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:
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.
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.
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 🙂 .
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).
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!