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

I don't care how or by who I am stereotyped. At least once you are given a label, then you're more likely to be left alone to your own devices & interests.

62. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Left to my own devices.... an old Pet Shop Boy song!

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

What sort of devices do they have in the old pet shop?

64. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

I'd rather see us try and be about inclusion. I prefer to think in terms of who I would want to talk to about travel. Who, if you will, would be welcome to post here on travellerspoint.

Wow - excellent point. If a first-time poster came on and said "Hey, me and the wife want to visit Thailand but we want to stay in four-star hotels, as we're accustomed to, and we only want to visit places where people will be likely to speak English. Oh, and we don't like 'foreign' food, it upsets our stomachs, so local McDonald's addresses would be helpful."

I think we'd (me included) be all over them. Yet, they have every right to travel/tour as they see fit, don't they? We just assume they won't get a "full" experience, and are missing the whole point of travelling. However, they will nonetheless learn something, stimulate the economy, broaden their horizons, etc. etc.

Do we have a right to label them travel snobs, or would we be the snobs for imposing a label?

65. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4833 posts) 11y

I don't think we'd ever get to ponder that question. We'd simply - and quite truthfully - have to tell them that we don't know the answers to those questions.

  • looks around shiftily* ...unless any of you here can recommend a good four star hotel in Thailand? No specific reason that I'm asking... Just curious, 's all... Honest!
66. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

pssssssssst Sander? Someone just passed me a note in study hall....You didn't get this from me ;)
http://www.thailand.4_stars_hotels.inn26.com/

and this too...shhhhhhhhhhhh
http://www.2bangkok.com/mcdonalds.shtml

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

I've cut through a couple and walked past other four star hotels in Thailand and other parts of the world. They tend to stand out. So do McDonalds, which I've seen a lot of backpackers & "travellers" frequent

68. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4833 posts) 11y
  • frowns most sternly at Cupcake*

Give me some warning next time you make a post like that, will you? I almost choked from laughter just now! :)

69. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

I've cut through a couple and walked past other four star hotels in Thailand and other parts of the world. They tend to stand out. So do McDonalds, which I've seen a lot of backpackers & "travellers" frequent

The only hotel in Montreal I can tell you the ins-and-outs of is the four-star Intercontinental Hotel. I worked there for 6 years, so if anyone on TP was interested in four-star accommodation, I could tell them more about the IH than any hostel here.

I'm sure there are travellers on TP who also like to stay in such places - on occassion or regularly - so they, I'm sure, could also help our "travel snob" couple.

Hmm... Isa, this debate is getting ever-more interesting!

70. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Isn't it though!!! ;)

(Ah, about the Intercontinental... Sept. is creeping up slowly...)
(Where's the Ninja face when you really need it... Oh Sander...)

Chances are the couple "visiting Thailand" would not post that much information as first-timers. Thus, they would (possibly) "have everyone all over them". And, depending on the responses they received, may not come back to explain their reasonings behind their requests. It would create a lose-lose situation: they don't get the information they really want/need, and we don't have a chance to meet someone new who could be of help to us in the future.

Not only has the tourist/traveller issue been addressed here, but it has also brought up the "snob" issue. I find that quite interesting indeed. I know this thread is definitely going to keep raising more questions.