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The Best Hate Comments of 2014

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Ah it’s that time of year again!

Time for what has become an annual Young Adventuress tradition, a round-up of the best hate comments that have been flung my way this past year. Last year’s here and 2012’s here.

Why do a travel end of the year round up when instead I could show you all the crazy shit that ends up in my inbox? I know which one I’d chose.

I started blogging in 2010, I got my first hate comment in 2011, and by 2012 I came up with the idea of doing a “best hate comment” roundup at the end of the year, not for my haters, but for myself. In 2012, getting a hate comment from a reader still made me cry and would upset me for a day. I needed to learn to get over that quickly. I decided I was going to own it.

I decide to pick the best of them, share them with you all, and laugh, because at the end of the day, laughter is what you need when you hear that kind of shit.

If you let them get to you, then they win.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t sass ’em back once in while, right?

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No matter who you are in the world, there is always going to be a negative person or hater in your life, but it’s how you deal with them that matters.

I know who my trolls are, they are pretentious little shits that hide behind their laptops who think that they kind hide behind the anonymity of the internet. Would they ever say any of it to my face? Probably not.

And you know what? I feel sorry for them.

Who knows why people feel the need to put other people down, especially someone they don’t even know, but I’ve learned to accept that (usually) it’s not me, it’s them.

My mom says it’s because they’re jealous, but I think she just says that because she has to. I’m a walking talking disaster and an absolute mess; if they only knew what the rest of my life was like beyond the Instagrams and blog posts, not to mention the endless hours of work that goes into it, no one would say that. Nope, definitely not.

It’s also not luck either – I’ve written about how I feel about that here, in case you missed it.

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I really debated whether I would even do a roundup this year. 2014 has been the best year for my blog so far and I’ve been working really hard on maintaing a positive attitude and spirit, both in my “normal” life and also online. When the occasional hater came through, I laughed, replied and shrugged it off.

I actually had to really dig around to find some of the craziest ones, not something I particularly looked forward to, but hey, they entertain me so I might as well share the LOLs with you guys. I’ve actually had quite a lot of people tell me they love these posts, so I’d hate to disappoint.

And for the record (especially if any of you guys are new readers) yeah, I do get a lot of hate mail, probably more than your average blogger, but I also get way more positive comments that outweighs them all. I think I have something like 30,000 comments on here over 5 years, it makes sense there’s a couple batshit crazies thrown in there too. In the scheme of things, I think I’m doing pretty well!

You can never make everyone happy, so there’s no point in trying. Just be yourself.

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Also, in case you’ve missed it, I don’t have much of a filter, I say whatever the hell I think and I generally don’t give two shits about what people think about me. I wish more bloggers had this attitude, it would certainly make the internet a much more interesting place, don’t you think?

And in the wise words of Miss Taylor Swift – haters gonna hate!

So without further ado, I present this year’s best hate comments from the internet! Hope that makes your Monday all the more exciting!

Be prepared for some filthy language. You’ve been warned.

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1. No more hotel reviews!

On my post How not to have a boring travel blog when I said I hate hotel review posts.

Wow… some of these points were totally valid but a lot of them came off as you being a total BITCH.

I LOVE reading REAL hotel reviews from bloggers. In fact, I search “*hotel I want to stay in* + blogger” to get the information I want… or I use Pinterest to save my favourite hotels that I want to stay in. Everyone is different. Only a blogger knows who reads their site and just because YOU don’t like reading it doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there who do LOVE reading them.

I hate TripAdvisor/Yelp/*whatever other fucking website people use for travel help* – you might love it… or Sally, or Andy or whatever the person sitting next to you is called. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT.


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2. Expats in New Zealand

On my 23 things I’ve learned my first month in New Zealand post – this ranks #1 on certain Google searches so it gets a lot of traffic from total randoms, not my regular readers. Also, who can hate New Zealand? Seriously?

You’re a dumb cunt.

New Zealand is a fucking shit-hole of a country.

People are not “kind” or “friendly”.
They are a terrible bunch of people.

The country is boring as fuck.
The woman are bitchy and fuck ugly.

That being said its safe and easy to what ever you want.


and this

No point getting upset over this young simple girl who just likes to take nice pictures and write about restaurants and scenery. She’s writing for tourists and they’re just people with money who are only interested in having a good time on their holidays. They don’t care that our health system is crap, education expensive, we can’t get jobs, our income doesn’t afford us a decent standard of living or that we pay half of it in rent. The people she meets are friendly and sweet when they want to make a buck. Obviously she never met any of those guys who bashed Scottish tourist Karen Aim when she walked happily in Taupo at 1am after drinking in a bar and all the other happy-campers who come to New Zealand wearing rose-tinted spectacles after reading blogs like this girl writes.

Excuse me? I just like to take nice pictures and write about restaurants and scenery!??! That hurts me more than if you called me a c*nt like Pete over here.

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3. Riling up the vegans

Context – I wrote about how I hate it when people who are vegetarians or chose to not eat certain things make it harder for people with legit food allergies when traveling on my 5 Reasons Why Having a Food Allergy Shouldn’t Keep You from Traveling (the thread below goes on and on and it is entertaining, I highly recommend reading the whole thing)

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Vegans with pitchforks, run!

