I just read a really great article about “travel snobs” by William Chalmers in the Huffington Press. Travel snobs top my list of pet peeves. If I hear the term “authentic travel” one more time, I swear I will scream!
“Travel [is] a highly subjective personal experience and diversity [is] a good thing!” Spot on, William Chalmers! Travel means different things to different people, and it’s ALL authentic!
Who gave the snobs the idea that anyone cares about their notions that you have to really rough it and stay in a place for an extended period of time to really “get it?”
When I travel, especially when it’s my first time in a new place, not only do I want the “off the beaten path” experience, and spontaneous adventure without an itinerary, but I actually do a ton of research to make sure I see all the special sights, no matter how many tourists have been there before me.
After all, would it make sense to go to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower? Egypt without the pyramids at Giza? How about Chichen Itza, the Great Wall of China, the Roman Coliseum, Machu Picchu, or the Great Barrier Reef? Would you avoid them because they’re “too touristy?”
How about taking a selfie with a stunning Caribbean beach in the background? Yeah, baby!
Would you pass up visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site because you weren’t the one who discovered it?
“Travel is in the eyes of the beholder,” says Chalmers.
So here’s a newsflash: Everyone who loves to travel is a “real traveler!”
Where are the travel snob police when you need them?
Sorry to burst your bubble, travel snobs, but traveling is…
Just. Plain. Fun.
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