The average traveler is seemingly obsessed with staying out of their own country and is constantly feeling the need to prove to everybody else just how amazingly fun and enjoyable third world and developing countries can be (sigh).
Don’t they know that these places are dangerous and that pretty much anything that’s bad with our country is because it came from those countries? And what about the money? Think about it: would you rather have a new flat screen TV and a sweet new car to show everyone or spend ALL your savings on a trip to a place you’re not even sure you’ll like? What will you have to show for all your hard work when you grow old? Nothing as far as I’m concerned!
With all of that in mind, here are my most aggravating observations of why travel sucks…
In Some Places People Don’t Even Speak English
Yeah, you heard me! NO ENGLISH. I can’t even ask a stranger for directions without having the learn a few words in the local language. Just last week I had to go out of my way to open up a Polish language text book to learn how to say ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ because some of them don’t even know that sentence in English. Seriously, I’m not joking, go there and see for yourself!
Cheap, Disgusting Local Food Everywhere!
$1 street food? Really? I don’t just buy anything, especially off of a random man in the street, besides if it’s only $1 there has to be something wrong with it. People tell me to just give it a go, but what’s the point when I can buy a delicious Mcdonald’s cheese burger for close to the same price. It might be a little bit of a walk through some smelly streets, but at least I know it’s going to taste somewhat familiar, right?
Sometimes You’re Forced Into Meeting New People
Why, oh why, do people from other countries think it’s okay to start a conversation with me? It’s something I obviously have no interest in. “How Are You?”“Where are you from?” “Can I take your bags for you, sir?” Haven’t I made it quite obvious to you that anything outside of my comfort zone is extremely unappealing?!
You Sleep In Rooms With People From Other Countries
Whoever invented these so called ‘hostels’ needs to have a good hard look at themselves. Why would it ever be a good idea to put people from different parts of the world in the one room? One such place I visited had no private rooms available so I was forced to listen to all these different people speaking with their stupid accents. This one guy – he was from Japan or Brazil or …I dunno…somewhere weird – couldn’t even pronounce his words right when he tried to speak to me. Needless to say I wasn’t impressed.
Their Currency Is Confusing
In my country it’s easy $1,$2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100. This is all you really need to know, however in countries such as Colombia (a dangerous drug haven) things don’t really make a huge amount of sense. Bank notes START at 1,000 and end at 100,000, pretty stupid, right? I don’t even recognise any of the people they have on their bank notes. Why don’t they just throw all their money away and just start from 1 again like a normal country. One day I suppose they’ll learn, but for now I guess they all think they’re millionaires.
They Don’t Have The Same TV Shows In Other Countries
Game Of Thrones, M.A.S.H, Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, The Walking Dead? None of these are even played at normal hours in most of the countries I’ve visited and a lot of the time the dialogue is dubbed over in the local language! Don’t they stop to think that tourists are watching and may want to actually understand what’s happening in the show? Apparently not!
Whatever reasons you have for traveling I’m sure you’d agree I make some valid points. Realising that everything you’ll ever need is no more than 1 kilometre from the home you grew up is one of the most liberating conclusions you can ever come to. Travel is overrated and you know it, prove me wrong in the comments section below…I dare you.