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4. On last year’s haterate roundup

13 Best Hate Comments of 2013 – (this is one truly epic hate comment, please read the whole thing!)

Everyone who comes across your blog is not going to like it. You brag for a living at the top of your lungs…with photos and you think people are just going to fawn all over you? It isn’t jealousy it’s the anger that this even makes you money. You clearly are heafty in size and as a skinny, literally starving, student it just looks like you clearly are a spoiled brat with plenty of money to spend on overeating. I would love to have you buy me an NZ brunch one day. The only reason you have a travel blog that now pays you to travel is because you had the means to travel and blog in the first place. There are plenty of epople without a MAC book, Iphone, internet connection or computer at all so this is a ‘career’ of luxury. There are plenty of real writers who have their hard work get edited down to nothing, fighting to make deadlines and write entire books. You dibble a few words on the computer, push click and then call yourself a writer. Bloggers have a stick up their ass. Just because you have a blog does not make you anything but an attention seeker. You are not any more precious than your commentors and if you can’t handle it then don’t blog.Anyone of the people commenting could start a blog tomorrow. It is an easy platform because it was developed to be! It’s like epople who are amazed that a baby can work an ipad…it was meant to be simple. You have not created the wheel here. Documenting your brattiness is annoying. They way you write sounds like a ditz-brained bimbo. Girls who blogs usually sound very vapid. It’s that valley girl style of writing that appeals to so many other White girls. Bottom line…all people who disagree with you are not trolls, losers, etc. They are your readers. They have a valid opinion. Bloggers are the original internet trolls.

Calling me a bimbo isn’t going to get my to buy you brunch.

5. And this…

This is everything. Unfortunately, this “blogger” is gazing so intently at her own naval that she likely won’t absorb any of these valid points whatsoever. Congrats on being privileged enough to buy expensive plane tickets and write a journal online about your extended vacations. I mean, that takes guts, talent, and hard work people! **eyeroll**

What’s this whole “blogger” in quotes business? Are you saying I’m not a “real” blogger?

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6. I found this on a forum about me  

Off topic, but have any of you read ? What do you think of it? Personally, I think it is absolutely god-awful. This blogger considers herself a “travel writer,” and an “adventuress,” because she writes about her basic bitch travels to places like Spain and New Zealand. Everything she writes about is so completely unoriginal and yet she thinks she is the edgiest lifestyle goddess ever. The whole blog is just dripping in so much privilege and lack of any real talent that I just can’t with it.

Do edgy lifestyle goddesses like me spend days locked in their room in sweatpants in front of their computers working eating 2 minute noodles waiting to be paid?

and this…

I have to chime in now. As a “traveler/expat/whatever” myself I have to say I cannot stand Young Adventuress either. I don’t really want to get into what a “basic bitch” country is or isn’t, but I find YA to be incredibly full of herself and entitled. If I remember correctly, she moved back to the US where her dad got a job for her in the DC area. She promptly quit that after a few months, complaining that she was too much of a wanderer (re: far too special) for any type of real job….

Don’t you love it when people summarize your own life and tell it back to you? I’ll remind myself that I’m not doing “real” work tomorrow when I wake up. Thanks.

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7. Haters on planes

Again this ranks on the first page of certain Google searches bringing out the waves of haters who don’t understand sarcasm, or personal space on airplanes – 10 Things I Really Wish People Would Stop Doing on Airplanes

What an immature self centered spoiled little girl!!

Wait, I’m spoiled? By who?

You know what bothers me? CUNTS LIKE YOU!!! You’ve already admitted your anal, so go ahead and climb up your own, where your comments and anxieties will be met with compassion all around!! Just don’t spill your toxic hatred for life all around because your not balanced or mature enough to accept reality!!”

*you’re* anal or is that me just being grammatically anal?

Traveled 41 without having any fucking problems. #NotBeingABitch” (context – I said I’ve traveled to 40 countries)


Wow just stumbled on this and all I can say is, people like you who make this world worse off. Seriously, stop complaing I know this is your blog and you can bitch about whatever you want, but shit, I would hate to be married to you and hear your bs all day and night long!!!

It’s ok, I don’t want to be married to a guy who can’t listen. Or spell.

You’re a little psycho… Lady, you need to learn some patience.

Your mom’s a little psycho (yes, I still make ‘your mom’ jokes even though I’m way too old to do that)

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8. Oh goody, it keeps going…

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Just one more, only if you’re bored…

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Christ what the HELL did I just read?

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9. For the handful of people who told me I’ve sold out when I’ve done something sponsored…

Fuck. Off.

This one annoys and hurts me more than anything – and I don’t confuse this with honest, open feedback which I really enjoy and value, but it’s for the people judging me and telling me how to blog. I’ve worked so hard and for 5 years I’ve invested basically all of my time and all of my money in this blog (which by the way, is FREE for everyone to read, hate, love, learn from, ect) and at the end of the day, I am lucky if I break even. I get a dozen sponsor requests a day and I say no to virtually all of them because they don’t match with what I like to write about. But I also work hard to partner with a few key brands I love throughout the year on sponsorships to help keep funding my travels. And I’m always honest and open about it. But man, does it drive me nuts when people expect me to be perfect? Should I just have a trustfund back home to live off of? Or should I go back to working full time not traveling? Which is it? Sometimes I feel like I’m on stage with people yelling “dance monkey dance!” to me.

