chapter  7
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Travel and Meetings

In the last chapter we documented the geographical spread of the reported social networks and how virtual, communicative and corporeal travel connects dispersed social relations. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 documented how it is that much leisure and tourist-type travel should not be seen as marginal, superfluous and by implication unnecessary. In this chapter we examine in detail the significance of corporeal or physical travel. We explore to what degree and how travel is used to network, to connect networks and meet up with distant connections through face-to-face proximities. The chapter thus examines whether physical mobility is not necessarily detrimental to social capital but can in fact produce this very valuable social good (for a condensed version of this analysis, see Larsen, Urry and Axhausen forthcoming).