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Old 04-16-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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Recently I have been talking to alot of people who do not like to travel or at least are afraid to leave their hometown. I talked to someone recently who had never been more than 20 miles from his home. I asked him why and he claimed he was just to busy.

Do you know anyone who just never leaves their hometown?
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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I have relatives in Miami who have never been north of West Palm Beach. They just state that there has "never been a reason to leave." There are grown people in Brooklyn who have never been to Manhattan. People in Queens who have never been west of the Hudson River, etc.

Some people are just comfortable is familiar surroundings. You really can't fault them from that. They aren't inhibiting my love for travel.
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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I have met some. I'm not sure how they don't express interest in travelling.

I have itchy feet; I love to travel!
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:38 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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I know of one guy that is mid-40's that had never left the State of Texas until late last year. Well, he had been across the border to Mexico and covered a good bit of Texas which is a large state.

Not me. I LOVE TO TRAVEL! I like something I read a long time ago:
The world is a book. If you never explore what is out there it is like just looking at the cover of a book and never opening it. ........... I want to see EVERY PAGE of that book
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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Same! I love traveling and meeting new people and cultures. It's so neat.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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25 years ago, I worked for a Water District in Southern California at the local wastewater plant. The "Street Crew" often stopped by for lunch, and one member was an 'old' fellow of about 60, "Vince".
A Mexican-American, Vince had been born on the family ranch about 2 miles from our plant. He had lived on the ranch until about age 40, when he'd "moved to town" 5 miles away. He had once traveled to Oregon, many years earlier, to visit a cousin.....and he made the 4-hour trip about every 3 months to Las Vegas (Nevada) for a weekend. But other than THAT, Vince had never left his small corner of Southern California, nor did he feel any need to. He was content with where he was.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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There are millions of people out there who've never traveled or left their residential area. Many reasons; some are economics, fear of going outside their comfort zone, grew up that way with family, or are just plain scared or could care less to travel. I've met them all. It's too bad as there are so many exciting cultural things and sites to see that it's mind boggling.
Myself I've traveled 2/3 of this earth and plan to do some more soon. It's a learning experience beyond words.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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While in New England I was at a diner in Charlestown, NH....our waitress was chatting and asked where we were headed...when I told her, she made the remark she's never been out of Charlestown/Claremont NH.

I was speechless.

Maybe if you live in NY or LA, especially LA since the entire county is so huge I could understand.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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I have an uncle (and aunt RIP) that have only ventured out of their little podunk of Caney, KS to Bartlesville, OK and vicinity, otherwise never been anywhere.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I met a couple once who lived their whole lives in one little town. They were neighbors growing up, married 55 years. They were the happiest, most contented people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. They had tremendous interest in the world and were well studied, their kids travelled too and they certainly exhibited no fear.

They just seemed happy. Had everything they wanted and needed and didn't hav any interest in messing with a good thing.
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