10 Ways Tourists Challenge the Notion of Travel

What comes to mind when with the word travel? Do you hope to see the most Instagrammed destinations, do you wish to visit attractions that cater to your needs, or do you expect never to travel and remain in your home state? A recent article came out questioning the difference between traveling and tourism. A recent post asked a group of nomads how they feel about the article and today’s travel atmosphere.

1. No Checklist

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One nomad claims that this generation does not travel how boomers used to, with a checklist and a set itinerary, noting each attraction in waning importance. Instead, millennials and Gen Zers travel according to their wants and needs. They shared that their least favorite place to visit in Paris was the Eiffel Tower, and the Mona Lisa is a subpar display in a museum comprised of impressive work.

2. Must Do Everything

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“Lots of inexperienced travelers (nomads, backpackers, vacationers, etc.) fall into the same trap, thinking that they have to do everything or else they’re missing out. You’re always going to miss out on 99% of things because there are simply way too many possibilities in life, and that’s fine. With experience, any kind of traveler figures out what they really want to get from travel (probably nothing to do with looking at a painting) and adjusts their travel speed to match. This speed naturally slows down as they get more of what they want from travel. For example, these days, for most of my travels, I want to stay long enough that when I go to weekly events, I feel I’m in a community,” a seasoned traveler dishes.

3. Do What You Enjoy

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Jumping off the previous point, travelers should spend time experiencing museums, attractions, and landmarks that they enjoy. If you despise art, why would you visit an art museum? On the other hand, if you identify as a foodie, why would you take a trip focusing on dining in five-star restaurants? Cater your exploration to your niche interests.

4. Take a Picture, Not a Snapshot

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Living in the vibrant moment of traveling worldwide is lost by taking a selfie. Indulging in the pure adrenaline-fueled live music is disrupted by blue light screens shoved into the open air. Take a moment to travel without your phone. You can take pictures but don’t live through your screen. You’ll thank yourself later.

5. Move Too Quickly

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Take your time in new settings. In Iceland, my family wanted to visit the Blue Lagoon, a restaurant serving dishes only made with mushrooms, Vik, and black sand beaches, yet we didn’t want to rush anything. To orchestrate this trip, we coordinated a schedule, allowing us to spend maximum time in each location. If we abhorred a location, we’d move on, but if we cherished an attraction, we’d remain there for hours. Don’t rush travel.

6. Should You Avoid Tourist Spots

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A heavy discourse flows through the nomad and traveler community today about visiting touristy spots and avoiding touristy spots. I stand by the idea that some tourist spots warrant their reputation for a reason, while others do possess an overhyped, crowded status. However, never let someone else’s opinions of a tourist spot sway your itinerary.

7. Take a Day Off

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After a 12-hour flight, you’ll fall into the trap of jetlag, sleep deprivation, and confusion before you adjust to your temporary home’s sunlight schedule. Although you may want to maximize each day and do as much as you can while out and about in a new place, make sure you rest. Take a day to explore the hotel, rest in your room, or visit the spa. You don’t need to explore 24/7.

8. Picture How People Lived There

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“As a history buff, I couldn’t disagree more. The best thing about walking around a city is picturing how people lived there a hundred years ago. Now it is boring. Just people getting drunk and looking at their phones,” this historian sighs.

9. Travel Is a Personality Trait

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One person reflects on how others view their traveling lives as the greatest resume addition in the world. “I like seeing this perspective and calling out how travel is viewed as a virtuous achievement. How many people like to list the number of countries they’ve visited on social media? How many people use travel as a personality trait? How many tourists say they don’t like to participate in touristy activities? How many truly enjoy the likes they get more than the actual experience?”

10. Travel Like You Live There

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An exciting account mentions their idea of traveling as if they lived there. Instead of bopping around to sensationalized destinations, they find the places calling to them that they envision settling down in. “My goal is to start settling down for longer periods of time. I’m an introvert and spend most of my time alone. I make coffee and cook at home almost exclusively. My life is the things that I do regardless of where I live, and around doing that, I soak up the nature, language, and culture of the place where I live,” they say.

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10 Major US Cities That Offer Quick Access to Nature’s Beauty

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Who doesn’t like going on a relaxing (or strenuous, depending on your preference) hike that isn’t far from the middle of a bustling city? Millions of Americans hike at least once yearly, and most live close to bigger towns offering nearby trails just out of city limits. Recently, experienced hikers met in an online discussion to reveal the best U.S. cities that provide the quickest access to excellent hikes.

America’s Top 15 Hauntingly Creepy Destinations Would You Visit?

scared woman running Photo Credit: Shutterstock Spooky spots have left the sweat-drenching scenes of nightmares; they now live on some eerie streets of America, sending shivers down the spine of adventurers who dare step foot on their soil. From abandoned asylums screaming that you steer clear of the knobs of their doors to haunting lighthouses remembered for the darkness they hold, tales of paranormal activities bind the land of the free, and an internet fandom of the dark vets these destinations as the creepiest of them all.

12 Famous American Small Towns That You Can Visit Today

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When we think of small American towns, specific images come to mind. Do you picture a place like the fictional towns of Stars Hollow, Cabot Cove, or Mayberry? It’s undeniable that little towns across the US have the wholesome, nostalgic, peaceful qualities we imagine. But smaller cities are more varied than we might think. Contributors on an online forum shared some of the most famous, and the choices may surprise you.

10 Expert Travel Hacks for Solo Female Tourists

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Traveling solo is challenging, especially for females. While the thrill of exploring a new place is exhilarating, there are plenty of tips and tricks savvy travelers swear by. Recently, solo female travelers met in an online discussion, put their heads together, and came up with a list of the essential travel hacks for any woman embarking on a solo adventure of a lifetime.

11 Tips for Staying Calm and Collected While Flying

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For millions of travelers worldwide, flying is the opposite of a calm and peaceful experience. Flight anxiety is natural, and sometimes it can be crippling, especially during turbulence. However, hope is not lost! Recently, frequent fliers met in an online discussion to reveal the best tips and strategies for staying calm during your next flight.



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