We’ve all seen them– the latest YouTube phenoms parodying shit people say (my favorite is Shit People in DC Say, call me biased). After watching a few of these, I’ve realized lazy travelers are also creatures of habit, and we tend to stick to a few key catchphrases.
“Let’s just go here”
Many times, the best nights are the nights you don’t plan. When traveling, the romantic and I like to plan less and discover more. Instead of picking out a restaurant in advance, we often hop from place to place until we find a place where we can camp out for a while. And then we just go there.
“Une autre carafe du vin, s’il vous plait!” (translation: another carafe of wine, please) In France, you’re often met with an eye roll from the waiter fetching you carafe after carafe. And I just don’t care. I also find myself saying this in places outside of France, sometimes en francais, which can be confusing for the waiter.
“I’m never drinking again”
So you ordered too many carafes again and woke up uttering these famous last words. Get yourself out of that hostel bed, drag yourself around the corner to the nearest pub/bar/bistro/hole in a wall and suck down a few bloody marys. You’re golden, lazy traveler.
“I want pizza!”
Eating pizza while drunk is every American twenty-something’s favorite pastime. Elsewhere, I have discovered, pizza while drunk is not commonplace, and most people if not everyone will think you strange when stumbling around the streets searching for the closest open pizzeria.
Perhaps the most used catchphrase in our repertoire. When our trips are over, you have to carry us kicking and screaming to the airport. We want to stay longer and sometimes forever.
We don’t like to pigeon-hole ourselves, but I won’t deny the popularity of these phrases in our vocabulary. And in my opinion, there’s always time for une autre carafe du vin, am I right?