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.
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.