To me travelling is all about going out there and hitting the unexpected, but there are certain things that I won’t do or things that just aren’t for me.
Swim with dolphins, ride/bathe an elephant, pose with a koala are just not for me. I’ve heard all the excuses: “But this is a place where animals are treated well”, “These elephants have been saved from a horrible place and all money goes to the elephants”, “the dolphins can go to the sea, but they prefer to come here”, but I just can’t believe that and it just doesn’t feel right to me.
It’s not that I have fear of heights and I sure do love an adrenaline kick but I don’t see how you can get that out of bungee jumping. People really pay big money to do that? It doesn’t look comfortable and I can’t imagine you get much time to enjoy the view really.
This might change by the time I hit 50 and don’t care about anything, but for now I wouldn’t book an all-inclusive-holiday to a sunny destination. Especially if it’s in a resort where it’s not safe to go outside and mingle with the local people. For now I like planning and figuring things out myself.
Disaster tourism is another thing that bothers me, it’s obviously fine if you are passing the place or want to pay respects. But disaster tourism just to see the damage is not really ok.
I mentioned this in my regrets post, but I have to repeat – Go on a 10 hours bus ride because I can save a twenty extra on a hostel. When I was 20 this was ok…but I learned that taking the night bus to save money is not worth it because I can’t sleep on the bus. This makes me cranky and mad and tired and means I will enjoy the city less, even if it’s wonderful.
Fly all the way to Thailand, then try to get to one of those full moon parties, throw away my money on whatever there is to get and wake up barely remembering anything. Because look I am not 18 anymore. While we are taking about Thailand don’t get me started on ping pong shows.
I don’t think I’ll take photos of locals or orphans. You know the Lonely Planet style portraits of people in exotic countries that will secure for 100 of likes on social media? I just feels uncomfortable to me – maybe because I grew up in the Balkan war and we often had photographers who came to our village to take photos of people. I remember them trying to lure us out with sweets and I felt used in a way. I don’t want anyone to ever feel like that.
I am not planning on going to the Middle East via Turkey to find myself.
Do you have any travel-dont’s or things that
just aren’t for you?