Utrecht. I have been to six of the places above #150 on the list, as well as places in India, China and Indonesia years ago where westerners hardly ever visited, but what do people go to such places for?
Going to off the beaten track places can be expensive, as I found out with Brunei and New Caledonia years ago and there is often very little there.
I have to admit to preferring some comfort nowadays to new stamps on my passport.
Wow, do you really ask me the question why people go to certain places? Especially after telling that you have been to six of them yourself as well? I don't think a traveller should ask why people go where they go, don't you think that's a bit strange? You are a traveller as well aren't you?
Sorry you haven't found yourself, but travelling is not only about arriving and seeing the most magnificent things. It's also about the travelling itself, exploring and maybe find out that you think a certain country or region or city is not as nice as another one. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You make travelling sound like science.
I travel to places because of my interest, visiting new countries and sometimes going back to countries or parts of countries. Basically because those countries are there. The travelling itself is sometimes better than only admiring that great temple, landscape, city or people.
True, especially (sub)polar region and quite a few islands are expensive to get to and although you can weigh factors and make it an objective science, nothing beats feeling and the subjective side of travelling: exotic names, travelling to deserted islands, crossing deserts which seem monotonous for hundreds of kilometres....just great.
I guess everyone experiences things differently....and that is only a good thing I think. Imagine that we would all visit the top 100 of those countries and totally not the other 100 or so....what crowds would that mean
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Utrecht. I have noted over decades that pretty much everywhere is the same. Countryside is the same the world over as are deserts, mountains, rivers, jungles, poor towns and poor peoples. The surface looks different but that is all.
It's like watching a hundred football matches. You'll see a hundred different games but basically they are all the same in that they are 22 men, a ball, two goals and a referee.
I have said to people; "Why bother going all the way from Europe to the South Island of NZ for scenery when Norway is at least as good if not better. And how many go there?
If I want peace and quiet, I live in rural France and if I do not leave my overgrown four acres, I don't see anyone or hear anything but birds. I don't have to travel a long and boring journey (nothing nice about planes, trains, coaches or car travel these days) at great expense to the middle of nowhere to find it.
The list surprises me...if I'm honest. I'm assuming the list is simply foreign people who go there rather than tourists specifically? I'd expect places like Afghanistan to be on there, doubt they get many tourists...lots of soldiers though.
A lot of the very poor countries I guess have aid workers regularly that might boost the numbers. Even so, I'm still surprised by the list.
I've been to Moldova and even went to Transdnister, even if I can't spell it. I can safely say that it was easily the weirdest place I've ever been...but very rewarding as a travel experience. I like going away from the tourist hoards. It's nice to have photographs that don't contain other people taking photographs...
I haven't been to any on the list unfortunately, but I have a close friend from Bhutan and have heard so many amazing things about the country, the people and the culture, which he speaks about so passionately. I am also very interested in their Gross National Happiness. So visiting Bhutan would be my top pick of that list!
Yeah, these are really very rare. I haven't even heard about the rest myself. Do you think it's safe to go there? Like... are there enough people to say that you're safe? Because, maybe, a trip there would be cheaper since not all people have discovered the place yet.