The Definition of A Basic Bitch

I’ve been getting a lot of flack over the title of this publication. Most people love it, some people hate it (especially after I insult their Chacos, my bad! It was sort of a joke?)

Well first of all, I can name it whatever I want. I don’t go trolling your pages telling you what to do. Second of all, I know I can’t please everyone, but felt I needed to define what exactly is meant by “basic bitch.”

Here is Urban Dictionary’s definition: “Someone who is unflinchingly upholding of the status quo and stereotypes of their gender without even realizing it. She engages in typical, unoriginal behaviors, modes of dress, speech, and likes. She is tragically/laughably unaware of her utter lack of specialness and intrigue. She believes herself to be unique, fly, amazing, and a complete catch, when really she is boring, painfully normal, and par. She believes her experiences to be crazy, wild, and different or somehow more special than everything that everybody else is doing, when really, almost everyone is doing or has done the exact same thing. She is typical and a dime a dozen. There are many subtypes of basicness, such as the basic ratchet, the basic sorority bitch, the basic groupie bitch, the basic I’m-so-Carrie-from-Sex-and-the-City bitch, etc, but ultimately, they all share the common thread of being expendable and unnoteworthy and, in some cases, having absolutely no redeeming qualities.”

When it comes to travel, I don’t agree with that definition. Everyone is noteworthy, every person is unique, and the whole “she thinks she’s special, but everyone is doing the same thing” bit is kind of hypocritical regarding travel since pretty much everything has been done already. Specific destinations are usually popular for good reason, and I wouldn’t call someone basic if he/she wanted to go to Italy just like every other person. Because guess what, Italy is fucking amazing and I would go every year if I had the money. But the overarching definition of “basic bitch” does lie within that first sentence:

“Someone who is unflinchingly upholding of the status quo and stereotypes of their gender country without even realizing it.”

I can only speak from an American perspective. If you go anywhere in the world, the stereotype of Americans is that we’re loud, ignorant, and rich.  Basically this: trump-lead2

Can’t tell you how many times people have asked me if I own a gun. (No.) I wouldn’t say people hate us, but they don’t respect us either. And I wouldn’t say that stereotype is wrong. I see it all the time when I travel. I can spot a basic American bitch from a mile away. Also, you basic Aussies aren’t that far off either. I definitely try to avoid y’alls crazy asses (mostly cause there is no way I can drink or rage as often or as hard as y’all do.)

But of course, these are all stereotypes. Not everyone is like that. MOST people traveling for travel, not for vacation, AREN’T like that (including the Aussies). To me, a basic bitch is someone who enforces that status quo. So below are the four characteristics that define what a traveling basic bitch is.

1) A Basic Bitch Throws Around Their Money

With the privilege of Westerners setting up businesses abroad and able to cater to those with money comes a problem with taking away ownership and business from the local people. An ethical traveler would seek out a local and “vote” for them with their tourism dollars to give back to the country they’re visiting. A Basic Bitch prefers whatever is most convenient for them. For example: A BASIC BITCH would rather pay $500 for a snorkeling trip than to just buy a snorkel, hire a local fisherman, and go snorkeling him/herself for 400x less. Just cause you’re too lazy to think outside of the box, you’ve now made it easier for tour guides to overcharge the rest of us.

In addition, when Westerners travel to places with a gross imbalance of financial privilege, it’s quite common that Westerners will throw around their money, tipping ridiculous amounts of money, and then complaining when they get cheated or played. When you throw around your money, you reinforce the stereotype that Americans are naive, stupid, made of money and will pay any amount for some basic shit. NO. In addition, you take away people’s dignity when you act like you can buy them. Just be reasonable with your tipping amounts. No need to spend $50 for a pizza because you think people are poor. Are you crazy?


2) A Basic Bitch Goes to a Country Just To Say He/She Went

I’ve read so many bloggers that advertise locations I want to go to, but then upon clicking their links they offer the most basic information that I could find on Trip Advisor. Thanks for letting me know I should go to the Coliseum when in Rome?

Psych. Thanks for nothing.

A person like that just went to say he/she went, but didn’t even really see it and may know nothing about the architecture or the history. The sole purpose of them visiting the Coliseum is to snap a picture for The Gram, and leave. BAAAASSSSIIIICCC.


Also, a non-overnight layover in another country doesn’t count as you visiting a country. Bro, you didn’t even leave the airport.


3) A Basic Bitch Goes to a Country To Hang Out With People Just Like Him/Her

This is kind of why I hate resorts. Resorts are SO EASY and beautiful and amazing, but really you’re just going to go hang out with other Americans. The other people you come in contact with are not offering you an experience of what the country is really like. Nor are you learning anything new. You’re sitting by the pool, drinking your body weight in mimosas. Why didn’t you just go to Miami?

But it’s not just resorts, hostels are similar. Some hostels are just discounted places to stay, and sure you meet people and get drunk at the local pub.  But others are specifically made for you to be drunk the entire time. Especially if the hostel name has the word “Drunk” in it (i.e. The Drunken Monkey Hostel.) I’ve been to a hostel where you were required to take a shot upon entering and again if you broke any hostel rules. And at night, when you came out of your dorm. And you were sort of forced to play drinking games as part of the stay. Yea, no, thanks. Probably a very basic experience seeing as you can do that anywhere back at home or in college or whatever. Basic af. (Disclaimer: being drunk isn’t basic, just how you do it. And if you’re going to be drunk the entire time, get your life together. You are a Master Level Basic.)girls-party-drunk-alcohol-swimming-pool-1014x487

4) A Basic Bitch Takes More From The Experience Than He/She Gives Back

Travelling is when one goes to a different/foreign place to see and experience a different way of living. It is more of an attempt to blend in and wanting to leave as an altered and more educated person. The primary purpose of traveling is to expose oneself to a new culture, cuisine, ideas, etc.

