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What qualifies one as a "World Traveller"?

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

Quoting Hien

Quoting samsara2

Welsh cwrw

How do you pronounce this?!

You just say 'yellow alcoholic juice';)

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

Ah, tis a sort of Catch 22 because in order to be able to pronounce the welsh word for beer, you must first have consumed great quantities of the stuff.

So how do you get it? Damn those wiley Welsh folk!

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

So....somehow, being able to pronounce beer, in several languauges, makes you a 'WORLD TRAVELLER?"

44. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

World Traveller eh?

I know people (not many, but some) whom I would describe as aforementioned 'World Travellers' and these good souls have rarely left their home.

For one reason or another the physical act of travelling was/is not available to them; but did it stop them roaming every corner of the world from the pages of books and the footage of documentaries? No Siree! It did not.

It is the attitude possesed by these people which I believe makes them real travellers of the world. People who want to know their planet and its inhabitants as well as they possibly can from the space in which they exist.

I doff my hat to these people; people who don't collect passport stamps or backpack stickers but none-the-less share every one of my travels as avidly and as earnestly as I do myself whilst indulging in the physical act.

Keep on travelling my learned friends.
Zaksame

45. Posted by Sahand (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

I haven't traveled to any foreign country. so I think anyone that travels abroad is a world traveler!

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

zaksame. While these people you speak are certainly learned of other places, I decline to consider them travellers in any sense. A man who reads of running is not a runner, and a person who memorized all the theory in scuba diving is not a scuba diver. Someone who read every account of our exploration of space is not an astronaut. Similarly, a person who read everything there was to read about Australia, let's say, still doesn't know Australia.

The idea is poetic, which may be what you were striving for, but I can't agree with the sentiment in practice.

Just one dude's opinion.

D

47. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 7y

Quoting Piecar

A man who reads of running is not a runner, and a person who memorized all the theory in scuba diving is not a scuba diver. Someone who read every account of our exploration of space is not an astronaut. Similarly, a person who read everything there was to read about Australia, let's say, still doesn't know Australia.

Wait a second, does this mean that all the porn I have viewed on the internet doesn't make me a great lover?

48. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

Piecar, I was indeed toying with the poetic notion of travel... Or more accurately, I was attempting to prick the concience of people who purely 'Country-Count'.

Numbers not experiences are what seem to be the most important element of travel to these people. If numbers of countries visited is the only criteria for being a world traveller, well then... quite simply I despair.

There are people who have travelled once and seen more in that one place than others see in thousands of miles journeyed: travelling versus journeying is, after all, still the great debate.

I suggest a read of Kavafy's Ithaca might help push my point along - users.hol.gr/~barbanis/cavafy/ithaca.html

Happy travels, or journeys, or whatever one cares to call the pursuit of foreign places.

49. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

P.S.
Touche Gregg!

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

Perhaps we should start a new thread: "What qualifies one as an "Armchair World Traveller"? (Besides a subscription to National Geographic and, of course, having an armchair.)

Actually, I shouldn't knock National Geographic: reading it as a kid made me want to see the world- especially the South Pacific, where all the women are topless, apparently. ;)