Are we all ultimately going West?

Travel Forums General Talk Are we all ultimately going West?

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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

No, I was pretty much just talking about people going west

Feel free to extrapolate though! It's interesting reading what everyone comes up with.

12. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

For me my compass is set to "home" - i try to travel towards home (which is usually east/south) whenever i can - ie fly to furthest point and make my way home overland as much as possible...

13. Posted by sirwhale (Full Member 84 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I too have gone west to Chile, but i thought i was doing the opposite of the hordes that go to Thailand. Also, being from Manchester, west isn't the ideal direction locally.

14. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3549 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I drive East every morning to get to work; lm going West in Nov to New York and South in Jan to South Africa.

15. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I seem to buck any trend (if there is such a thing) of heading west. Back when I lived in Toronto, Canada, most of my international trips (i.e. not to Canada or the USA) were heading east or south. The only trip I took westbound was to Japan. Everything else was eastward - Europe, Africa, the trans-continental Paris to China by train was east bound. Even within those trips, it was mostly eastward. From London to Amsterdam, from Paris to Hong Kong, from Arusha to Zanzibar.

Then my "big" trip, which isn't really a trip at all, but moving abroad was eastbound from North America to the UK. And now that I live on the eastern part of Europe, I have a feeling I'll be heading east a lot more.

Though really, when I think about, most of my trips have been southbound for the most part.

Perhaps there is really no pattern...

16. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I think when doing our RTW we headed west because it would mean that we would end up in Asia, which would mean that the little money that we had left after USA-Pacific Islands-New Zealand-Australia would go a long way. And we only had a little money left. And it did go a long way. So I think that was the right way, for us.

17. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Great topic, Ev! I thought about it for a while and realised that when I first head off travelling from home I go both east or west but once I arrive in a certain destination most of the time I like the west of the country the best. Many places I've been to so far have a west and an east coast (Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, U.S., Thailand) and it had something special about it. Most of the time it was a lot less touristy than the east, less people, and somehow seemed more rugged and raw. It mind sound funny but when I travelled to these places I had the sense of embarking on an adventure and I've spend many times on west coast beaches reflecting about my life. More than anywhere else. Maybe it really is the frontier character (go there and start something new) that makes it so special. Or at least that's what it is to me ;).

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19. Posted by LuisDafos (Full Member 15 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Well, to me traveling always meant going east...freedom, joy... I love Asia and from Spain, Asia is to the east. The east is my mythical land. I know about the west for irish or americans, but is never been my myth.
Anyway, Jim Morrison said "the west is the best..." but I never knew why...

20. Posted by LuisDafos (Full Member 15 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

By the way, you might be interested in doing a search for "The Coriolis Effect"...I just love it... Here is a bit from the wikipedia article :" Perhaps the most commonly encountered rotating reference frame is the Earth. Freely moving objects on the surface of the Earth experience a Coriolis force, and appear to veer to the right in the northern hemisphere, and to the left in the southern." My TP blog (which didn´t go very far) is named after it and there´s also my 2 cents contribution to the subject in my profile page...

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