7 Types of Tourists

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How are you guys? It’s been a while! For the last two weeks my friend and I have been traveling around Europe and it was amazing. First we visited South Tyrol in Italy, then we spent a few days in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and finally we stayed in the city of Munich in Germany. You guys know I love travelling and whenever I’m abroad, I find that there are some types of people that I always see. These tourists include, but are not limited to, the following:

The paparazzi 

I have to start out with one of the classics. Probably the most recognisable tourist stereotype, the paparazzi often move in packs, armed with enormous cameras and selfie sticks. And you always know when the paparazzi have arrived because all of a sudden you’ll see a bolt of lightning but then realise it’s just the flash on their cameras. Really, it’s a bit annoying.  I mean, I understand wanting take a few pictures to remember the trip, in fact I always have my camera with me when I’m away, but if you’ve turned this museum exhibition into a photo shoot you need to stop.

The backpackers

As the name suggests, these types of tourists can be identified by the enormous hiking backpack on their back. Usually these people are young, pretty broke and looking to have an adventure. And I know that these people have memorable experiences because my Dad went interrailing around Europe like 20 years ago and I’m still hearing stories about it.

The Foodie

This is the person who went on holiday for one reason and one reason only: food. And can I just say that I fully respect this decision and this stereotype is heavily based upon my own character. Seriously, when I go abroad all my money’s spent on trying local dishes and going to restaurants. In fact, every single outing I go on will ultimately end up with me eating. Going to the beach? Time to enjoy some ice cream. Visiting the city centre?  More like spend two hours at the food market. I won’t even buy souvenirs to bring home, I’ll just buy more food 🙂 .

The Honeymooners

Don’t even get me started on these two. This is the couple that will turn any place they go to – a park, a beach, a restaurant -into the set of Romeo and Juliet. If I wanted to see a romantic teenage drama, I would’ve have stayed home and watched the Fault In Our Stars. But I don’t, so please could you and your “significant other” go giggle and hold hands somewhere else and stop ruining my view.

The Valentino Vacationer

These types of tourists are a lot like the ‘backpackers’ I mentioned earlier. Except that instead of backpacks, they have prada suitcases and instead of hiking boots, they’re wearing stilettos. These are the type of people you see staying at those 5 star hotels and eating at fancy restaurants while you’re in those touristy souvenir shops trying to find the best value post cards (because if I pay 90c for a post card, and then see the same one being sold somewhere else for 60c, that’s enough to ruin my whole trip).

The “local”

Last week I was on a train in Italy and sitting behind me was this blond American who spent the entire journey talking on his phone (the fact that he was blond is completely irrelevant, but you know some description just adds to the narrative ;)). Now I’m not one to eavesdrop but this guy honestly had the loudest voice and so I was forced to spend two hours listening to Blondie brag about his many traveling exploits, talking about all these countries he’d visited as if he’d lived there his whole life. And honestly these people are so annoying because they will act like they know everything about every country in the world, just because they’ve done a bit of traveling. You know the type.They’ll correct your pronunciation of a foreign word, even though they don’t speak the language themselves. Or they’ll act like a tour guide even if they’ve never been to the place before. And if you’re thinking ‘hey, I don’t know anyone like that’, you are that person.

The Lost Puppy

You will usually see this tourist wandering around holding a map upside down and looking extremely confused. They’re most likely first time travelers and are always asking people around them for directions. Also this person is 100% me ;).

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Well, that’s all I have for you guys today! I’m so sorry my posting schedule has been all over the place while I was travelling, but now that I’m back I promise everything will go back to normal. Let me know in the comments below what type of tourist you are or if you can think of any other types of tourists. Also, don’t forget to like and share this post if you enjoyed reading it, which I hope you did!

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28 comments

  1. Nina Lesserburgh · April 15

    Well, i have to admit, that sometimes i’m the paparazzi type 😀 Then i take pictures of nearly everything. I hope you liked your journey to south tyrol, because for me the hotel st. leonhard is such the best place to stay on vacation.

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    • maya · April 16

      Don’t worry, I’m terrible for taking for photos as well! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

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  2. Bob Moretti · December 15

    Reblogged this on Bob Moretti.

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  3. Mel & Suan · September 29

    Have to admit – Foodie and Papparazi combined – that’s us!

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  4. fandomloversite · September 11, 2016

    Oh, wow. I’ve always wanted to travel. You’re so lucky!!! I wanna go to Paris so bad! Once again, enjoyed reading this post. You describe every tourist perfectly. And yeah, I would probably be the Lost Puppy, too. 🙂

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  5. hanbaobao · September 5, 2016

    haha i liked reading this post. Makes me relive many of my holidays and the various types of people you encounter

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    • maya · September 7, 2016

      Glad you liked it! Recognise any types in particular?

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  6. -S · September 2, 2016

    Also the disorganised family with the out-of-control children! One of my pet hates >:|

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  7. ghostwriterisalive · August 18, 2016

    Oh God, I am totally the paparazzi 😄!!

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    • maya · August 24, 2016

      Hahaha it’s ok… we’re all paparazzis once in awhile, even if we don’t want to admit it to ourselves 😉

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  8. Brian Lageose · August 17, 2016

    Quite funny. I especially enjoyed this line: “And if you’re thinking ‘hey, I don’t know anyone like that’, you are that person.” So true.

