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Traveling to somewhere where you don't know ANYONE

Postby agp » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:42 pm

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?

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Postby mdl28 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:51 pm

Yes, traveling is a waste. Think of it this way. People are traveling to the city you live in to visit it. All while you the native are living in that ciry everyday. There is no such reason I can see traveling to another city to do what you already do in your city. Im not a traveler, never will be so I have a biast opinion.
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Postby im_mr_awesome » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:59 pm

When I travel, I want to see something fantastic. If I have a month to stay there, I also want to see the everyday things and experience some of the culture. Give me a month in another country and I'll have experienced things on post cards but also things I never knew were there.

If I know someone there, the trip is worlds better. France is my next destination--I know a girl there who was a foreign exchange student in high school. I want to see the Eiffel tower, but I also want to visit little bars and unknown cafes. Hell, I want to go to McDonalds and see how different it is.

But I completely see what you mean.
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Postby Jacksnow » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:01 pm

Call me romantic, but it's about the exploration, google maps and a few other projects have done their best to bring an experience to you. Nothing will ever beat going there and seeing it. Also I make friends easily, just walk into a bar and start chatting with folks. You'll get an idea for what's there that's not touristy.

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Postby djrez4 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:04 pm

I had a kickass response penned and then I accidentally closed the window.

It basically said:

Werner Herzog is smart and you should see Cave of Forgotten Dreams. ("Tourism is sin, and travel on foot virtue.")

Mark Twain is also smart and said travel makes bigotry impossible. ("Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.")

Seeing the wonders of the world on a computer screen is a poor substitute for standing in front of the landmarks of human culture.

If you want to see the world - really see it - get wasted with the locals and a phrasebook.

Go use the CSP as it was meant to be used...out of the country.
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Postby djrez4 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:06 pm

mdl28 wrote:Yes, traveling is a waste. Think of it this way. People are traveling to the city you live in to visit it. All while you the native are living in that ciry everyday. There is no such reason I can see traveling to another city to do what you already do in your city. Im not a traveler, never will be so I have a biast opinion.


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.
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Postby Jacksnow » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:24 pm

djrez4 wrote:I had a kickass response penned and then I accidentally closed the window.

It basically said:

Werner Herzog is smart and you should see Cave of Forgotten Dreams. ("Tourism is sin, and travel on foot virtue.")

Mark Twain is also smart and said travel makes bigotry impossible. ("Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.")

Seeing the wonders of the world on a computer screen is a poor substitute for standing in front of the landmarks of human culture.

If you want to see the world - really see it - get wasted with the locals and a phrasebook.

Go use the CSP as it was meant to be used...out of the country.




I like his response more then mine. Summary. Go F***ing see the world, get thrown out of a plane (with a parachute) ride the Japanese bullet trains, go look at countries, explore the world. There's no reason to stay in one place. There's a pink lake, New York city has a sky lounge where you can look over the whole skyline, Landing in London at night is a fantastic thing to see. Germany is awesome. Go places.

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Postby Jacksnow » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:12 am

Also if you're out of ideas, there's a fortress called Gawilghur in India, it's where the Duke of Wellington made his name fighting the Marathas. You can see the last stand against the East India Company, and you can even see where they had to scale to storm the outer wall.

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Postby paparoach429 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:41 am

I think your crazy for not liking traveling. That's all im about now. I recently went to Boston and I loved it. I was only there for 3 days but got ALOT accomplished with good planning. You never get the feeling of seeing stuff on tv or in the movies and want to see them in person?

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Postby MemberSince99 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:14 am

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.


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.



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