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Old 12-12-2016, 09:46 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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Originally Posted by botticelli View Post
No it doesn't depend on one's definition of travel. Travel means going to a different location to get to see, know and experience different landscape, people, culture, history, lifestyle, achitecture, heriage and come back knowing more about the world than when you left. No, you don't need to visit an art museum or taking a heavy history lesson, but you come back knowing more about the world.

If you just go to a warmer place to swim and tan, that's not travel. It is called vacation. It is like going to your uncle Jim's cabin the mountains once in a while just to be in nature. It is vacation, not travel, because it provides absolutely no new information to your brain. It is not so different from flying 10000 miles to play 6 hours of basketball and come back. Do you call that "travel"? Of course frequent Carribbean beach goers want to convince themselves they are "travelling", well, too bad. It is a vacation, but you are not a traveller.
No, that's your definition of travel. The dictionary's definition of 'travel' is 'to make a journey'. That's it. However many extra words you added on your paragraph was just your own interpretation of the word.

I don't really care what anyone thinks about my travel, or whether it can even be considered traveling. But I'm really scratching my head trying to understand why one can be bent so out of shape over how total strangers travel. Really bizarre!

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Old 12-12-2016, 09:56 AM
 
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I've never been to Cancun, but had a coworker who went.

While there he went to see the Mayan ruins at Coba, El Ray, Museo Maya, and a few other Mayan-related archelogical sites that I don't recall the names. He brought back tons of pictures, was very excited about it, and ended up getting really into reading about Mayan and Aztec cultures. The next year, because of his experience in Cancun, he got really out of his comfort zone and booked one to Belize since he could make a side trip to spend a few days in Guatemala and see Tikal. I've been to Tikal, that is some amazing stuff whether you're into Mayan civilization or not. Again a trip to a tropical beach, that he gained cultural enrichment from.

Sure he didn't go to the "centre of Mexican culture" (boticelli's latest silly personal qualifier for travel being travel) but his experiences alone torpedoes your ridiculous theory that tropical beach locations do not enable one to learn more and have cultural enrichment.
I know, right? When I first went to Riviera Maya, Cancun was just one stop. I went up and down the coast taking public transportations, sometimes with livestocks as my fellow passengers, and a few times took part in some local fairs. And of course, sunning on the beach too. I've gone back to the area 4 times since then and will continue to return as I really love that part of Mexico.
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Old 12-12-2016, 09:59 AM
 
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Plus, who says experiencing other cultures is the only valid reason to travel? When I went to Indonesia, I didn't go to experience Indonesian culture (although I did get a taste of it), I went to see a total solar eclipse.
I was in Indonesia at the time for the same reason. I probably passed you by and you didn't know it, lol!
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Old 12-12-2016, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I was in Indonesia at the time for the same reason. I probably passed you by and you didn't know it, lol!
Were you by chance on the Holland America ship MS Volendam? if you were, we definitely passed passed by each other!

It truly is a small world!
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Old 12-12-2016, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Austin
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your examples are all tropical beach destination. They don't constitute "travel".
Beaches are beaches and only beaches, highly similar in different continent, so of course it makes sense to go to the closest ones, as you dont get more because you fly three times as much.
That's how I view big cities. London, NY, Paris....just highly similar big cities with lots of concrete so it make sense to go to the closest ones. They don't constitute "travel".

LOL.
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