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Travel Drives People Insane

I call it "Losing the Plot."

What do you call foreigners who dress up funny, I was told the word is "trustafarian," however there has to be a better word.

Trustafarian: One Definition
Portmanteau of trust fund and rastafarian. A hippie poser. Essentially a rich kid who smokes weed, wears hats designed to hold dreads when he in fact has none, and uses the word "peace" to say bye.
Money can't buy hippieness, you stupid trustafarian!

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Wednesday, May 5, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Travel convinces men to carry purses and wear dresses, I told someone,
"They are drinking the water."

These Are Not Trust Fund Kids
Yes, the urban dictionary sort of describes these boys as Trustafarians. I do not buy this definition; I do not think these two are living off a trust fund; however, the first does indeed have dreads.

Lately, I have been interviewing the people in Pana their opinions of this, and so far, I am the only one that thinks of it is strange. I have to deduce, if I am the only one that thinks it is crazy, then I am the person who is crazy. I know dressing in normal western clothing from the USA could be considered an act of rebellion here in Guatemala.

Yes, I am quite sure, travel causes mental illness, and the sad part is I am not joking.

Travel Drives People Insane


I think yes, and no. Part of travel for some involves total immersion in the culture. try to learn the lingo, dress local, eat local. I think there's a lot of pleasure in that for a lot of folk.

Then you get the real crazies who have baked in the sun too long. Saw a lot of grizzly, sun baked pensioners in Goa, India, and they looked like they'd spent the last 20 years boozing and getting high on the beaches, and had skin like a worn out leather sofa with half its stuffing pulled out.

I have a pragmatic approach to local clothing. one of the key 'rules' of survival/ wilderness travel is that local people probably evolve the best tools to get by in their environment. I have a great book by Chris Ryan, former SAS, about survival. He states that, aside from airport restrictions, it is better to buy a knife when you land where you're going. In Nepal, a Khukuri is probably the best knife to have, in africa you want a machete etc. Your swiss or german knife isn't adapted to the local wilderness.

He tells a great story of being in Siberia in his ultra-hi-tech hundreds of pounds gear-shop precision-engineered boots and then growing a layer of ice on the inside and giving him frost-bite. The Russian guides used bear-skin, and their feet were just fine.

Bit off-topic, but my point is, sometimes local clothing is better. Sometimes, you just look like a prat.


Yes Vic, you must allow me to live and let live, this is my opinion, there is no reason to not tell my opinion.
Andy Graham the