I enjoy having conversations with different people and getting to know them. Meeting up with travelers from all over the world is a big part of traveling and I like it so much! Maybe it’s one of the biggest reasons that I can keep on traveling for 8 months already. But not all the interactions with travelers are pleasant.
Typical questions you get from Asian Travelers
Unlike travelers from Western countries, Asian travelers always start a conversation with “Where are you from?”. Of course, it’s okay, it’s a basic question as a traveler when you meet someone who looks different from you!
After they get an answer that I’m Korean, they ask me a second question. “How old are you?”. Yes, yes, we can say it’s normal. In Eastern countries, we have to be polite to a person who is older than us. So, yes, it’s fine.
But the problem starts as soon as you tell your age to them. Maybe you don’t have any issues if you’re a student or under 30 years old. But, I’m a 30 something old Asian girl who travels alone even though some people say I look like a 20 something.
As soon as they hear I’m a 30 something Korean girl, they ask a third question like “Do you have a boyfriend?” or “Are you married?”. Hmm… If you are smart enough, you get what I mean by now. They tend to ask too personal questions when you’ve just met. If you say “No” to those questions, then they make you embarrassed by asking questions like, “Why you don’t get married? Don’t you want to have a child?”
Come on! Give me a break!
This is the moment I want to stop the conversation! I haven’t met many Asian backpackers since they like to travel as a group, but every time I meet them, I’m so annoyed by all these personal questions. Yes, this is why I don’t enjoy interacting with travelers from Asia that much.
I just want a regular conversation about places we’ve been to, our favorite travel destinations, favorite dishes, beautiful stars you see in the dark sky.….. instead of “investigating” other travelers’ social status or age.
I don’t mind telling my personal history when I get to know them better or when I’m in the mood. But I don’t feel it’s right that these personal things have to be asked when you just meet. At least, that’s what I’m thinking.
To Asian Travelers
All Asian travelers! If you want to get to know a person better and have a pleasant conversation, please be genuinely interested in something else rather than asking too personal questions!
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How was your interaction with Asian travelers? Did you enjoy it? Please share your experience! I hope to hear from you! 🙂