These Dumbest Vacation Trends Are a Complete Waste of Money

Travel trends go up and down like a yo-yo. We know travelers are usually willing to spend extra cash on a nice hotel, but now they’re spending money on trendy adventures and experiences. Unfortunately, some of these excursions just aren’t worth the high price tag.

Read on to find out which travel trends you should avoid if you don’t want to waste your money.

Tornado chasing

Tornado touching down in Oklahoma
How is this an enjoyable way to spend your vacation? | NOAA Photo Library/Getty Images

This type of “vacation” is exactly as it sounds: You chase tornadoes like in the movie, Twister. This is dumb and dangerous, not to mention a waste of money. But if you’re determined to check this trip off your bucket list, a handful of companies actually offer tornado chasing tours. But please, be careful; three tornado chasers died in March 2017.

Sleeping in capsules

Capsule Hotel
Nothing about this seems enjoyable. | Inranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

As Architectural Digest put it, “Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sleep in a coffin?” If you have, you can spend the night in a capsule no bigger than a large refrigerator. To see what the experience is like, watch Better Late Than Never where the cast stays in a capsule hotel. These types of hotels are popular in Japan, but you can also experience capsule living firsthand in Boston, Manhattan, and soon, San Francisco at the Yotel.

Instagram potential

Planning a vacation by “Instagrammable” locations makes our list. Don’t let Instagram potential dictate where you’re going to explore or even have dinner. After all, the best vacation experiences happen spontaneously, not when you’re searching for the perfect Instagram post.  

Pay-by-the-hour nap hotels

African Woman Wearing Eyemask
That nap will cost you. | AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images

Need a quick power nap? You can stay at a nap hotel by the hour — but it’ll cost you. Recharge, a San Franciso-based hotel, costs $40 an hour for a room. “We’ve had guests stay 12 minutes; we’ve had someone stay 25 hours,” CEO Emmanuel Bamfo told Tech Crunch. We’ll admit, this might be convenient for people who need a quick shower before heading off to an event. But for an extended period of time this sounds miserable (and expensive).

Documenting your vacation with belfies

Imagine visiting the Grand Canyon only to see a fellow visitor drop their pants and snap a picture. That’s exactly what people are doing. The Instagram account, Cheeky Exploits, has amassed nearly 300,00 followers sharing posts of … people’s butts. The account actually specializes in showing people’s bare bums in exotic locations. Yeah, we don’t get it either.

Vacation concepts

young man carrying his girlfriend on his back at the beach
Enjoy a vacation pre-baby, but why do you need a name for it? | Jacoblund/iStock/Getty Images

Every type of vacation has a name now. Want to spend the weekend with your guy friends? You’re going on a mancation complete with fishing and cigars. Want to relax before your new baby arrives? Take a babymoon. Often stereotypical, these trips are seen on a hotel’s list of special offers. Instead of opting for one of these unnecessary (and probably expensive) packages, we suggest having a discussion with your concierge about what you’re interested in doing and going from there.

Taking a two-week vacation

happy couple on summer vacation in Dubrovnik
Don’t stay in the same spot too long. | Nadezhda1906/iStock/Getty Images

The longer the vacation, the better, right? Not so according to Business Insider. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman says there’s a reason why. “Shorter vacations are typically just as good in hindsight as longer ones,” Kahneman told Business Insider. “If the story of your life doesn’t change much over time, you’ll be less likely to remember certain details.” This is why life seems to go by quickly even though the days may drag on. The takeaway here is to change up your vacation after a week or it’ll all blend together.

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