I’ve been looking at a lot of travel advice recently in preparation for a pretty awesome gig that I’ll tell you about as soon as I can. In doing so, I’ve found that so much travel advice misses the mark – by a country mile. Below are my top three offender categories of travel advice.
1. Budget Travel Advice
I recently read budget travel advice for Rome that recommended getting your morning coffee and pastry at a McDonald’s because sitting down in a cafe was too expensive. This epitomizes the worst kind of budget travel advice: It makes you feel like you can’t enjoy what the destination has to offer because you’re too broke. Drives me bananas. (The writer also mentions taking a taxi within the city center – spendy! – and wanting sushi upon his arrival.)
2. Travel Advice For Women
Why does this even exist? It’s all shopping, spas and safety tips that imply a rapist around every corner. I have yet to meet a woman who has sought out travel advice tailored specifically for women. Here’s some advice, ladies: Travel light, travel smart and don’t be slutty. Boom.
3. Green/Sustainable/Voluntourism Travel Advice
While this category started out with the best intentions, it’s quickly adopted the language and posture of one of those commercials imploring you to adopt little Kimba for just pennies a day. Please stop making me feel bad because I want indoor plumbing and electricity while on vacation.
What are your travel advice pet peeves? Let it rip in the comments.