Author: Christopher King
In the last "Travel Stereotypes" we discussed five stereotypes you're likely to see in a group. In this weeks edition we take a look at five more. These may have you questioning the way you travel if you think "hey, this is totally me". Incase you missed the last post be sure to check it out here.
1) THE "PARTY ANIMAL" TRAVELER
Loves to drink and have a good time with friends…all the time. This type of traveler looks forward to experiencing new nightlife scenes when they travel. Sometimes they will travel somewhere just for the nightlife... Vegas anyone?!
- "I'll have a Red Bull and Vodka" & "Let's hit the bars!"
They are a blast to party with and are always in the mood for a drink
They help to motivate you to experience the nightlife
Always finds the best bars
Sometimes you will have to babysit this person
Gets upset when you don’t want to go out
Expects you to party as hard as them
Will leave you with the Sunday Scaries
2) The “Thinks They’re Bilingual” Traveler
They took Spanish 3 their junior year in college and have convinced themselves they’re bilingual. Not to be confused with someone who actually is fluent in two languages. This person knows the basics of a second language, but is quick to attempt communication with waiters and cab drivers in foreign countries. It turns quickly from entertaining to arrogant and annoying.
- “Te gusta futbol?” & “Dove è il club”
In situations where minimal language skills are required they can be helpful
Their inability to communicate orally turns into a game of charades, which is fun to observe
Laugh at them when they fail miserably
If they continue to attempt communicating with locals after failed attempts it becomes quite annoying
When intoxicated they will try even harder while they are clearly not making any sense
They could get you into potentially dangerous situations
3) The “Paranoid” Traveler
With the present state of world affairs, it seems like many places are dangerous around the world. Although this is the case, there is always that one traveller who is overly worried and alert to possible dangers. Safety is a top concern for them in an unfamiliar place. This traveler read all about the places to avoid in your destination and researched the local customs to make sure not to offend anybody.
- “I don’t know if that’s the best idea” & “My guidebook says not to go there”
They will make sure you steer clear from bad neighborhoods
They are always on high alert to make sure you are safe
Their paranoia can limit you from exploring
They are less open to doing things that aren’t popular
You may miss out on some amazing experiencing when travelling with this person
4) The “Rookie” Traveler
This is the traveller that rarely ever travels. When they do travel it has only been a two-hour car ride away. When you finally depart with them on a longer trip, they don’t completely understand how to travel. They are always behind when going through airports, you show them how to do everything, and they usually end up forgetting something somewhere.
- “Guys, wait up!” & "Do I have to take my shoes off in airport security?"
You are giving your friend a new experiencing and teaching them along the way
One of the first trips you’ve gone on with this person so you are excited
You have to show them how to do everything. From downloading their boarding pass to educating on them on how and what to pack
They will make the traveling process longer as they are consistently lagging behind
5) The “I’ve Been Here Before” Travelers
This is the person who has been to your destination before and now thinks they are a local. They think that, because they were here when they were twelve, they know exactly what to do. This usually turns out great having them direct you to the best spots, but can turn out horribly if some of the things they did and places they ate aren't the same or for your age group.
- “Well this is what we did when I was here…” & “Follow me!”
This person can find awesome spots and help to improve your trip
They do all the research to find out what to do
They know how to navigate the area
Could lead you to places that have lost their greatness
Be careful of the generic tourist attractions
Their constant reminiscing of a previous trip can become unbearable
If you have an idea of a great Travel Stereotype we should talk about, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!