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Hi. I’m Jonathan Sacks, the creator of Everybody Hates A Tourist. I love to travel. That should be fairly obvious, as I have started a travel website. It would be pretty dumb to write about something I didn’t enjoy. If you’re wondering where my blog name “Everybody Hates A Tourist” comes from, it references a line from Pulp’s song “Common People”.
Everybody hates a tourist, especially one who thinks it’s all such a laugh
The name is sort of a joke, but also sort of a reminder that traveling is more than just going somewhere different. It’s also being open to new experiences & getting to know a place & not judging it just because it is not what you’re used to.
To me, a tourist is someone who gets shuttled from place to place for quick visits without ever really interacting with anyone who isn’t part of their tour group.
I’ve always enjoyed traveling, and I’ve always enjoyed writing, back as long as I can remember. A long time ago, I used to write a sports blog called Sports Rubbish. My writing for that blog was featured in outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo!, AOL, and Deadspin. My travel writing has been featured in the Arizona Republic & other outlets. In 2021, I was shortlisted for a Traverse Creator Award for Best Storytelling.
I was nominated for another Traverse Award in 2023, for Best Written Piece.
All of my posts are based on my own firsthand travels & are thoroughly researched. Here are all of my favorite posts from over the years.
I don’t consider myself a country counter, as I’m not going places to check off lists. I like returning to places just as much as I enjoy going to new ones. However, people frequently ask me how many countries I’ve been to, so here you go.
So far, I have been to 41 countries, plus another 10 major territories and 41 states of the United States of America. I have used the UN list for countries, while territories follow the Travelers’ Century Club list and criteria. Here are the countries & territories I have traveled to thus far, in order:
- United States
- Vatican City
- United Kingdom (all nations)
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- North Korea (in the conference room in the DMZ)
- Northern Ireland
- Alaska (yes, I know it’s entirely part of the U.S., but the Travelers’ Century Club has a listing for it)
- Hawaiian Islands (ditto)
- Balearic Islands
- Hong Kong
I’m sometimes asked about how I afford to travel as much as I do, and my best answer for that is value travel. Value does not necessarily mean being cheap. Value is getting the most out of your budget, whatever that may be. I do enjoy using airline miles to fly in business and/or first class. Booked properly, these tickets get the highest value for your miles. Many of these miles came from signing up for credit cards, though there are plenty of other ways to earn free travel. The ability to work remotely is also helpful.
Where I do like to splurge is on local experiences. Traveling to a place is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try their foods and learn their history and customs. When will you get that opportunity again? Eat where the locals eat. Drink where the locals drink. Walk or climb to the highest point to get that great view. Go to a local sporting event. Learn some history. Venture to the neighborhoods where the locals live. Look up. Look down. Don’t be afraid to get lost every now and then. You’ll be glad you did.
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