Everybody likes to feel that they are seasoned travelers. At parties you will hear people talk about this trip or that, and who hasn’t seen a dating profile that doesn’t mention travel as one of the potential mate’s key interests. Now there is a long way from saying something and being able to prove it. The following blog is going to consider in my years travelling and abroad tell tale signs that you are around a “real” traveler and not some one putting on a show that they are.
Let the trip come to them
A real traveler will not sit there and compare everything they experience to the country and the city they are from. People that do that are definitely not people that have traveled very much. Generally making these comparisons show the person feels what is happening while travelling is utterly bizarre and weird to them. Experienced travelers have been around so much that this weirdness feeling is basically gone as they long ago began substituting the word weird with interesting.
They walk the streets without a map
A tell tale sign of the rookie traveler is the map out all the time, always looking where they are going rather than soaking up where they are. An experienced traveler is not particularly scared of getting lost in a new city as in many ways they generally relish that experience. When they can’t get lost in a new city anymore an experienced traveler feels a certain tinge of loss that they can’t relish in the newness of that place anymore. Further, when you have been to enough new cities an experienced traveler is quick to learn its geography from experience and just doesn’t need the map really quickly.
Stay relaxed around other people and come to be adaptable to all personalities
While traveling the “real” personalities tend to come out as people are taken away from their comfort zones. Some people express anxiety about the newness of the situation while still others can’t stop themselves from trying to “control” the experience and the people around them. A seasoned traveler is not going to overtly go one way or the other when it comes to leading or being led. They will recognize that different situations require different mind sets and a lot can be gained from taking on both roles. Basically a well traveled person will be able to be adaptable to all situations and people and will not get in the types of needless travel arguments that lots of novice travelers do.