Honestly it's sad. The small amount of time you could spend in these places in this time frame is tiny. A tourist is different than a visitor. It's more than just a count of stamps, though it's cool. There are much better ways to accomplish what you're pretending to have done
I mean yah. Tourist is maybe better than a staycation. 20 pto is a month. If you're in the same place all that time, you can really learn a lot. Problem is that most Americans would take that month and pack as much different new Zealand places into it. You'll have a great photo album, shrunken bank account, and be exhausted.
There is more to life in your 20s than a paycheck. Taking a year or few off your career and working in a bar in Bratislava is more valuable than the money you could make here
When I was in my 20s I made $10 an hour because the IT market crashed twice. I couldn’t even afford a day trip from Austin to San Antonio much less moving to Europe temporarily. Now in my 30s, I’d rather not lose my property and 401k and I still have 30k in medical bills left to pay back. Being a bartender in Bartislava is a luxury not everyone has.
False. You could have done it in your 20s. There are so many ways to get to wherever. Just because you didn't, doesn't mean you couldn't have. I had to sell everything I owed, and borrow from several people to get to my first home out of this country. I also found ways to get a job before arriving there.
Traveling is for consumerists that cannot produce anything, except for useless photos of fake designed-for-tourists places, when they could have looked at better pictures of those places online, to give themselves a sense of uniqueness and achievement. Thoughts?
Travel is for people who want to understand other cultures, other religions, other culinary experiences. Travel can make us better humans when we truly embrace others way of life. Travel opens our minds outside of our own city, town, country. It keeps us from being closed minded and bigoted. You are referring to a tourist not a traveler.
If you thoroughly plan your travel & perhaps read even Wikipedia while you travel, it just widens your perspective on how different parts of the world live/work, what's their economics, History, how they became rich or poor, what's unique about them et. al.
Use : you will be much more tolerent towards a wide variety of things, people (irrespective of color, sex, roots/origin et.al)
In age of Globalization you will be an effective leader, you will intuitively know how things work in other countries, if you ever run a Global Company you will have an edge..
However if all you do is take selfies and drink beer, it doesn't matter where you go.
Try visiting South Korea and see if you think the US is still the most racist. I'm usually tolerant of sideways stares but could not believe how uncomfortable my partner and I were made to feel in SKo due to the color of our skin (which is brown).
Oh jeez please. I said the most racist country I’ve LIVED in so far. Japan might be xenophobic, and as a non japanese you will always be a second class citizen there, but they don’t have a rise of supremacist groups across their territory.
Come on, everyone knows Asia’s no role model here. Y’all are completely missing the point, but if it makes you feel good to think about another country worse than your own to stay in denial, I’m not one to waste my time trying to open your eyes.
Hmm, by that logic, if we can name one country more racist, then america is not the most racist. I’ll start. North Korea, where you get killed for not being North Korean ... or pro Kim Jung un for that matter.
I’m not. I’ve traveled enough countries myself - I spent my first 20 years in Europe so it was easier. I actually “hate” the kind of “bite and run” tourism that many North Americans do in Europe.. You can spend a week in a city like Paris (or Rome, London, etc) and still not really “see it”.