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What qualifies one as a "World Traveller"?

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

Did another one yesterday and today.... Travelled on the World's fastest vehicle ferry!!

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

I guess I meet a few of the requirements as well, except number 5 and crossing the date line (part of 2). But I am still wondering what that 4th ocean is? Normally I would say the pacific, indian and atlantic ocean, but that is only 3.

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

The 4th ocean is the Arctic Ocean. Some also claim a 5th ocean: the Southern Ocean (around Antarctica).

14. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

For me:

1) I've travelled to Asia, Australasia, South America, Europe and North America (although only Canada as yet). Africa still to do.
2) Crossed the Date Line (from Chile to New Zealand) and both the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
3) Visited the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans - Arctic and Antarctic oceans are WAY too cold for me!
4) Visited 26 countries (with more on the list - I hope I can get to 50!)
5) Circumnavigated the world - West to East from the UK to South America to Asia to the UK and back out to Asia!
6) Seen a variety of terrains (desert, tundra, steppe, rain forest, etc.) - yep
7) Travelled by a wide variety of means (train, plane, ship, car, camel, etc.) - yep
8) Be familiar with many different cultures, religions, languages, etc. - yes I know how to say 'No Thanks I don't want it' in 17 different dialects and languages

I've never really thought about what makes a world traveller, it's an interesting question. I'd say that someone can be a world traveller having only experienced 1/4 of what I have above...I think it's about attitude and desire to experience new things not only the act of travelling, if that makes sense?

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jun-2009, at 01:57 by loubylou ]

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

Another one I came up with, that I didn't mention earlier, was that I've been to the world's most northerly capital city.
Fun all this - ain't it

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

Quoting Redpaddy

Another one I came up with, that I didn't mention earlier, was that I've been to the world's most northerly capital city.
Fun all this - ain't it

Reykjavik?

17. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

Hmmm... I think you're qualified// ;)

18. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 7y

And...the country's capitol with the highest elevation? (OK, haven't been there...YET! But as long as we're game...)

OK, we call these "Jacuzzi Questions", which means you ask them while in a jacuzzi so no one is off cheating looking up the answer on the computer...

While we're at it...highest elevation of any U.S. Capitol?

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

Quoting Ladymacwil

And...the country's capitol with the highest elevation? (OK, haven't been there...YET! But as long as we're game...)

OK, we call these "Jacuzzi Questions", which means you ask them while in a jacuzzi so no one is off cheating looking up the answer on the computer...

While we're at it...highest elevation of any U.S. Capitol?

Quito. La Paz and Lhasa are either 1) not the official capital or 2) not a capital of a country. Oh, didn't look anything up, so these might not be the right answers

Highest US Capital..are there more?;)

But ok, let's guess: Denver, Salt lake City? Or one of those smaller towns which for some reason made it capital of a state

20. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 7y

Oh, guess I should have said highest elevation of a State Capitol in the US, (And if you get this w/o looking it up I'd be gobsmacked!)

BTW, "traveller" I think, is very different from "tourist". For example, you could visit 18 countries in 9 days on some tour... (but does that really constitute being a "World Traveller?") To me travelling means really visiting a country and it's culture, experiencing it fully, ride mass transit, go to the local pubs, etc.

Photographer I once worked for is on 78 countries, (My "mentor"!) Has ridden camels, been in African huts of Chieftans, crossed into Russia in the 1960s, (Whoa!) Anyway, his best photos are always of the people, not the landmarks, but the populice, especially, the children.

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