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Old 03-01-2017, 03:01 AM
 
Location: the dairyland
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Agree 100000%... I love both of those types of trips.. In fact, if I take two trips in a year, my preference is one beach type vacation and one exploring trip.
Same here. There are indeed lots of judgmental people who consider their way of traveling the only way. I personally don't care how others travel, do what you want, you've earned your vacation and it should suit your needs as perfectly as possible. If that entails getting sunburnt at the beach, so be it. If you prefer to hike through the jungle to some ancient ruins - cool.
Funny thing I noticed in Southeast Asia is that many those "alternative" backpacking types who consider their way of traveling superior, tend to all go to the same places, usually hang out with other backpackers at their hostels, living in their own bubble. Not much different from those who they usually criticize.
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Old 03-02-2017, 04:19 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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What is with this attitude I keep seeing where people think that others who travel in a different manner or prefer seeing different things aren't really traveling correctly or are somehow not having as good a time?

travel ˈtrav(ə)l/verb
1.make a journey, typically of some length.

If you go to the big cities instead of small towns you aren't seeing the "real" country xyz. That is absurd, if most of the population live in the big cities then yeah that is indeed the real country and their day to day lives reflect it. You might be after more small town traditions or other aspects of rural or regional life, but that doesn't make the large city any less real.

I see people saying people in tour groups are missing out and not getting as good an experience. Personally I have no interest in tour groups, if anything they look pretty funny all in a gaggle following their guide through the market, but they are probably in that group because that is how they are comfortable traveling. They might not be happy worrying about how to handle the plans of the trip, or horrified at the thought of finding their own local transportation, etc. so the assumption that they would have a better time if they did it another way is flawed.

You have to go more native to really appreciate the country, if you're not staying with local families and eating every meal as local fare you aren't really traveling. This particular brand of snobbery cracks me up because there is always someone who goes more native than you, they can point at you and say the same thing. There is someone who has lived there longer, is more fluent in the language, has rented more guest rooms, etc.

The food thing. Some seem to think if you dare stray from eating authentic local dishes you aren't really visiting the country properly. My wife and I travel a ton and I love trying everything (sometimes to my regret the next morning) but sometimes dammit that McDonalds/KFC/Pizza Hut/Subway looks really appealing. It doesn't mean I'm not trying local dishes too, it just means I missed some foods I'm familiar with from back home.

You have to pick this country or that country, why would anyone go that other one that ain't really traveling. Everyone's interests are different, and liking different things is entirely subjective. We didn't like Amsterdam that much, but we really loved Dresden. That doesn't mean Amsterdam sucks and I don't have to sit here wondering why others go, it just means my wife and I find different things to be fun.


Live and let live, travel and let others travel how/where/why they want without judging.

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I'm constantly questioned about why I travel and how I travel. People look at me like I have two heads when my travels aren't going to visit family every time I have a four day weekend or when it's not going to some tourist destination like Las Vegas or Hawaii. And God forbid I want to do something besides sit on a beach all day. And the worst question in my one is asking why you're going somewhere that isn't some tourist destination. Yes, I find I can't discuss traveling with a lot of people.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I'm constantly questioned about why I travel and how I travel. People look at me like I have two heads when my travels aren't going to visit family every time I have a four day weekend or when it's not going to some tourist destination like Las Vegas or Hawaii. And God forbid I want to do something besides sit on a beach all day. And the worst question in my one is asking why you're going somewhere that isn't some tourist destination. Yes, I find I can't discuss traveling with a lot of people.
Is it questioning, or more of a curiosity? I get the same from other people occasionally, and I use those times as a way to educate others and tell them about other places they may have never considered.
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:05 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Is it questioning, or more of a curiosity? I get the same from other people occasionally, and I use those times as a way to educate others and tell them about other places they may have never considered.
With family members it's questioning. They question virtually everything I do and say. With others it's likely a combination.
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:35 PM
 
Location: On the road
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With family members it's questioning. They question virtually everything I do and say.
What makes you think it's questioning everything you do or say? What do you mean by virtually? What do you say that makes them question?

just kiddin
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:11 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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What makes you think it's questioning everything you do or say? What do you mean by virtually? What do you say that makes them question?

just kiddin
I see what you did there. That is how they converse.
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Old 03-05-2017, 10:01 AM
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Everyone has their own way of traveling. That's what great about it. There is no wrong way. I don't think I'm superior because of the way I travel...although clearly the OP thinks they are.
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Old 03-05-2017, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Everyone has their own way of traveling. That's what great about it. There is no wrong way.
Absolutely! All of my friends travel frequently and we enjoy talking about our trips even though some of them take trips that I would never choose.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:24 AM
 
Location: On the road
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I don't think I'm superior because of the way I travel...although clearly the OP thinks they are.
Reading comprehension fail.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:43 AM
 
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Reading comprehension fail.
Perhaps they meant OP = Other Poster instead of Original Poster. I run into that confusion on CD quite often.
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