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July 17, 2016

The five amusing kinds of travellers that we inevitably come across in the digital age

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Travellers have an assortment of fascinating characteristics -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Everyone has immaculate notions as to what their ‘dream vacation’ or ‘much-needed getaway’ should look like. This mosaic of people that we come across on our newsfeeds is what makes the whole experience somewhat gratifying and even obscenely ridiculously at times. 

The foodie traveller

This traveller is on a relentless prowl for the best grub amid their globetrotting ventures. Expect a lot of "Food Coma! Lol" pictures on Facebook with a corresponding Instagram post loaded with Valencia filters, carbs and #Foodie/#Foodporn/#NomNom hashtags. Rest assured -- you could possibly jot down a daily food diary for them considering the frequency of food-related posts from breakfast till dinner. Every morsel that goes in their body is documented for the world to see. 

The over-sharing honeymooners

Let’s be clear: I’ve done my time with the passé congratulatory messages. You put up a picture with your significant other, we all liked/commented our hearts out, claimed you were the most beautiful couple that ever graced the face of this earth and wished you well. And then, the "feeling blessed with hubby" statuses with check-ins at the usual suspects -- Thailand, Maldives or Turkey -- start popping up on newsfeed. These self-proclaimed lovebirds will spare no detail when it comes to a breakdown of their nauseating escapades. For honeymooners, a typical "view-from-our-room" captioned phoptograph is basically a rite of passage.

The selfiesh traveller

Everyone loves an exotic travel tale, from encounters with colourful oddballs to exploring faraway lands and hoarding stories to impart at a later time. But this traveller is more focused on the idea of disregarding the splendour of scenic beauties or immersing in the local culture just so they can plaster their same old face on your timeline to reinforce new-age narcissism. The worst is travelling with a friend who’s adamant on taking 920,748 pouting selfies with an out-of-focus landmark in the background.

Selfies have become such a menace that certain museums and art galleries such as the National Gallery in London, Palace of Versailles in France, and Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have taken strict measures to ban obnoxious selfie sticks.

If a millennial didn’t wallow in some blatant self-promotion and brag on social media platforms, technically did he even take that glorious holiday? No, sire.

The wannabe ‘bitten by wanderlust’ traveller

Wanderlust-ers have assumed the onus of enlightening everyone in their vicinity about the intricacies of their chosen destination from touchdown till their post-holiday afterglow. Overnight, they have mastered all things foreign and considered themselves ‘cultured’ while sneering at over-excited tourists. This kind is often notorious for throwing around clichéd phrases like history buff, lone explorer, photography enthusiast, avid traveller, and adventure junkie. Also, sharing pictures with unrelated philosophical and inspirational quotes is basically their main forte along with a vacation album titled The *insert city/country name* Diaries. 

The party animal

They travel in packs. Unabashedly loud, blatantly brazen and well-informed on the rowdiest party spots. They choose destinations based on the nightlife and could care less what the outside of a club looks like. Along with a plethora of inebriated selfies, you’ll see a whole lot of ‘A little party never hurt anybody’, ‘Girls Night Out. Woo-hoo! #SquadGoals’, ‘The night is still young’ and ‘Pre-Gaming with the crew!’ statuses. Adding to the chaos, they’ll repeat the entire shindig the next day while nursing a hangover. Highly entertaining, as you see their mid-life crises slowly unfold on social media.

Travelling in the digital age has certainly changed the dynamics of what’s now deemed as customary and acceptable behaviour. Makes one wonder that if a millennial didn’t wallow in some blatant self-promotion and brag on all social media platforms, technically did he even take that glorious holiday? No, sire.

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