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Why I'm a crap tourist...

1) Two temples in, and I'm in need of one or all of the following: 1) a cup of tea; 2) a chocolate brownie; 3) a Beer Lao; 4) a lie down.

2) [Anyone who knows me will confirm this] I don't respond well to being told what to do, least of all what I should like or be wowed by. The carvings at Angkor Wat were undoubtedly stunning, but the havoc wreaked by nature on a nearby nameless temple was something else...

3) A balding, overweight westerner, sweating profusely in the midday sun, obliterates the seventh wonder of the world in a bid to offer photographic evidence to long-suffering relatives back home that he "was 'ere". Can someone please explain, because I really don't understand...

4) At major tourist attractions, I become easily distracted by people watching. I find myself absorbed by a bus-load of Koreans, who are filing past some ancient carving in a zombie-like state, wondering if they read the holiday brochure correctly, and thinking up nifty ways to out-manoeuvre them round the next section.

5) "You buy from meeee, only four dollaarr; you buy from meeee". "I'd love to, but unfortunately I left my purse at home. If you could just wait while I swim ashore..."

6) Tick lists are the root of all evil: e.g.101 things to do before you die. Is anything more crushing to the spirit of adventure than this?

Rant over. Now get back to the turkey sandwiches, or something.

Posted by jparsons 02:27 Tagged tourism

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