Sigh. End rant.

10. When I said I hated people bringing peanuts onto planes because of food allergies

You know what I’m allergic to? Bitches.

BEST HATE COMMENT OF ALL TIME! Ding ding ding, we have a winner!

What’s the meanest thing anyone has said to you? Have you ever been trolled online? How do you deal with negative people in your life?

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317 Responses to The Best Hate Comments of 2014

  1. Amanda Schlarbaum January 16, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    I love this! I will never understand people who feel they have a right to be outraged by your physical appearance. You are all kinds of cute and people need to shut it! It seems like a lot of these people are 1. Confused about what travel blogging is and 2. Are a little bit jealous that they can’t do it. Come on guys don’t hate the player, hate the game. Stop reading travel blogs if you don’t want the opinion!

    • Liz January 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

      That’s what I think!

    • Linds May 4, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      There certainly are a lot of haters. I’ve never understood people who bring others down with their words. Saddens me that people go out of their way to belittle someone else. I will never understand this and hope to never let my life get to a place where I feel it is okay to exude such mean comments towards another and think it’s justifiable.

  2. Marie January 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Seems like there’s a lot of jealous people out there!
    Why even bother reading a blog post and then spend time writing a comment if it’s just hate. If I didn’t like a post, I’d click on something more interesting to read.
    But I guess people are just bored 🙂

    • Liz January 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      That’s what I figure too

  3. Pat January 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I remember this from last year and enjoyed reading it. I’ve never had any negative blogging experiences but taught high school my first five years after undergrad-I literally have a book of all the things kids/parents have said, I’ve read off the bathroom wall and/or found on ratemyteacher or any lovely social media channel. It’s actually one of my favorite possessions.

    • Liz January 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

      I had forgotten about rate my teacher!

  4. Nora January 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    This is super fun and sad to read. 😀 What’s wrong with people? Instead of using their energy on hating they could read your wonderful travel tips or go travel themselves to better places if they think they know those.

    • Liz January 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

      who knows?

  5. Brian LaFaille January 18, 2015 at 7:18 pm #


  6. Jordan January 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Okay I can completely understand hating on people who are spoiled by their privilege, but what the fuck is up with all these people that are hating on you because you’re young, white, female, and come from a financially stable family?? Like it’s okay to get help from your family, if your dad can get you a job… why is that a problem? Is it not okay to be upper-middle class? I understand that people might be kinda resentful because they had different or less opportunities… but damn, this is straight haterade.

    Basically these people are saying that you can’t possibly do any real work because you’re a “white girl” who has at one point accepted help from her family. That is bullshit! I’m backpacking my way around NZ as well and even though I’ve gotten jobs, done work exchanges on farms, lived in an apartment that was legally “unlivable” (so cheap tho), scrubbed toilets for extra cash, eaten from food banks, and couchsurfed whenever possible, I would not be able to do what I’m doing without my parents’ help… and that’s totally okay. Why do people have this idea that you can’t do your own thing and still get support from loved ones that are in a position to help you out?

    …Okay end of rant, but I feel your pain girl. Keep doing what you do!

    • ANNIE October 22, 2015 at 9:10 am #


  7. Ilona January 21, 2015 at 3:39 am #

    I really had to laugh about this. I didn’t think that people would throw around insults on travel blogs, like “she feels too special”. I’ve known this from other communities, but this shows again that haters are everywhere and they hate on every little thing they can find. Even other people’s travels.
    LOL poor little creatures. 😉

    • Ilona January 21, 2015 at 3:41 am #

      oh and by the way – I got the “special snowflake” comment way too often, too. you just say what you do and who you are and if it’s different from everybody else’s life someone will tell you that you just want to be a “special snowflake”

    • Liz January 21, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      they are everywhere!

  8. Rachel January 22, 2015 at 2:03 am #

    Just wanted to say that I think what you do is really inspirational! I don’t think a lot of people realize how difficult it is to leave home and take that leap in the hopes of succeeding with the kind of work you have clearly been so successful with. So many people don’t understand how much work is involved in making long-term travel possible, and it takes a pretty brave and dedicated person to take that risk and put yourself out there for all that potential negativity. Keep it up 🙂

    • Liz January 22, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      Thank you, that made my day!

  9. Cynthia January 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    You’re inspiring! I’m in university now and am planning on Peace Corps and traveling after graduation. I always read the idiot comments for a laugh. But, it is still hard to hear sometimes when it is something you are personally invested in. Keep telling em to suck it. Btw I am one of those crazy vegans and still don’t agree with her. I won’t die if I eat some cheese… Plus I got a little chuckle out of how she used to be a carnivore. Keep blogging and traveling!

    • Liz January 23, 2015 at 12:29 am #

      haha thanks!