While vacation is where one takes a break from their normal activities to experience a change from every day experiences.” –response written by Dhawani Parekh

I guess this is the ultimate rule. There is a difference between travel and vacation. A vacation is not going to change your life, travel is. The purpose of traveling is to understand someone else not like you. And to also offer them a fresh perspective of who you are (hopefully for the positive), and how it could be quite different than what they originally thought. By doing that, our world shrinks and gets smaller, more relatable, and more loveable. Making the world more about love, less about hate.

I once read a quote that said, “The antidote to fear is information.” Our world operates off of fear of the unknown. So the more you know about someone else, the less you fear the customs, religion, or place they live in, and vice versa. It sure would solve a lot of the world’s problems, you know, understanding each other?

BUT if you’re just there to reinforce what they’ve always thought about your country, you’re basic and should just stay home.

Also, if you’re in a country for a long enough period of time, and you see poverty, people in need, or have interacted with a kind soul, you’re basic if 1) You haven’t made a forever friend by now, and 2) You haven’t contributed financially (or offered some sort of skill), yet gained something from the experience. I HATE photographers that profit off of taking photos of other people’s misery without wanting or at least trying to change someone’s life as a person of privilege.

In summary, these 4 things are characteristics that define a traveling basic bitch TO ME. Not drinking pumpkin spice or wearing Uggs (or Chacos, like I said in a previous post), cause I do all of those things (not the Chacos). It’s more about your perspective on life and travel.

So if you’re offended by these things, sorry but I’m not sorry.  And if you’re not, THANK THE LORD!

Comment if you hate me, comment if you don’t, love ya for stopping by!


  1. yes yes yes! glad I finally got to read this post. I feel the hardest point for most people to swallow is the photography, since everybody carries a camera. Use it to educate and help. not for a portfolio.

  2. Oh my god dying… It’s Kiona right?? You are so funny!! I know some of our comments are a little out there, and le sigh, I have to admit I am guilty sometimes of these basic b things because after all, I am a tourist first and foremost sometimes. HAHA. But I think I’ve been trying a lot more lately to let myself try to take in and appreciate my surroundings and the different people/cultures we’re encountering. I like what you said about traveling vs vacationing and I think I’m coming to realize that a lot of my “travels” might really be just “vacationing” due to limited time off and trying to take in EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE. But I think once I have seen more places, I definitely have places that I want to revisit to absorb more more more moreeeee. Because I think you are right that we become closer with our fellow humans through travel, and though right now I may be more on vacation mode, I do hope that I can start noticing more details while away. But I thank you for the good laugh and reminders. Please forgive me if you see basic b traveling and smack me if it gets ridiculous. 😛 Also…P.S. What are you studying a PhD for?! 🙂 I’m a huge nerd and I love geeking out with other nerdy girlies 😀


  3. Your blog cracks me up.

    And funny – I’ve been told by a few experienced travellers to stay away from the American and Australian tourists as well. I think I know what they mean…I’ve seen them in Thailand, lapping it up in a resort; to go home and say they went to Thailand and saw a…resort. And maybe a monkey in a safari park. And drank $5 cocktails. Because that’s what Thailand is all about apparently.

    Love your stuff, keep up the good work!

  4. Finally officially started reading your blog (besides the 2 posts about Trinidad & Tobago) and I’ll say – this was a good first article for me to read 🙂

  5. Loved the post! I have definitely thought the same things but I have to say, I definitely see American and British people doing this thing – hanging out with other Americans / British people. And resorts – yes!

  6. Thank you!!! One thing I might add (even though I’m a little late to the game) is that paying full price (#1) for an experience or product can make a huge difference to a local artisan, family, and/or economy (#4). Of course, this depends on what you are purchasing – all I know is that I cringe when I hear fellow (white) Americans bragging about how they got a “good deal” after haggling, or not getting “ripped off” by a local guide because they “know better” (seriously, a difference of $100 Mexican pesos is about $5.25 – you have it, especially if your ass bought a bloody Mary on the plane ride to Mexico). I can only speak as a white Hispanic American, but that’s my two cents ❤

    Love your writing and point of view!

    1. Yea I’ve been meaning to rephrase that. I wrote this 2 years ago. But as you can see by the example I gave, paying full price to a local is completely different than OVERPAYING for a foreign owned business. Which is probably how that should be phrased. Thanks for the feedback.

  7. Hey! I follow you on Insta and love your blog! I’m an American living in Thailand. It’s my second time living abroad and I really hate the stereotypes that Americans fall under. It sucks but of course there’s a reason for it. If traveling can do anything for us Americans it’s hopefully changing other people’s perceptions on who we are and that some of us are decent! Your Instagram makes me laugh a lot and I love it. Thank youuuuu!

    BTW what do you think of haggling? I used to love it cause I thought I was good at it. Now, years later, I HATE it. If I, as a privileged American can have the opportunity to live in Thailand, I am happy to pay full price or more for things at a market. Of course not stupid elephant pants, but at least basics like food and drinks. I don’t care if I am getting ripped off 50 cents. Our dollar here means nothing to us while it could mean a lot more to a Thai person. Anyways, I’ve just seen some people who are way too stingy and they should just go home. Same for “begpackers.” If you are white and begging for money on the streets to fund your trip you are a piece of shit. Anyways, that’s my 2 cents, I just think you may feel similar about those kind of things. Oh, and elephants! People come to CM and take a pic of an elephant and then have “experienced Thailand.” Ok rambling now. Thanks for your posts! <3

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