Little things annoy me, they always have. I started my travel blog nearly 4 months ago and it’s been an interesting experience. I love most things about it, and I’ve interacted with some great people so far, but the travel blogging world (and the wider travel world) is home to some fairly annoying terms and trends, and I can’t bite my tongue any longer.
Do/don’t date a boy/girl who travels
Ah, these are the worst. If you read travel blogs, or Facebook, or have had a pulse for the last few months, you will have seen these posts. They make travellers out to be these whimsical, magical people who are vulnerable yet strong, “fiercely” independent yet willing to let the right one in. They are the best (or the worst; they are too good for mere mortals) people to date, but don’t try and cage-up a traveller because you will lose them forever. It sounds like I’m writing my own version here so I’ll stop; you can already see how annoying these posts are.
I’ve always thought of nomads as Mongolians on horses, moving with the seasons, living in yurts, drinking yak’s milk and enjoying none of the comforts of the modern world. It’s hard to now use that term when talking about corporate drop-outs who decide they don’t want to work, but would rather travel the world staying in decent guesthouses, lying on beaches and maybe settling down for a few months in Chang Mai. There are no yurts (and very few horses) in sight, and most modern nomads would consider an iPhone or Laptop far more important than their goat or yak. I’m exactly like the person I just described (or I will be very soon,) but I won’t be referring to myself as a digital nomad.
Proper digital nomads
As soon as a traveller is present, a place instantly loses its authenticity. Sure, you can look for less touristy spots but the fact remains; if you are there everything changes. Also, tourists complaining about other tourists has to be the most inane thing around (I know all of us have been guilty of this from time to time though), and don’t even get me started about the tourist/traveller arguments – everyone who travels is a tourist, and every tourist is a traveller; no one has the right to say they are doing it better than anyone else.
Sunset Sunday, Foto Friday etc
I should really embrace this one; it’d make it a lot easier to churn out my goal of 3 posts a week if I could just post an old photo of a sunset every Sunday (or Saturday).
Motivational quotes from the likes of Ghandi, Saint Augustine, Russell Crowe, Aristotle and Mel Gibson
OK, at least 2 of those people have probably never said anything motivational in their lives, except when reading off a script, but you know what I mean. I don’t mind a bit of motivation from time to time, but it has gone into overdrive lately. I would much rather people try and come up with their own quotes rather than continually recycle other people’s!
“The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world… uh.. I mean…They may take our lives, but they will never take..OUR FREEDOM”
This should be called “I took a lot of photos but can’t be bothered writing anything about them” but I guess “Photo Essay” sounds more important. I’ll probably get to this stage in the near future; I better make sure I name mine something else after rubbishing them in this post.
This means getting cheap flights, hoarding air-miles and doing anything it takes to get stuff cheaper. Maybe if I was an American I’d be more into this; I think it’s pretty much impossible to “travel hack” effectively in New Zealand, but surely there could be a better term for what is essentially just trying to get a good deal.
I still don’t know exactly what this means, but it sounds important, like people who travel responsibly are better than the rest of us. I’m guessing it means trying to leave a small carbon footprint and not mess up wherever you are going, in which case you should just stay at home, because travelling has to be terrible for the environment (and often society in general), especially in developing countries. I always throw trash in bins and try and respect the culture and environment I’m in; this doesn’t make me a responsible traveller, just a human being.
Do any travel terms and trends annoy you? Let me know!
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