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Aug 12th 2010 4:18PM Okay I am no fan of travel snobbery. I clapped out loud at Alisha's blog post and I've railed against it in the past on my blog- I think it's so nonconstructive and discouraging to would be travelers from all walks of life. Even though I'm probably lumped in the RTW/long-term category I'm a HUGE believer in doing whatever works for you.
That said, I find this post a bit harsh. I think that in trying to rebut Matt's arguments you come down on the other side of judging the long term travelers too harshly. I seriously admire what Matt does. It takes a lot of work and energy to be out there traveling all the time. While I've only spent a little time with him, I'd wager that he's still a "well-rounded person" and I don't think it's fair to claim he, or anyone else is "running away" just because of the lifestyle he's chosen.
Long-term travel isn't for everybody. Cubicle life isn't for everybody. It doesn't have to be a conflict. Have kids, don't have kids, travel, never leave your hometown- everybody is getting criticism for their life choices on this great big internet.
True happiness comes from following your passions and creating a life that incorporates the things you love. There are about a bazillion different paths to that.
Jun 4th 2010 10:13AM I've said it before and Ill say it again: If you are visiting a tourist attraction you ARE a tourist. For that day anyways. I hate it when travelers get high and mighty pretending that they aren't tourists at least some of the time. Yes they can be annoying, especially if you are trying to get to work but you are right, tourists are a good thing.
Apr 21st 2010 11:03AM Well women generally have to worry about their personal safety in ways that men do not, so I suspect that is part of the reason why they lean towards package tours. There are places I would not necessarily be comfortable visiting solo that men might be more confident about.
Saying men are more into exploration and adventure is a baseless stereotype however, Sprint. And while your anecdotal evidence may be different then mine, as a woman traveler I have run into many, many women travelers both solo and in groups. I don't think you can really make a wide assessment just based on what you personally have seen in your own little sphere.
Apr 4th 2010 11:04PM This article is CLEARLY tongue in cheek. Simmer down people.
Oh well, it made me laugh!
Feb 22nd 2010 9:53AM I could really use the vacation right now...
Dec 21st 2009 9:59AM I think traveling is a great way to recover from a break up! It gets you outside of your depressed, self-centered head and reminds you that there are bigger things out there. It's not only a distraction but a reminder that life goes on in fabulous and unexpected ways.
Dec 14th 2009 5:03PM Had my eye on Matador U for awhile, but I'm saving for my RTW trip and simply can't afford it! Would love to win this oppurtunity.
Dec 14th 2009 4:59PM I visited Sarajevo in 2008 and it while the scars are still fresh, it's an elegant city filled with friendly people. Bosnia is one of my favorite places and I encourage anyone to check it out before it goes the uber-touristed way of Croatia.
Dec 1st 2009 5:49PM Hi Grant, thanks for mentioning my article. Sarajevo, and all of Bosnia really, was such an interesting, welcoming and intense place.
I flew London -> Budapest -> Sarajevo with British Air and it wasn't too tricky at all. Another good way is to fly into Zagreb or Belgrade and take a bus (trains in the Balkans are not too reliable).
Nov 2nd 2009 3:07PM Mine is male, with a British accent. Very hot. For some reason I find the women's voices very annoying. Is that sexist?