What's the most disappointing thing about travelling?

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21. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

General lack of sensitivity to the culture one is visiting. Whether it is what you are wearing (or not wearing...) or how you speak to/interact with the people in a given place, I think it is the traveler's job to find out what is appropriate. We all make mistakes, but being intentionally ethnocentric should warrant having your passport voided.

22. Posted by vickon (Budding Member 50 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Quoting DoA

Hi guys,

Just had a thought while I've been chatting to people I met travelling, on Facebook.

Personally the most depressing thing about travelling, for me, is knowing that the vast majority of people you meet, you'll never get to see again....

What's the most annoying / disappointing / depressing thing about travelling for you?

This way we can all hopefully learn to apprechiate what we've got & what we're experiencing when we're actually travelling!


ps. you can't say ... coming home / running out of money etc.

Be happy that you ve been able to meet all these people...and of course for the reason that they met you...Its really great if you just think about it. When i am returning from a travel i m thinking of all the people i met and i always have a big smile...

23. Posted by arlena (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

What do I find disappointing? Not much really and I've been travelling the world for about 35 years in lots of ways. By yacht , train, bus, motorcycle, plane. Someone once sang "expectation can rob the joy from you". So, I expect very little wherever I go and am more often than not pleasantly surprised about something.... or all. ( Even horrible Teneriffe I discovered had a nice offshore island to ferry to)
Now I'm in China and sure, the spitting aggravates, the lack of youtube and facebook irritates , the politics confound, but the more I explore , the more the country provides a constant source of delight. and when I meet other travellers who say "oh Beijing disappointed me" or "Tiger leaping Gorge was boring"......I get a tad disappointed ....in them for being jaded.
However.......I do indeed get disappointed when someone ( on occasion even another traveller) steals from me. That pisses me off - never mind disappoints!

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Aug-2009, at 01:43 by arlena ]

24. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Always a sad thing - and a sense of betrayal if you were friendly to them.

Still - we just move on I suppose.

25. Posted by girgola (Inactive 15 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

the worst thing? the end of the trip.
but, as someone told me once, the end of a trip is the beginning of another one :)

26. Posted by scoobygirl (Inactive 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I agree with people who say that its great to travel as you meet so many new people and get to knw their culture, food etc.... Its's no nice.......as just being in a diff. city and leading this life of working and then coming back home is so normal.... Travelling and meeting so many people shows you a picture which being at home we can't experience or even imagine.

MY personal exp is really good. I visited a village in 2005 about which i have written in my profile also.
I am still in touch with those people.....They write letters to me and its only because of them that i am still in the habit of writing letters....I am in regular touch with them. It feels great....... :)

27. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The most annoying/disappointing/depressing thing IMHO is plane travel & airports... :(

28. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5778 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Quoting joffre

The most annoying/disappointing/depressing thing IMHO is plane travel & airports... :(

I forgot that, but couldn't agree more!

29. Posted by Macintosh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

For me, it would be leaving the destination for the trip.

30. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Quoting CapPugwash

Quoting marknik456

hi guys Fellow Americans who act like jerks when they are overseas. For example, wondering why the locals in a particular foreign country don't speak English--as though it is their duty to do so. Or complaining that things aren't exactly like they are back in the states (isn't that one of the reasons for going to a new place?).People who think travelling means only visiting places and not also visiting people. Personally I always try to take some time to talk to the locals I meet in a country (often by visiting a local pub or store) to find out from them where to go, where to eat, their take on politics and the economy and also to discove what interesting thing I should go see or do.



It's not just you Yanks. I'm an Aussie and there are lots of insensitive Aussie yobs and bogans out there. It really makes me cring sometimes.

Here, here! It's so dissapointing to see a fellow countryman/woman behaving appaulingly abroad... I love where I come from and it's really sad to think that a few irresponsible idiots can leave others with a bad impression about all of us.

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