Living in the US, we consider many places, other than here, to be "exotic" (ie: SE Asia, S. Pacific, Africa, S. America, etc.). Do you live in a place that is considered "exotic" by visitors to your country? If so, where do you consider to be "exotic"?
I live in Montreal, which is considered to be a rather exotic city in North America because it's very "European". I think that we consider any place different from where we come from to be exotic. I spent my childhood in China (before it became more mordernized), so places like SEA don't seem exotic to me, because of the similarity in culture.
From some odd reason any place that has beaches and palm trees "seems" more exotic than say the mountains of Russia (which I enjoy more) ... not sure why, could be because of my land-locked up-bringing...
I think mtlgal hit the nail on the head....anything unlike what we know..seems exotic...if you grow up in farm country..mountains and seas are exotic...if you grew up on a beach...etc... I wish the laundry room was exotic to me...that would mean I had never visited it
When I think of exotic, I think of Jungle and hot weather, so I don't really consider Montreal exotic. As mtlgal said, it has some European qualities (as in Old Montreal), but I would say it is romantic and worth a look. LOL, I guess I can't consider anywhere in Canada or the US exotic really. But I do agree with everyone, it's probably because I'm just so used to it.
Living in Iceland, I see mountains, the sea, glaciers and all that stuff every day so it really isn't very exciting for me. But I do understand why it would be exciting for someone who hasn't grown up with it all in front of them.