Anyone who loves travel and makes an effort to visit a new destination at least once a year has heard SO many comments: some good and…well, some bad. Some are also just plain stupid. To the travelers: hope you get a chuckle and some of these resonate with you. If you’re not a traveler, well, hopefully you have a sense of humor. 😉
Here is the sh!t (that I’ve personally heard) that travelers hate hearing:
1. “Why would you want to go THERE?”
…Because I haven’t been there? I want to experience other countries? It will be an exciting new experience? Why would you NOT want to go there?
2. “You’re visiting [insert country name.] Isn’t it dangerous over there??”
….Not really unless you lack common sense.
3. “Gee, I wish I had enough money to travel all the time.”
“Gee, Natasha, maybe if you didn’t get wasted 7 days a week you could afford to!” (FYI, No Natasha’s were insulted in any conversation). Money related has to be one of the top things travelers hate hearing. We’re not rich, we just know how to budget what we want. There are a lot of sacrifices various travel-lovers give up to scrimp and save to travel.
4. “Sounds like a lot of work for a vacation. Just go to a beach.”
Oh yes, I’ve heard this one because I don’t always go to a tropical beachy destination to drink out of a coconut. I enjoy hiking on vacations and doing other exciting things. So sue me.
5. “Don’t go there. You should go to [insert destination THEY’VE been to 5 million times.]”
Because really, who doesn’t want to go to the same place a couple times a year EVERY YEAR. I’ll admit, some places are definitely worth revisiting…as for now, please let me explore new destinations. Thanks.
6. “Take me with you!”
Honestly, I have no idea how to respond to this one. I’ve heard this so many times, and though it is sometimes (or maybe not) meant to be a joke, the “polite smile” and pity chuckle has definitely worn off.
7. “Can you bring me back a….”
If you’re not my immediate family member, extremely close friend, or significant other.. NO.
Though, I am a pretty giving person, and I enjoy buying stuff for people on my trips. But if you ask or expect it…. let me quietly put that back on the shelf.
8. What’s the point in going to a cold country during wintertime?
-Example: My trip to Iceland January 2014. I could write an entire post on how many people had such an issue with that (insert crying-laughing emoji here). What’s the point? How about the gorgeous Gullfoss waterfall, geysers, amazing mountains, the Blue Lagoon , or even the NORTHERN LIGHTS?!? Honestly, one of the main reasons to go that far north in the wintertime is purely to see the aurora borealis. You gotta deal with a little cold to see a once in a lifetime masterpiece.
9. You should wait to travel until after you have kids, and they’re grown.
Solid advice for a single 23 year old that probably won’t get married until 30, and then might be 55-60 when they’ve all grown up and moved out?? Thanks, but no thanks. I think I’ll stick to travel now before I have kids.
10. OR, just the ever so popular, abrupt and awkward topic change.
You changed the topic AFTER you asked me what I was doing this summer?
To all my fellow travel lovers, what else have you heard that was frustrating? I’m sure this list is endless!