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Old 12-24-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I mean you can go to all kids of places without actually going and paying 1000s. Also without the hassle of flying, airports, and all the other things to deal with in a foreign country.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Nope.
Seeing pictures is NOTHING like being there yourself.

Can you really say you prefer seeing video of food and not tasting for yourself? of activities and not doing? etc...

Yes, you don't spend any money. But you also do not get to experience!
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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TV shows and travelogues are fine for what they are. World Panoramic Photography - 360Cities is another method of armchair travel.

Physical travel is great for extroverts and for meeting new and different people. There is also something to be said about experiencing the "gestalt" of a place and the process of getting there. The pilgrimages of old, where people walked together in groups to a religious shrine, were an authentic travel experience. Paying $$$ to take your shoes off and get into a flying egg carton is not, and I would certainly agree that avoiding it is a positive.

For me, many of the places I want to visit and experience are not only in a different location, but a different time. I have no particular desire to visit places that have become so popular as to be crowded and completely off-limits, including railings, guards, plexiglass shields and modern supportive infrastructure. OTOH, by use of the old stereoscope views and a dint of reading, I get to experience virtual visits to places I could never go, even if I could afford the trip to the area as it exists today.

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Old 12-24-2012, 10:21 AM
 
Location: NJ
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OP, LOL! It is one thing to spend carefully, and another to delude oneself into thinking that seeing a picture is the same as firsthand, having ones own eyes see something closeup.

TV Shows portray a very minute percentage of the overall travel experience. A 60 minutes show portrays dish detergent for 20 minutes, reducing air time to 40 minutes. 4 minutes is spent opening/closing the show, now we're at 36 minutes. 4 minutes are spent telling viewers what is in the next segment, now we're at 32 minutes.

One can sqeeze every last penny, but they cannot have their cake and eat it , too, which is what you are attempting to indicate can be done.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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When I first saw the thread I thought it was made be Jturr!
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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Don't you think TV travel shows are a good way to "travel"?
Uhm, well no, not really.
They are nice, you can watch them to determine if you might like to vacation or visit that spot, or
to see things to do once you get there, but no, it's not anywhere near the same,as seeing them and being there in person.
You usually have to "be" in a place to get the real feel of it, see it person, smell, hear, interact, touch...
it's not something you can do by watching a show.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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They're all I've got right now...that and YouTube;
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I assume the OP hasn't done much real life traveling.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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They save you a lot of the hassles of traveling but deprive you of the experience. You miss out on some of the local flavor. Yes, even the inconveniences. It is said that traveling Europe you can eat whatever you want, you do so much walking. Many Americans don't want to walk even 100 m. But compared to a guided tour they might be pretty close.

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Old 12-24-2012, 10:56 PM
 
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I've been to many,many places all over the world so when a travel show comes on about a place I've been to It's cool to reminisce.
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