This week I read an insightful post by a new blogging connection, Hanne. A Norwegian living in Bolivia, she has traveled to over fifty countries and has the focus and philosophy that Jan and I share: Get your nose out of a dated and not so authentic guidebook. Look for wonder and amazement around you. Enhance and support the local economy. MEET THE PEOPLE.
She’s just had a lot more experience in putting that in action than I have! 🙂
Instead of sharing one of my earlier posts in my occasional “Flashback Friday” format, I thought this was much more appropriate — especially since we recently returned from a trip where we didn’t have the opportunity to meet too many new people, and as wonderful as the trip was, I feel I missed out a bit on beginning to understand that area of the world.
I invite you to click over to visit Hanne and read her thoughts, and let her know what you think!
“9 Reasons I Don’t Read Lonely Planet” by Hanne Hellvik
September 2, 2014
Many travellers see Lonely Planet as their bible. I don’t! Here are nine reasons why I don’t rely on Lonely Planet when I travel.
1. I don’t want to be a Lonely Planet Zombie
You have probably seen them. The Lonely Planet Zombies. They are everywhere. Walking around in the touristy streets of destinations all around the world. They almost run over people or get hit by cars due to that they refuse to look up from their Lonely Planet book. The travellers so dedicated and obsessed with this book that they refuse to sleep or eat anywhere that is not mentioned in it.