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leaving marks behind

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1. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

"leaving our marks "
is the titel of one of the recently uploaded fotos,showing a young women writin her name at the stone entrance to a cave.

Why are people leaving this marks behind ?
It makes me always angry when I see this stupid marks like "I was here" especially when the are scrached in stones at historical places.
do people not reconice that they are destroying valuable cultural items?It shows in my opinion also no respect to a country and his culture leavin such marks behind.
a few years ago a young men from Chile was arrested in Cusco/Peru because he left marks at the Inca wall.He had to stay in prison till it was clear who is paying the cleaning of the soiled part of the wall.
I think he will never leave a mark of this type somewhere behind.

can you leave marks behind ?
yes,in a gaestbook at your hostal/hotel or the visiters book at the museum...

2. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

Yeah, I agree it doesn't serve a purpose except to satisfy the person's vanity. Doesn't make sense to go to another destination, enjoy what it has to offer, and then leave marks of destruction behind. Just makes the person look really bad.

3. Posted by amorphis (Budding Member 47 posts) 9y

Better leave signs of "proof", that you as a traveler have actually been somewhere interesting, on a TP forum than on the very spot itself. Or find some time to update your travel blog with the event.
Far better coverage worldwide, much less physical damage.

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Sadly, many travelers don't really care for the well being of artifacts and historical sites. There will always be scumbags who will vandalize just feel better about themselves. Authorities need to make an example out of some of these people. Although most places have fines in place, they don't have anyone to keep watch.