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  1. Why touristy is good

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 7 Comments

    Why touristy is good

    Apr012011

    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.

  2. 7 Comments so far.

    Kathy said on 16/04/2011 at 4:20pm

    I skipped Oz on my RTW trip because I knew it was a destination I could get back to easily and I wanted to give it some decent amount of time - not just scratch the surface. Money was running low after 12 months through Africa and South America - and my traveller $$ would go further in South East

    Sandra15 said on 16/04/2011 at 4:12pm

    Being touristy is good and normal. I had no special desire to see Louvre, but had to do it only to conclude the same thing as many others while seeing Mona Lisa: "Yep, it's small."

    secret sauce said on 16/04/2011 at 3:50pm

    There are touristy places that are worth going to and waiting in line for. But different strokes for different folks. Saying "cause everyone else has done it or been there" is saying you'll never go anywhere again, only a few places in this world are undiscovered.

    wjingyi said on 16/04/2011 at 2:55pm

    I am definately one of those who must do the touristy in every country I went and why not since I AM the tourist :)

    Mauricio Soto said on 16/04/2011 at 2:24pm

    I prefer being a traveller to being a tourist. I'll just let myself go wherever I feel there's something I'll enjoy and stay for as long as I wish. I don't like hopping from one place to another, that's really stressing.

    Matthew said on 16/04/2011 at 2:19pm

    The answer is to mix the touristy and non touristy places when on a trip.

    John said on 01/04/2011 at 3:19pm

    So are you saying traveler is just another word for travel snob? ;) Mind you there are plenty of tourists that don't like crowds and long queues. Me I'm a happy tourist or perma-tourist. :)

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