From the same guy who brought you the 30 nicest travellers to follow on Twitter comes a blog post about the worst kinds of people you run into while travelling.
That’s right. You should stop reading now if you’re easily offended. Then again, if you’re offended it could be because you’re one of the 5 types of traveller I love to hate.
If that’s the case, you should just stay home from now on…
1. The drunken idiot backpacker
I like to party as much as the next guy – unless the next guy is the type of drunken idiot who gets so wasted that he ends up waking up half the hostel after a big night out.
You know the type: usually young, stupid and selfish, cutting loose on their first trip overseas. A combination of cheap booze and that first taste of freedom is a heady mix for these clowns who think travel is only about getting shitfaced every night and causing a ruckus.
2. Culturally insensitive travellers
I guess in the West it’s technically okay to wear a skirt so small that I can see your ass, but must you really bare all in very religious countries where it’s wildly inappropriate to show so much skin?
At Angkor Wat in Cambodia I saw tons of people – men and women – turned away because their clothing was too revealing; in landlocked Ubud, Indonesia, I saw locals berate a woman for wearing a bikini into town.
These people must surely have known better. You’ve got to respect the local culture, people – and do as they do in Rome.
Must I go through the same bulllshit every single time I go to buy anything in Southeast Asia?
The man behind the counter names some outrageous price for a t-shirt, I tell him that I didn’t arrive yesterday, he scoffs at what I’m prepared to pay, I walk away and he runs after me. Sold.
Learn to haggle, people. Suckers who pay too much for things – whether it’s a bottle of water, an item of clothing or a guided tour – are pushing prices up. Plus they’re the main reason I have to waste so much energy shopping around for a good deal.
4. Tour group sheep
One minute you’re enjoying the wonders of Angkor Wat, the next a bus-load of camera-touting, fanny-pack wearing tourists are elbowing you out of the way, jostling for the perfect photograph.
We’ve all been there – if not at Angkor Wat, then at some other major tourist attraction. Like a plague of locusts, tour groups seem to come out of nowhere en masse, block out the sun (or at least whatever you’re trying to photograph) and then head off to the next attraction.
These kinds of tour groups aren’t so much large groups of travellers but living, breathing organisms that trample you under their collective will.
5. Embarrassing national stereotypes
Ugly Americans, loud-mouth Aussies, Kiwis who get crazy offended when you ask them if they’re Australian… the only thing I love to hate more than a cultural stereotype is when people perpetuate those same stereotypes at the expense of being a decent human being.
We’re all cultural ambassadors when we travel. Like it or not, if enough of us act a certain way then people are going to think everyone from that country is the same.
So let’s all be kind and get a reputation for being awesome.