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11. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

I'm the person carrying a selection of guidebooks in my large roll-on luggage on my way to a 4 star hotel in Paris for a 1 week holiday, hopefully involving lots of expensive wine ! :) hehehe

I really don't think I match any of those -- well, maybe the last one. I don't think I've ever told anyone off for it though !! Better watch myself :)

12. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

HA! How do you know my brother so well? Types 1 through 6 and not shy of showing it.

As the first traveller in the family, he inspired me to travel, but also set the tone for the rest of us.... I have picked up a lot of his snobbery. Mild case of types 1, 2 and 4. Not sneering, so much as a teensy little bit of smugness, even though i end up going to popular destinations, overspending and squeezing in whirlwind trips.

So i proprose my own type - complete travel hypocrite!

I understand type 5 though. When im a bit older and if i am ever wiser and more organized, i hope to wean myself off guidebooks. Not that i would ever snub someone for using them.

13. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I'm growing evermore into a #6, although I can't honestly say I'm a snob in any other category (unless it's people who take these to the extreme - aka the Peter-in-Paris example).

They should start a McDonald's snob category - that's where my snobbism would lie. I pooh-pooh people who travel half-way around the world only to look for relief in a Big Mac.

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

Quoting tway

They should start a McDonald's snob category - that's where my snobbism would lie. I pooh-pooh people who travel half-way around the world only to look for relief in a Big Mac.

I'm going to join you in that category - one of the things i hate about Bangkok is you have all these street vendors with great noodles etc, trying to compete with a Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut etc that seem to be everywhere, i can't believe some tourist choose the Mcdonalds. When i went to Bali my brother went to Mcdonalds and i nearly disowned him on the spot.

15. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I have to say, that I am one of those people that goes to McDonalds when I go abroad.
But there is a reason. It is my goal to try McDonalds food in all the countries I visit so I have an excuse. I only go once every visit and also try the food of the country I am in.

16. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

I'm not sure what the difference is between eating McDonald's while travelling compared to when you're at home?

I mean, think of all the decent quality restaurants back home that people just walk past on their way to Maccas. It's really no different. But you know, people like familiar (even if it's bad) food from time to time. Same reason Australians crave vegemite when they're overseas.. hehehe

As an extreme case though, I've heard of people who would buy McDonalds in advance, so they could eat it several hours later when they were somewhere where there wasn't one... ewww.

The one thing that really annoys me is obnoxious travellers. The type that stands in a line and says something like; "Back home this would never happen, what kind of backward country is this?" in a loud enough voice for everyone in the line to hear about it.. There's a few people like that on the Amazing Race I noticed ;)

17. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Peter, that's a good one! I join you in your snobbery. Ditto for the people who move to and then work in another country and never cease to compare everything with how much better x, y and z would be at home.

18. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

They should start a McDonald's snob category - that's where my snobbism would lie. I pooh-pooh people who travel half-way around the world only to look for relief in a Big Mac.

We stopped at the McD's in David, though we looked at it as doing a comparison study of Panamanian style vs US style (and we were on a timetable so quick was good). They tasted the same. Only time I'd been to a McD's outside the US, though my husband liked being able to order beer with a Big Mac in Spain.

I don't fall into any of those catagories as a traveler. Wocca mentioned liking creature comforts whenever possible. With only 2 weeks to travel/year, I do want certain amenities - clean rooms, warm showers, comfortable beds, a balcony (where applicable) for people-watching from a distance. I love the (adults only) all-inclusive vacation style depending on that particular vacation's agenda. (That is, sometimes I'm the "I Like Being Waited On" snob.)

19. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

But you know, people like familiar (even if it's bad) food from time to time. Same reason Australians crave vegemite when they're overseas.. hehehe

Think that more or less covers it. The other thing to remember as you think Wtf of an American walking into a McD in, say, Calcutta, is that it could be the only time in 6months they've done it and they just want something homely/comfort like. Yes some people will always go there, but most it's just a one off.

Whilst i'm not a fan of McD and don't tend to go there wherever i am to eat, i WILL say that they tend to be the cheapest place for a cup of coffee in allot of places, and being open at breakfast time is a definite bonus as well, as many restaurants/cafe's open later. I haven't had a burger/normal meal from them in years, but i do admit to getting the odd take out coffee & also occassional breakfasts (especially at 6 or 7am when choice can be non existent) when travelling in Europe. I do tend to feel slightly sheepish though!

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

I'm with Gelli on this; McDonalds is a coffee bar right? If they started doing FAIRTRADE coffee I might even become a fan.