When I chose the name “Amateur Traveler” for the podcast that I create each week I had in mind the word “Amateur” in its most classic definition which means to do something for the love of doing it rather than for pay. I have never been opposed to being paid to travel or to write or talk about travel but even now as that happens more regularly I don’t want to forget what I want this site to be about. So it seemed time for me to define what it means to me to be an Amateur Traveler.
As an Amateur Traveler, it is my desire and goal to:
- Never lose my sense of wonder and adventure when I am traveling
- Never complain that we don’t do things that way at home, that’s part of the point of traveling
- Never whine, because in the grand scheme of things if I can afford to travel, what have I got to complain about?
- Pack light because sometimes the best part of vacation is what we leave behind
- Treat the airport security people with kindness because I am getting on the plane and they are not
- Get to the airport early, but not just to have a less stressful experience but because airports are wonderful portals to other places
- Learn constantly, because that is the real joy of travel
- Try the local dish, because I might find that I like crickets with guacamole (not so much really)
- Understand that different is not always better or worse but sometimes just different
- Treat others with respect… especially when I think they are wrong
- Try and speak at least a few words of the local language because it shows respect
- Smile as I botch the local language because humility is not a bad thing to learn either
- Take pictures but remember sometimes to look up from the viewfinder to see the scene around me
- Talk to the cab drivers, waiters, maids, clerks, and the people at the front desk because they all know something I don’t
- Travel responsibly and sustainably not just because it is better for the planet and its people but because it is often the better experience.
- Observe, appreciate, connect, and if possible contribute to the local community
Now that you know my manifesto I would like to hear:
What am I missing?
What is your manifesto?
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