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Are You A Travel Snob?

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1. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Below are excerpts taken from a travel ezine. The full article can be found at

"I bet you’ll spot a piece of yourself in at least one of the five breeds of travel snobs.

TYPE ONE: The Popular Destination Snob
He might not say as much, but he is inwardly sneering at your choice of destination, wondering why anyone would want to join the masses on Khao San Road or Bondi Beach... He feels he’s a cut above the rest because he gets way off the beaten track, snubbing any destination he's likely to find in a "places-to-visit-before-you-die" list.

TYPE TWO: The Spending Snob
This strain of travel snobbery makes the sufferer believe that spending less makes him a superior traveler. He haggles for everything and likes the world to know that he paid less...What “Type Two” doesn’t seem to realize is that another point of independent travel is to inject cash into the local economy. Cutting back on spending is one thing, but bartering people out of their livelihoods is something totally different.

TYPE THREE: The Comfort Snob
He always stays in the scummiest hole of a hostel he can find and travels third class when he isn’t hitchhiking. He scoffs at anyone who favors deluxe buses or the odd three-star hotel room, insisting that doing without comfort makes the experience more "real."

TYPE FOUR: The Short-trip Snob
RECOGNIZABLE BY: A worn look from being on the road for so long.
MOST LIKELY TO SAY: "Oh, are you only here for two weeks?"

TYPE FIVE: The Guidebook Snob
A rare breed, this one, and one that usually shows symptoms of other strains of travel snobbery. He sneers at you and your fellow travelers as you wander around clutching your "Bible."...“Type Five” maintains that travel books spoil travel by drawing all travelers to previously unknown spots, which ruins the spontaneity.

TYPE SIX : The Luggage Snob
He eyed my badly packed rucksack with disdain... “Yeah, I had this huge 85-litre bag, full to bursting with all those unnecessary things that first time travelers pack, like sleeping bag liners, rucksack liners, rucksack covers, liners for your rucksack covers…” Suddenly, I found myself making excuses for my excessive luggage and feeling like an inferior traveler.

I'm type 2,3 and maybe, T5 as well. Was at the receiving end of T4.
How about you guys?

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Oh my god - i have some number 1 in me as i've been to Bangkok and Sydney and never been to either the Khoa San Road or Bondi Beach!! I don't inwardly sneer at other peoples choices though. Maybe i am a snob because i try to avoid the popular British package holiday destinations like parts of Spain and some Greek Islands.

3. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

haha!! I think I'm the Comfort Snob!

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Great excerpts, Jared

I like creature comforts where possible, but that doesn't always match the place I'm in or more budget.

5. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Hey Jared, just like you...I am a mix of 2, 3 and 5 but probably the closest to 3, that is why no one likes to travel with me, including my husband!

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Hey Jared, just like you...I am a mix of 2, 3 and 5 but probably the closest to 3, that is why no one likes to travel with me, including my husband!

You're easy to please then, Anne

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

hmmmmm....Does that mean I am a complete freak for being none of the above??? I tend to go with the flow, and absorb;)

8. Posted by salsachick (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

I'm not into all inclusive holidays.What is the point in travelling miles to only stay in a cocooned resort and not see the way other people live.Saying that though I wouldn't knock back a free all inclusive holiday if I was offered one and I guess it's the ultimate relaxation holiday as you don't have to think about anything!!!!!
So I am travel snob 1 hehehe!

9. Posted by JMJimmy (Inactive 30 posts) 11y

I'm definately #3 - but only if those people stick to popular destinations exclusively. If they mix it up then comfort away if you can aford it :)


10. Posted by Bluenose (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

I'm definitely type 1; I can't stand these places in Spain where every bar serves a full English breakfast and shows English football. (though I would watch the football if I was there).
Travelling abroad for me means feeling you're in a foreign country so I avoid the places where most English sun-seekers go to.