I was looking through twitter today, searching for travel bloggers to follow when I discovered something disturbing. I came across a travel blogger who said...
"I want to inspire others to travel".
I was astounded! But it wasn't just one, a Pandora box was opened. It was like that moment, when you're outside on a bright summers day, sitting on a concrete wall. Suddenly you notice a tiny red dot on the concrete you're sitting on, it starts to move, then another, then ten more, then 100, a 1000. Before you know it you're surrounded by these tiny red mites, tiny dots that you're so used to, that you never noticed them before.
|This is a Clover Mite, more commonly known as a tiny red bug that you find on concrete|
Why on earth would a Travel Writer or Blogger want to inspire others to travel? As a traveller I yearn for the days when there where no airports, internet, tourists and hotels. I want to travel the way they did 50 years ago, befriending the locals, being a novelty, not knowing how to get there (wherever there was) and not destroying what I had come to see. The more people travel, the less special the world becomes. It becomes more mundane and less full of wonder. The more people travel, the more exotic peoples of the world become corrupted by our way of life, "welcome strange traveller" becomes "buy from me"!
|The Taj Mahal, Widely acknowledged as a place ruined by mass tourism|
No travel writer or blogger who is "passionate about travel" (that phrase also does my head in but I'll save that for another day), would ever try to inspire tourists to travel, if they do, they are self defeating. The world that you travel in will become overcrowded, overpriced and under-loved.
So I plead with travel writers! Please don't inspire others to travel, don't intentially make the world a worse place. Don't infect more spectacular and unique places with the plague of mass tourism.
I will take the following oath:
I will be a responsible travel blogger.
I will not write flowery descriptions of places that don't deserve them.
I will never write to make people jealous of my travels.
I will always write about the trials and tribulations of travel, emphasising how travellers suffer and the dangers we face.
I will write about travel to make myself happy and for no other reason.
I will not intentionally ruin a place I write about by popularizing it.
I will not dirty the reputation of travel writing by asking hard working businesses for freebies and give them anything but my best work in return.
I will not mislead my readership by secretly publishing sponsored posts.
Will you join me?