The other day I overheard someone talking to a friend about a bad travel experience. The conversation went something like this:
Guy A: “Hey, where are you traveling to next?”
Guy B: “Oh, I’m going to [insert country name here].”
Guy A: “Oh, really? I didn’t like it there, the people were so rude – it was like New York City on steroids. I would never go there again.”
Guy B: “Seriously? Aw, man, I may need to rethink this trip.”
After listening to this exchange of words, I thought about what a shame it would be if Guy B actually took the advice of his friend and decided to change his travel plans.
I’m sure this situation has happened to you, too. You’re excited about going on a trip and then someone tells you about their horrible travel experience and then you’re suddenly rethinking whether or not you should go there. Well, my advice to you is this…don’t let someone else’s bad travel experience deter you from traveling there.
Just don’t do it – this is the biggest mistake you can make when planning a trip!
We’re all different, and we prefer different things. Some people prefer dogs over cats, some prefer cats over dogs, some don’t even like animals at all. Traveling is the same. Just because someone you know didn’t enjoy a particular travel destination doesn’t mean that you would feel the same way. Do your own research and make a decision that you’re comfortable with based on what you want to get out of your trip.
Yes, when it comes to travel, getting the advice of people that you know is a completely human thing to do. But take it for what it is, advice. Advice that you have the choice to determine whether or not you want to take.
If I would have made my decision about traveling to Branson, Missouri based on the unpleasant feedback that I received from others, I would have missed out on a pretty neat place. Yes, it’s “old fashioned”. Yes, it’s like an “old folks Las Vegas”, but there was a certain quality of charm about that city that I appreciated…and I’m glad that I visited.
Let’s see the world! Let’s not allow anyone (or their opinions) to cause us to rethink our travel bucket lists.
Have you ever been somewhere that was completely different from what your friends described?