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

Howdy doo, LadyMac....

I balk at giving anybody who armchair travels any kind of "EXPERIENCE". I am just one chucklehead...but they didn't experience shit...They read about, they saw some pictures...

Look at a picture of the Orinoco Delta...Did you experience it? Fak Nu. You didn't smell the smell. YOu didn't feel the heat. You didn't see the eddies in the river, or the pirhanas that were the SAFE ones. YOu didn't hear the monkeys. Fuck all that....You didn't have the EXPERIENCE of decidiing what you were going to do after you looked at this vista.

Are you going to play with the Warao kids in the lagoon?

Are you going to swing in a hammock and tell funny stories?

Are you going to chance taking a swim with the GOOD pirhanas?

There is no....NO experience involved in looking at a picture and reading some words. You are viewing someone else's experience.

There are, in my opinion, NO ARMCHAIR WORLD TRAVELLERS

I'll amend my opinion if I find out someone has figured a way to have effect on a culture via webcam.

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

I'd have to agree with Piecar on this one. There's really nothing like the thrill of actually standing in a place you previously only saw on a map, or read about in a travel book. And there is always the unexpected in travel, that makes the actual experience very different from what you imagined, sitting in your living room. For example, the monkey that we saw trying to steal a woman's purse at the ferry in Costa Rica, or the restaurant/puppet theater under the bridge in Bath, England, that had the most unbelievable homemade soup. Drinking Viennese coffee in Vienna, or a Singapore Sling in Singapore. Armchair travellers cannot understand what that's like.

That said, I think if you research the place you are going, before you go, you'll get a lot more out of the experience. Especially in places where every street and building has a history, like Rome or Paris.

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

Granted! and I love your last comment.

But do give credit for those who at least research, is my point.

Also, who makes the list, of "World Traveller".

I could easily say;

You should have white-water rafted, on at least 4 level rapids.
You should at least claim you walked on a glacier.
You should at least see lightning below you.
If you have not seen the Northern Lights, you are nobody.
If you have not seen lava flowing into the ocean, creating more land, you don't count.
If you have not heard coyates sing at night, after a kill.
If you never seen an iceburg quake.
Never been more than two feet away from a stingrray, eel, or a shark.
Drunk water from a cactus
If you have not seen the oldest tree in the world. ( I hope you know what that is)
Or even held hands around the biggest tree in the World, with eight of you at least. (Not the same tree BTW)
Been on a gondola or a junk....
Ridden any four legged beast, mule, horse, elephant, (or even camel), etc.. Not as a novelty, but actual transportation!
Eaten only the food you catched or gathered.

The point is, don't give me the facts and figures. I'd rather hear about your experinces...

And I've done crossings, I've done all the above... But WHO is to say..."That qualifies as a "World Traveller?)

As far as the "arm-chair" traveller

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

Quoting Ladymacwil

...I think most of us are die-hard travellers. It just get's under our skin like a thirst!...

If it's a never-ending thirst then travelling has all the hallmarks of a curse.

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

Yeah! Cool, huh?

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

So...

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Jul-2009, at 23:12 by Ladymacwil ]

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

Just don't tell me you went to Disney-World once and that counts as being in the United States...( technically that would be true...but really..!)

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

So Post#62#Ladymacwil.... What do you class as the oldest tree in the world??

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

Quoting Ladymacwil

Just don't tell me you went to Disney-World once and that counts as being in the United States...( technically that would be true...but really..!)

...yet you claim that, and I quote:
"You should have white-water rafted, on at least 4 level rapids"
is what it takes to be a world traveller?
In fact your whole list means you have travelled to some places in the North of America. Please, will people stop responding to this wank fest.

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

Quoting bwiiian

Quoting Ladymacwil

Just don't tell me you went to Disney-World once and that counts as being in the United States...( technically that would be true...but really..!)

...yet you claim that, and I quote:
"You should have white-water rafted, on at least 4 level rapids"
is what it takes to be a world traveller?
In fact your whole list means you have travelled to some places in the North of America. Please, will people stop responding to this wank fest.

LOL, yes indeed.
Still, isn't it about the different beers and girls you tried as well