The Truly Weird of Traveling


Put aside the PC for a moment, some things are just weird.  And in travelling you’re bound to meet your fill of them.  Try and chalk it up to cultural differences all you want but somewhere deep inside of you, just to the left of the part that tells you which fork to use for dessert, you know you’re witnessing strange in all its strangeness.

Take this for example.

That’s weird.  Not expressive or significant or profound.  Weird.

If you were back in your own country you’d have no problem calling it as you see it.  You’d laugh, point and jeer if you’d a beer too many.  But when you’re travelling you try your best to be open-minded.  You think about what you say before you say it in the name of being a humble traveler.  Labeling something weird doesn’t fit in your watered down vocabulary.  While at home it’s ok to judge, abroad you are shy about your own opinions.  You worry about offending some offense you don’t understand.  Like a lame break up line, you think it’s you not them.

Santacon: one of NYC's most fun and weird traditions

This isn’t bad.  Being a global traveler does require patience, respect and an appreciation for sitting back and observing.  But your travels also involve YOU.  That means you can still have opinions and even speak your mind now and then.  Chances are the locals around you also think it’s weird.

Weird and Wonderful

You do your hosts and yourself a disservice by assuming they have no sense of humor, no sense of taste or distaste. You miss the point if you really think other places in the world are without their weirdos.  Traveling lets you take in the world.  You come to understand that things operate differently depending on where you are.  You learn that your hometown is not the center of the universe after all.   But you also learn that at the core of things we humans are a fairly homogeneous species.  Each place has its version of the popular trend, the work ahead of its time, the wide spread jokes and the inside jokes.  And each place has its weird.

Some parts of travel don’t need analysis.  They don’t need a philosophical justification or four-syllable word adjectives.  They might not inspire you to spontaneously dance across the street.   All over the world – from Cape Town to Beijing – there are things that should be taken at face value and appreciated or rejected based on that value.

Some things are weird.

What are some weird things you’ve encountered in your travels?


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10 responses to “The Truly Weird of Traveling”

  1. Elizabeth says :

    Where is that Bart statue? Too cool!

    • beyonddisneytravel says :

      Hi Elizabeth, it is a very unique statue! It’s in Cape Town near Green Market Square right in town. There’s a lot of public art around the city that’s worth taking a day to see. Happy travels!

  2. Allison says :

    I think one of the weirdest things I experienced in my travels this year was Christiana in Copenhagen. It’s a self proclaimed self governing neighborhood within Copenhagen. You aren’t allowed to take any pictures there because there is a lot of illegal activity going on, but the government and police just let them live peacefully within their boundaries.. Very very strange!!!

    • beyonddisneytravel says :

      Hi Alley,

      Wow! I’ve never heard of Christiana. Definitely deserves to be called weird! Thanks for sharing and commenting. Hope you are enjoying traveling around Europe!

  3. Stacy says :

    This was so fun to read–and so true! If we humans didn’t have a sense of humor, no matter how culturally different, we’d be sunk. Vive la difference!

    • beyonddisneytravel says :

      I agree, Stacy. Glad to hear you also appreciate a sense of humor…even in new contexts. Thanks for reading!

  4. Maria says :

    Is that top pic from London? I saw plenty of strange/weird there! Can you say Camden?!

    • beyonddisneytravel says :

      Hi Maria, yes it is! It’s one of the more memorable traffic lights in the city. Don’t even get me started on Camden! Hope you enjoyed all the weirdness there as much as I did. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Justin says :

    The weirdest thing I have seen is people driving on the right hand side of the road. Ha, how ridiculous is that.!

    • beyonddisneytravel says :

      Very strange, indeed. Second only to how weird it is to see people driving on the left! Thanks for the comment!

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