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What qualifies one as a "World Traveller"?

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

Quoting Redpaddy

Quoting Ladymacwil

Don't get me wrong...I love when one can pronounce beer and/or wine in any language!


I pride myself when abroad that I can say a few words in the native language. Even in places like Iceland and Tangiers, I am able to say please and thanks.
As for the word beer.... It's one of my favourites to learn straight away.
I can say please and thank you and a large beer please in about 40 different languages. Not much I know, but better than listening to annoying Brits shouting thank you in English to some poor Albanian waiter that hasn't got a clue what they're on about.

It's also good for impressing fellow travellers. In Russia I memorized the phrase for asking for "coffee with milk, please." So when it was my turn at the cafe counter I rattled it off fluently, and for the rest of the day, whenever anyone said something in Russian, my fellow travellers would turn to me and ask, "What did they say?" I bluffed as long as I could, but I had to tell them, eventually, that ordering a latte was the limit of my Russian. ;)

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

What is coffee and milk please in Russian.
I speak quite good Bulgarian and I think it's something like (obdiously in Cyrillic - but not on my key pad, sorry) "Cafe i Mlyako, mola'

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

"Coffee with milk, please" in Russian is: "Cafe s malokum, pazhalsta" So, not too different, I guess.

84. Posted by Rich. (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Quoting Ladymacwil

Don't get me wrong...I love when one can pronounce beer and/or wine in any language!

I was just playing Devil's Advocate here... Forget the level four rapids, (When my sister is applying her lipstick, knowing a Photo Op is coming up...) I just think it's more interesting to hear WHAT you did and WHERE... Than, "Iv'e travelled in at least 11 zones.." (Which you could do in any visit to Hawaii, for example...)
"Iv'e been to DisneyWorld and to Hawaii..." (I MUST be a "World Traveller!")

Anyone getting yet, that the facts and figures, are not nearly as interesting as the true "experience?" Of any traveller?

Doesn't Disneyland count as an 'experience', though?

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

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Doesn't Disneyland count as an 'experience', though?[/quote]

Mmmm. For me - the one in Florida I'm on about (Walt Disney World), it was an experience alright. An overpriced boring experience. Not saying it was no good - if it was, then millions of people wouldn't go there every month - but for me my three day pass was used for one day, then that was it.
I found Lake Okeechobee, Key West, and The Everglades - far more my thing, through and through.

86. Posted by Rich. (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Mmmm. For me - the one in Florida I'm on about (Walt Disney World), it was an experience alright. An overpriced boring experience. Not saying it was no good - if it was, then millions of people wouldn't go there every month - but for me my three day pass was used for one day, then that was it.
I found Lake Okeechobee, Key West, and The Everglades - far more my thing, through and through.

I went when I was about 10, so had a whale of a time.

My point was, however, that people were being criticised for lisitng countries and stats rather than experiences they had had.

The only distinction I can see between Disneyland/World as an 'experience' and seeing a Volcano is a certain snobbery based on a hierarchy of experience decided upon by those who wish to put themselves at the top.

Surely an enjoyable experience is something that is idiosyncratic, and as such all experiences can only be ranked by the individual who has experienced them.

As you say, Lake Okeechobee, Key West, and The Everglades - far more your thing, through and through, I think you've hit the nail on the head. It's about the individual. I didn't like the Everglades one bit, that doesn't mean to say they aren't a valid experience, or enjoyable, to others.

Either way, when I was 10 years old, Disneyland was absolute class, although I did prefer Universal Studios.

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

So we're decided then, that the question is just too subjective to quantify?

I have seen this kind of questi......wait, this seems familiar.....I've probably already written this. The upshot is that folks who need to feel like they have achieved something special sometimes try to rate themselves under criteria skewed towards themselves. "I've forded a mighty river! I've found water in the desert! I've eaten of the heart of a freshly killed springbok! I declare myself a World Traveller!! More grog! Allow me to stand on a promontory with my feet widely set and my clenched fists on my hips. Allow the the wind to blow my tousled hair! For I am one of the few chosen!!!!"

Okay, fine. That was me once.

But I tend to skew towards the idea that the more you learn, the more you realize that you have so much more to learn. Maybe Rolf Potts qualifies....Maybe that tit Robert Young Pelton. Maybe Theroux. Definitely Martha Gelhorn (My hero)

I mean, do you folks who travel all the time ever get discouraged? I gave a career up to ram the roads. I'm living in a foreign country. The job I have gave us a week off, and I went off to see more of this country, and I still feel like I haven't seen enough of it I'm sitting in a bar in some halfbaked little town that is so small the town provides the entire population free wireless from a couple of routers in the zocalo. I still don't feel like I'm trying hard enough. There is always 'Furthur" (Ken Kesey's spelling....look it up) There is always one more town, or a more remote place. It's just too big a task to be a WT.

GLOT
D

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2009, at 13:17 by Piecar ]

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

Quoting Piecar

..."I've forded a mighty river! I've found water in the desert! I've eaten of the heart of a freshly killed springbok! I declare myself a World Traveller!! More grog! Allow me to stand on a promontory with my feet widely set and my clenched fists on my hips. Allow the the wind to blow my tousled hair! For I am one of the few chosen!!!!"...

It's generally known as being windswept and interesting.

I'm still shuffling along the queue to the departure gate. ;)

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

To be clear...I've never eaten of the heart of a freshly killed springbok...and I tend to shy away from promontories. Though I like wind in my hair. And I'd be interested in trying Grog.

GLOT

D

90. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Wow, last time I checked this thread, everything was on page 1... Seems to me, the whole idea of trying to quantify and justify who should be considered a World Traveller is somewhat presumptious.

How about this: anyone who has created a list, or is attempting to justify his or her inclusion in any previous list is automatically disqualified.

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