Guilty? of traveling just so you can say, I've been there? I am most of the time. I dont want revisit places, even if I love it and it does make me happy.
I like collecting tickets too. But once in a while, I manage to cancel trips, because the statement is just not worth it. Ultimately, it is about how we felt when we were in the destination and not what we see or what we did.
I'm travelling lately, but no new city...
world is too big and I am not that rich to re-visit good places. but if I win the lottery or sth. Iwould probably start with re-visiting barcelona and florance first.
One must be very insecure to travel just to make a statement, especially because it costs a fortune. Ofcourse you may be proud if you have been somewhere but to say that you are just travelling to make a statement, no that is just stupid. You travel because you want to see new things or to re-enjoy places you have already seen. For me there is no other reason.
I absolutely travel to "see things".
They may be sites of natural beauty, famous (or not-so-famous) landmarks- either natural or man-made, or even to "see" a different culture that I am interested in, meet people, enjoy food etc.......
That is the whole point of travel , as far as I am concerned- To go somewhere else and enjoy and appreciate what it has to offer which is different from where you came from....
This Earth is simply too small to stay home (like most of my friend do). The very best education you can get is from travel and seeing how other cultures live. Now that I'm a bit older (almost 66) I am revisiting a few favorite places. As a frustrated American I thoroughly enjoy leaving behind the troubles at home (they're endless!!!) - I'm thoroughly refreshed by foreign travel.
Getting back to the topic "Traveling just to make a statement", I feel that the number of people traveling for that purpose is extremely small - after all, people are brilliant creatures.
I think a lot of people travel just to make a statement about where they have been....I mean you only have to look at all the threads that say "I will be travelling round SE Asia for 2 weeks and i want to visit Thai, Camb, Viet and Laos". Totally pontless yet so many people want to do it just so that they can say they "travelled" all around SE Asia.
I find it especially annoying when people, whilst travelling, do things because it's a must-do/everyone's doing it/they think they'll earn cool traveller points or suchlike among other backpackers.
I've met people who've been aghast at I could go to India and not see Taj Mahal. Because, apparently, you just gotta do it. Otherwise, what's the point in going to India at all?
Similarly, I recently met 3 young guys who bragged about having done the world's highest bungy jump- as we chatted, I told them that the bungy they'd done, was, against common belief, not the highest in the world, they got very defensive, and said that really, it wouldn't matter, because that's how they'd keep on telling the story. They obviously were not interested in doing a bungy, but only being able to say, "I've done the highest one in the world!"
When I was a child, I was very proud the day I could bath myself. As I grew older, I accomplished other things and went other places. Nothing wrong with that.
Yes, it is a statement. I've grown. I don't have a problem with making that statement. Sometimes it is very much a challenge to myself. You need that once in a while.
What happened to travelling just to travel? Who cares if you go back to the same place over and over again--or see something new every time? It's your trip, your money, your business.
Totally pontless yet so many people want to do it just so that they can say they "travelled" all around SE Asia.
My internet is severely slow today. So posted the same thing 3 times.
[ Edit: Edited on 04-Sep-2009, at 06:46 by Swept Away ]