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So I came across a new travel term that I had not heard before – Vendoming. I saw it on a post by Miles for Family, and I was not familiar with the term. So I did what I normally do when I don’t know something – Googled it!
(Side note – gives me a chance to run one of my favorite comics (from the Shoebox blog)
LOL – anyways, so when I googled Vendoming, I got…. a link back to the same blog post?!?!
What is “Vendoming”
I learned that this was a term originally coined by one of my favorite travel bloggers – Dia at The Deal Mommy. I think we’re still in the early stages of the word, so I think we’re still figuring out what the exact definition is, and it probably means different things to different people. But to me it’s just the idea of super aspirational travel just for the sake of aspirational travel.
Park Hyatt Vendome
The term comes from the Park Hyatt Vendome hotel which is one of the most super aspirational hotels out there.
I mean I’m sure it’s great – and I don’t judge or begrudge anyone that stays there. It’s just not my style. I’m not even saying that I’d never stay there – if I had the Hyatt card that gives you a free night anywhere, maybe that’s where I’d go. Again, I do not judge or begrudge anyone that chooses to stay there.
Fancy Steakhouse or Chipotle?
I’m just reminded of the time a few years ago when my work gave me a $200 gift card to a famous local steakhouse. Now, I can forgive them for not knowing my wife is a vegetarian, but there were at least 3 or 4 actual vegetarians (typically Indian Hindus) ON THE TEAM ITSELF, but that’s a separate issue.
So, even setting aside the fact that my wife is a vegetarian and probably not interested in a dressed-up salad bar at a meaty steakhouse, I have always remembered what she said about that
I’d rather just go to Chipotle 20 times
So if that’s Vendoming, what’s Anti-Vendoming? Well… it’s the opposite, of course! The Portland Travel Tips blog wrote another post about it. His take on it is feeling left out of the local culture and that by just staying in your “cocoon” in the luxury hotel, you’re missing out on that.
I can kind of see that point too though I don’t feel as strong about that. I just have been so frugal for so many years, it’s hard for me to “pretend” that I’m one of the 1%ers, ya know?
What about you? How do you travel?