Originally, I planned to wait till Friday to publish this. But I think this needs to be said now. Over the last few days I’ve noticed a disturbing trend of negativity and fighting amongst various bloggers in the industry. I fear, I’ve unintentionally added fuel to the fire.
My last Friday’s rant has reached a “pinnacle” controversy level, it appears. Sort of like a Hyatt Vendome redemption in ranting. Honestly, I had no clue it would stir so much discussion. I also had no idea it would come off as “mocking.” Looking back, I think my words were chosen poorly and did not convey my message the way I intended them to. I’m going to play my “foreigner” card just this once, OK?
My post was not meant as some sort of a witch hunt, as in: ” Are you staying at a Hyatt Vendome because you want to show off? Did you know, you are missing out on culture and $500 (gasp!) in Southwest flights ? Here, let me help you cancel your reservation. Congratulations! I officially declare you to be a non-superficial person and a full fledged anti-vendomer. High five!”
Yeah, not what I had in mind… Anti-vendoming is a peaceful and non-judgemental movement, at least the way I envisioned it. It’s not meant to bring others down or mock their choices in travel. If anti-vendoming is about those things, then I want no part in it.
It’s not meant to be “one group of bloggers vs. another”, but more of a change in attitude and thinking, looking at things from a different perspective. Anti-vendoming is about staying where YOU want to stay. If it ends up being Hyatt Vendome, well, what kind of an awesome irony would that be?
I always say that people should do what they want with their miles and points. And I truly believe it. I would like this industry to have more focus on travel aspect and not photos of toilets, but that’s just my opinion.
Most importantly, anti-vendoming movement is about putting more emphasis on why we collect miles and points in the first place.
And I repeat: I have nothing against Hyatt Vendome itself, and might even stay there in the future myself. Or not.
Which brings me to another point: I don’t like to be boxed-in into how I should travel. Just because I stayed at a Quality Inn last month, doesn’t mean that I should only pick Choice properties from now on.
By the same token, if someone usually stays at Hyatts, it doesn’t mean that they are an impostor for choosing a simple cabin for their next vacation. People are more complex than that.
With that, I’m getting off my soapbox…for now.
Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.