Questionable Comportments

Vacation is supposed to be the time you spend relaxing, exploring your surroundings, and letting your hair down in a positive sense.  It is the time you have long waited for, saved monies to splurge, eager to execute the customized itinerary, to sample new cuisines, and other interesting prospects.  However, vacation is never a time, whether at home or abroad, to behave badly, lose your common sense and sound judgement.

If you people watch while on vacation, you will observe many types of behaviors played out that you can rightfully assume wouldn’t normally happen at home.  Being the “fly on the wall” would probably help to bare out what I am saying about two news articles I recently came across which spoke of vacationers who made poor choices and had to pay a price for their decisions.  You may have a lot of questions, like I do, but the bottom line is this, because one is in a foreign land, or in a place where they cannot be easily recognized, does not give them the liberty to behave in a reckless manner, that may cause harm to self or endanger the life of another.

While inebriated with alcohol or some other mind-altering drug, the tourist who thinks they are having a grand time under the influence, may have lost the capacity to be in full control of their mental faculties.  Inhibitions are loosened and what would be considered sport becomes offensive.   Still liquor, believe it or not, is not the only incriminate to be considered for some egregious behaviors but also, peer pressure.  Yes, adults experience peer pressure too.   A visitor wanting to impress friends, might decide to show-off in an instant, but looking back in hindsight, they would see it was foolhardy and detrimental to their well-being.  Also, because of their so-called ‘success’, they could influence others to follow suit and do the same lunacy.

Two examples come to mind as I talk on this matter.   A visiting family to New Zealand recently caused a stir.  The account of the family’s audacity, disrespect and disregard for the people, property and laws of the island-nation rippled out from the community onto international territory via social media and news headlines.  Their obnoxious conduct preceded them as they traveled from city to city.  Local authorities and hospitality workers were alerted to be on the look-out for them (bad news does not lack a carrier).  Read about the whole incident here.

Another traveler on board a cruise ship decided to jump in front of laughing friends from the balcony of the ship into the aquamarine waters below.  While the depth of the water is not questionable, or their ability to swim since they jumped, I wonder if they considered the possibility of lurking sharks nearby, or the strong undertow currents that could have drag them away.  Those possibilities may or may not have entered their thoughts.  I don’t know.  What I do know is that a dare-devil stunt like that should not be acknowledged as brave or ballsy by those who watch the video but flat-out absurd. Read about the jumper incident here.

Videotaping with the hopes of ‘going viral’ seems to be another reason people do what they do these days.  But why risk life or limb just to be viewed repeatedly?  Are the bragging rights worth the trouble?  So, what type of tourist are you?

Community Peeps, there are many types of travelers, but only one standard of behavior expected of all tourist.  To obey the rules and carry yourself in a manner that is acceptable and respectful to the host nation.  Have you witnessed questionable comportment of those you travel with?  Please share your thoughts on the subject in the comment box below.

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500+ And Growing

Community Peeps, first things first.  It is only fitting that Travel Itineraries (TI) pause in her normal posting routine to say “Thank You” to all who do any of the following: click follow, like, comment and share on other social media sites.  By clicking follow, you became a part of my fan base.  That gave me the privilege to speak to you on topics that are near and dear to my heart – vacations old and new, tips, lifestyle, adventure, travel strategy, and the like.

This week, WordPress informed me that my blog/website has grown to 500 followers.  The actual number is 517 (includes fans from twitter and email).  In January I received the first achievement notice that I had reached 100,  then in February 200, and now, 500.  I believe the next notification will come when TI reaches 1000.  Hopefully that will not take another year to accomplish 😊.  After all, it is not an impossible goal, but rather a desirable carrot to look forward to.  However, for now, I am happy with all of you and humbly offer my thanks for your interest.  Two thoughts that help to keep the growth expectations real are: “the snails were on board Noah’s Ark along with the cheetahs,” and the other is “never compare your life to others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.”  These two thoughts help to keep the perspective and goal for TI in view.  Therefore, whether there are 100, 200, 500 or 1000 followers, know that you are individually valuable to Travel Itineraries growth and success.

So, this blog is dedicated to you.  Your time and attention, as well as, your comments and likes (even on LinkedIn) re every posting have not gone unnoticed.  I appreciate that you hang in there with me from the time you became a follower until now.  I encourage your continued participation and insight as I am always seeking ways to make TI more interesting and thought provoking for you.  Should I say it again?  Thank God for every one of you.  You are important to me.  You are the reason why I post weekly to talk specifically of itinerary planning and travel matters.   Thank you for lending me your ear.

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