There’s something about the online travel community that drives me to drink on occasion. I love everyone, I love the stories, I love the photographs, but there are a few things that just……
How it’s always a competition as to who can have the smallest carry-on/pack the least amount of stuff.
Everyone does it. They show you pictures of this tiny name brand well-packed bag of essentials that magically fits carry-on luggage specifications. Everyone fawns over their amazing ability to somehow travel the world with nothing but two pairs of rolled up shorts and a tablet.
Want to see my backpack for the next trip through Europe? Here is one of its twins:
It won’t win me any packing awards, but I bet it does a better job of keeping the rain off than the emergency poncho shoved into the side pocket of that carry-on.
How every digital nomad has amazingly successful startups that all blossomed from day one.
Want to know a secret? I’ve spent the past 5 years working for startup companies. I have never owned one. I’m not amazingly rich. In fact, there have been years when I have done my taxes online and the little warning icon has popped up along with the message, “This income is too low to be real. You are likely to be audited.” Does that mean I’m penniless? Thankfully, usually, no. Does it mean the next thing on this list irks me? Probably.
How anyone can pay $2000+ a month for accommodations for one person and then claim to be a budget traveler.
Now, this one primarily applies to long-term travelers, and not tourists. $2000 a month for a tourist is probably astoundingly low. I was looking at tickets and accommodations for Disneyland France the other day, and a couple of night in a park sponsored hotel could have eaten up that entire budget with ease. But, if you are staying in a country for a couple of months with $4000 a month rent (I recently ran across people paying exactly that to stay in a room in San Francisco and elsewhere on a temporary basis), plus paying airfare, plus all of the other million little things (taxes, medical, visas, food, coffee, clothing to supplement those two pairs of shorts), then you may as well be bleeding out money all over the map. Is that really sustainable for a *cough* “budget” traveler?
That guy that made a Youtube travel video in a country where nodding means no and shaking your head means yes, and then spent the entire video responding to locals as if a nod meant yes and a shake of the head meant no.
Okay, actually I love his videos and he had me dying laughing. And perhaps the natives knew that tourists are generally confused, and thus they nodded in a way that most of the world would understand. All I know is that we spent a good half hour eating popcorn and giggling every time we saw him respond positively to a nod of the head. I’m sure it’s a mistake that any of us could have made, but that didn’t make it any less funny. Personally, I’m practicing not nodding at all – that’s one problem solved.
The fact that no one is my age.
There are a few that are, but they’re generally the “one year of travel” types. They’ve saved up their whole lives for this, have a planned itinerary, and will be spending their days drinking margaritas on the beach (actually, that last part doesn’t sound like a bad idea) before heading back home. The fact is that most people wandering the globe seem to be either in their twenties or retired. I have teenagers, thus I belong to neither of those categories. Sometimes it’s lonely being me.
Rant over, if it even was a rant….