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  9. Blossom Bite · August 9, 2016

    Haha, I’m definitely somewhere between a foodie and a backpacker!

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    • maya · August 10, 2016

      Sounds like a pretty great combination 😉

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  10. brambletonthreads · August 1, 2016

    Very funny and apt!

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    • maya · August 1, 2016

      Thank you!

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  11. Sam · August 1, 2016

    I take a lot of photos, but I have no selfie stick and usually don’t take photos of me. 😀 I do pack in a backpack, but I pack in a city/daily backpack (around 30l I think) which could be used by a high schooler. ;D I don’t know “the locals”, but i know I’m not one of them. 😛 I don’t claim I know everything on any subject (I’m a perfectionist). 😀

    So since I don’t fit into your types, I’m not a tourist. Yay! Thanks. 😛

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    • maya · August 1, 2016

      Hahaha well I’m sure there are plenty of ‘types’ I’ve missed out on ;). I’m glad you liked the post! Enjoy your summer 🙂

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  12. Hadass420 · August 1, 2016

    This post really speaks to me, not only because I travel a lot, but also because I live in a touristy city (Jerusalem) and I have seen all these different types of tourists listed above. Gave me a good laugh! 🙂
    I personally identify as the metalhead tourist. Every city I’ve been to with my husband has been yet another chance for us to explore the respective underground metal scene. And of course, we usually travel to Europe around the metal festival season, so we follow the other metalhead tourists (what we like to call the “black pile” due to attire) and go to festivals. Graspop in Belgium, Hellfest in France, and of course Wacken in Germany. After that, we look for metal bars, local metal shows, horror-themed museums… It’s such a blast!
    So that’s my type 🙂

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    • maya · August 1, 2016

      Glad you could relate to the post :)I wouldn’t even have thought of the metalhead tourist, but it sounds like you guys have a lot of fun!

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  13. mackmarie · August 1, 2016

    This is so great. Thanks for sharing! Your life sounds like a wonderful adventure.

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  14. TrainOfThought · July 31, 2016

    That actually made me laugh:
    ‘And you always know when the paparazzi have arrived because all of a sudden you’ll see a bolt of lightning but then realise it’s just the flash on their cameras.’
    Hahaha, it’s like a thunderstorm every time you go out!You’re like I’m sure the weather said ‘sunny’ today. Oh, they must have got the forecast wrong. Oh, wait…

    The backpackers. I don’t get the people who are actually ABLE to lug that massive load on their back. Seriously, you probably spent more time at the gym working on your back muscles than choosing outfits and packing! If it was me, I’d take a handbag, and forget all the important things at home(i’m very forgetful)

    As for me, I think I’m the ‘Foodie’ or ‘The Lost Puppy’ though I’d be too shy to actually ask someone directions just LOOK really lost, ahaha!
    Me and new food, get along well. Me and ,food in general, are best friends soo…

    Another tourist you missed out is the one who just dosen’t know the language. And spends 2 hours explaining that they don’t speak the language and using some made-up sign langauge while the other person is looking at them like they’re crazy! I’d like to call this one the ‘Crazy Foreigner’.

    Looking forward to more regular posts and I hope you’re travelling went well!

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    • maya · August 1, 2016

      Thank goodness I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with food! I’m so glad you liked the post. How could I forget the crazy foreigner? That was definitely me for part of my trip ;).

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  15. http://myworld@wordpress.com · July 31, 2016

    I really enjoyed this post! So funny and just true! I live right in the middle of a tourist trap! Our zip code is right up there with Orlando, Hilton Head, Palm Beach, Las Vegas and NYC! No kidding! We have more golf courses per square mile than anywhere on earth sans Scotland, the ultimate beaches, uptown high-end shopping and dining, a huge river (Inter-coastal Highway) and tons of high scale marinas and B&B’s. The one tourist I can tell about is “The Snowbird”-Canadians who come for the golf and shopping. They come all year now-on buses, in big traveling homes, by air, rental cars, you name it!
    You can spot them a mile away: shorts and tank-tops Nov.-March when it is still cold as all get out! They are in the ocean for goodness sake! They stop traffic and cause car crashes because they have no idea where they are going looking for their golf course or a restaurant.They are always in a car with Florida plates, stopping in my neighborhood while I run, asking for directions (4 guys in stupid golf shorts and Scottish caps, argyle socks with clubs hanging out of the trunk, all fried from the sun.)
    Their wives, in the meantime, are in those high-end boutiques complaining about the price tags-they think they are in an outlet mall! These women who travel in herds, all carry tremendous gold and silver handbags adorned with faux designer labels and wear either warm-up suites or Bermuda shorts and wool sweaters because they are having chills from sunburn and probably sun poisoning. Their names are displayed on paper stick-on name tags from the cruise bus blowing and puffing diesel fumes in the parking lot.They all carry Am X cards, which sadly none of the shops accept and are forced to use travelers checks if they are willing to buy sale merchandise.
    We could not do without our Snowbirds! I hope if any of them read this, they will not take offense, look at it with a sense of humor and come on down!

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  16. livtayy · July 31, 2016

    haha! these were all so hilarious and true!

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  17. brunettefun · July 31, 2016

    Love this ❤️

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