The eight sins of a vacationer

Author: Lera Shvets

Diving into the river with crocodiles, telling everyone around you about your good mood, leaving memorable inscriptions - what else should tourists not do?

Every summer, quiet European cities are swept away by a happy wave of tourists, chased by selfie-sticks. In restaurants, menus appear in all languages ​​of the world, and sellers of souvenir shops fill up collections of expensive trifles. At the coastal resorts, residents of houses within a radius of several kilometers from the sea are replaced by tourists, and on the beaches resumes the sale of three-storey compositions of seashells. For many cities in the world, this summer rhythm of life has become quite familiar over the decades. Everyone understands that tourists bring money, and take away the reputation of the place. The sharp seasonal influx in general is ready to endure even the guards of the order in whom work is noticeably increasing at this time. The guests themselves, who finally came to a vacation, are often so much forgotten in the resort blush that they drive from excursion to excursion without dressing up swimming trunks, or fiercely celebrate happy two weeks away from work with cheerful songs in the central square of a quiet Tuscan town. In order not to be included in their number this summer, we advise you to familiarize yourself with the sins that the carefree vacationer commits in the resorts of the Krasnodar Territory and in the Paris museum.

Some sleep, others walk

The main tangible difference between vacationers and local - their opposite rhythms of life. While many local people get up to work, resort visitors just go to bed, and when the latter swim out for breakfast, the first ones finish lunch. Many old European cities, for example Venice, suffer from strong echoes transmitted through the channels at night. In the autumn-winter months, the sound of the echo is distributed only from a dog barking somewhere in the yard, they are used to this and this is of little use to anyone. The summer echo is varied and terrible in its predictability when a group of tourists, seizing up to the sanctions cheese and Italian wine, enter the quiet Venice.

Looking for specific points

In the afternoon, sleepy tourists take to the streets of the city in search of ideal places for a photo shoot. In the same Venice, the authorities had to hang out polite reminders for guests in public transport, vaporetto boats and at large crossroads. On the plates, the authorities ask tourists to remember that for them Venice is a place of rest, but for many people it is a place of life, and while tourists block the road trying to take pictures against the canal background, people are late for work or an appointment with a doctor. Therefore, the authorities are asking, while walking along the narrow Venetian alleys, hold on, dear tourists, on the right side, and at the vaporetto stations, pass the people first to the exit.

Such a thing is a bicycle

In Danish Copenhagen or Amsterdam Holland, gazing tourists run the risk of being hit by a bicycle. Almost half of the inhabitants of these cities get to work that way. This is facilitated, first of all, by the developed infrastructure, which allows citizens to move safely around the city. They rush to work on dedicated bike lanes, equipped with their own traffic lights, stand in bicycle traffic jams, pay heavy fines for the red light and let pedestrians pass in the same way as motorists do, that is, within the framework of traffic rules. Tourists, in turn, are often not ready for cycling, and this sometimes has unfortunate consequences. Looking at the beautiful tower of the palace, they suddenly find themselves on the cycle path, without looking around. At best, 15 Danes manage to slow down and gently remind guests of the safety rules. At worst, they crash into a tourist or into each other and someone’s vacation is spoiled.


Happy vacationers with their active lifestyle sometimes interfere not only with local residents, but also with each other. This is most vividly demonstrated in the Louvre in Paris near the Mona Lisa painting. Every second person considers it necessary not only to capture the canvas of the great Leonardo on his smartphone, but also to make a selfie on his background. Art lovers crowd, shove each other elbows and for the most part are not particularly interested in the history of the painting itself and the masterpieces around. Pandemoniums and the battle of cameras also often occur at monuments or on specific points, where everyone tries to take a photo that creates the illusion that there is really no soul around.

A place under the sun

Tension builds up on the beach when a general emotional ailment turns into a struggle for a sunbed. The dissatisfaction accumulated over the long year of work in the office spills on Madame, who suspects nothing, and has taken someone else’s towel on her misfortune. Tourists can very quickly discard thoughts of rest by the sea and devote themselves to a passionate scandal that has no other end than the spoiled mood of both parties. Often a similar standoff happens high in the air during the flight. The chair, dropped all ten hours before Thailand, may cause an international scandal. But it can also be avoided if passengers respect each other and lower the back only during sleep, thereby giving their neighbors more space while eating or watching a movie.

Mark on history

However, tourists more often commit resort sins against themselves. For example, when they confess their love to Mary by scratching her name on a tree in a botanical garden, or pick out bamboo from the ground with dreams of planting it in a country house. It also becomes sad when tourists leave tags at historic sites announcing to everyone else that they have been there. It with high probability comes to an end with considerable fine and the spoiled budget.

Climb higher

If tourists do not draw, they strive to climb somewhere. For example, the memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in Berlin or the sacred Aboriginal mountain of Uluru in the northern territories of Australia. Despite the warnings in all the guidebooks that, climbing a mountain, tourists insult the memory of the departed, a clear path has already been trodden to the top of Uluru over the decades. By the way, the same can be seen in sacred places in Russia, for example, on Olkhon Island on Baikal, where, despite the large signs asking not to approach the holy sites of the local shamanic culture, tourists continue to stroll around and make thoughtful portraits at sunset . In 2015, in Cremona, Italy, tourists who tried to make a successful selfie deprived the crowns of a three-hundred-year-old statue of Hercules, and in May of this year, in the capital of Portugal, the statue of King Sebastian I, made 126 years ago, was smashed.

The unbeliever Thomas

Belief in the mind finally cracks when resort sins become life-threatening. For example, the desire to smoke on a hot day in the woods and then throw a cigarette butt under a tree or the decision to swim in prohibited places. Many tourists often do not trust black flags during a storm, act contrary to, and then a rescue team is looking for them for half a day. Placards on the northern coast of Australia, warning that crocodiles live in the area and it is forbidden to enter the water, also, surprisingly, sometimes do not find a response in the minds of holidaymakers and, risking their lives, check the statement in practice.