Is there something that people do when they away on a holiday and they don’t think manners mean anything anymore?
It is strange. Let me tell you a quick story.
When I took my mum down along the Great Ocean Road she wanted me to take her photo at lots of the places that we went to. When we got to the 12 Apostles she went to the railing and I took a photo of her with the Apostles behind her. She has said that I can share the photo with you, so here is my mum in front of the 12 Apostles.
We were having a lovely time and just after this I went and stood next to her on the right.
Then a man who was beside me looked at me and said “Move” and gestured with his hands to shoo me off. He wanted his photo taken with his people.
I was shocked.
In all the times I’ve been to places I have never had someone tell me to move and basically get out of their way. Believe me, there have been many times I’ve wanted people to go away or move, but I wait until they do it on their own.
This obsession with selfies is getting beyond a joke I think. Okay, you want a photo of yourself somewhere special, fair enough, but spending all your time with your back to what it is you are visiting to get the selfie shots is beyond comprehension.
I have been known to do the odd one, but I don’t need a photo of myself somewhere as some sort of proof that I was there. I have all my photos and that is enough for me.
Australians, I think, have always been told if you are travelling to another country you should learn what their rules and customs are and follow them. So we do that as part of our research. You don’t want to upset your hosts, so to speak.
However, I find many people who come to Australia don’t care what our customs and rules are. For example, if you are walking on the streets in New York you get yelled at when you walk on the left. Try walking around places here and while in Australia we do walk on the left, we also drive on the left, but so many tourists don’t do that so you are constantly running into people. The city is so bad at times. I walk around saying walk on the left, walk on the left. I don’t think anyone pays attention to me though.
I don’t know if I’m just being a pain, or whether I have any right to complain, but that guy at the 12 Apostles really annoyed me. I didn’t move and I made him wait until I was ready to go. Perhaps if he had been nicer or been polite about it I might have been more inclined to move, but the disgruntled look and the demand to move really got to me.
What do you think about people who travel? Have you had similar things happen to you? What about visitors from other countries visiting your area of the world?