Are You a Travel Snob? The Signs to Look Out For!

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Daniel is a copywriter who has well and truly been bitten alive by the 'travel bug'. After ticking off several North American National Parks and exploring Europe by train, his sights are now set on South East Asia. Usually with at least one camera locked and loaded, you'll find Daniel wherever there are mountains, lakes or beaches.

So you’re worried you might be a travel snob? Or maybe you have a friend who has been showing concerning symptoms and believing they’re better than just about every other traveler in the world?

We’ve got your back. Here is a list of the definite signs of travel snobbery; it’s time to diagnose!

You Have Zero Patience During Airport Security

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If anyone has the audacity to hold you up when going through airport security, you feel a rage like no other. Don’t these people understand you have a cocktail and meal with your name on it in the lounge?! God forbid the single mom traveling with her two kids forgets to take off her belt and holds up the whole queue.

You Scoff at People Who Go on All-Inclusive Vacations

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You find yourself at Tim and Maria’s house, who excitedly informs you they’ve finally booked that dream all-inclusive vacation. You offer them a mock smile and an “Oh, that sounds nice,” all the while silently judging them for their shameful choices. “All-inclusive isn’t ‘proper traveling,’ it’s simply living in a bubble created by some corporate travel company,” you find yourself lamenting on your drive home. And don’t get you started on cruises!

You Judge People Who Stand When the Plane Lands

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Have you ever found yourself silently judging anyone who immediately stands up as soon as the plane lands? I’m afraid that could mean you’re a travel snob. Of course, if passengers start pushing each other or start being rude to the flight crew, judge away. But after a long flight, most people want to stand up to stretch out. You don’t know if the guy in front of you has knee problems or the woman across the aisle is struggling with sciatica. So, hold your horses, take a breath, and let it go.

You Only Travel During Off-Peak Season

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There’s a good chance you loudly declare how traveling during peak season is a rookie move and should be avoided at all costs. Sure, traveling to Lapland in December is one of the most magical experiences anyone could have, but for those prices and those crowds? I’ll just go in June!

You Have a Non-Negotiable Flight Routine

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This is one for the elite travel snob. You’ve taken so many flights that you now can’t stand someone interrupting your very delicate routine. Maybe you always have the same pre-flight drink in the lounge (oh la la), order the same in-flight meal from your business class seat, and are even on a first-name basis with the flight crew. To be fair, this does sound quite nice…

You Think No Pain When Traveling = Unauthentic

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You believe you can’t truly experience real travel without having at least three or four hellish stories per trip. Maybe you proudly tell anyone who will listen about that time you survived the 20+ hour bus journey from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Luang Prabang, Laos, with just one bottle of water and a Snickers bar to sustain you. You wear a messed up shoulder as a badge of honor, a sign you valiantly carried a backpack across the Himalayas and refused to hire a sherpa to help.

You Believe That Real Travel Has To Be Done Alone

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If anyone suggests long travel periods should be done with a friend or family member, you find yourself shaking your head and chuckling to yourself – how could you possibly discover your true self when tied down by someone else? Of course, solo travel can be an incredible experience, but it’s not for everyone, so calm down and just keep that to yourself.

You Can’t Live Without Your Annual Ski Vacation

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Not only is a yearly ski trip a must for you, you wouldn’t dream of considering any destination but the French Alps. You’ll likely fly out in February, potentially after a quick luxury trip to Costa Rica for a bit of ‘winter sun.’ This is actually your favorite trip of the year, as the French mountains are full of fellow snobby travelers. You love nothing more than trading travel insults with your well-to-do peers while sipping on some champagne in one of the resort’s many hot tubs.

You’re Eco-Conscious As Long As It’s Still Luxury

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If you find yourself boasting about how environmentally friendly your last trip was, even though you stayed in a $1,000-per-night hut, home to rapid WiFi, a plunge pool, and a private driver, you’re definitely a travel snob. Throwing money to be ‘more eco’ is nonsense if you then demand amenities and luxuries that simply undo the good your financial investment is doing. 

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