  10. James January 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    You’ve inspired me greatly so it disappoints me to see that you have haters. Honestly they’re just jealous and hate themselves for not being awesome as you are. Its sad that the haters want to oversee the awesome gems in your blog and be petty!

    You know as they say, if you have haters then you’ve made it! Also If they ever call you a bitch, you can always say well bitches get things done!

    Your fans outnumber them! Happy adventuring! 🙂

    • Liz January 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      haha I love that!

  11. Ninoshka January 29, 2015 at 4:44 am #

    I’m a vegan, and I’m in love with your blog !. And yes, it’s by choice and preference. And yes, it’s horrible when people compare it to an actual allergy. I just found out about your blog and it’s so amazing and beautiful, I want to travel one day, too. I keep your “Solo female traveler” manifesto in mind.
    Thank you for writing this, and all of it.
    Also, I’m Peruvian and I’m so happy you went to my country !.

    • Liz January 30, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      thank you! I can’t wait to go back to Peru!

  12. Arnie February 1, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    I’m glad you, seemingly, have thick skin. As an innocent bystander, I felt like I was being attacked. Just came across your blog and am enjoying it!

  13. Katie February 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Wow…it’s one thing to disagree with someone but these people act like those who don’t share their opinions are spawns of Satan. And the vegan/allergy comment was downright idiotic-don’t eat meat for all I care, but how dare they compare it to a serious food allergy! Internet comments can be really upsetting but I like how you make fun of them, because at the end of the day they’re just hateful and bitter, which sucks for them. Keep it up, I LOVE traveling so much and this blog makes me want to explore the world even more! 🙂

    • Liz February 2, 2015 at 9:33 am #

      haha thank you!

  14. Gina February 7, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    You’re right about what you say about trolls…these people who comment hate are deeply unhappy with themselves somewhere deep inside. They see you and how you are accomplishing all these things, and it triggers that unhappy place with them…and they respond in such a stupid and hurtful way.

    There was a recent episode on “This American Life” where they interviewed a blogger and one of her trolls…and he went on air and explained why he was mean to her, and how he went about doing it (created a fake twitter account pretending to be her deceased father and would bash her on it). It was f****ed up…and he did it because he was so unhappy.

    You keep doing what you do, I love reading it and it is an inspiration!

    • Liz February 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

      I try!

  15. Sharon February 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    Thank you for exposing the types of idiots whose glowing screen fuelled bravado allows them to rag on others because their lives are such shit. I hope that my blog will one day attract enough hits that I have to deal with jealous trolls. You just became my favourite travel blogger. 😉

    • Liz February 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      woot woot! #winning

  16. Nisa February 12, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    That was hilarious! What is “basic bitch” travel? Can anyone define that? If people don’t like your blog, they don’t have to read it! I found your guide to Paris neighborhoods VERY helpful when I went to Paris last spring and I’m now searching your blog for info on Turkey for this spring.

    Haters gonna hate. Ignore them.

  17. Melisa February 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    I have to admit i laughed at Go Fuck Yourself Airlines or whatever hahahahha.

    I love it when haters get creative, they should direct that energy elsewhere though. Maybe a hater’s blog? They could write posts like: “10 things i hate about hating” (see what i did there 😉 or “All the blogs i hate and why” or “All the time i spend on hating really pays off!”.

    A long ETC.

    You make me laugh with your honesty Liz. These are just opinions, and as we say in spanish: “debes tomarlas como de quien vienen” which basically means you should consider whom’s opinion is it before even thinking about considering it.

  18. Moncia February 23, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

    I´ve been following you since your days posting on the Aux page in Spain! I love how you’ve worked hard to make your passion your reality. Deja los ‘haters’! Keep doin’ your own thang!

    • Liz February 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm #


  19. Hannah February 24, 2015 at 12:05 am #

    Wow. I know people can be rude, but these people are going out of their way to put their two cents in about everything. If they don’t like what they see or read all they have to do is not click on your website… you would appreciate that, too, I’m sure 🙂 it makes me so sad that people are so discouraging to one another and then wonder why the world can be brutal…. I want to reply to each individual hater myself!! I’m glad you put good quotes about hate, glad you can shake it off and know you’re above that!

    I hope you know you have readers who appreciate your writing and blogging, know how much work goes into it, and realize it’s not all glitz and glamour. It takes true drive and passion to do what you do and move around, travel, and be far away from your family and friends. And I’m so glad you have this blog because I use it to reference for travel info all the time and as inspiration! Keep on keepin’ on 🙂

  20. Meredith February 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Oof, that has to be tough reading through all of that. I appreciate you posting it because a.) it was funny and b.) provided insight into what kind of backlash you can get from a blog…

    • Liz February 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

      so much backlash!

  21. Macey February 25, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    I love this! Also super informative, I can honestly say I have never thought about people with food allergies when I’m eating peanuts on a plane! Definitely going to be more cautious in the future!

  22. Niska February 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    OMG this has so opened my eyes to how awful people can be. I don’t write a blog but I read many, I personally just wouldn’t read a blog if I didn’t like it, or what the blogger was saying, I definitely wouldn’t take the time to comment. Some of those comments are just plain nasty. Your blog is great keep it up.

