The Un-Rules for Traveling
Monday, December 8, 2014
Recently, my Bloglovin' feed has been full of posts that outline rules for traveling. I've seen everything from, posts about what photos you should and shouldn't take, to what souvenirs you should and shouldn't buy, to posts explaining things that you ABSOLUTELY MUST DO __<insert seemingly cool thing here>__!
These posts are just not for me. Travel should be about being true to yourself and your interests. You should absolutely not have to follow specific rules (other than appropriate behavior) or itineraries (other than those you want to).
Many of the posts that I've read recently highlight the things that will make you look cool vs. look like a 'lame' tourist. Over the course of my 27 years I've decided that I never have been and never will be 'cool' in the traditional (high school) sense of the word. And you know what, I'm absolutely fine with that. I'm going to continue having a good time doing my own thang.
J and I are going to happily continue collecting our shot glasses from each place we visit- no matter how many times I read that souvenirs like that are tacky. I'm going to keep saving coins for myself, my cousin, and my best friend. I'm going to keep buying spices, weird foods, and alcohols because I actually do cook with them and enjoy them when I get home. Travel expands my tastes, my knowledge, and who I am. Why should I hold back?
I'm going to keep traveling in my own way. I'd like to encourage you all to do the same! Let's forget what's cool and what isn't and just be happy being ourselves.
What is one 'uncool' thing that you do or collect when you travel?