Like water cooler talk at work, travelers have go-to topics of conversation too. As a person from the U.S., I am often asked about the election and Donald Trump. People ask for my opinion without regard for social conventions dictating politics is off limits. It is great to discuss a topic that we avoid in some settings at home.
I have had the election conversation many times with people representing different countries and I always hear similar comments from my conversation partners. They say:
- How has this happened? I cannot believe it!
- We think less of the United States because of Donald Trump’s candidacy.
- We love Obama. Regardless of the election results, the new President is not as exciting.
I know backpackers are a homogenous group – millennials, people with some financial means, people interested in travel even if it is not always comfortable or easy. Even given this homogeneity, I am intrigued that no person I have talked with supports Donald Trump.
I am happy to be out of the country during this election cycle so I can avoid the non-stop coverage. I still read my newspaper daily and also listen to election podcasts. For two of the three debates I streamed the audio live. (An aside: technology is amazing!) It is excellent to be able to choose how much election coverage I hear every day.
I am aiming to be in a larger city for November 9 (a day later because of the time zones) so I can continue my tradition of watching the voting results live on television. I am excited to see what an election watching party outside of the U.S. feels like.
Quick note: I returned this afternoon from 6 nights on the Cambodian Island Koh Rong Sanloem, a place with no roads, no ATMs, and no wifi. It was fabulous! A number of blog posts will come in the next few days.