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

Quoting BedouinLeo

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?

RTW trip that skips Bangkok, is a no no... I just convinced my friend to quit his plan to visit India. He is the type who hate tourist, but has gone to Fiji and places were Germans converge, "down under". He and my other friends think that they love India... I know that as much as they choose to DENY it, they just want the STATEMENT. They will hate India like my English friends who didn't appreciate India. I am just surprised why they see shocked by things. Its India and I thought they are everywhere in the UK. No offence in that statement, coz I do Love India, and I wont be dissapointed if I ever make it there, coz I am not looking for a Singapore or Taiwan, if I make it there.

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

Quoting Cool Paul

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

If its just my backyard, I'll just get there for a Starbucks. But if its like a totally different city or state, I guess I want my statement. I visited two cities recently, and I feel so guilty, coz I made no new statement. But I got the train tickets for my collection. I took the bus the other times I visited those cities, and no I am not in American soil.

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

I am thinking about going to Mongolia in October just to make a statement, that I have to the center of the world. Then I'll rush back to civilization.

24. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Wow. Good for you.

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

Quoting Swept Away

I am thinking about going to Mongolia in October just to make a statement, that I have to the center of the world. Then I'll rush back to civilization.

I've been to Mongolia twice. World's largest landlocked country. Oh and your statement about rushing back to civilization, I have to say leaving Mongolia was leaving civilization as I liked it. Ulaanbaatar, the capital is only quite small with around 3/4million people but one of the most cultural cities I have ever been too. I'd go back this afternoon for a month, despite winter closing in. Incredibly friendly people. Just so welcoming. The scenery out in the country is wonderful.

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

I know exactly what you mean that some people do seem to travel just to make the statement that they have been there. We have overheard so many conversations which have been along the lines of a tick-list of done that, seen that and we have also heard people saying they have been to a particular sight just to say they have been. I think SE Asia is especially like this with the tick list Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and there is a type of sheep mentality (I don't want to offend anyone here) with a lot of travellers missing both Vietnam and Malaysia off their 'travel list' because so-and-so said it wasn't worth it because Thailand is THE place to visit...such a shame that some great countries in the world are less visited because everyone follows the same route.

If we don't like the look of a place or a sight/ruin we don't go there, what's the point just to tick an imaginary must do list if you aren't interested in it? When we first booked our round the world ticket we went for a consult with STA and the agent we got just continually told us we were crazy because we weren't going to Australia, how we should go to Australia because everyone does Australia...we said well not everyone because we aren't! We ended up putting a complaint in about him because he just wouldn't listen to us!

Sweptaway...don't discourage your friends from going to India, I never thought I would like India but it has turned out to be one of my favourite countries it's a wonderful place. I think it's important for people to travel to places they are interested in because they want to, because they have the love of travelling rather than people telling them they should see a country...then if you don't like it at least you have experienced the country to be able to say that!

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

Quoting loubylou

Sweptaway...don't discourage your friends from going to India, I never thought I would like India but it has turned out to be one of my favourite countries it's a wonderful place.!

My friends are dellusional about their "Culture Vulture" self portrait. They are young Euro Kids with credit cards. They hated Indonesia, would hate Vietnam and will definitely hate India. They don't like Touristic places and want the off beaten track... they hate talking to European travellers and they think they are cooler than the average tourist. But they are not that bad, but India is not for those kids, or I am just envious.

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

I have to admit, that there are times when I'm having a Saturday night in with friends and we start talking about our travels (never a dull moment), I go on about the places I really don't like and it does discourage some of them from going to there.
I really shouldn't do it, but I take things so personally in certain countries when I'm short changed or people try to get the better of me, that I always want to let others be aware.
Yes I know that it isn't the same for everyone, equally the experiences of two visits to one country can be in total contrast to each other. I'm just as eager to show people pictures of the good times, so why not warn them of the nasty bits as well ? And it applies to just about everywhere on the planet, doesn't it ? For example I have had some all night and next day wonderful times in the USA. Other trips to the same regions have been just awful. So I guess two or three trips to a country that you haven't been to before, can change your opinion of it in either direction.
PS.. I hate tourist info films. The narrators always sound like they're selling insurance in a telesales office.

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

Quoting BedouinLeo

Yes I know that it isn't the same for everyone, equally the experiences of two visits to one country can be in total contrast to each other.

I'm not a big fan of Vietnam, but I tell everyone not to miss it, if they are in Laos or Cambodia. Asians are nice to me everywhere (I am Asian...) but people from my country would warn me about how the locals are rude and blah blah blah....
I found people in Tokyo, Shanghai and Macau, okay (helpful, polite, friendly), so I guess I will be fine anywhere in Asia.
So I know its not going to be the same for everyone. But I do wish them luck in places like Vietnam.