4 questions all long term travelers hate


We are usually a tolerant breed, but there are a few questions that are guaranteed to – for various reasons – get on our nerves. Would you like to antagonize a traveler? Here are seven things you should make sure to ask us. If that fails – which I assure you it will not – you could always just burn our passport. I dare you.

1) How many countries have you been to?

It all depends on the context – this question can be very flattering when posed by an awe-struck acquaintance, because it gives us free licence to show off. Trouble usually comes when a group of competitive travelers come together and try to one up each other.

2)Which place is your favorite?

Simply put, our favorite destination is always the next one. Some places will be better suited to a person’s needs than others, but anyone with the heart of a traveler feels most at home when they’re on the move.

3)Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’m a traveler! I don’t know where I’m going to be in the next five hours. In fact, I’m not even sure where I am as we speak. I don’t read Thai, my Google Maps app isn’t working and this berry I’ve just eaten may or may not be poisonous. Seriously, can somebody help me?

4)Don’t you know your friends and family miss you?

This question is annoying because we know the answer all too well. We’ve missed birthdays, weddings and graduations aplenty – and sometimes we really hate ourselves for it. We need travel to survive, but sometimes we wonder if we are being selfish by fulfilling our dreams. Whenever someone asks us this question, it brings all our insecurities to the surface and makes us weep a little on the inside.

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