The Tour Group Troop, First-Time Wanderlusters, D-List Insta-lebrity... Have You Met Them All?
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Sep 01, 2015 -- There is no end of varied and fascinating places to visit around the world. And yet, wherever you go, there are some things that stay the same. Amazingly, that often includes the personas of visitors to these destinations. The travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have been taking notes on the lovers, the photo bugs, families and more to come up with The 11 People You Meet at Every Tourist Hot Spot. While you are out exploring the wonders of the world, take a moment to people watch too. It's one way to see how much we all share!
Below are six of the classic tourist types to make our list. See how many you've met on your travels:
- The Millennial Wanderer - You don't have to meet them in
person. You can meet them virtually and follow along on their
travels via their blog, which will surely have a clever title like
"The Bucket Listicle" or "Urban Nomaddict." They are all about the
experience and will be quick to share the hidden gems they've found
along their journey. You may run into one in Rome at the Coliseum,
but they surely spent the previous night drinking the finest local
Italian reds at a hole-in-the-wall trattoria with the best homemade
Bolognese you will ever taste. They booked their trip online using
mostly credit card points and frequent flyer miles and are quick to
share how much they saved. You can do it, too. Just follow them on
Twitter for the link.
- The Fanny Pack Fashionista - This tourist attraction
staple is ready for anything. In the real world, they may be a
fashion-savvy trendsetter, but, once the vacation clock starts
running, they'll trade their heels for sensible shoes with
carefully placed Dr. Scholl's inserts and forgo their designer
purse for the ubiquitous hands-free tourist accoutrement - the
fanny pack. (They'll call it a belt bag, but we'll know the truth.)
These organized early birds will be up with the sun to get the best
spread from the hotel's continental breakfast, and they'll have an
itinerary for the day planned out before you can scrape jelly onto
half a stale bagel.
- The Multigenerational Jet-setters - Most often found at
theme parks and beaches, this tight-knit brood likes to travel in
packs. They are quick to request family photos and, before you can
tell them to say cheese, they will systematically arrange
themselves by height like a team of synchronized swimmers. When in
quieter settings like museums or monuments, the younger members of
these units may get fussy. Nothing adds to the ambiance of the
Louvre like a crying child throwing a tantrum on the gallery floor.
Now, we may finally know what the Mona Lisa was thinking.
- The Wayfaring Fact Checker - You will find this rare
breed reading the placard in front of every monument, museum and
McDonald's they come across. Did you know they stopped counting the
number of burgers sold when they reached 99 billion and that the
arches were incorporated into the fast food chain's logo in 1962?
This classic arm-chair traveler has read up on their destination
extensively and no longer needs a guide book to spout facts and
figures. Alas, despite their knowledge, they will not pass up an
opportunity to read from museum signage. You may find a collective
of unaware tourists slowly tacking on to the end of their group,
believing themselves to be on an impromptu guided tour.
- The Selfie Stick in the Mud - Many attractions like
Orlando's Disney World, the National Gallery in London and 19
Smithsonian museums have already banned the selfie stick, which
will limit the number of places you can run into this controversial
and unwelcome specimen. Like smokers, they are being slowly weaned
from populated areas. And for good reason. Wielding a selfie stick
can be a dangerous game, especially when their primary concern is
fitting their entire squad in the frame and not so much innocent
passersby. If you are one of the unfortunate souls traveling with a
Selfie Stick in the Mud, you will spend much of your time waiting
for them to get just the right shot. If only there was an easier
way to take a photo with multiple people in the picture. Maybe
suggest an alternative: other people - the original selfie
- The PDA-dventurers - Some say the couple that travels
together stays together, but if you run into this
attached-at-the-lips twosome, you may want to keep your distance.
You can find them spooning in flight, taking selfies at the Eiffel
Tower or sitting on the same side of a booth sharing a single
strand of spaghetti. They might think there is no such thing as too
much PDA in the city of love - but from your vantage point, that's
debatable. They may approach you with a request to take their
photo. And they will gladly tell you where they met, how long
they've been together and how many kids they plan to have. It
doesn't matter that they don't know you and that you didn't
Want more people to watch for on your next getaway? Check out these five additional tourist personalities that round out our list: the Tour Group Troop; the First-Time Wanderlusters; the Backpacking Bro; the D-List Insta-lebrity; and the Nomadic Empty Nester. To read the full details on these and see Cheapflights.com's complete 11 People You Meet at Every Tourist Hot Spot, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/the-11-people-you-meet-at-every-tourist-hot-spot.
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