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11. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

I think it's very difficult when people don't think in the same way as you do for them to understand your point of view and vice versa. This is where perceived criticism comes from.

For example, with the travelling issue - both my boyfriend's and my own family think we are mad for travelling like we do and ask how we can go to Thailand 'so soon' after the tsunami and are convinced something bad is going to happen to us. They constantly question why we want to travel and just can't understand our reasons for doing it

In the same respect we can't understand how they are happy having one two week package holiday a year to Turkey, but I suppose I DO understand it's about comfort zones and when people do something which is beyond our own comfort zones, it's only natural to question why they want to do it I suppose it's how the question is put!

I don't know how many times (before finding TP!) I turned to my boyfriend and asked him if we were strange for wanting to travel. I have now come to accept that whatever people say we should do what makes us happy! Self doubt is one of my weaknesses I think and I am doing my best to not let people's criticism affect me!

Donna

12. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting loubylou

"...I don't know how many times (before finding TP!) I turned to my boyfriend and asked him if we were strange for wanting to travel..."

You're not strange at all, loubylou

13. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 11y

well I know that now Wocca...but for a while I had doubts about my sanity when people gave me that strange 'are you off your rocker look?' when I told them about travelling!

14. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting loubylou

well I know that now Wocca...but for a while I had doubts about my sanity when people gave me that strange 'are you off your rocker look?' when I told them about travelling!

And I think that's why we are all here gathering in TP...possibly every single one of us got the "are you off the rocker look" at one point or another. I just told some friends that I bought my ticket to Thailand a week after the tsunami (as if a tsunami will put a damper on my plans, yeah right!) and I get that look I know all too well...the thing that gets me every time is that no one can tell them anything about the countries (geographic location, social tendencies, economic/political situation, religion, etc etc) but yet, they are all quick to critize or generalize third world countries as a danger to any westerner that comes to visit.

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Is Thailand a third world country?

16. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Do we still have third world countries. I thought in these poilitically correct days we have developed and developing nations

17. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Is Thailand a third world country?

I actually dont know that (and right now I dont have a chance to find out, but I will) but the "off the rocker look" was related to the tsunami hitting the country as supposed to going to a third world country itself. I do get the "off the rocker look" when I tell them I am going to places like Cambodia and Vietnam...they are definitely third world...er, developing nations, sorry daveh.

18. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Is Thailand a third world country?

To answer you question, yes...Thailand is still considered a third world country along with China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Indonesya, Malasya, Nepal etc etc etc.

19. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Wait 'til you see Cambodia. Be sure to take in the Genocide Museum in Pnom Penh

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