Robert Schrader in Musanze, Rwanda

Ignorant Shit Travelers Say

Travel changes you – none of us would argue that. Unfortunately, many of us resist these changes, particularly those of us who prefer to return home between trips. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an epiphany under some tattered mosquito net, only to forget it ever happened after a few sleeps in my soft, jersey sheets.

Over the past several years, I’ve compiled a list of the most ignorant shit I’ve heard travelers (i.e. myself) saying. Are you guilty of any of these?

1. I’m a Traveler, Not a Tourist

No, you’re just a douchebag who wants to make yourself feel superior to others who do the same motherfucking thing as you.

2. I’ve Only Been to (Insert Number Here) Countries

Country counting is one of the most unproductive practices travelers can engage in, whether it’s as a means of self-deprecation (I’ve only been to 10 countries – I suck at life!) or self-aggrandizement (I’ve only been to 100 countries – I suck at life!).

3. Do you accept U.S. Dollars/Euro/Pounds?

Do you know what a currency exchange booth is?

 

4. I’m a Citizen of the World

Tell that to someone with a passport from Afghanistan or Lebanon.

5. (Country or City Name) Sucks

You know what really sucks? Casting aspersions when you know damn well not to.

6. If You Don’t Visit (Insert Attraction Name), You Haven’t Really Been to (Insert City/Country Name)

You mean the reason I got on the plane was to follow precisely in your contrails? And here I thought the world was my oyster!

 

7. I’m Starving

Have you ever seen a starving person? Clearly not. Ditto on “I’m poor,” “I’m dying” and other declarations of states that have never described you for even a second of your life.

8. Thank You

(Unless, of course, you’re traveling in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or anywhere else where English is an official language.)

Can you think of any other ignorant shit travelers should stop saying?

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Amused Observer June 1, 2015 at 10:21 am

Oh, that’s one of the best lists I’ve read recently 🙂

Alyssa @ UnevenSidewalks June 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm

That was a refreshing read for once! Totally agree! Especially about the currency, enter into the culture a bit and change your money people! It’s not that hard!

Caroline L June 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

I usually think your posts are really awesome but this was just disappointing. Granted, I’m not a fan of people who say many of the things mentioned above, but the way you framed it make you seem like an uneducated, intolerant person.

Robert Schrader June 1, 2015 at 2:04 pm

That’s a very harsh thing to say. Ouch! How would you have said it in a less ignorant, more educated way?

Miles of Happiness June 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Love this post! It’s original, written with passion, and with a very nice tone… I really enjoy reading your blog!
xxx

Robert Schrader June 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

And I feel thankful that someone as talented as you reads my blog!

Robert Schrader June 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

😀

Robert Schrader June 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Honored to hear it!

Andrew Creelman June 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Take no notice, this was a very interesting read (although it did make me shudder to recognise a pre-traveled-version of myself in one of two of these!). I love the picture of you and the monkey too!

Andrew June 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm

This whole article reads like someone saying “I’ve only been to ‘x’ number of countries… Arent I pathetic”.
Just like your example, you start off with a self-deprecating admission that you’re like ‘normal travellers’ before admonishing them all for saying these stupid things. I don’t feel like you actually understand travel.
people should get excited by their favourite part of the trip and share it with you, many nations do accept USD or GBP, if I want to say thank you, I’ll say it in whatever God damn language I choose… It’s a gesture. Complaining about someone using hyperbole and saying “I’m starving”, I guess you’ve never exaggerated back home, but people do that, and you deeming it inappropriate to do overseas for some inexplicable reason is killing me! *pssst* it’s not actually, I was exaggerating just in case you thought i was actually dying.
Grow up and don’t place your ignorant views on others. People travel differently for different reasons, cities don’t suck, you suck at your job. Learn to write first, then learn to travel and write about what actually matters rather than being just another tourist who wants to force their views down people’s throats.

amber June 2, 2015 at 1:13 am

This just seems bitter. Live and let live

Holly Sara June 2, 2015 at 10:46 am

What about people who refer to themselves as “gypsies”? Like no, you’re not a derogatory name for a group of people who have been persecuted for centuries.

Robert Schrader June 2, 2015 at 10:47 am

Or similarly, people who claim to be “Citizens of the World,” but refer to various migrant groups (including gypsies, aka the Roma) in a derogatory way.

Robert Schrader June 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

For once, lol

Attila Kerekes June 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

How about the constant comparison? Like, oh this is nice, but in Paris there is a much more beautiful one… Or when tourists simply ignore local regulations, like buying tickets to use public transport and then they are outraged when they actually get caught…

Robert Schrader June 2, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Yes, some people seem to think that as foreigners, the rules don’t apply to them. If anything, it’s the opposite!

Two Wandering Soles June 3, 2015 at 7:42 am

I’m diggin’ this list! The phrase “I’m starving!” has always bothered me. I think more than just travelers use it. It’s something people say without really thinking about. Thanks for this 🙂

Robert Schrader June 3, 2015 at 8:43 am

Thanks for reading <3

Thousand and One Lands June 4, 2015 at 2:34 am

Sometimes people say things without thinking. We are all guilty of this, so I try to restrain from judging. Anyway, loved the post, hope it will make people aware of the unconscious mistakes they make. It certainly got me thinking about mine.

Robert Schrader June 4, 2015 at 8:49 am

Yay! Mission accomplished 😀

Angelica June 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm

I left Southeast Asia recently… my mind clouded and sighing loudly with all of the thoughts above. If only we all thought as intensely outside of the box we “travelers” are trying to escape.

Samantha June 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

I love this article! As a newer traveler (/tourist), these are awesome things to be mindful of! Love the blog – it’s been very helpful in planning an upcoming trip to Morocco!

Robert Schrader June 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm

I’m so honored to have been of help! 🙂

Kim | TheWanderlist.net July 26, 2015 at 4:32 am

Nice! This certainly got me thinking about my bad habits and needless complaints. My most recent was when I found out that X country didn’t issue passport stamps when you arrived, since they’re nice to collect. As if I’m not lucky enough to be visiting, and to be awarded FREE entry on arrival because of my nationality 😐

another one that really riles me is “I just want a beach.” I hear a lot of girls my age winging about this when we’re in a hot, exotic country and doing something OTHER than lazing around sipping on cocktails. Y’know, like learning about their history/culture.

Robert Schrader July 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Yeah, that part annoys me. Plus, if I’m on a beautiful beach, you can bet I earn my laze time: I spend at least two hours taking pics!

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