Sunday, February 23, 2014

Week 8 of 52: Why traveling with me is not fun for you

I've got an hour and 15 minutes to get this post out, so here goes nothing (Please don't hold this against me but I'm not letting Chris win this early into the competition!):

Top 5 reasons I suck as a travel partner:

1. I'm an introvert - as much as I like experiencing new cultures and meeting new people I don't like to do that all the time! The problem with travel is there is a tendency for people to want to squeeze everything into their 2 week trip. And yeah if that's you then we will have a problem. Yeah in 2 weeks if I manage to do 2 cultural things that is remarkable. So either find someone else who likes stimulation overload or accept that you are sightseeing on your own.

2. I'm a sociologist - I find fun in the most boring things. For example, one of my favourite things to do in a new place is visit the local Walmart. I don't shop at Walmart but I like to see the people when I travel and let's face it, everyone shops at Walmart. It is a great place to see the local wildlife.

Starbucks in Qatar! Boring to you, super exciting to me!!
3. I'm a writer - kind of related to the first two points, just place me in a coffee shop with my laptop and I'm happy. You could lose me for days doing this in my regular environment, now add a new environment!! I might just spend the whole 2 week vacation doing this!

4. I get lost easily - hey, if you consider getting to the destination half the fun then we might be alright but if you are one of those people who needs to travel from point A to B with absolutely no deviation and insist that I be the navigator then we are most definitely in trouble! Not exaggerating! Ask anyone I've gone trail running with. Seriously dudes, I get lost on straight roads. I know that is kind of hard to believe but it's true. It is easy for me to get lost because my brain convinces me to take random turns because it feels that at that moment this is the right thing to do. I know it makes no sense. It frequently happens when I'm by myself or if you ask me to lead the trail run! It's like my brain starts wandering and then I do. And yes I have been known to get lost with the GPS. I'm just directionally challenged, please accept it.

5. I'm just not fun - I know you think I'm just saying that; but, seriously, I'm really not that fun of a person. For example, one of my favourite things to do is read a book and lie in bed all day. I don't care if I'm traveling or not. I love to read and I normally do not have time to do it during my regular life so unfortunately that means when I travel I do a lot of reading. So far on my trip I've read two books, two magazines cover-to-cover, and have already started reading book three. I have a fourth book as back up, just in case. 

So if you just read this post and were like: "what is Andrea talking about?! Not fun??!! What??!! This was the most interesting read ever!! All my vacations are like this!!" and you are looking for a travel partner, please get in touch :)

1 comment:

  1. If my plan to go on a cruise one day works, you'd be perfect. You sit down and do nothing but read and observe the wild life. Which is the passengers.