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11. Posted by nicoandkar (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Depressing part-The demystification of places that exist so highly in your mind.

Contasting with being able to be mystified by places you had never heard of or knew existed.

12. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Depressing part-The demystification of places that exist so highly in your mind.

I know exactly what you mean. I've experienced that so often it almost made loose my desire to travel.

I travel mainly around Europe and the Middle East and after years of doing the hostel and train routine and after another experience of "yet another European city, this is getting boring" I decided a change was in order. I now travel by bicycle instead of using the train and instead of hitting one big city after another I follow rivers. This way I get to experience nature and meet far more local people in the countries I travel in.

13. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 7y

@%**@+* Plastic bags!!!!!

It seems now that everywhere I go and buy stuff, it has to be presented in a little plastic bag. In developing countries such as in Africa and Asia, the Western culture has infiltrated with its little plastic bags. What happenned to the lovely hand made straw bags where all your market produce would be piled into? Even when you find one, each item still has to be wrapped in a plastic bag. And where do all these bags end up??? On the road, in the rivers, the sea..they are everywhere! I even saw one hanging out of a cat's bottom...the poor creature had eaten the bloody thing.
On a recent trip to Papua, Maluku and North Sulawesi, places where I expected to find local crafts, I could not find a bag or basket anywhere and the beautiful beaches and seas were choked with plastic bags. Locals could not understand my refusal of them, either re-using an old one or utilising my day sack...'But here is a nice shiny new plastic bag...look, its pink!!'. Despair!:(

For those that may like to point out my replies in other threads where I condone the use of plastic bags for dirty, wet or sticky things, yes, I do take them. But I use them, re-use them and either dispose where there are proper facilities or bring them home. In the future I shall be committed to only taking bio-degradable! If anyone has an alternative to this infernal little invention..please do tell! I have found though, that airline puke bags are great for sandwiches!!

14. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Quoting baluba

@%**@+* Plastic bags!!!!!

It seems now that everywhere I go and buy stuff, it has to be presented in a little plastic bag. In developing countries such as in Africa and Asia, the Western culture has infiltrated with its little plastic bags. What happenned to the lovely hand made straw bags where all your market produce would be piled into? Even when you find one, each item still has to be wrapped in a plastic bag. And where do all these bags end up??? On the road, in the rivers, the sea..they are everywhere! I even saw one hanging out of a cat's bottom...the poor creature had eaten the bloody thing.
On a recent trip to Papua, Maluku and North Sulawesi, places where I expected to find local crafts, I could not find a bag or basket anywhere and the beautiful beaches and seas were choked with plastic bags. Locals could not understand my refusal of them, either re-using an old one or utilising my day sack...'But here is a nice shiny new plastic bag...look, its pink!!'. Despair!:(

For those that may like to point out my replies in other threads where I condone the use of plastic bags for dirty, wet or sticky things, yes, I do take them. But I use them, re-use them and either dispose where there are proper facilities or bring them home. In the future I shall be committed to only taking bio-degradable! If anyone has an alternative to this infernal little invention..please do tell! I have found though, that airline puke bags are great for sandwiches!!

Im heading off in October for a 6mth trip and was thinking today about taking my cotton shopper though it is bit bulkly. I have a nifty shopper that folds into a small square will which will be very handy in my rucksack and save the planet!

15. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

For me, the most disappointing things about travel fall into three categories:

(1) Fellow Americans who act like jerks when they are overseas. For example, wondering why the locals in a particular foreign country don't speak English--as though it is their duty to do so. Or complaining that things aren't exactly like they are back in the states (isn't that one of the reasons for going to a new place?).

(2) People who think that the only places worth travelling to are the tourist traps. Wow, Mabel, we've got to get to Disneyland and then to Hollywood. (So let's avoid the nature spots, beautiful small towns, wonderful beaches, unusual festivals and concerts or going somewhere already visited by a hundred million people before us.); and

(3) People who think travelling means only visiting places and not also visiting people. Personally I always try to take some time to talk to the locals I meet in a country (often by visiting a local pub or store) to find out from them where to go, where to eat, their take on politics and the economy and also to discove what interesting thing I should go see or do.

16. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 7y

Oooh yes, I forgot to mention that I have one of those foldaways too..they are just brilliant! Better to take that than the cotton shopper...you could even take two, they are so handy!

17. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

Leaving the real world behind and coming back to the artificial one.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

18. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 7y

Quoting Calcruzer

(1) Fellow Americans who act like jerks when they are overseas. For example, wondering why the locals in a particular foreign country don't speak English--as though it is their duty to do so. Or complaining that things aren't exactly like they are back in the states (isn't that one of the reasons for going to a new place?).

Exactly. It drives me batty to see anyone from any culture fulfilling a negative stereotype. With so much human diversity, why travel if you aren't willing to see the world through another filter? I haven't always been exemplary, but I'd also like to think that some of the (few) bad examples I have seen are maybe learning from that experience and will have -- and provide -- a more enjoyable one in the future.

19. Posted by marknik456 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

hi guys Fellow Americans who act like jerks when they are overseas. For example, wondering why the locals in a particular foreign country don't speak English--as though it is their duty to do so. Or complaining that things aren't exactly like they are back in the states (isn't that one of the reasons for going to a new place?).People who think travelling means only visiting places and not also visiting people. Personally I always try to take some time to talk to the locals I meet in a country (often by visiting a local pub or store) to find out from them where to go, where to eat, their take on politics and the economy and also to discove what interesting thing I should go see or do.

mark456

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[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

20. Posted by CapPugwash (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Quoting marknik456

hi guys Fellow Americans who act like jerks when they are overseas. For example, wondering why the locals in a particular foreign country don't speak English--as though it is their duty to do so. Or complaining that things aren't exactly like they are back in the states (isn't that one of the reasons for going to a new place?).People who think travelling means only visiting places and not also visiting people. Personally I always try to take some time to talk to the locals I meet in a country (often by visiting a local pub or store) to find out from them where to go, where to eat, their take on politics and the economy and also to discove what interesting thing I should go see or do.

mark456

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It's not just you Yanks. I'm an Aussie and there are lots of insensitive Aussie yobs and bogans out there. It really makes me cring sometimes.

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