  23. Michaila March 3, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    This is why I love your blog. You are honest and REAL. You never bite your tongue and I find I can relate to almost anything you write. I appreciate your travel advice as I am in the process of planning my big trip, and I want you to know that you have been a huge help so far. You have also inspired me for when I begin to start posting on my own blog. You are amazing, Liz, and I hope I can meet you one day!

    • Liz March 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      wahooo! thank you! would love to meet up, let me know if you’re ever in NZ!

  24. Erin March 4, 2015 at 3:58 am #

    Liz, I am so glad you shared this! It has been a huge fear of mine and a reason I did not publish my blog publicly for a long time. I write about unique spa services I recieve while traveling. I attempt to show a human side to the services I get and not to sound like someone who brags. It is a fine line to walk, writing about something that most people see as a luxury, and not wellness. I am trying to share my passion for spa travel and inspire people to take a pause in their life to meditate, have some good self care, and educated people that wellness comes in all shapes and sizes, not just the stereotypes seen in ads a skinny, rich person to do this type of thing. I have not gotten hate mail yet, but I am sure it is just a matter of time. “Friends” on FB curse me and my activities on occasion…hey, I can’t help the choices they made in their life. They can spend hours a day training for a marathon and running one or they could get a 4.5 hour facial like me…choices people…no judgment here! Follow your heart. I will follow you!

  25. Jessie March 5, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    I NEVER read online comments. I hardly ever get anything useful out of them. There is a lot of crap in the comment sections of articles. But, I (kind of) enjoy your summary list. My friends (mostly self described redditors) have told me how awful the internet is, and I agree! Anyway, the main reason for my comment is I wanted to make sure you had listened to this This American Life episode: It is heartbreaking and eye opening.

  26. Stasi March 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    The more haters you got, the better you’re doing! What’s kat williams say? “If I start the summer with 5 haters, I better have 30 by September” something like that. I admire your blog, and aspire to have my writing viewed by so many. Well done!

  27. Jack March 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    I was with you until the vegan one. She had a point and attempted to be civil about it and you came back at her looking like the hateful one. And I love me some meat.

    • Liz March 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

      um nope

      • Amanda March 21, 2015 at 6:46 am #


    • Michelle May 19, 2015 at 4:54 am #

      As someone who has Celiac disease, I am siding with Liz here. All of the trendy gluten free people make it really, really hard to be taken seriously. I ask for a gf menu and get eye rolls- I never know if someone in the kitchen is going to purposely mishandle my food because they think I am on some yuppie diet. If you touch my salad with a cruton, or use the same strainer on my gf pasta that you did on regular pasta, I am going to spend the next week in agony, and my immune system will spend the next 3 months shredding my intestines. For vegan girl to say her psychological hang up about meat makes her feel sick if she eats it warrants an allergy card is SO wrong. I’m all for veganism- but its a choice-allergies aren’t.

  28. Amanda March 21, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    Hello there. I was just accepted to be an English Teaching Assistant in Spain for the 2015 school year and came across your blog while daydreaming at my regular 8-5 corporate america job. You rock! I hope to meet more women like you while in Madrid. I moved to Brazil at age 16 as an exchange student and my wanderlust and love of Portuguese and Spanish never went away. In fact, it just intensifies with the years. I turn 28 tomorrow and have lived abroad/travelled in enough different random situations to completely relate to almost all of your articles. I can’t believe a person like you would get hate mail. Proof that the world is truly full of wankers, along with bad ass authentic peeps such as yourself. Thanks for sharing your experiences!



  29. Ashley March 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    It’s amazing how fast people are to jump to conclusions and criticise others on the internet. And how much spare time they seem to have to do it!

    I once accidentally enraged a whole group of Catalan Dragon Ball Z fans on Tumblr by mentioning how crazy it was for me to hear the theme song and characters in Catalan. I got so many ‘guiri tonta’ and ‘sabetodo’ comments that it ended up being my most shared and commented post at that point in time. So ridiculous!

  30. Audra March 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    I just found your blog today and have enjoyed what I’ve read so far. I have come across several travel blogs this week and yours is the first one that I have actually spent real time on–I attribute that to your honesty and openness. You obviously have a great sense of humor to shake off these assholes and create this hilarious/sad list for us to enjoy. I especially loved number 7 where you corrected the guys grammar…it’s funny when people make dipshit errors like that when they’re trying to be rude. And your mom is right, they are jealous!! Who wouldn’t want to have the chance to travel the world and get paid to do it?! You are inspiring….keep it up! Best wishes to you!

