7 Reasons Why Hipsters Make Great Traveling Companions

Everybody wants to hate on hipsters. Regular readers of this site know that I often do. Sometimes, though, hipsters deserve a little love.

Like when you’re traveling for instance. Hipsters can actually make great — err, interesting — travel companions.

Here are 7 reasons why hipsters make great traveling companions:

Their clothes help them blend in as a local…

If they’re traveling in Europe, that is.

Studded cutoffs, tights with holes in them, men in scarves, ironic t-shirts, and general bad accessories. All are perfectly acceptable as normal attire in Europe (and even some parts of Asia).

Just ask your hipster travel companion to help you pack your bags, and you’re on your way to blending in like a local.

They know the cool neighborhoods before the chain restaurants do

Whether they want to admit it or not (and most don’t want to admit it), hipsters are by nature trendsetters. They’re the risk takers who find an upcoming neighborhood before anyone else does.

Many times, they actually create the neighborhood themselves, like the Hayes Valley Proxy Project in San Francisco, which features food and art in shipping containers.

The downside is that soon, the rest of the world swarms into the neighborhood because that’s where all the fun is and yuppification begins. Hostels are converted to overpriced boutique hotels and the trendiest beer bar in Prague is converted into a Hard Rock Café.

Follow their lead now, while the neighborhood still exists.

Hipsters can help you shop for the most authentic souvenirs

Souvenir shopping in city centers like the Spanish Steps in Rome can be such a drag. The shops are either overpriced, cheesy tourist garb, or both. Those trendy neighborhoods hipsters hang out in are lined with shops, boutiques, and galleries selling items handcrafted by local artisans. Your friends and family will be totally impressed with the souvenirs you bring home.

Of course, if you do want to buy an overpriced t-shirt, hipsters can help you with that, too. As long as it’s an ironic t-shirt…

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