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Many people thought that Chinese people don't like to spend money anymore, but the just past Labor Day holiday made everyone sit up and take notice. "Sit up and take notice" is an idiom that means that someone previously underestimated a person or thing, but now has a different opinion. This year's Labor Day holiday was filled with people everywhere in China, all out traveling and spending. In the past, people thought that China's economy wasn't doing well, and people didn't like to spend money. However, this year's Labor Day holiday made people sit up and take notice. Some young people have even fallen in love with "revenge travel," where they can visit many tourist attractions in a single day without feeling tired, just like special forces soldiers. Today, let's talk about "revenge travel"!
Some people like to travel slowly, staying in one place for many days to experience local culture. Some people like to travel to many places in a short time, like ticking off items on a checklist. This type of short-term travel, where people visit many places in a short period of time, is called "revenge travel." Special forces soldiers are a type of soldier who can undertake extremely difficult missions, and they have excellent physical strength. Young people who enjoy "revenge travel" are like special forces soldiers, challenging their limits, and no matter how tired they are, they can persevere.
Why has "revenge travel" become so popular recently? I have read many posts from Chinese netizens, and they believe that there are several reasons. Firstly, almost all of the people who like "revenge travel" are young people, especially college students. They are young and have good physical strength, so they are not afraid of getting tired while traveling. One college student said, "At our age, in our twenties, we don't feel tired when traveling. We just want to see the scenery, take pictures, and have fun with friends." Secondly, "revenge travel" is more cost-effective. Some people call this type of travel a fast-paced "poor travel" because these young people often take overnight trains, arriving at a new place in the morning, saving one night's hotel fee. Also, because college students usually don't have a lot of money, visiting more places in a short period of time makes them feel that their travel is worth it. Thirdly, I think it is related to the three-year COVID-19 pandemic. In the past three years, many universities have been closed for a long time, and college students couldn't go anywhere, so they could only stay on campus. Now that China has reopened, they can finally travel to many places. One college student said, "If we don't go crazy now, we'll get old! We won't have time to go crazy after we start working!" University may be the most free time they have, so they want to make up for the time they couldn't travel before they start working.
Although I prefer slow-paced travel, which is also known as deep travel, I think this "special forces-style tourism" is interesting too. It reminds me of my time in college when I also enjoyed doing crazy things with my friends. A college student online friend said, "The scenery seen at 20, 30, and 40 years old is different. In their 20s, people want to experience the world in this collective atmosphere. Maybe at 30 or 40, people want to quietly experience the scenery on their own." I agree with this and think we should encourage young people to do more crazy things!
Do you prefer "special forces-style tourism" or slow-paced travel? Please feel free to leave a comment!