Those with a passion for travel love the thrill of exploring new cultures and completely immersing themselves into another world.
From eating street food to checking out the local music scene, one of the best parts about traveling is getting off the beaten path and wandering down those side streets less traveled.
But lately, a new group of travelers who call themselves “digital nomads” have dominated the travel industry with their entitlement philosophy – and they’re ruining travel for the rest of us.
Instead of being willing to connect with the locals and find all the hidden gems of the city, they’re more concerned with making sure they’re connected to the fastest Wi-Fi.
Gone is the desire to have conversations with total strangers because all they care about is, well, themselves.
Sadly, many struggling destinations are adapting their culture to welcome in the latest surge of digital nomads because they need their business to survive.
But instead of offering traditional cultural dishes they’ve made for years, trendy cafés are popping up all over and serving avocado toast and smoothie bowls – all while these “travelers” take selfie’s and post how they’re “living the life” by working in some exotic place overseas.
As if the whole world cares about their trendy food platter on the beach…
… of course with their laptop carefully placed in the photo to show they’re “really working”.
So what’s causing the latest boom of nomad travelers?
Well, if COVID-19 has taught us all one thing, it’s that “the office” is a fluid concept.
Many people learned they can work from home instead of being forced to spend their time physically in an office cube for 9 hours a day – and many employers learned they could save a ton of cash by forgoing their office space.
As a result, for the first time ever, many workers are finding the freedom to work anywhere they want.
Not to mention, some places are so desperate for tourists to help their struggling economies they are actually paying people to come and work in their country!
Of course, this perk is going to attract a certain type of traveler – and it’s not always the good kind.
And don’t forget the wanderlust college kid who wants to get out and “explore the world” – but doesn’t have two dimes to rub together.
Lost in the shuffle is the true traveler at heart. The one who knows how to pack light and unplug while traveling.
The kind who has stayed in a hostel and isn’t afraid to take the bus just to see where it goes.
True travelers know that the best part of traveling is soaking up the beauty and uniqueness of different cultures.
But sadly, with all the “digital nomads” dominating the travel scene, travel just isn’t what it used to be.
(h/t Proud American Traveler)