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1. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

My family thinks of me as a "world traveller", but I don't really think I qualify. To my mind, a world traveller should have met at least the following criteria:

1) Travelled to all 6 inhabited continents.
2) Crossed the Date Line, and both the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
3) Visited all 4 oceans.
4) Visited at least 1/4 of all the countries in the world (approx. 50 countries).
5) Circumnavigated the world, east to west or west to east.
6) Seen a variety of terrains (desert, tundra, steppe, rain forest, etc.)
7) Travelled by a wide variety of means (train, plane, ship, car, camel, etc.)
8) Be familiar with many different cultures, religions, languages, etc.

Of course, I meet a few of these requirements (No.s 3,5,6,7) but not all. What do you think? What qualifies one as a "world traveller"? Are YOU a world traveller?

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Very interesting scenario.
I'm not a World Traveller then. I've only done North America (both USA and Canada), Nearly every country in Western and Eastern Europe and many countries in Africa.
However, I have been up the World's tallest building, walked across the World's largest glacier, taken off and landed on the World's fastest sub-sonic airliner from the World's busiest international airport, paddled my toes in the World's largest fresh water lake, sailed on the World's longest river, followed the course of the river that flows through more countries and capital cities than any other in the World (what would that be then?? No cheating now), had drinks up the World's tallest Hilton Hotel, I pass the World's richest football club two or three times a week on my way to work, driven round the World's longest city ring road, seen (what's considered to be) the World's most valuable painting, been to the location of the World's largest nuclear accident (no great achievement), visited the World's largest temple, walked along the edge of the World's largest desert, travelled by train on the World's largest subway system, been to the World's largest and busiest shipping port, don't know if this qualifies - sure you'll tell me if it doesn't.... Experienced -44c in Canada and +51c in Southern Albania (both unbearable!!). So I'm going off the actual superlatives. There maybe more that I've not thought of right now, but that'll do it for now.
Ps.... Just thought of another. While I was in Morocco, I had the World's most disgusting meal at a restaurant in Tangiers.

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

I've been to a few places and seen some stuff.

D

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Quoting Piecar

I've been to a few places and seen some stuff.

D

Wow - that's some detail!!

5. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

"...the river that flows through more countries and capital cities than any other in the world" That would have to be the Danube. (And no, I didn't look it up.)

Wow, Redpaddy, you have done a lot. Hat's off to you, mate!

6. Posted by blondesock (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

just out of interest, which continent does NZ belong to? I'd google it but I've nearly run out of time in this cafe...

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

Quoting blondesock

just out of interest, which continent does NZ belong to? I'd google it but I've nearly run out of time in this cafe...

Geologically, New Zealand is part of the Zealandia (Tasmantis) Continent, which is a submerged continent. It is not part of the continent of Australia as they do not share a continental shelf. Geographically, it is included in the Continent of Oceania (Australasia) which does include Australia and several of the Pacific Islands. (Oceania is considered a continent based on geopolitics.)

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

I have a few non-travelling friends who call Neal and I "world travellers"--when, really, we haven't been to all that many parts of the world. I guess it's just a term stay-at-home people use to describe people who get up and go once in a while. It's probably one of those expressions that means different things to different people.

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

Quoting blondesock

just out of interest, which continent does NZ belong to? I'd google it but I've nearly run out of time in this cafe...

It's part of Australia. End of story.

10. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

My guess is, if we care about 'qualifications' then we're taking it all with us. ;)

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