If you’re not up for a rant, then um..You have no choice 😛
I was in a maritime museum in Malacca, feeling a lot like I was in the set of Pirates of the Caribbean, just admiring the displays and relieving all my knowledge on history of Malacca when I realised what a lot of the others were doing.
This is especially true for groups that come with tours. Oh my god.
I just couldn’t believe my eyes! The complete lack of public etiquette, not even bothering about whats in front of you (its a museum for gods sake) and the unbelievable amount of selfies.
Damn the monopod. Heck, damn the front cameras.
Let me break down the situation for you.
I’m reading about spice trades in Malacca, and how it made Malacca a famous port. In comes a group of Japanese sunglasses wearing (in the dark museum ?), cherry red lip balm long flouncy dresses girls and their equivalent partners. Out came the camera, the god damn stick and bam. Everyone had a selfie, then the group had a selfie and after a good 8 minutes, they left, not once bothering to read a single word or taking a good glance of their backdrop. A few minutes later, I saw then lying down ON the floor in front of the aircond, then proceeding to take more selfies. .?)
As I stood there gawking at them like the idiot I am, I cannot help but to be irked by their behaviour. I mean, what happened to manners in public? Isn’t selfie-taking to be done in discreet and was somewhat of an embarrassment? Isn’t spending all that money on travels and not immersing yourself in the place a waste?
I’m not saying that travelling that way is wrong (ahem, even though it is), but can’t we all love a place for the way it is, without us in it? Selfies are not wrong, so is having fun with friends but know where you are and act appropriately.
I don’t think people understand how tourists are little ambassadors of their country. What you do, what you say and the way you act reflects on your people. Now I cannot stop thinking of Japanese youngsters as shallow, self-absorbed people, though I’m quite sure they’re not. Not all of them anyways.
By the way, to those who travel just to get their face in a picture so that you can say “been here, done that” ,I have a business proposal for you. Give me 25% of what you would’ve spent for travelling and I will personally edit your face into the most stunning landscapes in the world. You could even appear to be swimming in Niagara Falls if you want to. Or bungee jumping in the Grand Canyon. Take a pick.
Also, drop a comment below on what your experiences were like with nasty tourists. I’d very much like to know!
Happy selfie-less travels,