Anyone with extensive experience traveling the world undoubtedly has a few opinions on the subject. As 2023 rolls on, travelers have an idea about everything! Recently, men and women met in an online discussion to reveal their most controversial travel opinions that, surprisingly, others are embracing!
1. Traveling Solo Is Better Than Traveling With Others
According to countless travelers, sharing the experience with friends or family is highly overrated. Many men and women confess to feeling held back or shackled by their travel companions, ultimately leading to a disappointing trip. In their eyes, solo adventures are far more fun because you never have to be on anyone else's schedule.
2. It's Okay To Crave McDonald's
As it turns out, my McDonald's cravings while in Europe for a few months are something other travelers have experienced. I thought I was the only one! “McDonald's in other countries can actually be an interesting experience,” explains one woman. “They all serve something different. My son loved his falafel in a McDonald's in Israel.”
3. Planning Makes Traveling Better
Stumble upon any travel advice forum or website, and you'll hear the same advice: It's better to travel by the seat of your pants. But according to a growing number of travelers, over-planning can save money and curate a more enjoyable experience. Nobody wants to be frantically searching for a hotel room at midnight in an unfamiliar city; why put yourself through that?
4. Don't Be Frugal
While saving money while traveling is possible, some believe it's better not to be tied down by a strict budget. “I often see travelers trying to get around as cheaply as possible in poorer countries under the guise of getting an ‘authentic experience' or seeing the ‘real' side of the country,” reveals one man. “Often, this just means they're stingy and not getting an authentic experience anyway. You're a relatively rich person in a poorer country; you're not getting an authentic experience no matter what.”
5. It's Okay To Revisit Places
Traveling means different things to different people, and I'm astounded how many believe you should never visit the same place twice. For example, I'm catching some flack from my significant other for wanting to re-create our previous European adventure; in my mind, why wouldn't I want to return to the places I love the most? While I would love to see as many countries and areas as possible, I can't help but love what I love — and I know I'm not alone.
6. Some People Should Never Travel
Unfortunately, traveling is not a one-size-fits-all solution to make unhappy people happy. In the end, some people should never travel. If you're constantly stressed, hate the unknown, and can't stand long plane rides, traveling isn't for you. That's okay; it's time to stop forcing people to travel who aren't supportive of the idea!
7. It's Okay to Like Cruises
I have a confession: I think cruises are amazing. I've only been on one — a three-night cruise from Los Angeles, California, to Ensenada, Mexico – but I had a great time. I don't understand why cruises have such a bad reputation! While it wasn't a five-star luxury experience, it was fun, which I value far more than “luxury.” Let's all agree to stop hating on men and women who love to cruise!
8. Layovers Don't Count
One opinionated traveler has a spicy opinion that I agree with wholeheartedly: “If you've been in transit through a country's airport, you haven't visited that country and can't claim that you have,” one female traveler surmises. “This one drives some people insane, but it's a hill I will die on.” Let's all agree to take this rule into significant consideration. Stop counting layovers as city or country visits!
9. Airbnbs Are Overrated
Thanks to an endless list of fees tacked on to your final bill, countless travelers are coming around to the truth: Airbnbs are overrated. In 2023, hotels have stepped up their game and entirely overshadowed Airbnb properties by offering better prices, value, and amenities. There's nothing I hate more when traveling than dealing with excessive Airbnb fees!
10. Don't Post Your Travel on Social Media
I wish more people would follow this controversial opinion: Don't post your travel on social media. Your adventure should be yours and whoever you share it with, not random strangers on the internet. “Travel without social media or a blog or anything like that,” advises one woman. “Travel just for you, and only tell those you meet in real life that specifically ask about it. Be more interested in the world and others around you than in appearing interesting to others at home or abroad.”
11. It's Okay To Relax
Far too often, travelers feel pressure to do things they usually would not do, like bungee jumping, cliff diving, or taking helicopter rides. It's okay to relax during any trip, and if the thought of sitting in a Parisian hotel room watching television all day appeals to you, then by all means, do it! Remember: You can travel how you want to.
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