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1. Posted by phileas (Respected Member 67 posts) 10y

A phenomena I'm sure you've all encountered that has continually struck me over the past year and one I'm struggling to get away from?

- ever notice you meet the same people over and over from country to country
- everyones pics are of the same thing, and resemble those in the Lonely Planet
- same stories to share

The phrase 'It's a small world' just doesn't come close. Take a 30 min bus ride away from the 'well travelled route' and you have a new experience that possibly no other (or few) will share.

Is travelling becoming diluted?
Anyone see the same thing?
Could it be replaced with a 3D simulation or DVD to watch from the comfort of our own homes?
Where is there left in the world to get away from this?

rant over. on my way to find something new.....

2. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

Visiting heavily trafficked tourist destinations such as Machu Picchu or The Taj Mahal is still 1000 X's better and memorable than watching a DVD or a show on the Discovery Channel about the location... or just sitting at home.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 30, 2006 3:29 PM by carlhancoc ]

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

Quoting phileas

A phenomena I'm sure you've all encountered that has continually struck me over the past year and one I'm struggling to get away from?

- ever notice you meet the same people over and over from country to country
- everyones pics are of the same thing, and resemble those in the Lonely Planet
- same stories to share

The phrase 'It's a small world' just doesn't come close. Take a 30 min bus ride away from the 'well travelled route' and you have a new experience that possibly no other (or few) will share.

Is travelling becoming diluted?
Anyone see the same thing?
Could it be replaced with a 3D simulation or DVD to watch from the comfort of our own homes?
Where is there left in the world to get away from this?

rant over. on my way to find something new.....

Get away from what exactly?

If you are having a good time and enjoying new experiences, what does it matter?

4. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

The phrase 'It's a small world' just doesn't come close. Take a 30 min bus ride away from the 'well travelled route' and you have a new experience that possibly no other (or few) will share.

if you get to half the contries in the world then i will understand where your coming from... the worlds not that small theres alot to see.

people travel to see the same things as many others because these things are very spectacular and worth visiting to see for yourself

5. Posted by phileas (Respected Member 67 posts) 10y

Quoting carlhancoc

Visiting heavily trafficked tourist destinations such as Machu Picchu or The Taj Mahal is still 1000 X's better and memorable than watching a DVD or a show on the Discovery Channel about the location... or just sitting at home.

definately, that comment was a bit tongue in cheek ;)

6. Posted by phileas (Respected Member 67 posts) 10y

Quoting james

Get away from what exactly?

If you are having a good time and enjoying new experiences, what does it matter?

I take your point. Contrary to what I said, I agree that everyone sees the world through their own eyes, so everyone's experience is unique. And fun is an important part of travel fer sure so it shouldn't matter.

The point I am getting at is that I was more than suprised by the extent of the same travels. I'm sure that everyone has the dream of finding something new, something totally unique. Then again, I've found some special places over the last year but I keep the REALLY special ones a close guarded secret, maybe it's the same for everyone so all you get to hear is the Lonely Plant version ;)

Confused? maybe. Bemused? perhaps. Protagonist? always

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Phileas

I think i know what u mean.
There is so much information about travelling available, that one does not even have to be adventurous or take any risks anymore.
People tend to do countries, according to the instructions, rather than travel in and experience them.
Makes me feel lucky, to be so old. I developed my attitute, about traveling before it became like u describe it.

Mel

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

So old, Mel, you'll be drawing your pension soon enough.. ;)

I don't think there's too much wrong with seeing the same things other people see. I think it's definitely worth trying to get off the 'beaten track' sometimes though - often this means thinking outside the lonely planet box and doing something a bit different, to experience something else rather than just seeing a different waterfall, y'know? There are still proper adventures to be had!

9. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Whilst l understand what you are saying BUT seeing the Grand Canyon (and other such sites) with my own eyes and being there, smelling it and hearing it was an experience that no amount of reading or watching television programmes etc ever gave me. In fact l enjoyed reading/watching such programmes/books after l had been there l found l can relate to them so much more!

Perhaps following a well trodden path isnt exactly adventurous in the grand scheme of things BUT its been my (or our with my other half) experience, my adventure and lm getting out there and seeing the world for myself.

I consider myself one of the extremely lucky ones - just like everyone on TP - that l have been able to get out there and see the wonderous things the world has to offer with my own eyes!

Hear endth my lesson!!!!!!

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 31, 2006 11:40 AM by Purdy ]

10. Posted by jindy (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

i guess in that respect i have been lucky. i have never opened a lonely planet book, and have only recently begun reading forums such as this. i go where i am offered a job. most have come from gumtree.com and all have been a unique experience. every new place i go to without doing any prior research, i just get there, meet the locals and start drinking. i experience the culture of the place, more than the stuctures. an example, i lived in london for a month before i saw big ben or the buckingham palace. and that was only when i got a new bar job in westminster.