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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Exactly, that's what I mean about it being a personal thing for everyone. :)

And look, when we're old, we'll have the luxury of banging on about how great it was back in the days of Wifi and Ryanair I'm getting geared up for it already.

12. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

Quoting samsara2

And look, when we're old, we'll have the luxury of banging on about how great it was back in the days of Wifi and Ryanair I'm getting geared up for it already.

Yeah, those damned kids with their teleporters and rocketboots, just zipping all over the planet and ruining the atmosphere! Why, back in our day we had to slog uphill to dead woman's pass both ways... and we liked it! (Three course meals and personal porters notwithstanding.) Travelling is all about the hardship, of having to make do with measly 2Mbit/sec download speeds and so on, and there's just no appreciation left for that in the future.
*shakes walking stick at hovering gaggle of future teenagers* Get off from above my lawn with those rocketboots!

(On second thought, I totally want some rocket boots myself! Also, note to self, anything you say on these forums can and will be used against you by Isa, usually within the hour. Learn a lesson there...)

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 24, 2008, at 2:05 PM by Sander ]

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Ahem...

This coming from someone listening to "Walk Like An Egyptian" across mountain tops. Well Sonny Boy, I can tell you it's been murder having to stay at all those all-inclusive resorts throughout the years. I mean really! Oh, and get off my lawn with your rocketboots - you're scaring the cats and they are old too.

14. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3712 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Those few who insult must have an inferiority complex or something. Why go out of your way to insult someone?

I think you hit the nail on the head there - these people must have massive insecurities to have to insult people and put others down to make themselves feel better. I don't think they can be happy people, as a happy, relaxed, content person wouldn't feel the need to be so negative and rude to others.

There's a guy in my office who does just that too

15. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Surely everyone knows that TT is a pit of hateful travel snobs, and travellerspoint is where the friendly helpful kids hang out??

16. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

And Isa, I've had the misfortune of staying at some all inclusives in the caribbean too. How awful for us, not to experience all the grit, all the time.

17. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

(On second thought, I totally want some rocket boots myself! Also, note to self, anything you say on these forums can and will be used against you by Isa, usually within the hour. Learn a lesson there...)

I'm not using it against you, Sander! Honest! I would have loved to see you walking like an Egyptian across the mountain tops. I actually have a rather cool visual of it in my head at the moment. But, as for those rocketboots - I'd rather have a jetpack.

Quoting magykal1

And Isa, I've had the misfortune of staying at some all inclusives in the caribbean too. How awful for us, not to experience all the grit, all the time.

I know - the crosses we have to bear at times... It's brutal. I can recommend a lovely little hotel in Santa Fe, Panama for only $13/night for a double - cold water shower only. We met a horribly snobbish couple (NYC med student and his trophy girlfriend) there. Wow - talk about whining and they'd only been in the country for about 5 hours. But, we also met two very interesting botany students, from University of Florida, who were collecting orchids and a pretty cool doctor from Oregon who was about my age and backpacking around.

Whether it's online or in the real world, the snobs are out there. Even at the all-inclusives. In Jamaica, one guy from Milwaukee was sooooooo happy they had real beer (Miller Lite) because he just couldn't drink the "local shit" (Red Stripe). It was just a little thing but it irritated us because he had no sense or sensibilities about the Jamaicans waiting on his hand and foot. Because we make a point to talk with local people and learn about their town or country, we've been invited to several of their homes. We haven't gone because of timing, but we always thank them for the offer as it was a very kind gesture.

I can't say I've spent a lot of time on TT so I can't comment fully on the rudeness and snobbery over there. I can say we do get some of the same responses here on TP but they are (so far) few and far between. We also can thank the Moderators for stepping in and commenting that such responses are unwarranted and will not be tolerated. As Rob said, "the friendly helpful kids hang out over here" no matter what their age or whether they have rocketboots yet or not. Wherever you go, whatever you do - there will be someone who is clueless and happy to expound about it. We've found using wit and wisdom confuses them enough they either back off or go away. Win - win either way. ;)

18. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I'm also officially fed up of people who diss your travel plans for completely opposite reasons. Laast night I had this conversation for about the 50th time:

- So where you going on your Honeymoon?
- South Africa and Mozambique.
- What??????
- We land in-
- Are you crazy? Why would you want to go there?
- Well, there'll be a few safaris, plus the ocean and we'll get to meet the people...
- Oh, you're staying, like, in a lodge or something.
- No, no--a few hotels and some camping...
- What????
- And we also-
- I can't believe it. Camping?
- We're really not into Cuba or-
- That's just crazy.

If the tables were turned and she was going to Cancun for her honeymoon, what kind of person would I be if I said "What? Cancun? Could you find anything more boring?". But somehow these people think I'm going to have an epiphany or something when they tell me I could be eaten by a lion...

19. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3712 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

I'm also officially fed up of people who diss your travel plans for completely opposite reasons. Laast night I had this conversation for about the 50th time:

- So where you going on your Honeymoon?
- South Africa and Mozambique.
- What??????
- We land in-
- Are you crazy? Why would you want to go there?
- Well, there'll be a few safaris, plus the ocean and we'll get to meet the people...
- Oh, you're staying, like, in a lodge or something.
- No, no--a few hotels and some camping...
- What????
- And we also-
- I can't believe it. Camping?
- We're really not into Cuba or-
- That's just crazy.

If the tables were turned and she was going to Cancun for her honeymoon, what kind of person would I be if I said "What? Cancun? Could you find anything more boring?". But somehow these people think I'm going to have an epiphany or something when they tell me I could be eaten by a lion...

totally agree - it's immensely annoying. I went through the same when I went to Jordan and Syria last year - raised eyebrows, and "what do you want to go there for?". One work colleague that I told said "Jordan - oh my god - didn't someone get shot there recently?" I felt like saying "no actually, but since we have been talking someone has most likely been shot/stabbed/attacked somewhere in england or even Manchester, where you are happily living right now!" Like you say, how rude would I have been to comment on her trip to the Costa del sol or the like, where she had most recently been!? I read a travel article recently about a guy who had been to Kurdistan in Northern Iraq (which is apparently safe now) - I wonder what kind of reaction he must have got when he told people where he was going!

20. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

*shakes walking stick at hovering gaggle of future teenagers* Get off from above my lawn with those rocketboots!