A woman has drawn flack on TikTok for comparing traveling to the Amalfi coast with “manual labor.”
Lexi Jordan said she had to travel by plane, train, and ferry to visit the coastline in southern Italy.
But people online said she didn’t do her research apart from watching a few videos on TikTok.
An American tourist compared traveling to the Amalfi coast in southern Italy to “literal manual labor” — and people on TikTok aren’t happy about it.
Lexi Jordan, a woman from Denver who vlogs about her travels and lifestyle, posted a video on TikTok criticizing content creators for showing only the positive aspects of visiting the Amalfi coast while leaving out how difficult it was to travel there. The video, posted on Tuesday, has since garnered almost 400,000 views and more than 32,000 comments.
“Every single influencer and TikToker who put the Amalfi coast on my for you page over the last two months deserves jail time,” Jordan said in the video, adding that “it’s impossible to get here.”
Jordan said traveling to the Amalfi coast is complicated as tourists must fly into Naples, a city in southwestern Italy, before taking a train to Sorrento, a town that’s around an hour away by car.
“Then you have to get on a ferry with all of your luggage,” Jordan continued, adding that she had to stand in 90-degree weather. She then had to climb up 160 stairs to see Amalfi’s coastline as there were “no streets or cars driving.”
At the end of the video, Jordan said: “All the power went out because the Amalfi coast doesn’t have the infrastructure to support this tourism.”
Dozens of users on TikTok called Jordan out for not doing her research before traveling to Italy.
“It’s pretty common knowledge you should pack light in Europe and will be doing a lot of walking/stairs,” one user wrote.
Another user commented: “Eh, I took a cab from Naples to the hotel. At $150 it is was expensive but worth it. You need to do research outside watching tik toks lol.”
But several people agreed with Jordan that traveling to the Amalfi coast is difficult, with one user writing: “You’re so brave for saying this, those steps in positano almost killed me. I contemplated skipping meals to avoid them.”
Some 50 million people visited Italy in 2021, according to CEIC Data.
The Amalfi coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, with some 5 million people visiting each year, per a travel guide by the US News & World Report. The hashtag #amalficoast has over one billion views on TikTok, with tourists posting videos of their travels there nearly every day.
Jordan did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
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