  31. Kristi-lee March 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    Can’t believe all those ugly comments! Just because Joe Blogg decided to work as a banker for 16 hours a day 6 days a week to make his money, why does that make you spoiled because you chose to make your money doing what you love? You work just as hard except you love it! It’s no one else’s business frankly!!! Making money doing what you love, taking the risks of being self employed, seeing the world – you couldn’t be more open minded and inspirational! I love this blog. It’s great to see a young person following their dream no matter what other people say and choosing the life you love! Just the fact that they take the time to sit and write their complaints about a person they have never met and know nothing about except the posts they read shows their level of intelligence and self esteem (or should I say lack thereof)

  32. Kylynn Amber March 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna po-tate! Don’t let them get you down. Besides, without them, we wouldn’t have such fantastic material to write this article with! Which I definitely laughed at! I think you’re incredibly brave to jump into a job like this, something most people would NEVER feel confident enough to do, or have the ability to stick with for 5 years. Traveling for a living may sound like a great thing to people, but I can imagine it is incredibly difficult (for many reasons!) and so to that, I give you a hand. I love your blog posts. It is an absolute dream for me to get to New Zealand one day, I am absolutely in love with this country, and your blog posts only encourage and inspire me to make that dream come true one day. Don’t stop with the posts! I would miss your wittiness too much!

  33. Haley from Infinite Corners April 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Your thick skin is admirable – I can only dream of taking things in that much stride! The fact that you can laugh off these dingbats is honestly the most refreshing thing I’ve seen in ages. I do think that Brunch Man was just trying to “neg” you to get you to go out with him, though. 😉

    I’m a rookie travel blogger myself and have been using your site as my little mini-Bible along with a few others. I adore your personality and I wish I lived in NZ just so I could be buddies with you. You’re awesome, Liz!

  34. Chloe Zofia April 9, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Hahahaha. Brilliant!

  35. David Moss April 12, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Hi Liz
    I have been thinking about whether or not to start A Travel Blog For A While Now, And I Have To Say That Your Haters Page Has Helped Me Make My decision.

    Getting Such Emotive Responses Means You Must Be Doing Something Right!

  36. Folaswaka April 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    Wow… Some real harsh comments. I wonder why some people like to bring other people down for expressing themselves. If they are upset about your posts or comments, then they should stop reading your blog.

    Please keep doing what you do young adventuress. Good job!

  37. The Southern Adventurer April 24, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    Wow!!! I really had no idea there were so many haters out there. I’m new to blogging so I haven’t had any hate mail or comments yet. I’m so glad you put all of this in a post so new bloggers know what to expect from haters and that it doesn’t happen to just them. You turned a negative into a positive and that’s awesome!! Love your blog!!

    – The Southern Adventurer

  38. cheri ellefson April 24, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Thank you for sharing! I just relaunched my blog and I’m finally ready to be myself-completely vulnerable. I’m sure that will come with a fair amount of criticism and your post reminds me that ‘haters gonna hate.’ No matter what.

  39. Michelle May 19, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    People are unbelievable. Clearly, you have thicker skin than me. How dare you write about having the opportunity to work at something you love white girl! You should immediately stop being white and get an office job you hate to make the rest of the world feel better.

    Just found your blog today and thoroughly enjoyed it. I really want to move to New Zealand, but I am live in terror of U.S. roundabouts, so, this news may be a deal breaker.

  40. Thea May 20, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Are those lupine flowers? 🙂

  41. Anthony G. Perez May 23, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    As James Franco said, F**kas hate us, cuz they anus” (Ain’t us)…You can’t please everyone, that’s just life.

  42. Deepak Acharya May 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    Just want to say: “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.”

  43. Serendipity Tess May 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    ….people have too much time on their hands. You are awesome. And the best way to treat people who offend you? Walk away & ignore. LOL

  44. Samantha May 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    Seriously? People write this stuff to you? I’m glad you don’t give two shits about what they think. But this does make for the best blog post ever! 🙂 Cheers to you!

  45. Backpack Babe June 7, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    hahaha Haters gonna hate!!

    I love this quote: There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.”

    Do your thing girl!

  46. Aga June 13, 2015 at 1:00 am #

    Haha, so funny:) It’s a great idea to pick all the negativity out there (I mean the comments) and create something positive as this post.

  47. Natashalh June 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    Ha! Great post! I was checking out something else when I saw the link to it on your front page and I had to click over because I’ve been obsessing over a nasty comment I got a couple days ago. I was especially irritated because it was from someone I actually sort of know and have talked to in real life.

    Personally, I have a “Thumper” comment policy – if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all! If I don’t like something, I just don’t leave any comment. The internet is full of people with (presumably) empty, meaningless lives, however, who have to tear someone down to feel better about themselves. Ah well, it’s life.

    Anyway – just wanted to say thanks for making me laugh!

  48. Backpack Babe June 17, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Liz! hahah I just got my first hate comment and I came back to re-read this post! :/ i guess it just comes with the territory. do you usually respond or just let it slide? thanks girly xx

  49. Marnie July 2, 2015 at 4:56 am #

    As someone who continually tries to blog and successfully keeps up with it for a few weeks before falling off the bandwagon again — I cannot believe how RUDE some people can be towards you and all the time you put into your blog! Rather than critiquing who you are as a human being they should be realizing the effort and guts it requires to put your heart and life into these posts. We might say sticks and stones — but those words STILL hurt more than a fist to the face!

    As you beautifully put in the wonderful words of Taylor Swift — “Hatters gonna hate hate hate”.

