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What constitutes actually being in a country??

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11. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

yeah "been to" is goin to the airport - u are on the domestic soil.
"visiting" is far different though

But u could say walkin into embassies in each city - is goin to those countries too - for example - A British embassy in Poland is British soil...am I wrong? so to walk into a british embassy is goin to britain?

12. Posted by walowski (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

i'd say you have to go through customs to be in the country, because in the eyes of that country, you're not 'there' if you're just passing through the airport; you have to go through customs (doesn't matter if they stamp you or anything like that, you just have to enter according to the rules).

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

I guess this kind of discussion comes up because some people are so obsessed with numbers..
Can you get a feeling/experience of a country by just seeing the airport?
Err, no.
How many airports I've been to / How many countries I've travelled. Two separate things to me.
Personally I couldn't care less about going through how many airports I've been to

14. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

but although - u hav to admit Schipol airport (sp) in Holland is BRILL!

15. Posted by monkeypaw (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

What contstitutes a country as well, if I could count Monaco, Andorra, and Vatican City as seperate country's then I can count 17 instead of 14, and do wales and scotland count seperately ?

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

Quoting jeffG

but although - u hav to admit Schipol airport (sp) in Holland is BRILL!

It's in there with Vasteras Airport, Sweden. Definitely.

Quoting monkeypaw

What contstitutes a country as well, if I could count Monaco, Andorra, and Vatican City as seperate country's then I can count 17 instead of 14, and do wales and scotland count seperately ?

Of course they do! Then you're up from 17 to 19.
Yay!

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

Quoting Catu

I've been in Africa... I were in the plane, over 10.000 feet high in my way to Spain. Does it count?

Catu XD

The DO drive me mad. I mean, I know where they're coming from, but it's just snobbish to mock the validity of one's experience just because they didn't immerse themselves in the culture for three months. BUT, I totally agree with the difference between "been to" and "visited."

I say if you're counting numbers, you have to have left the airport grounds.

18. Posted by nevilleb (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

From a photographer's perspective, its getting images that convey the elusive "sense of place" - images that transport the viewer to the destination, seeing through his or her eyes. That, obviously means that the photographer has to immerse himself or herself in the place - getting the pulse of things, so as to speak.

I guess if I take part of the destination back with me - within me, it constitues being there!

nevilleb

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

19. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 10y

I agree with everyone who says that what counts is not how long you stayed in the said country, but if you left the airport in the first place! And for me, what counts is also "How old I was", meaning if I remember something or not...

My parents are always proud to remind me that I've been to Brazil before (when I was younger than 2 ), but no really, I'll be satisfied once I'll have visited the in-laws!

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

Quoting GregW

For me, I define getting out of the airport as having visited a country.

Hmm, I may have to change my definition. We were just diverted to Belize City to wait out a storm closure in La Ceiba, where we got off the plane but weren't allowed to leave the international departures area. In the 3 1/2 hours we were there, myself and my fellow plane passengers drank all of the bar's beer, and a friend travelling with me passed out from all the booze.

That has to be worth something...