“Uh-oh honey,” I muttered as we sipped our coffee and scanned the morning headlines. “I think this might be us.” An article entitled 22 Reasons You Are a Travel Snob had caught my eye. Yikes…the author wasn't cutting me any slack. He wasn't concerned that I “might be” or “could be”…he declared that “I am!” I've been found guilty without a trial.
Item #1 suggests, in part, that real travelers live in the moment and arrange things themselves, something tourists and vacationers don't do. I have to admit that we do try to avoid organized tours, choosing to explore new places at our own pace, therefore allowing us to learn to live in the moment. As I read it out loud to Reg he gave it some thought. “Hmmmm, he said. Travel Snobs…we might be…”
“Well, I don't think we're snobs, I replied a little defensively. I think we're just…really enthusiastic about our choices.” After all, I thought to myself, we don't have the ways and means to be five-star Travel Snobs, expecting and enjoying the best of everything. Nor do we feel compelled to truly rough it, packing a tent and subsisting on freeze-dried beef stew and protein bars, all in an effort to have an “authentic” experience. Happiness for us lies somewhere in the middle
Reading through the remaining 21 Reasons I felt reasonably sure that Reg and I had not yet acquired the unwanted title of Travel Snobs. I think we do have an on-the-go travel style as opposed to taking a plop-in-one-spot R&R vacation, but that is purely a personal choice.
It's taken us thirty years to blend and perfect our travel style, and I'm sure it will continue to evolve. Whether your next trip takes you 500 or 5,000 miles from home, enjoy your experience – your way…and don't let the Travel Snobs get you down!