Travel Tip 2: For chronic complainers; bloom where you are planted
May 29, 2017
As I travel, it continues to amaze me that people can be surrounded by beauty and still complain! “It’s too fill in blank here (examples: hot, cold, humid, dry, noisy, quiet, poor, expensive).” My immediate reaction would be to say, “Shut up. You traveled here by choice and if you don’t like it, go away.” Sadly, I cannot say that without hurting feelings or starting a fist fight. Instead, in the hopes that we can cut down future whining, I offer this advice:
Research a place before booking your trip. I heard from a hotel worker in Costa Rica that guests often think they are in part of Mexico.
Be respectful of the people who live there. You are a visitor in their home – the local population does not need to hear about how much better your part of the world is.
Bloom where you are planted! Enjoy life as it comes and stop chasing perfection. In classes I teach, I tell the locals that insulted by tourists to take heart. I reassure them that, “Anyone stupid enough to ruin their vacation with petty details or allow their moods to be dictated by things they have no control over ( such as the weather), are miserable everywhere they go – including their own homes.”
Be grateful and respectful. It is not too much to ask!