7 Reasons Why Traveling With a Hipster Sucks

OMG! Can they eat anything besides hipster-approved foods?

If I’m in Germany, I’m going to eat lots of sausage and sauerkraut. Why? Because I’m in freakin’ Germany. What I won’t be doing is searching the city for the best organic kimchi served out of a mason jar. If I want to eat kimchi, I’ll head to South Korea where it’s actually from.

I realize this is a shock to many hipsters. Contrary to popular belief, kimchi is not from Brooklyn (and neither are street tacos for the matter).

When I travel somewhere, I want to eat what’s authentic to that neighborhood, not what a bunch of kids in ironic clothes post to Instagram.

And never do I look for raw, vegan restaurants.

They never smile

I realize hipsters have a lot to be angry with in the world: Al Gore’s claims about global warming, not having the latest iPhone, and the fact that their skinny jeans might be a little too tight.

But would it hurt them to smile every once in a while?

I found that when traveling overseas, the easiest way to break the ice or cross the language barrier is with a smile. I’ve made friends in nearly every country I’ve traveled to through a smile. And isn’t that why we travel – to make friends and experience a culture beyond our own?

As George Elliot once said, “Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.”

Or maybe wrinkles are the new hipster trend along with ombre hair?

You want to visit a famous art museum without judgement

As a frequent traveler, I have a huge confession to make:

I’ve never been to Paris.

Now that my street cred is ruined, I’ll continue.

As I’ve never been to Paris, the first art I plan to take in will be at the Louvre and not the Centquatre. While I realize that according to Bonjour Paris, the Centquatre is where all the cool kids go for art, I don’t feel any less cool visiting the Louvre and absorbing the masters who informed our generation about what art is.

No, I don’t need a hipster in tow telling me what a cliché it is to visit the Louvre.



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There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

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No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!