    Only just started reading you blog but love what I’ve read so far because it’s so YOU! So keep on writing girl — because you’ve got skills. <3

  50. Pedro July 7, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    of course someone who insults you or speaks badly is a hater or troll, and may i add that you should block them as soon as they appear, but what if someone happens to disagree respectfully with you on a subject or issue? what if someone states that you may be wrong on something that you have said? would you say that it is a hater? would you say that it attacks you?

  51. Ellen Hawley July 8, 2015 at 7:22 am #

    Gee, it’s great to know the world’s so full of happy people. Publishing their shit is a lot better than either hiding from it or taking it on. Unfortunately, it makes dull reading after the first one or two. That’s not a suggestion that you not do it, just a comment on their gift for writing.

  52. Jeena Effoe July 8, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    OMg… I laughed so hard…. this is great! Maybe I should do it on my blog too….. HILARIOUS! 😀

  53. Michelle | Lights Camera Travel July 14, 2015 at 12:34 am #

    Oh… my gawd. I only just read this piece and I think I just fell in love with you! I loved this post and that you published it! I’ve only had a few troll comments on my blog (one who flat out told me by blog is “awful”) and I think you’re amazing for taking it all in stride. What is wrong with people?!?!?!?!?! I’m still so amazed when people assume bloggers just have a trust fund to travel off and blog posts write themselves, not to mention all the countless hours that go into it promoting, taking photos, editing, emailing with sponsors etc… it’s more than a full time gig and it’s clear you work so hard!! Keep up your great work. I’ve been dropping in from time to time but I’ll be regular reader from here on 😉

  54. Andy Tran July 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Ahhhhhhh, You’ve inspired me greatly so it disappoints me to see that you have haters. Honestly they’re just jealous and hate themselves for not being awesome as you are.

  55. Ken July 22, 2015 at 6:32 am #

    I wish I had enough people paying attention to my travel blog to write an occasional hate note. Someday.

  56. solosophie July 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Hey Liz,

    This has probably been said before, but I love the way that you turn something negative into something entertaining. It can’t be easy to have such personal insults thrown at you constantly but you handle it so well!!! You know what I love, the way they’re all ‘anonymous’- typical bullies- could never say it to your face. :@

    Sophie 🙂

  57. yvonnelaura July 29, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Must say.. that for such a big travelblog and so many readers and visitors your hate comments are not that bad. I expected, much.. much worse. If this is the worst hate you get you are doing it pretty good and you definitely have a lot of visitors that absolutely adore your blogposts! Keep up the good work!

  58. Lena July 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Dear Liz!

    F*uck em! You know, when a person has a small soul, they use thick belts..

    I looked through you site and you ROCK! And I am one of those crazy women who also says what she thinks and swears like a sailor. People seem to dig that )

    You have a beautiful soul and I am happy that you can laugh and throw this shit back in their face. I get hate mail to.. but I’m more prepared for it because I show middle finger to organized religion and governments.

    I subscribed, can’t wait for your next story in my email box ))

    ps – will be in New Zealand in January… would love to raise hell with you ; )

    Let There Always Be A Road..

    • Lena July 29, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      woahhhh! I just posted the whole swear word !! I really wanted to miss the letter.. so sorry! ))

  59. Ina July 29, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    Makes you wonder… they have to have a miserable life and be really bored to bother.. if i don’t like someones blog i stop reading it. Thats it.. i just stumbled across your blog today and i feel like we have a very similar attitude. . So good for you and screw them

    A fellow stuck up bitch 😉

  60. Ria August 1, 2015 at 12:53 am #

    WOW! Just WOW! All you can really do is laugh:) This post was funny as f**k and I’m glad I recently stumbled upon it and subscribed. You just keep doing you xx

  61. madi August 4, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Some of these seriously made me laugh out loud. People are ridiculous at times, oh, and incredibly jealous. You’ve worked hard to get where you are and get the audience you have so good for you! You handle these hateful comments much better than I could! Keep up the positive attitude 🙂

  62. anil_traveller August 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

    haha! absolutely brilliant idea to collate them and publish.

  63. Mel September 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

    You go girl! My son (who is just 3 years old) has been diagnosed with a peanut and tree nut allergy and I wish he’ll have to guts to go travel the world, just like you! you are an inspiration! Let haters hate, everybody is brave behind a laptop and talk (well, type) is cheap, So Keep doing your thing! Love from Canada.

  64. Neville September 7, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    How can you be a hater when life is such an incredible experience, the world such a magnificent place to be living and exploring? You have to feel sorry for them for what kind of person runs down other people?

    Your a true inspiration keep doing what your doing

  65. lylalou September 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Wow, well done, you sure got the last word there. What a big girl you are.

    And you do know that some vegetarians and vegans become violently ill if their food is contaminated with meat, right? People who haven’t had it in their system for so long have bodies that can’t handle it. I’m a meat eater and I know that. Guess you don’t. Ignorance as always on YA.

    • Liz September 16, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

      ….haven’t had it in their systems so long…BY CHOICE. How is that ignorance?

