posted by Colm Hanratty | 7 Comments
Last year while in South America I met a girl who was at the beginning of a ‘round-the-world’ trip. As she told me her route, I noticed it jumped right from New Zealand to South East Asia, skipping the land Down Under. “Are you not going to Australia?” I asked. “No,” she replied, stating that she felt that everybody else had done it, so she was deciding not to.
This decision completely baffled me. The only thing I could think that caused her to skip one of the greatest countries on the planet was the fact that she was deliberately avoiding the beaten path; that she didn’t want to go where everybody else had gone, just to be different. But there’s a reason why so many people visit Australia – it’s an amazing place!
Now I’m not saying that this particular person was a ‘travel snob’, because I don’t think she was. But there certainly are travel snobs out there. These are travellers (certainly not ‘tourists’!) who almost sneer at the world’s best-loved attractions – your Louvres and your Empire State Buildings. My advice is don’t be one of them. The Louvre is one of the world’s most famous museums. OK, so you might have to get in line like a lemming for a couple of hours (pictured), but so what? You’ll be able to say when you’re grey and old that you’ve seen the world's most famous painting!
So if you’re about to go travelling around Europe, North America, Australia, or wherever you’re headed, please – don’t be ashamed to do the touristy things. Make sure you get your picture taken in front of the Roman Colosseum, or you get a shot of you putting your arms out wide in front of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ in Rio de Janeiro. The thing to remember is that everybody does these things because of one thing – touristy is good.
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