Skip Navigation

"10 years ago this island is so nice, blah blah"

Travel Forums General Talk "10 years ago this island is so nice, blah blah"

Page
  • 1
  • 2

Last Post

1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

What could be more annoying...

"15 years ago phuket was so nice and now its nothing... blah blah"

I just encountered one these travellers tonight and I am proud of my nasty reply...

"My gosh, that sounds so awful, God Phuket must have been so cheap, uncivilized, and blah blah..."

"I just said, 15 years from I won't tell travellers about how China was way better... Its just pathetic!"

"15 years ago, there was no KFC"

"Oh my god, that is horrible, Imagine paradise without KFC, jeez, that is really not for me!"

I wonder many travellers had to hear this "15 years when I was looser with no money, I went to some 3rd world island and slept under a Durian tree" monologue. I way too lucky than all of you kids. I saw paradise and you didn't. I am such happy old man and so I am living in the past with my nostalgic dellusions.

WE ARE NOT INTERESTED... JUST IMAGINE HOW MANY TIMES WE HAD TO LISTEN TO THIS.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y


No what you mean, it happens a lot.
Either those people want to brag about their time back then or they are stuck in a mid-life crisis.
You now, it doesn't matter and maybe sometimes they are right, things usually don't change for the better. Still, it is always wise to just shut up about it and don't spoil it for others.

Same thing applies to people that don't want to go to touristy places. Usually, I say, you should explore your own neighbourhood where you are living, it's probably not touristy

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Whatever.

D

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2009, at 2:59 PM by Piecar ]

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

I agree, there are always idiots like that that think it was better when they were there. The thing is these places may now be rubbish because of the idiots like them that went there before and ruined it for everyone else!! haha.
Good call from Utrecht as well by saying if people moan they should stay at home and see their own neighbourhood, I like that, I think I will use that one the next time I bump into some complaining t**t in a hostel somewhere.

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

I assume and hope the original poster was talking about a specific and particularly egregious incident. Because if you honestly believe that every instance of looking backward is bad, you´re fooling yourselves.

Let me get this straight....You are travelling, right now, solely so you can tell yourself you´ve done it. When you get back, you will, for the rest of your lives, never mention it again? This, out of respect for others' feelings of irritation that you have the temerity to note that things have changed in the world since you were out?

And all those pictures you´re taking are only for you to look at by flashlight in a dark closet to make sure that no one else could be adversely affected by your recollections?

And what a completely ridiculous thing to say: " you should explore your own neighbourhood where you are living, it's probably not touristy" The reason most of us travel is to see something that few others get to see. It´s a conceit that all of us share. That someone laments the fact that the place that they saw years ago and seemed exotic is now a regular haunt for the Bermuda Short set is understandable.....and I venture to guess that it´s going to be something you´ll feel sometime in the future.

No one wants to listen to an overlong discourse on how things were better when they were younger....But things WERE better when they were younger. More mysterious, with an ethereal glow of newness. It´s a thing every one of us is going to feel or is feeling right now.

So sure it can be a drag to hear a story from a longtime traveller about how things "used to be." It can also be a drag to listen to a bunch of new travellers laughing with smug disdain about the old timer at the hostel while they talk over their VOIP and toodle around on their Facebook. Yes, it can be dull listening to some story about the "Glory Days"...and it sure can be dull to listen to a bunch of younglings have the same "philosphical" discussion about how "smoking grass is actually good for society" that you have heard in a hundred hostels, a hundred times, while the conversers congratulate themselves on the new theory they have come up with.

The world IS smaller and easier to navigate now. It IS less of an arduous journey to get places. It IS less of an accomplishment to be able to wander the streets in the centre of some strange city in Indonesia. It HAS taken some of the lustre off the hobby.

Really, get over yourselves.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2009, at 6:59 AM by Piecar ]

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

We visited Havana a few years ago, and I guarantee that if we ever go back and the embargo's off and there's a Walmart on every corner, I'm going to say "You should have seen it when...".

On a similar note, my grandfather used to tell me stories about what Europe was like when he was there during WWII. His "when I was there" was full of nostalgia and it gave me a sense of how it used to be and what I've missed. I miss those stories now.

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

Quoting tway

We visited Havana a few years ago, and I guarantee that if we ever go back and the embargo's off and there's a Walmart on every corner, I'm going to say "You should have seen it when...".

On a similar note, my grandfather used to tell me stories about what Europe was like when he was there during WWII. His "when I was there" was full of nostalgia and it gave me a sense of how it used to be and what I've missed. I miss those stories now.

Once the US closes Guantanamo Bay hopefully they will turn it over to Cuba. Just think of the Super Duper Really Big WalMart they can build there. Maybe throw in a Home Depot and Staples Office Supplies. We hope it will be turned over and possibly improve relations with Cuba so we'll be able to visit. When you can't go somewhere, it is one place you want to see.

Everything changes - it's a given. And, there is always someone who will complain. My response to your comment - stop listening if it's that irritating.

8. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 7y

That reminds me of when I first travelled to Phuket, some 20 odd years ago, oh you should of seen it...

... it was a muddy multi construction site of part-built 5-star hotels... oh and the nightlife, very sleazy!!

9. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting Piecar

I assume and hope the original poster was talking about a specific and particularly egregious incident. Because if you honestly believe that every instance of looking backward is bad, you´re fooling yourselves.

Let me get this straight....You are travelling, right now, solely so you can tell yourself you´ve done it. When you get back, you will, for the rest of your lives, never mention it again? This, out of respect for others' feelings of irritation that you have the temerity to note that things have changed in the world since you were out?

And all those pictures you´re taking are only for you to look at by flashlight in a dark closet to make sure that no one else could be adversely affected by your recollections?

And what a completely ridiculous thing to say: " you should explore your own neighbourhood where you are living, it's probably not touristy" The reason most of us travel is to see something that few others get to see. It´s a conceit that all of us share. That someone laments the fact that the place that they saw years ago and seemed exotic is now a regular haunt for the Bermuda Short set is understandable.....and I venture to guess that it´s going to be something you´ll feel sometime in the future.

No one wants to listen to an overlong discourse on how things were better when they were younger....But things WERE better when they were younger. More mysterious, with an ethereal glow of newness. It´s a thing every one of us is going to feel or is feeling right now.

So sure it can be a drag to hear a story from a longtime traveller about how things "used to be." It can also be a drag to listen to a bunch of new travellers laughing with smug disdain about the old timer at the hostel while they talk over their VOIP and toodle around on their Facebook. Yes, it can be dull listening to some story about the "Glory Days"...and it sure can be dull to listen to a bunch of younglings have the same "philosphical" discussion about how "smoking grass is actually good for society" that you have heard in a hundred hostels, a hundred times, while the conversers congratulate themselves on the new theory they have come up with.

The world IS smaller and easier to navigate now. It IS less of an arduous journey to get places. It IS less of an accomplishment to be able to wander the streets in the centre of some strange city in Indonesia. It HAS taken some of the lustre off the hobby.

Really, get over yourselves.

ummm... think you may have got the wrong end of the stick there....

10. Posted by aireek (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

tell them that they are too old to remember whether it was amazing back then or not and you are on your way there now or you've just arrived back and its fresh in your mind.

people say shit like that because of jealousy.

its like my stepdad. always bagging me out with career bullshit and all that.

hes spent the last 6 years sitting at home being miserable while ive been discovering the world and making the best friends anyone could ever have. its just jealousy.

dont let anyone bring you down to their level because thats the only reason why they say that kind of shit. ive just learned to ignore it