"I don't want to act look like a tourist." "That place is where tourists eats." "That's just a big tourist trap."
|Despite your political views, I resent this using of the words "Tourist Trap"|
From the sounds of it, the worst thing you can do while traveling is to be a tourist.
I wanted to take a moment to say that I am PROUD to be a tourist. Why do we need to convince ourselves that we are not. You can convince yourself you are not a tourist and instead a sophisticated world traveler, but you are cheating yourself. Traveling is supposed to be fun.
I am proud to head straight for tourist traps and eat up with a spoon the culture they want to sell me.
I will believe ridiculous local legends that make my trip more interesting.
I WILL eat at restaurants just because I saw them on TV.
I will walk around with a camera the size of my head hung from my neck.
I will spend inordinate amounts of money on t-shirts, postcards, and shot glasses and whatever other cheesy nonsense they want to sell me.
I will take the exact same picture of a landmark that everyone else has, because I want my own.
I say we leave our pretension at home. Say it loud. Say it proud. I am a tourist!
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