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11. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 10y

Good thread.
Me and the man take pride in being 'un-touristy' which of course is ridicolous, because after all we ARE tourists no matter which obscure route or distant un-touristy place we find

Still we like challenges and being on a tourist bus with a guide that speaks your language and can explain everything seems so ... not fun. Take Ravens story as a contrast of that! (seeing the pyramids in Egypt)

The most rebellious we've been? Going to Paris and not bother with the Eiffel tower.. but perhaps it doesn't count cause we did see it in the distance before we went to a cafe/tabac place for some drinks...

12. Posted by ValleyBri (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

There's a healthy mix. I mean it's important to realize that these tours exist for a reason right? Giving up on a chance to see something important based on principle can be silly. Being on your own is great for your memories and experiences, but you end up feeling like an idiot when you get home and don't really have anything concrete to show for your travels. Bite the bullet next time, just don't wear a fanny pack with socks and sandals.

13. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I think a lot of tourist buses, and the whole tourist thing of being herded from one place to another at spcific times, remind me of being a child on a school excursion. That's why I try to make my own way.

But as Isadora said, if it's a tourist bus or nothing, and you really want to see the attraction, then get on board (bored?).

14. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 10y

Quoting ValleyBri

but you end up feeling like an idiot when you get home and don't really have anything concrete to show for your travels.

I don't go travelling to come home and have 'something concrete to show' I just want to enjoy myself and have a good time.

15. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting applegirl

Going to Paris and not bother with the Eiffel tower.. but perhaps it doesn't count cause we did see it in the distance before we went to a cafe/tabac place for some drinks...

Totally with you on that one. The best times I had in Paris were always sitting at some ridiculously small table on a chair facing the street sipping a beer. The tourist sites were okay, but just chilling in the cafes rocked.

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

Totally with you on that one. The best times I had in Paris were always sitting at some ridiculously small table on a chair facing the street sipping a beer. The tourist sites were okay, but just chilling in the cafes rocked.

Ditto! The Eiffel Tower was a must-see, but I can't say I enjoyed much more than the view. Nothing worse than being crammed into an elevator with 50 other tourists! Ack! I loved just sitting for a few hours at a cafe every afternoon. I think it's a very Paris thing to do - to sit and watch the people go by. I've never felt quite as comfortable doing that anywhere else.

17. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

This is all about travel snobbery.

Seems that most people have this "I'm better than the average dumb tourist" attitude.

Why? You're a tourist also, and probably stick out half a mile to the locals.

18. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Quoting james

This is all about travel snobbery.

Seems that most people have this "I'm better than the average dumb tourist" attitude.

Why? You're a tourist also, and probably stick out half a mile to the locals.

But James, I am better than cheap trinkets and designated viewing areas!

19. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 10y

Quoting james

This is all about travel snobbery.

Seems that most people have this "I'm better than the average dumb tourist" attitude.

Why? You're a tourist also, and probably stick out half a mile to the locals.

Hear Hear James... I can't see the point of going to somewhere like Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tour, the view is totally gobsmacking did they also miss the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysee, Sacracuer & the Seine.. or as you say was it just snobbery, so they chose the Tower for more effect

I don't particularly like to be on a bus with tour guides & the tourist rather than the traveller either, but sometimes its the only way & it is what you make of it, and it can turn into a very amusing time;)

20. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting james

Why? You're a tourist also, and probably stick out half a mile to the locals.

Hee hee! Especially the harder you try to blend in. But you're right - the very definition of tourist is one who tours - one who visits a place that's foreign to them to learn more. How one goes about doing that is a highly personal choice.

I didn't enjoy the Eiffel Tower - or the Mona Lisa at the Louvre - because I can't do crowds. They make me feel terribly claustophobic, and my only thought is to get out so I can breate. But I still went. And on my first day anywhere I like to hop on a tour bus or boat. It helps me orient myself, gives me a brief background of the place, and helps me decide what I want to visit.

This reminds me of the old tourist/traveller debate from eons back!