By: Jim Bamboulis
Recently, I’ve had a few travel conversations with people. Two stories in particular struck me, left me really bewildered.
One involved a group of people, cousins and such that came to Toronto from Italy to visit family. The locals showed them all the touristy stuff to see around Toronto and even took them to Niagara Falls for a day trip.
As the story goes, the locals were very excited to show them Niagara. After all, this was family and it was their first visit here. They couldn’t wait to share the experience of seeing the legendary falls and hearing is thundering power with them. Even if you’ve seen photos and heard about them, seeing them for the first time is always a thrill.
After two hours of fighting traffic and finding a parking spot, the moment had arrived. Time to get out of the car and take it all in.
But there was one problem. Mist. No not the long lineup for Maid of the Mist. Mist. Just mist.
You see, once they saw the mist, they didn’t want to get out of the car. The reason is because the mist would ruin the hair that they took the time to perfect only a few hours earlier. Getting out and walking would risk losing that perfect hair and the time that was invested to get it right. You got it – they didn’t even get out of the car!
The second story involved a group of women who after years of trying, aligned their schedules and finally took that long-awaited girls trip to Paris. It was a one-week trip.
For all of six of them, it was their first time visiting Paris. Sure, they knew it wasn’t enough time but they planned their days and were determined to make the most of the time they had in the city.
As the story goes, after a few days of touring and taking photos, three things in particular among the group became really noticeable. One of the ladies kept taking selfies of herself in front of every sight they visited and quickly shared the photos on social media. Secondly, why wasn’t she asking one of her girlfriends to take a photo of her instead. She’d probably get a better photo. And on top of that, once she took the photo and shared it, she wanted to move on to the next attraction right away.
Apparently, she wasn’t even interested in actually seeing the Eiffel Tower or Louvre. She just wanted to take photos of herself in front of them, show people back home that she was in Paris.
When asked about it, she said that she wanted to brag that she was somewhere other people weren’t. In fact, if she thought that certain attractions weren’t ‘cool’ enough, she would go back to her hotel room and wait until they got to an attraction that was brag-worthy.
The rest of the women were dumbfounded.
Look, I’m not shaming this person. It’s your time and your money – do what you want. Personally, I give her credit for even admitting that but at the end of the day, if that was her only inspiration to go to Paris, she could have just photoshopped herself in front of a bunch of Parisian sights and saved herself a pile of time and money. What was the point of even going if she wasn’t even going to look at the Eiffel Tower with her own eyes?
These two stories in particular inspired me to create a brand new travel series. The video below does all the talking. It’s only 1:30 long – don’t worry it won’t take up your entire morning. But what it will do is give you an idea as to what type of traveller I am and hopefully make you question our current travel inspirations – even our current travel companions’ travel style.
It asks a simple question: Why do YOU travel?
Take a peek and let’s start a conversation.