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8 New Year Resolutions That Everyone in Travel Needs to Happen
Jan 07, 2014 by Paul FowlerIt seems everyone and their dog has joined in making New Year Resolutions. From the thoroughly achievable (I’m planning to be able to order food in a restaurant in German) to the downright ludicrous (“I’m going to give up drinking in January” - my friend, Emma. She’s already failed. Twice). But wouldn’t it be nice if all across the board people made New Year Resolutions? If it wasn’t just people like me trying to lose that extra bit of flab I gained over the Christmas break (thanks, mom), but also big companies seeking to improve themselves? Or people traveling trying to be a little bit more considerate to their fellow travelers? It sure would. And with that in mind I've compiled a little list of New Years Resolutions that I’d love the travel industry, from the travelers to the big brands, to adhere to.
IN 2014 I WILL: TAKE IT EASY ON THE HDRSeriously, guys. If the building you’ve photographed actually has a hazy glow when you see it with the naked eye then I apologize and you can ignore this one. But I’m pretty convinced that most buildings don’t have that. So why do so many people insist on HDR’ing their images up to the point where they start to look like the one above? IT HURTS MY EYES! I read the other day that HDR is a bit like auto-tuning, and I totally go along with that. When done right it can be an artform in itself, but generally people just suck all the humanity out of a work of art and you’re left with nothing more than a shrill, soulless representation of something that was once real. I'm not the only one fighting this fight. There's a whole subreddit dedicated to it...
IN 2014 I WILL: STOP REPOSTING “INSPIRING” TRAVEL QUOTESThis one’s for my lazy marketers out there (myself included). Enough already. We get it, travel is great and some pretty great people have said some pretty great things about it, but I don’t need to be constantly reminded about that on my Facebook feed. Inspiring travel quotes, for me, very often sum up everything I don’t like about travel. It’s the snooty, holier-than-thou attitude they portray in their beautiful prose; the feeling of superiority to the rest of the populace because the speaker themselves has traveled. He/she is, therefore, more educated, more worldly and has, frankly, lived a better life. People much wiser and better than me have said these things, but some that we keep rehashing just feel kind of awkward in an age where we’re acutely aware of our privileged position to be able to travel. “Don’t tell me how educated you are. Tell me how much you’ve traveled.” In 2014, I’d rather you just didn’t tell me either. Now Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, there’s something I want to discuss. (Disclaimer: Some travel quotes are good. I don’t really want to talk about Miley Cyrus.)
IN 2014 I WILL: NOT BUY ANY MORE QUESTIONABLE ITEMS OF CLOTHING JUST TO SHOW I’M A TRAVELERI think the best summary of these clothing items came on a comment on Facebook. Our dear Max posted the photo below, to which is friend replied "Those trousers are a proper gap year disaster." I’m talking about these. And these. And these. And these. We've all been guilty of the odd questionable purchase on the road, but clothing like this isn't just questionable, it's cliche and tired.
IN 2014 I WILL: STOP ASKING PEOPLE TO WORK FOR ABSOLUTELY FREEOh hey there again, lazy marketer! I know you’ve got a great product, and you want to spread the word, and a great way to spread that word is to get people to write for you. I know you haven’t got much of a budget to work with, too. Believe me, I get it. Still, you know how tiresome it is creating regular content? Getting photos, writing articles, coming up with ideas? It’s also annoying for travel bloggers. And they’re making their living from this, too. If you can’t get a budget to pay people to write for you, be creative. Stop emailing busy travel bloggers because you’re clogging their inboxes and generally getting laughed at in private Facebook groups. Create your own valuable content, maybe some kind travel blogger will help you with some information (and you’ll give them a link in return), and hopefully in the end they’ll like your content enough to share it.
IN 2014 I WILL: TRAVEL SOMEWHERE THAT GOES AGAINST GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
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To this:I’m not saying you should head into a war zone or something, but some government warnings are, frankly, ludicrous. The Australian government tells its citizens “Do not travel” to many areas of Colombia. Some, it’s true, are challenging destinations that people generally should stay away from. But they say to stay away from the spectacular Cano Cristales, which is just unadulterated silliness. And it doesn’t stop there, either. There are plenty more areas that you’re told not to go to, that I know (from living in Colombia for 3 years) are very safe (so long as you use common sense) and, moreover, are incredible destinations. Do your research, take care of yourself, exercise common sense and get out there. The world is not as scary as it seems.