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11. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

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.

Exactly, a lot of people are just travelling to make a statement. Even those that seem to "condemn" the mere thought of doing it, they are called hypocrites. Threads like: "Are you a world traveller?" or that thing on facebook, travel adviser?

Travelling to make a statement is not always bad... If you were a History major in some third world university, you would thank God your professor made that effort to cross that border to Laos or Burma. It ain't pointless, if it has a practical value. Well, if you are German and you made the statement that when you were 21 you visited Australia, millions of other Germans can make that same statement and add FIJI and Bali to it. But if you are from a country were travelling is a privilege and a sign of education, it aint so uncool.

Or if you want to a VISA for some countries, having lots of stamps on your passport helps.

12. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

Totally pontless yet so many people want to do it just so that they can say they "travelled" all around SE Asia.

I am so guilty, I confess, I love making this statement... "I spent 6 months in Southeast Asia" I annoy myself sometimes. I just said it again this afternoon and my German friend who hates travellers, but travels, was puking blood.

What I am saying, is that there are exceptions to this idea, that travelling for the sake of making a statement. Some of us still need to come home and live in societies, that we may abhor for its ways of thinking. Some of us will need jobs and oppourtunities that statements like, "I've spent 3 months in Thailand", may compensate for not having a Ph.d in International tourism.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Sep-2009, at 07:00 by Swept Away ]

13. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting wouterrr

One must be very insecure to travel just to make a statement, especially because it costs a fortune.

ouich! I know... but what if you are making that statement to yourself, that is what I want to believe. I dont like Korea, but I need to get there for my ultimate travel statement, which is... to be stated when completed by 2011.

14. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Ofelia

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?

I agree. But I also get annoyed with people who wants to go to Indonesia and say they will skip BALI, cos its the tourist thing to do. They come back complain about Indonesia for the rest of their life... Somethings are MUST DO'S.

I am proud to say though, that I skip the TERRACOTA Warriors of Xi'an, well not that proud.

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

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting wouterrr

One must be very insecure to travel just to make a statement, especially because it costs a fortune.

ouich! I know... but what if you are making that statement to yourself, that is what I want to believe. I dont like Korea, but I need to get there for my ultimate travel statement, which is... to be stated when completed by 2011.

Korea is really nice. Why don't you like it? I live there and i think it is jolly good!!!!

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

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting bwiiian

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.

Exactly, a lot of people are just travelling to make a statement. Even those that seem to "condemn" the mere thought of doing it, they are called hypocrites. Threads like: "Are you a world traveller?" or that thing on facebook, travel adviser?

Travelling to make a statement is not always bad... If you were a History major in some third world university, you would thank God your professor made that effort to cross that border to Laos or Burma. It ain't pointless, if it has a practical value. Well, if you are German and you made the statement that when you were 21 you visited Australia, millions of other Germans can make that same statement and add FIJI and Bali to it. But if you are from a country were travelling is a privilege and a sign of education, it aint so uncool.

Or if you want to a VISA for some countries, having lots of stamps on your passport helps.

I do agree. i am talking from a western perspective, yet my wife is from asia and having stamps in your passport is a MAJOR help if you need to travel outside of asia. she is also from a third world country and so travelling out of your country is seen as a must and a very practical thing to do.
having lived most of my life in europe, and now living in asia, it certainly gives you a different perspective on travel.

17. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting wouterrr

One must be very insecure to travel just to make a statement, especially because it costs a fortune.

ouich! I know... but what if you are making that statement to yourself, that is what I want to believe. I dont like Korea, but I need to get there for my ultimate travel statement, which is... to be stated when completed by 2011.

Korea is really nice. Why don't you like it? I live there and i think it is jolly good!!!!

I live and travel in China... Korea is just another Asian country. My heart tells me to go to Russia(train) or Latin America. But my priority is to make my ultimate travel statement. So my Korean visit is very realistic, they dont charge people with my passport for the Korean Visa (Very generous) and that one good reason. But I am sure KOrea is nice, But so is North East China, which I plan to visit in Winter.

18. Posted by yyzdxb (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

I travel for the love of travel and I don’t even care about making any statement.
Even when I travel and take time off work, I never tell anybody at work where I’m going and not for any other reason except that I don’t want to make a statement (sometimes people get the wrong massage and think the person is bragging).
That’s why I come to those forums to share my experiences with people that share the same passion

19. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quite interesting that I reckon over 90% of people that do RTW trips include Asia on their route. Is this because they really want to see the continent, or because all their friends that did a RTW also, by coincidence included Asia enroute? Also out of that 90%, near on 100% of them take in Thailand. A statement possibly?

20. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

everybody has their reasons...

I went to OZ and NZ because I always wanted to do it and I was very interested in it. I threw my self in 100%. it changed me for life. I would probably still be in NZ if it were not for this recession. But there are some people that just don't understand why I went.

I went to ireland to visit friends and to squeeze in a quick vacation before starting a new job...now, while I wasn't too terribly crazy about ireland's history, weather, nightlife...I will probably go back because I am crazy about an irish girl.

recently I went up to boston for a weekend because a friend was driving there and I had nothing better to do. I pretty much went just to get out of town for a bit and say, "I've been to boston"

some times I just drive up to NY or out to AC just for the hell of it.