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I guess this is the typical perspective from people who grew up in places where they never had an opportunity to see real development action occurring when they were growing up. This article sounds like a very naive and optimistic way of documenting someone’s very first experience abroad in a developing country, and the kind of tourist and return-to-home person that is bred as a result is someone who tends to be pretentious and egotistical about having been able to bargain a 2$ room down to 1$, or that they have seen the worst of poorly maintained toilets and eaten the most questionable or crazy foods, that nothing thrown in their face will phase them. And you walk among the locals with your head held high as if you are a part of a second wave of colonists, looking for what new treasures to import back home…

Ok I am exaggerating…it is always great to see new kids getting their feet wet in a developing country and tourism does boost the economy, but the real treasures lie in the things that you could bring to those countries that are underdeveloped. Your experiences sound typical and synonymous with many others who have experienced the same culture shock, but know that this kind of hard bargaining game actually comes to fruition not because the local people have a culture of ripping people off, but that many tourists demean them to such an extent that it molds that attitude in them. Thailand is the perfect example. I don’t like this article because it sounds like you are encouraging a certain type of person to go travel, and as someone who has seen first hand what many of these types of people are like, its not a sight to be proud of or to look upon with awe or appreciation. Back home, your stories might be funny, but I hope you are considering what you’re leaving behind when you depart your vacation land. Many of these places are no longer ‘fun’ thanks to tourists like these…whatever ‘fun’ means.