It’s been some time since I published a discussion on the blog, but you can read a few of the others here – there are definitely some intriguing subjects and even more interesting responses. I thought it fitting to bring back my discussion columns and ask your opinion on whether you think that the Traveler’s language is English, or if there's another language that benefits world travelers more?
I’ve ran into countless Americans who travel under the faux nationality of Canadian or Australian – due to America’s obvious bad-PR around the world. I’ve also heard from other nationalities that have had some troubles in certain parts of the world – these people are typically from once-strong empires that have earned their bad rep from colonization. While this may not help the PR of a country, it’s an interesting insight into the experience that travelers have on the road. I’ve had no problems telling everyone that I’m an American – because even if someone scoffs at the name, they soon see that not all Americans are (to quote a fellow international traveler) “hillbilly, racists, who can’t sleep a wink without their rifle, loaded and under their pillow.” While I’ve mainly traveled around North America, Northern Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, I’ve had no problems with my nationality – whatsoever. However, circumstances could have smiled upon me, and other travelers could have suffered through nightmares – it’s also extremely probable that certain nationalities are loved and hated more, in different parts of the world.
SO, what I’m interested in is the point of view of other travelers from all around the world. If you would, in this discussion, comment below and talk about your nationality and what parts of traveling have been good and bad for you.
BUT what I’m NOT interested in are judgmental comments or self-righteous point of views. I want personal experiences, in an open discussion... With that said: Ready, set, GO!
(Photo by ~vladstudio via Deviant Art)
I believe this discussion can be argued to be the subject of priorities, based on an individual's choice. Are your traveling for the right reasons? Because I can argue that if culture, learning, growing and experience were your priority in travel, then you would obviously not be worried about luxury or amenities. If you're simply looking to get away from home and are in search of a vacation, then luxury may be your goal – share your thoughts in the comments section below...
(Photo by Jorge Royan, edited)
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