week.

William Howard
March 25, 2023 6:51 am

Well after all it is a religion

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  William Howard
March 25, 2023 10:22 am

they all have dark prophecies- its required to frighten the faithful

Jon Garvey
Reply to  William Howard
March 25, 2023 11:03 am

It’s funny how the Maldives are more than zealous to keep their population faithful to Islam on pain of prosecution, whilst they actively promote the religion of an angry Neptune.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Jon Garvey
March 25, 2023 9:19 pm

Or Poseiden.

March 25, 2023 6:52 am

With the cost of living being what it is I don’t think we are going to see untold masses whizzing around the planet for a bit of Sun. What’s happening at local level is both far more pernicious and restricting.

In other travel news: Charles the Halfwit saves the planet…

“Online car auction house, Collecting Cars, has a real gem on its books with a Land Rover Discovery 3 that previously belonged to Prince Charles prior to him becoming King. The all-purpose British 4×4 was delivered to The Royal Garage at Highgrove House in 2007.”

The wine/cheese-whey driven Aston Martin isn’t for sale. Who has surplus vino lying around, anyway?

Years ago Ford produced a car in the UK called the Capri; an analogue of the Mustang, but without a V8. It was to all intents and purposes the working man’s Porsche – affordable and fun. Now Ford is bringing the Capri name back as an EV…

“It’s predicted to cost around £40,000”

No longer affordable and no longer a sporty coupe. 

Peta of Newark
Reply to  strativarius
March 25, 2023 8:40 am
Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 25, 2023 9:09 am

His flying habits are something else

Ann Banisher
March 25, 2023 7:24 am

Last year they probably had Tahoe on their ‘last chance’ list for skiing.
This year their last chance will come in August.

Reply to  Ann Banisher
March 25, 2023 8:30 am

A few resorts in Colorado are extending their seasons. It’s definitely been a good year as far as snow is concerned but nothing like in California. I plan to make a visit to Mammoth shortly. Snow looks plentiful. https://www.mammothmountain.com/on-the-mountain/mammoth-webcam/the-summit

Bruce Cobb
March 25, 2023 7:45 am

State-of-the-art climate science right here:

The basics of climate change are straightforward: greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced mainly by fossil-fuel consumption have filled the atmosphere like feathers in a duvet, blanketing the world and trapping the sun’s heat.

Oh. My. God. We’re doomed.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 25, 2023 7:54 am

Have you got a link for that unhinged rant you quoted?

Reply to  Curious George
March 25, 2023 9:17 am

Oregon Institute for ‘Creative Research’…

Says it all. Cheers, George.

Dave Fair
Reply to  strativarius
March 25, 2023 11:39 am

‘Creative Research.’ Is that the same as ‘Creative Accounting?’

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 25, 2023 8:42 am

All those feathers explains where the asthma’s coming from

Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 25, 2023 8:52 am

and the EPA asthma excuse strategy

Jon Garvey
Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 25, 2023 11:05 am

I blame Chicken Licken.

March 25, 2023 7:54 am

You mean like all those warmunists who travelled to Glacier NP to view the last gasp dying of the last glacier in the park? The park that still has lots of glaciers, and whose current snow fall data this year are virtually equal to the 30 year average:


March 25, 2023 8:45 am

Does it come with the hawking of travel insurance too?

Andy Pattullo
March 25, 2023 10:09 am

Wall to wall lies as usual. These fools are in the business of self-fulfilling prophecies. Climate change/global warming won’t make travel unattractive but all the policies these fraudsters advocate will make it more and more expensive, unpleasant and unattainable for many. Just as catastrophists who predicted more losses from disasters, lowered agricultural production and increasing hunger have promoted policies that can actually bring those predictions to fruition.

Joseph Zorzin
March 25, 2023 10:18 am

“climate change will make some holiday destinations unrecognizable”

It’ll make holiday destinations to Siberia, Scandinavia and much of Canada unrecognizable and nicer. Some deserts will be greener.

Curious George
March 25, 2023 10:43 am

Now they are weaponizing travel agents 🙂

March 25, 2023 12:40 pm

I am watching today’s Atlantic storm hit the coast from a beautiful house on Dune Road in the Hamptons. The couch I am on is about 75 feet from the ocean at high tide. Maybe 2-3 feet above local sea level. There are a lot of mansions as far as the eye can see in both directions. Based on demographics, most of the owners of these vacation homes vote as if the “believe” in climate change. The location of their vacation homes says differently.

March 25, 2023 3:49 pm

Looks like they’re going to have something else to hype. It is looking like last night was just the kick off for what is apparently going to be an active spring tornado season. Waves of cold shooting down from the NW US colliding with warm moist air off the gulf are in the forecast. Joe Bastardi is indicating there could be one or two outbreaks before Easter.

March 25, 2023 4:15 pm

“Story Tip”

How desperate are the climate caterwaulers?

Now they need HAIRDRESSERS to promote the lunacy.


March 25, 2023 5:33 pm

the only verifiable metric in all this nonsense is sea level rise and the rate of sea level rise remains unchanged for the last 100 years of measurements .

March 25, 2023 7:28 pm

I must be a sage, doing 3 months round the world starting July 1. It’ll all be gone by the time we get home again 🙂

Jeff Alberts
March 25, 2023 9:16 pm

Wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of square miles of forest in the US, South America & Europe”

And in a few years, you won’t even know they happened. It’s called nature.

George Daddis
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
March 27, 2023 6:35 am

Wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of square miles of forest in the US, South America & Europe” – like they have EVERY year over the last century.

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