Sometimes when I've been traveling by myself, particularly in a country where I don't speak the official language, I can feel invisible. There you are in X country in a park and no one seems to notice meanwhile your friends and family back in home-country continue on without you. I'm not saying this is exclusively how I feel when I travel or that I never have social interactions, but I was curious if you ever feel invisible or like ghost when you're traveling? How so? How does it make you feel, positive or negative or neutral?
Thanks for sharing fellow travelers!
Is this a question that you (Tess Malijenovsky) are interested in personally, or is this a question from the company you represent from which various people post on these forums under this one username?
From Twitter, the company you represent seems to be ramping up to a launch, so I'm wondering if the different people who post under this username are doing it for themselves or trying to increase awareness of your company which is soon to release their website? If it is that, then it would seem to be that this username has been set up to be promotional - however I'll let you (or whoever else from the company) reply to these questions.
[ Edit: Edited on 06-Mar-2013, at 09:13 by mojorob ]
This is one traveler (tess) reaching out to other travelers, wondering if other travelers have had a similar experience in their travels.
The various writers under the one username are all writing of their own free volition just as anybody else. We never thought it would be offensive to reach out as a group in the beginning, but since it apparently is for you we'll be more than happy to transition to Nate using the Wanderled account and everyone else getting their own personal username.
The only thing this thread is promoting is a conversation. Thanks for your concern mojorob.
I rather like the question.. But I do have that nagging suspicious feeling towards company profiles... But since I never bring home or collect artisan goods (take only memories, right ) I'd figure I'll survive... As long as I'm not suddenly finding myself quoted in weird places, hehe...
I like the term too, by the way: Ghost Traveller
I usually travel where I don't speak the languishes - official or unofficial - and I find that it gives me some pleasant possibilities of maneuvering around in the sense of which traveller I want to be at any given moment. Do I feel like observing the action, as a ghost, or try to participate in daily life?
In the first case: Do nothing, with the exception of learn back, reach for the nearest refreshment and enjoy life unfold before your eyes.
Wanting to participate?
There's plenty of tricks.. A few words go far... The name of your country in the local languish is god to point out your status as a visitor, but stuff can be done with body- and sign languish...
If you're in a public place, like a park, asking about, stuff you already know like: directions (e.g. pointing to sights on postcards), good places to eat or to read a book, or just be curious about why they are feeding the birds are good starts... I many places of the world people will gladly show you the way and follow you there, giving time for more, Tarzan & Jane-conversations of pointing and one-word sentences. It might not be sophisticated, but you can get incredible far with a little imagination.
In confined spaces (I'm currently riding the Trans-Siberian) practicing from a phase book, asking my bunk mate about pronunciations (can again be illustrated without speaking the same languish) I find as a good icebreaker...
And that is mostly what it is about.. Plenty of people(s) like guests and treat them with great hospitality.. So as soon as you manage to break the ice, you break that curtain of invisibility...
With concern to family and friends continuing the same old routines, that's very often why I'm leaving in the first place