A journey to a peaceful past Since the 1970s – following the birth of the jumbo jet – millions of people have routinely taken off to destinations all over the world. Tourism has increased year on year, and popular cities and places of interest have become more and more congested. Until the pandemic, we could hardly imagine Venice or Times Square without huge crowds of people. But back before cheap vacations, paid time-off and Airbnb, these sites were peaceful backwaters visited only by locals or the wealthy elite. We take a look back at those calmer, quieter days.