The ‘tourist’s prayer’

We love reading the comments in our travel news, but this one especially jumped out at us, so we just had to share it with you all.

In response to our World’s grumpiest travellers article, YourLifeChoices’ member ‘zeus’ wrote this comment:

I would like to share with all you travellers out there this very amusing ‘Prayer’. Not sure where it originated, or who wrote it, but I think it sums up all travelling perils known to man (I mean tourist). Enjoy!

The tourist’s prayer
Heavenly father, look down on us your humble, obedient tourist servants, who are doomed to travel this earth, taking photographs, mailing postcards, buying souvenirs and walking around in drip-dry underwear.

Give us this day Divine Guidance in the selection of our hotels, that we may find our reservations honoured, our rooms made up, breakfast included and hot water running in the taps.

We pray that the telephones work and the operators speak our tongue.

Lead us, dear Lord, to good inexpensive restaurants where the food is superb, the waiters friendly and the wine served is complimentary.

Give us the wisdom to tip correctly in currencies we do not understand. Forgive us for under-tipping out of ignorance and/or over-tipping out of fear. Make the locals love us for who we are and not for what we can contribute to their worldly goods.

Grant us, oh Father, the strength to visit all the museums, the cathedrals, the colonial houses, national parks and convict goals listed as ‘Must See’ in our guide brochures.

And if per chance we skip an historic monument in order to take a nap after lunch, have mercy on us, for the flesh is but weak.

Amen to that!

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Do you have a similar creed or inspirational quote you keep in mind when you travel?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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