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31. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 7y

Aside from some of the things already mentioned, for me one of the most dissapointing things I've encountered when travelling is coming across such large quantities of garbage in many remote, previously pristine places.

I'm an outdoors person who just adores being out in the wilderness (hiking, biking, rafting or anything else) and it breaks my heart to see such amazing landscapes covered in plastic bottles, coke cans and other garbage. What I think I also find distressing is often having to watch the locals (and sadly often the tourists as well) demonstrate such a blatent disregard for the consequences of tossing garbage into the forest/ocean/river. Not only is it spoiling the wilderness, it's sad to think that because of the future environmental impact, the local people who often depend heavily on the revenue generated by tourists wanting to see the landscape are effectively destroying the very thing that provides their livelyhood.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Aug-2009, at 02:09 by KoalaGirl ]

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

Three things have depressed me while I was travelling:

1) After flying 2/3 of the way across Canada, from Toronto to Vancouver (3 hours), I went to stay at a house in the suburbs, but it looked identical to suburban Toronto- with the same style houses, same chain stores, same fast food restaurants. If it weren't for the mountains in the background, I wouldn't have known it was a different city. And I see that trend of homogenization wherever I go.

2) Visiting beautiful, remote Lake Baikal in Siberia, I was disappointed to see trash and graffiti everywhere- such an amazing and spiritual place, and people have to spoil it.

3) Sitting by the riverfront in Singapore, at twilight, with all the lights of the city behind me, enjoying a fine dinner (and a cool Tiger beer) and thinking: this would be perfect, if I just had someone to share it with.

33. Posted by Acer02 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I've been to one of the Arabic speaking countries, and my travel there was a shocker. The woman manning the washroom at the airport when I arrived was asking me for some money. When I visited the museum, the tour guide never left my side unless I gave him more money. When I went downtown and ordered my lunch at a hamburger joint, the sales clerk tried to dupe me with my change! Woooh. Well, I'll just charge these to experience.
Acer02

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

34. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

No doubt from me. The thing I always get disappointed about are other travelers.

The type that can't be bothered to say hello as you walk down a street. As if they are disgusted that there are other travelers in the same place they are.

Locals that say hello, and then ask for money don't bother me at all. I'd do the same if I saw arrogant travelers wielding cameras and clothes beyond my means for decades to come!

After 5 years of travel, the change in backpacking is quite horrendous lately. First time travelers lounging about in hostel common rooms watching movies and drinking beer while waiting for the next tour bus ... a sad state of affairs.

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36. Posted by James1985 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

you get muppet travellers from everywhere not just usa and australia. The Uk has its fair share of them. i hate what i call mega travellers. People who feel the need to tell everyone what experience to have, where to go, when to go, how to do it. If you have done it, then theyve done it better or cheaper.

37. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Not having a toaster.

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

Quoting TLWH

No doubt from me. The thing I always get disappointed about are other travelers.

The type that can't be bothered to say hello as you walk down a street. As if they are disgusted that there are other travelers in the same place they are.

Locals that say hello, and then ask for money don't bother me at all. I'd do the same if I saw arrogant travelers wielding cameras and clothes beyond my means for decades to come!

After 5 years of travel, the change in backpacking is quite horrendous lately. First time travelers lounging about in hostel common rooms watching movies and drinking beer while waiting for the next tour bus ... a sad state of affairs.

Oh my...we have been having this experience so much more recently too TLWH.

When we first left the UK travelling 3 years ago we met loads of people - it has been gradually changing though and we've been mentioning this issue more and more on our blog as people just seem to be getting more and more unfriendly.

Just last week in Kota Kinabalu we lost count of how many times we said hello to fellow travellers just to be completely ignored or to get a look in return as if we were a piece of dirt on the bottom of their shoe. It's just so rude and it's really beginning to annoy us...I mean how hard is it to say hello back to someone? We are making an effort as a couple (we know couples can seem intimidating to some people) to be friendly and open to other travellers in the hostels we are staying in and to say we are having this friendliness thrown back in our face is an understatement!

40. Posted by Cholpon (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Travel regulations are changing just as fast as the world is. Milking every cent out of travelers is just one way airlines can pick themselves back up.