Going on a Cruise and Travel Snobbery

DSC04828Jacob and I decided to go on a cruise somewhat spur-of-the-moment to surprise his parents a year and a half ago. They were taking a cruise starting in Seattle up to Alaska and stopping along the way in Victoria, Canada. We walked in at dinner that night when the ship had already began its journey. It was a fun surprise to plan (and execute).

Going into it I was less than thrilled at the idea of a cruise, and that’s because I was guilty of something which I will call Reverse Travel Snobbery.

There are some people who look down on a certain style of travel. That’s the inexpensive, backpacker kind. “Dirty” hostels, crowded buses, economy class, student tours. Some people may view those as being a less-than-ideal way to travel, and maybe even suppose that if you had the money, you wouldn’t travel that way. I think of them as Travel Snobs.

I, however, became convinced that this budget, casual kind is the best way to travel. So convinced, in fact, that I began to look down on luxury travel experiences as “lesser-than.” Resorts, cruises, five star hotels, everything-taken-care-of travel was clearly not even travel at all. This sentiment is what I dub Reverse Travel Snobbery.


Arriving at the port in Seattle

I have since decided that every travel experience is a valid one. There’s something out there for everybody, and there’s something intriguing and exciting about each style of travel. Although the luxurious style of travel isn’t my default travel mode of choice, as a self-proclaimed travel junkie, I want to give EVERY travel style a go.

The cruise was a unique travel experience. Alaska was more charming and beautiful than I imagined it would be. And I left with my mind changed a bit.

DSC04776I can really see the allure of a cruise for certain times and places, especially now that I have a child. To have all details taken care of, to not have to worry about cooking or driving or planning entertainment—that’s a very comfortable sort of vacation. And it’s one that’s easy to coordinate with friends and family.

The next time we go on a cruise I want go into it realizing it for the rare treat that it is—and to just bask in the spoiling. Get the massage. Wear the cocktail dress, take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet, attend every show, pretend I’m Kate Winslet from the Titanic, learn how to fold the towel into a puppy like the maids do.


So I guess my message for today is: don’t turn down a travel experience if one shows up that isn’t normally your style. Every new experience is worth a shot. Try anything once. And live it up.

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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