The conceivable boundaries of 'home' expand with the scale and accessibility of adjacent transportation networks. Subsequently, the threshold between 'home' and 'away' is understood through varying scales of movement. Air travel is assumed to always carry tourists 'away,' by virtue of its speed, spectacle, and indifference to geography.
This thesis engages Canada's budget airline industry and its role in cultivating intense consumer experiences at all-inclusive resorts throughout the greater Caribbean. Paradoxically, these experiences depend on vivid representations of tropical paradise that are both distant and exotic, yet familiar.
Facilitated by expedient air travel and controlled airport transfers, passengers are brought into closer contact with domestic myths of paradise more than any genuine interaction with an unfamiliar place. This thesis in turn positions touristic enclaves as displaced, yet well-connected extensions of North America's sub-urban network...