Entitled American tourists expect perfect, optimized vacations

Entitlement and endless optimization have turned travel into an unfun bloodsport

Jul 26, 2023

Many Americans, in much the same way we’ve grown accustomed to cheap products that arrive within 24 hours or less, have an unsavory tendency to feel as though we are owed a fabulous, friction-free time simply because we’ve spent enough money and energy planning to have a fabulous, friction-free time.

Key takeaways

  • Cottage industries and corners of the internet have sprung up to reinforce this illusion: No matter where in the world you go, especially as an American leisure tourist, absolutely every choice can be made for you;
  • But it all ends the same: with thousands of people doing the same things, in the same places, at the same times;
  • And in catering to Western tastes, developers and the dollars they seek aren’t only killing the existing culture, they’re also, ironically, killing what makes people want to visit a place.

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