We travel in every way imaginable. Sometimes we’ll rent a villa for a month or spend three weeks on a Greek Island. Other trips we’ll fly around the world in two weeks, visiting six countries, or we’ll fly somewhere amazing just for a night (in November my daughter and I are traveling from LA to New Zealand just for a U2 concert and then continuing on to another country the next day). We stay in B&Bs, apartments, caves and overwater villas. We do road trips, but will also fly halfway around the world to the Maldives for a few days just before Christmas, or Antarctica at the request of a child. In short, all travel is good.
Except when it’s not. I once witnessed a gentleman in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, yelling at a bakery worker: “NO, THE ONE ON THE RIGHT. ON THE RIGHT!” He kept getting louder, instead of using just a little French, or having a little patience with someone not fluent in English. We’ve seen busload after busload of tourists who visit a destination and contribute nothing to the destination. They simply take up space. And in Cappadocia this summer, I watched Instagrammers who were so obsessed with getting the perfect modeling shot that they never seemed to look around at their amazing surroundings. And that’s hardly limited to Turkey.
So when Travelocity asked me to write about ways to be a better tourist, I jumped at it. Click here to see my post on Travelocity’s Inspire Hub. And please comment on the post (or come back here) and let me know what you would add to my list. You can do better people!