Traveling is an exciting experience that opens doors to new cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable memories. Yet, there is an undeniable stereotype attached to being a tourist, often associated with cluelessness, cultural insensitivity, and the inability to truly immerse oneself in the local environment, nowadays searching for the best 'instagramable' photo shots. The thought-provoking documentary "The Last Tourist" sheds light on the concept of being a traveler rather than a tourist, inspiring us to rethink our approach to exploring the world. Now, in times after covid-lockdown and as many are longing for their vacations, I want to delve into the key lessons from the documentary and explore ways in which we can embrace the mindset of a true traveler.
Conclusion: "The Last Tourist" documentary invites us to reflect upon our travel habits and challenges us to adopt the mindset of a traveler rather than a tourist. By embracing curiosity, spontaneity, respect, and a quest for authenticity, we can unlock the true essence of a destination and forge meaningful connections with the local culture. Let us strive to be conscious travelers, exploring the world with an open mind, a compassionate heart, and a profound respect for the places we visit. In doing so, we can create transformative travel experiences that leave a positive impact on both ourselves and the communities we encounter along the way.
I will never forget biking in the foggy dawn with a local through the empty streets of Beijing, the fisherman's happy smile when showing me his snapshots of whale sightings, the heartwarming welcome and meal by total strangers in the east of the Mauritian Island that felt like long lost family members inviting for dinner.
What were your best travel experiences? What are the fireside chat stories you'd tell your grandchildren about your travels? I'd love to see your reply below.
Feel welcome to also join or follow the discussion around the question: What have been your favorite places you travelled to and why?
Lastly, as I publish this post on World Oceans Day, and you may plan your next travels at the beaches, some useful tips to protect the oceans should be mentioned: reduce single-use-plastic, choose ocean-friendly sunscreen that doesn't contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, support sustainable businesses. Or how about picking up some waste? Read here how my colleague Katherine took the initiative.
A beautiful sunset in Mauritius over the Indian Ocean
That's a great read @mynynachau!! Sounds like you've had amazing travel experiences. A lot of it reads like common sense, but at the same time you're thinking - do we do this enough?
One of my favourite travel memories is deep sea fishing with a local fisherman off the northern coast of Norway. We were a small group, freezing cold of course with lots of clothing layers on us. We had a bbq after with complete strangers (locals) and none of the fish was wasted. It was a long time ago but I remember catching cod and rock salmon. It was difficult for us with the language barrier but then I guess "hmm" yummy can sound similar in any language 😊 so we bonded over late supper with the beautiful midnight sun as a backdrop to our dining - a very unique experience.