Jeanne Leblanc writes: Who's The Coolest Traveler?
Americans who meet each other while traveling abroad almost inevitably fall into a kind of coolness competition, one-upping each other in conversations about where they have traveled, the scrapes they've gotten into and the things they have seen. I should know better than to engage in these contests because I inevitably lose.
I do believe, however, that I have discovered the winning strategies. I just don't have the actual experiences to back them up. Not yet. (With the words "Not yet," please picture me scowling and shaking my fist, Scarlett O'Hara-style, at the heavens.)
First, Peace Corps. If you can start a conversation with "Well, when I was in the Peace Corps in [insert exotic place] ..." you have won. This is a first-round knockout. Other strong contenders would be "When I was in the CIA ... the Special Forces, the Foreign Legion, that Turkish prison" etc.
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