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31. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 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.

Agree with you 100%. So many call it a RTW trip, but they don't touch Africa or South America 99% of the time and coincidentally, nearly everyone does the same destinations in Asia.. India, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos etc.
Am I the only person on Travellerspoint that has been to Japan?

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

Quoting BedouinLeo

[quote=bwiiian]
Am I the only person on Travellerspoint that has been to Japan?

I have been to Tokyo, Gunma, Yokohama, Kamakura, and Chiba. That is one statement I never get tired of making. If I didn't loose my little pamplet in Yokohama, I could have made to Hakone and Narra.

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

I will be getting a new stamp or maybe visa on my passport in a few weeks... But I can't decide where to go.

I may have to revisit cities I have already visited more than 3 times, like KUALA LUMPUR, to get a stamp from Indonesia, just so I can say I have been to one of its 14,000 islands. Flying to KL is probably cheaper than boarding trains in Indo China. Its so cheap, that is why the KL option just made on my list today.

If only I dont need a VISA to Australia, I wont even think twice about this KL option.

34. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

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.

Agree with you 100%. So many call it a RTW trip, but they don't touch Africa or South America 99% of the time and coincidentally, nearly everyone does the same destinations in Asia.. India, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos etc.
Am I the only person on Travellerspoint that has been to Japan?

True. It is not so hard to travel through Thailand, Cambodja, Vietnam and Laos in say a month. Indeed these are four countries but the total area is just slightly bigger than north-India. Calling it a RTW is silly and you make a big mistake by saying that you have been travelling all round south-east Asia if you have just travelled this area, Indonesia will take months to travel through properly.

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

Quoting wouterrr

[quote=BedouinLeo][quote=bwiiian]
True. It is not so hard to travel through Thailand, Cambodja, Vietnam and Laos in say a month. Indeed these are four countries but the total area is just slightly bigger than north-India. Calling it a RTW is silly and

you make a big mistake by saying that you have been travelling all round south-east Asia if you have just travelled this area, Indonesia will take months to travel through properly.

Its not hard to travel for anyone who has lots of money, credit cards, and FLIGHT bookings. Its just a few clicks on some websites and bookings are made, instantly... But some people would have to bank on luck in finding that 1 dollar hostel in Siem Reap, the 3-4 dollar room in Phnompehn, and a prayer, when they are lucky enough to find a 100 baht room in Bangkok and 70 Baht in Chiangmai, it better not be occupied. Some people just stay for 2 days in Laos, and a 1 day in other countries...So what if they had a three day package tour in Bali. I have friends who buy package tours, the 2 day/3nights deal... its convenient...

Well, I have not been to Indonesia, so I am remorseful. I was in Penang and Melacca, I should have taken the ferry. But I rationalize stuff, I though travelling just to make a statement is bull. But now I can not say I have to the 10 southeast Asian countries. I also came very close to Brunei, but I opted to stay in Malaysian soil.

36. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 107 posts) 6y

Ah, this is the exact thing that the Facebook revolution is doing right now isn't it? It's the "Please gawk at my wonderful life and be envious" show. In our parents' day, the phrase was more widely known as keeping up with the Joneses. Now it's who has the better travel story, the better bargain, stayed in the out of this world beach huts etc etc... The ones who travel to make a statement have been around for YEARS, honey.

37. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting SuperBrat

Ah, this is the exact thing that the Facebook revolution is doing right now isn't it? It's the "Please gawk at my wonderful life and be envious" show. In our parents' day, the phrase was more widely known as keeping up with the Joneses. Now it's who has the better travel story, the better bargain, stayed in the out of this world beach huts etc etc... The ones who travel to make a statement have been around for YEARS, honey.

The good news is we are NOT mandated by law to read or view what people post on facebook. So is that why its banned in China, people get envious?

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Jan-2010, at 13:37 by Swept Away ]

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39. Posted by bsnodgrass (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y

I travel to say I've been there, why not? Other people show off their gadgets, kids, career, why can't I show off my travel? Travel is my passion and it is hard to keep something like that contained. I do like to travel to new places as often as possible, but I find it difficult to be so close to place you love and not stop by. Money does suck, so I always end up cramming in as much as possible in a short amount of time. At least I get a feel for the place and whether or not a return visit has potential. I don't see anything wrong with seeing famous monuments. The reason many of them are famous are because they are highly valued for one reason or another. If I'm in India, then yes I will see the Taj Mahal, but I will not go to India merely to see the Taj Mahal!

Oh and can I just say that getting stamps on my passport is awesome, it's like a record of all the places you've been. I am sad to have to renew it in the upcoming year, I had hoped it would be filled more.

40. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting bsnodgrass

I travel to say I've been there, why not? Other people show off their gadgets, kids, career, why can't I show off my travel?

This is what I tell myself, when I think about getting a new camera or laptop. A new camera or a new train ticket or stamp?