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Okay, let us talk about travel snobbery. Whether you like it or not- it definitely exists. It is a term that I wish I could not hear my entire life until I will be buried 6 feet under. But, I don’t think it can be avoided, and it will never be. It is a subjective thing that evolved years and years before I started my career as a travel blogger.

It is all rampant and can be seen everywhere, and we definitely don’t want to admit – we are a travel snob sometimes.

It was never ending the debate of travelers versus tourists. When a backpacker is way better than a luxury traveler, comparing them as well traveled than you are is where the real definition of travel snob begins. I have great respect for those who traveled a lot of countries, stayed longer, and went further remote, I am not against with that. But devaluing others is another thing. Yes, travel snob aims to elevate or highlight their travel experiences over yours.

Travel Snobbery

Yes, hate is a strong word but as someone travels a lot, I hate travel snobs.
Here is my say. There is no right or wrong way to travel. You can be whatever you want on your travel, be that luxury traveler in the Bahamas, a digital nomad traveler, or you just want to be a normal vacationer.

My advice is simple, be what you want on your travel and no one can dictate you.

My life is exposed in travel, I live abroad, I go vacation whenever I want, and when I am not traveling, I write about travel. Oh yeah, I am fortunate to have that privilege where I was able to learn different cultures, meet people who became the most valued contact on my lists, in my own way of travel.
I don’t travel fast, I just don’t. I still do have a corporate job and I admire those who take a leap for freedom and now celebrating the life as a traveler turned bloggers. We all have a different way of showing the world that we are the influencers and the catalyst of change.

 

If I will take a month travel to Morocco, and saves a lot of money or not spending my money at all because of sponsorships, can I be a superior? That is what we call “The spending snob” type.

To be honest, I was this “The popular destination snob” when I was a teen. I felt “superior” than anyone else because I chose to go way off the beaten track and sticking to my destination list of “best places to travel before 20”.

That being said, I was a travel snob that time. I hate to admit it but I was.

 

Travel Without Boundaries

How globalization and technology advancements have helped connect the world

 

When we think of travel, we think often to the constrictions of our own country. According to a recent CNN report, only 30% of Americans have a passport. Eastern countries have a lot more travel among citizens primarily due to the railway system connecting various countries. Regardless of which country you reside in, travel does not have to be limited. Globalization and technology advancements have made it possible to travel without boundaries.

How has globalization helped travel?

Globalization relies upon the differences in political, economic, and cultural differences merging so that a more unified consciousness with mankind can be achieved. Though social and mobile media, the world has seen the cultural lines disappear as more and more people embrace the theologies, practices, and languages of other countries. And though the term globalization has only been really been coined in the past two decades, the theory has been around since Plato. Where it relates to travel is this: as the world becomes more intertwined with other cultures it become less and less diversified and “new”. To explain: in times pass a person would travel to a foreign country and would be a tourist of that country unknowing of the language, the culture, or the places in which to visit. This left the tourist with a sense of vulnerability.

However, in today’s globalized society travel blogs, information sites showing the best places to visit such as booking.com and tripadvisor.com and travel guide magazine Perjero.com have made the tourism less of a tourist and more a traveler (they have become apter to enjoy the tip rather learning and seeking as you go)

 

How has technology helped to make traveling without boundaries possible? 

Yes. That is why I run this travel blog to inspire people that travel has no borders. With the integration of apps into our everyday lives, the technology and the information available to the traveler has made my travel more ideal. Granted, a person usually has a bit lower of a knowledge base than that of a native, but with the use of apps, blogs. GPS, translators(Google Translate an example) and smart UX interfaces, the traveler is more equipped to” fit in” than to appear as a tourist on holiday. Yet, it is not just apps which have helped the industry. Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube( let us not forget Pinterest) have allowed persons of various cultures to connect PRIOR o visit a country. This in truth allows for the person who is planning to visit a country to get a crash course in culture, prime places to visit and the do’s and do not’s of that culture.

So why there has not been more foreign travel? 

In my observation, two myths have played a tremendous role in the stifling of foreign travel. The first is that the foreign travel is not safe. This is large to blame on the media and other social outlets. Yet, when looking at traveling and security, the technology of securing personal information is heightened, airport and cruise have been optimized to run more effectively, and hotel and resorts have implemented new strategies to their clientele such as fingerprint scanning.

The second myth is that traveling abroad is expensive. I would venture to say that this is more deterrent than that of the first point. However, if you look at the rates of travel on travel blog sites and those offered by local airlines, you will see that the cost to fly is about as expensive as the cost to fill up your car, stay in a few hotels to get your destination( when food, gas, and lodging are factored in) and then to book an actual hotel. In some cases, the cost even less.

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