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What Are The 5 Things I’ve Gotten Used to Traveling As An Asian?
There are really things that is hard to get used to when you’re traveling as an Asian, to be honest it was transition over transition of emotions. It was first amusing when I started traveling but then it keeps happening and you have to repeat yourself over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over (see, you get annoyed at me repeating ‘over and over’ too, yeah?) again.
Yet, when you’re traveling is not just a road that you take and that’s it. It’s the road to learn things, adapt to new cultures, accept and understand other ways of living, isn’t that our goal why we travel? Oh unless you just want to spend your selfish vacation secluded in a paradise-like island without noise or people bothering and haggling you with their product to sell.
Anyway, I am not a saint and I did hate this things before too but you know, you can’t change the world and definitely, you can’t change it for your own benefit.
5 Things I’ve Gotten Used to Traveling As An Asian
- Asian people talks to me in their own language. Wherever it is in Southeast Asia or in Europe, Asian people thinks that I can speak all Asian languages. In Milan, a Chinese woman started talking to me in Chinese to ask directions, I have to say “Sono Filippine, non capisci Cinesi…”. Backpacking Southeast Asia, you bet that everywhere I go they would just talk to me in their language leaving me in awe because I have no idea what they are saying.
- Stereotyped. This is the worst whenever I am hanging out fellow backpackers at the lake, at the temples, people that look me especially when it seems like it just me and a ‘white guy’ (even if there are other people walking with ahead or behind us), they look at me either I’m a prostitute or I am in a relationship with the guy I’m just walking with.
- They think I’m rich or a rebel. You see, I came from the Philippines and so this is not the normal things women back home are expected to do. They would think I am rich and selfish, or just a plain rebel doing things on my own.
- Being Ignored. Well, most of the time traveling in Asia I am ignored and taken for granted. Locals think I’m a local so they don’t exert any special treatment they do to other foreign guests.
- Gender matters. There are some places that women can’t go to or do in some countries. Like how women should brave India to see their wonders but the locals are not open to treat their women from everywhere how they should be treated. What do you do in that situation? You think safety for your own sake. Decide for the best.
These are just the few, it sounds like I really hate it didn’t I? Well, I did. Time have changed my views, instead of procrastinating about all of these I think of what I get from these! I think I get more out of it that not.
“What about you, what the things you’ve gotten used to that you didn’t like when you first started traveling?”