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21. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting james

This is all about travel snobbery. Seems that most people have this "I'm better than the average dumb tourist" attitude.

Yes, true.

But the question I can't figure out is WHY I have this attitude. I am not usually a snob, but I seem to be slipping into this travel snob thing. It bothers me, because rationally I am fully in favour of anyone travelling in any way they want.

But emotionally, I find myself becoming the kind of hippy-dippy traveller I hate - the guy that says, "You spent $10 for a place to stay? Dude, I spent $2 on my room last night. Sure, it had no bed or water and I think I was bitten by a plague carrying rat, but at least I was keeping it 'real.'"

Ick.

Greg

22. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

"You spent $10 for a place to stay? Dude, I spent $2 on my room last night. Sure, it had no bed or water and I think I was bitten by a plague carrying rat, but at least I was keeping it 'real.'"

Lol

For me it's not about snobbery because I don't feel judgemental about someone being 'un-touristy' or a 'proper tourist'. As long as people enjoy themselves whatever they're doing what's the problem?

It's ok (and fortunate) that we all have our own ways of exploring and enjoying a new place!

23. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 10y

For me it's the being rushed from one site to another aspect of group tours that really puts me off them. At least by going by yourself (even if it is to the exact same places) you're able to take your time, soak up the atmosphere, explore more and if you're lucky have the place to yourself for a while when the tour buses head off to the next 'must-see' destination!

24. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 10y

Traveling is for enjoyment. Different people enjoy different things and so they have different styles of traveling. Why the unnecessary "class differences"? If you're having a good time, then who cares what kind of traveling style you have?

Greg, I can't believe you missed the Great Wall of China!! That's just plain insane in my book! Go back and try it again, because The Wall truely is amazing.

25. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 10y

Quoting mtlgal

If you're having a good time, then who cares what kind of traveling style you have?

Greg, I can't believe you missed the Great Wall of China!! That's just plain insane in my book!

Errrr, didn't you just contradict yourself by writing that?

26. Posted by ValleyBri (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Has anyone ever read a jetlag travel guide?
They have a mock travel snob, here's one of his blurbs from "Molvania"

Philippe Miseree writes...
"It's pathetic, tourists complaining about pickpockets and worrying that they might get mugged if they go into a certain section of town. For me, being the victim of minor crime is an essential part of the overall travel experience. Once, in a seedy Lutenblag hotel room, I woke to discover that thieves had stolen my wallet, camera and a kidney - it was a trip I will never forget!"

27. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 10y

Quoting applegirl

Quoting mtlgal

If you're having a good time, then who cares what kind of traveling style you have?

Greg, I can't believe you missed the Great Wall of China!! That's just plain insane in my book!

Errrr, didn't you just contradict yourself by writing that?

I don't think so I'm contradicting myself. I just meant that whatever traveling style you feel comfortable with, DON'T miss seeing something as spectacular as the Great Wall. There are many ways to go see "untouristy" parts of the Wall. Of course, it's easy for me to say that because I speak Chinese and can travel around China a lot easier than most people.

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