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Postby Sevenfeet » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:16 am

In my view, many Americans have a poor, often simplistic and incomplete view of other parts of the world mainly because they've never stepped far past their own door. Only by seeing the world and engaging with its people's will you ever come close to understanding the conflicts and challenges of this world.
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Postby djrez4 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:19 am

MemberSince99 wrote:That's kinda mean. All he did was give his opinion. You may not agree with it but it's how he feels. I don't think we can sum up the residents of an entire state, especially one the size of Texas, by how one person living there feels in any case. I have actually lived there, 18 months of my life, and it was different in many ways than I would have expected, a few bad, most of them good.


You're right. That was mean.

It demonstrated a closed-mindedness about a group of people from another place and an unwillingness to open my mind to them. Which is the exact point.

If one doesn't like - or is afraid of - leaving home, that's one thing. But, mdl28 is the person about which Mark Twain was writing.
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Postby dickey1331 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:58 pm

I was born and raised in Texas and I love traveling. Part of the reason why I joined the military. The only problem is going overseas is expensive.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:38 pm

You will laugh, I sure did, but the last chick I dated worked at the booth in the airport, and she said a woman came up wanting to know where International was, because she needed to buy a ticket to Texas. Apparently she thought it's the Republic of Texas a foreign country. Last we knew Texas hadn't seceeded yet, so we got a good laugh out of that!

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Postby Bksuper » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:14 am

I see the cultural/personal developments benefit to travel. For personal tourist vacations, the cost usually outweighs the benefits and I'd rather use entertainment dollars on other things. Depending on your job and employer, you may be able to get employer sponsored trips for business where you can see the places in question if you happen to be sent there. My parents take me on some of their trips for tourism, but they're paying. I couldn't see doing it myself outside of business trips. The only time I'd consider traveling on my own dime would be for a family emergency or important gathering, or for some sort of convention I wanted to attend that was elsewhere and had value besides sightseeing to me. I still want a travel CC at some point because I plan on going into business/marketing after school, which means I probably will be doing some employer reimbursed business travel.
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Postby jojo » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:49 pm

I LOVE going to new cities where I don't know anyone and have no firm plans. For me, I enjoy the thrill of experiencing something new for the first time. I usually do a search of a city to find culturally important sites to see. For local advice, I've always had luck by chatting up people in the airport bar and the local bars. You show them some courtesy and excitement about their home city and they'll dump a load of valuable non-turista info on you. I can usually spot a tourist trap tour or shop a mile away so I just smile and walk away from those.

As for Beijing, most of those places you listed are culturally important to the locals and a must see for the tourists. The vendors peddling tour books and trinkets outside these sites don't make the site a tourist trap; they're just trying to make a quick buck. Say no thank you, walk away, and only take the experience with you. In the end, the experience is all that matters.

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Postby rohnin » Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:43 pm

When I travel I can be someone other than myself and meet lots of interesting people. I do it often

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Postby HookEmHorns » Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:53 pm

djrez4 wrote:Why do I not find it odd that you're from Texas?

I'm ok with you staying there. The rest of the world doesn't need to meet another Texan.


How is this statement any less ignorant than the one mdl28 made? Maybe you should turn your tv off and check out Dallas, Austin and Houston so you're able to form a more educated, fact based opinion on the state. Guarantee you, if I dropped you off in the middle of Dallas and you didn't know where you were, you would confuse it with any other major city in the country. We get a bad rep in the media, but it's not bad!
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Postby HookEmHorns » Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:02 am

agp wrote:I don't understand the appeal of traveling somewhere with a significant other, friend, or family, or whoever, when you know nothing about the place and don't know any locals who can show you around. I mean, yea sure there are tour guides, but their primary goal is to earn your money. Also, tour guides will take you to touristy places to do touristy things. I have some friends who come back from Beijing and tell me that they went on the Great Wall, saw Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, Bird's Nest and Water Cube, etc. But so what? There's so much more to every city than just seeing in 3D what Google shows you in 2D when you search the city name. Am I the only one who feels this way?


Me and you have totally different mindsets. Viewing 2D on google is no better than reading about something in a textbook. You can't truly experience something until you have been there. If you ever do get out and travel I'm sure you will change your mind. There's so much more in this world than googling on your MacBook.

Also, what's stopping you from chatting with locals at a bar/restaurant and learning from them where to go and what to do? Who says you must do the typical touristy activities?
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Postby djrez4 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:26 am

HookEmHorns wrote:How is this statement any less ignorant than the one mdl28 made? Maybe you should turn your tv off and check out Dallas, Austin and Houston so you're able to form a more educated, fact based opinion on the state. Guarantee you, if I dropped you off in the middle of Dallas and you didn't know where you were, you would confuse it with any other major city in the country. We get a bad rep in the media, but it's not bad!


A) You didn't read my followup post.
B) If Texas were to secede, Austin would remain with the US like West Berlin with West Germany.
C) When you have to tell someone, "It's not bad," you're really saying, "yeah, it's bad."
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