  66. MattManyPlaces September 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    nice picture at the church in Tekapo NZ… pictures do say a 1,000 words

  67. Meh October 6, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    I admit to hating at least one person in my life, except their actually dumb enough to mistake it for jealousy. They have high volume of image expectations of themselves. When the reality is they are lesser than the dirt they walk over for anyone to even attempt something as laughable as jealousy with them. As for why I can hate someone what can I say I just can, its like asking why some people pick on obese people or why bullies pick on weaklings. Lets just say they irritate me with their dumbness, and that is reason alone for my justification. They are like the movie Dumb and Dumber, at some point into a conversation you just want to beat yourself over the head with a shoe kind of dumb.

  68. Sydney Vogl October 13, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    This is such a funny article! Its always so much better to let go of the bullshit and focus on doing what you’re doing to make yourself happy. From what I’ve learned in life, nothing is personal. If someone tries to bring you down, its because they’re unhappy with themselves, and need to feel better. In other words, what my mom has been telling me all these years has been right! Who knew bullies are now just found behind a keyboard?

  69. Shane Adversalo December 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    I fucking love this article! I started my travel blog about a month ago, dedicating myself full-time to it. I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but I didn’t realize HOW much work it was going to be. Blogging is not glamorous. I’m not going to be making a ton of money right off the bat. Blogging is not just sitting back, travel whenever the fuck I want, and ride off into the setting sun. Nope! Blogging is 14-hour days, eating Top Ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hustling non-stop!

    Living a life on your terms and dedicating it to travel isn’t easy. Like you said, Liz, if the haters saw the sweatpants, being locked up in the room for two days, part of blogging, they’d think twice about the stupid shit they write.

    However, my opinion is the haters will always be there because they’re compensating for a life they secretly wish they had. They’re stuck. They’re frustrated. They need a punching bag (you) to relieve the shortcoming they’re experiencing in their life.

    Yes, blogging is backbreaking work, it doesn’t pay very much, but you and I know that there’s nothing we’d rather be doing. Being shackled by a cubicle isn’t an option. Therefore, let the haters hate, fuck’em!

    The internet does need more people who don’t give a shit about what people think. Your blog is refreshing to read, and I appreciate the transparency. Please keep up all the fantastic and hard work you do!


  70. Anon December 9, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    I’m glad you did this post. These commenters think that only you will read their vitriol. By putting it out there maybe you’ve shamed them a bit.

    As a woman you’re always a target online, and I think the vitriol would not be so great if you were a man who dared to express his opinions. Comments about your appearance and the constant use of ‘bitch’ underlines my point.

    I am a journalist and I have a blog, but I don’t put my name or face out there. You’re far braver than I am. Keep up the good work.

    Oh and I’m from NZ, although I don’t live there. I live in Colombia (get in touch if you come this way!). I am one of the friendly ones, clearly. I can speak for most people I know when I say we love travellers coming and exploring our country.

  71. Sara Essop January 2, 2016 at 7:06 am #

    Jealousy makes people nasty…unfortunately…

  72. Michelle January 15, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    Where is the list for 2015? I just got called “The reason Europeans hate Americans” on my blog. It’s nice to know I’m not alone when it comes to trolls and just basic assholes.

    • Liz January 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

      Working on it now 🙂

  73. Tres Arroyos Studio Aparts June 23, 2016 at 5:08 am #

    jejeje great post!

    • ocelot152 July 17, 2016 at 9:39 am #

      Ruck you

  74. English Teacher November 4, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    The Best explanation I have ever read!
    Every time someone tries to bring me down I think about wise Samurai 🙂

    By Paulo Coelho

    Near Tokyo lived a great Samurai warrior, now old, who decided to teach Zen Buddhism to young people. In spite of his age, the legend was that he could defeat any adversary.
    One afternoon, a warrior – known for his complete lack of scruples – arrived there. He was famous for using techniques of provocation: he waited until his adversary made the first move and, being gifted with an enviable intelligence in order to repair any mistakes made, he counterattacked with fulminating speed.
    The young and impatient warrior had never lost a fight. Hearing of the Samurai’s reputation, he had come to defeat him, and increase his fame.
    All the students were against the idea, but the old man accepted the challenge.
    All gathered on the town square, and the young man started insulting the old master. He threw a few rocks in his direction, spat in his face, shouted every insult under the sun – he even insulted his ancestors. For hours, he did everything to provoke him, but the old man remained impassive. At the end of the afternoon, by now feeling exhausted and humiliated, the impetuous warrior left.
    Disappointed by the fact that the master had received so many insults and provocations, the students asked:
    – How could you bear such indignity? Why didn’t you use your sword, even knowing you might lose the fight, instead of displaying your cowardice in front of us all?
    – If someone comes to you with a gift, and you do not accept it, who does the gift belong to? – asked the Samurai.
    – He who tried to deliver it – replied one of his disciples.
    – The same goes for envy, anger and insults – said the master. – When they are not accepted, they continue to belong to the one who carried them.

    • English Teacher November 4, 2016 at 12:26 am #

      Don’t let the negativity get to you. You don’t have to explain yourself to no one, just do your thing! I have had quite a bit of a bad time when I have decided to go travelling and become an English teacher So many people tried to talk me out of it. And so far it was the best thing I ever did!

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