A Letter to Experienced Travelers

Dear Experienced Travelers,

I hope you realize how blessed you are. Blessed with the financial ability, blessed with many vacation days, blessed with a fantastic ability to research and budget (and follow that budget), and even blessed with living somewhere so close to other countries (talking to you, Europeans). I hope you are grateful for all of the exciting things you’ve experienced, the beautiful places you’ve seen, and the lovely (and maybe not so lovely) people you have met. After being involved in a travel-based community for almost a year, it breaks my heart to hear so many complaints about such little things… Things that so many people, even in first world countries, will never experience.

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Dear Experienced Travelers… I hope you realize that everyone is different and has their own style of traveling. It’s absolutely wrong to judge someone for how they like to travel, or anything for that matter. As long as we are treating people and cultures with kindness and respect, does it really matter what they choose to see? Some people love seeing big capital cities, and seeing the iconic sites and buildings, while others love the small-town feel. Some love being fully prepared on a week-long trip, while others enjoy the backpacking lifestyle. The traveler vs tourist debate is absolutely silly, and quite honestly, can get mean and disrespectful. A person isn’t any less or worse of a person because they choose to see and do things differently than you.

Sure, it’s great to encourage others to step a little bit outside of their comfort zone. It’s also equally as important to realize that everybody has a different comfort zone. Not everybody is going to want to skydive, try fermented local delicacies, or ditch a map and get lost in a new city.

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Dear experienced travelers, please understand that not everyone has the luxury of a 2 + week vacation. Others can only do a short 3 day trip to see the popular sites. I hope you understand that everyone lives different lives, and we all have different situations… and that’s okay. 

Dear experienced travelers, if any of these apply to you, please know I still love you. You’re still loved and valued, even if you have said or thought some of these things. We’re all human and we all make mistakes. The main point is we can ALL take some time to become better people for ourselves and the world around us.

 

Dear experienced travelers, this letter is for you.

18 Comments

  1. A lot of excellent points! Very well written. I try not to judge other people on how they like to travel, but as someone that hates cities and crowds it is hard for me to understand why someone would like those things, but I know we are all different and that’s what makes this world so great! Keep it up!

  2. Well put! Travel isn’t for everyone and even then, everyone travels differently. Why do we have to be such judgy mcjudgersons all the time? Just do you, don’t hurt anyone and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.

  3. Well, I am an inexperienced but intensive Traveller, however, I totally understand that everyone has a budget and other things to consider more importantly time while traveling. For me, it is more important to travel and see new places learn new experiences, rather then getting into a debate someone might agree with and some may not, while few like me, would go for a neautral point of view, but I am glad that before going to bed, I read something worth while!

  4. Beautifully written and yes, it had to be said. Everyone’s wants and expectations from a trip are different. The most important thing is to do what you love. Just because someone prefers comfortable beds over a tent, doesn’t mean you’re better than them. Let’s stop judging each other for doing what we love. There’s a reason we’re all different. We’re human. Not programed robots.

  5. Lynda Knudtson

    Very well said. I have been vacation “shamed” for some of the craziest things. I appreciate hearing from those who travel for two weeks and still enjoy listen to my stories about long weekends.

  6. Such a well-written article! I think what’s most important about travel is not where you go, what you do, or how you do it. Rather, I think what’s most important is that you get out of your bubble, expand your horizons, and experience new things and places.

  7. You are so right! A lot of people cannot afford to leave their country of origin and can only be local tourists. Allow them! I see lot of shaming of people without passports. Very elitist. I’m grateful that I’m able to budget and travel as PTO permits.

  8. Great points Miranda! Often times I’ve felt not like a real traveller cause I could only ever take short trips. I git over that though. It’s nice to read all this in the one space. Travel is such a personal thing. No one should be judged for how they chose to do it. Thanks for this.

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