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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Was there ever a time on your travels when you felt that you had intruded on another place/person/culture? Have you ever felt you shouldn't be somewhere, or felt that you'd outstayed your welcome?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I stayed with my sister and her boyfriend in NZ for almost a month a few years back, and that was pretty strained. If I had to do it again, I'd leave for a few weeks on my own to explore the country. As it was, my sister wasn't up to doing much, I was getting cabin fever, and her boyfriend... well, I'll be nice and not go there. Suffice to say that it's dang near impossible to travel with people who define "travel" very differently.

On the other side of the coin, I've had a few guests overstay their welcome. Good lord! You just want to put their bags out on the street, no matter how nice they are. I've got the smallest appartment that's not meant for more than one, and when you've got four in the house and you're crawling all over one another... did I mention I have a thing about personal space?

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I was in Bangkok at the beginning this year. One western guy I knew insisted that I come and stay in his apartment. As soon as we met in the street, he started giving me a whole lot of house rules. He also informed me that he only had one key, so if I left the apartment during the day whilst he was at work, I would not be able to get back in. There were reception and security people in the apartment, so a key could've been left with them.

When we walked into his apartment he flopped into a lounge chair and turned the televison on loud. He then went to his bedroom at 9pm, telling me that the sofa is only small and uncomfortable to sleep on.

I left next morning.

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I have had to tell people to leave....but I have never been one to hide what I am feeling ;)

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Was there ever a time on your travels when you felt that you had intruded on another place/person/culture? Have you ever felt you shouldn't be somewhere, or felt that you'd outstayed your welcome?

Fortunately, I've never felt that. Probably a couple reasons. One I'm sincerely interested in the people and culture that I visit, and secondly, I like to keep moving. I don't linger and travel as slowly as some other people I know.

6. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 11y

Actually this is kinda different, but when I was like 10, when I was in Hawaii, I was with a local Hawaiian, and we went down to the beach, and a lot of her friends got mad at her for bringing me there. I was kinda like "whats the white girl doing here?" and I felt really uncpmfortable.

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Was there ever a time on your travels when you felt that you had intruded on another place/person/culture? Have you ever felt you shouldn't be somewhere, or felt that you'd outstayed your welcome?

Yeah, I was drunk once and walked into a McDonalds and asked for a kebab

8. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Yeah, I was drunk once and walked into a McDonalds and asked for a kebab [/quote]

I almost felt off my chair loving! Never heard of anybody before intruding on fast food culture. Thanks for that, James!
Mind you McDonalds sell Pizza sometimes...

9. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

See, I was laughing so hard I even wrote loving;)

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Could have been a Freudian slip