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11. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Wow, I am surprised too. I remember the Queen of Jordan coming few times to America and doing a bunch of PR (and humanitarian awareness) work in the US while I am sure she was also promoting tourism in her country. So, where did you get that info from?

Anne, I got to meet her and King Hussain at Mayo in Rochester! It was while he was undergoing chemotherapy. They were so polite and so kind..it was only a 10 minute conversation and they were surrounded by hmm..what would you call them? Their secert service guys? bodyguards? Whatever they were...they were very kind too...even the King had to wait in a hallway with his backless gown on;)

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

Wow, I guess I forgot to add, "Queen of Jordan was here for King's cancer treatment". She is sooooo beatiful and so gentle when she speaks. That must have been such an experience.

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

Just thinking about that American increase, maybe it's not so surprising. I bet hardly any Americans went post 9/11. So a 45% increase still might mean not many Americans visited. Just a small number could have been a big increase.

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

That is true also. Statistics can be deceiving some times. You should see how many people didnt want to travel at all after 9/11. Staying in the US was for most just safer. I went to few places abroad in 2002 (did the Inka Trail hike then) and everybody was so worried about going out of the country. They would say..."be sure to hide your passport", "dont tell anyone where you are coming from"...I mean, come on!!!

15. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

...[snip]... and everybody was so worried about going out of the country. They would say..."be sure to hide your passport", "dont tell anyone where you are coming from"...I mean, come on!!!

People who don't travel always seem advise that type of thing - "I wouldn't go there if I was you. I heard blah blah blah happened to so and so..."

Planning our RTW (leaving in May) we've had plenty of people tell us to be careful of certain places... not that they'd even been there themselves. They probably think they are giving us some good advise but geeeeezzzzzzzz... do they really think I'm going to deliberately put my life in danger?

Example: my mum keeps going on about the Melbourne guy who is missing in Cuba (I think it's Cuba). So Mum automatically puts Cuba on the "Don't Go There" list. Then Mum didn't want us travelling through Cambodia - a hang up from it's history which we all know is over already! Now my sis is planning a trip to South America early 2006 and mum is freaking out about that. She's never been to any of these countries and all the info she gets is from the news. Bah!!! She drives me crazy with her "What if's."

Anyhoo... I wouldn't go by myself (I'm female) to: India, Columbia, the Middle East, parts of Africa. But I AM going to India (for 3 months maybe) at the end of this year with my boy.

16. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I'd really like to go to Israel... But not now obviously, I'll wait a few year until the situation gets better over there...

17. Posted by zoeitm (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y

i would preety much go anywhere, as long as it's going....

18. Posted by zoeitm (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y

i heard that if you prove you are jewish(which can be a logn process...) then you can go to israel for free.
sign me up!

19. Posted by hasip (Full Member 24 posts) 11y

so many snobs in monte carlo :(

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

Quoting noemagosa

I'd really like to go to Israel... But not now obviously, I'll wait a few year until the situation gets better over there...

Does the situation ever really get better ?