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
It's hard to put into we exact words. It's not a program. You just see a lot more ways of looking at reality and it's obvious when it happens that this is what helped you move. Those who don't know, don't know.
Look. Focus on your career until you die or retire. Or find something better in life and make it help you
“Saw this attitude while abroad”, so basically all of us with 15-20 days PTO? I’m using all my PTO to go to New Zealand but it’s not much. I’m American. It’s never going to be much. I actually did get a job offer in Europe but the pay was so low I’d have to sell my condo here for the relocation money, and then with the low pay I may not be able to buy another one again if I moved back. Sometimes touristy is the only option?
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?
unless you are traveling for learning a different culture and life experiences etc. still with traveling, I do think helps one to become more open and bring perspectives that can indirectly impact your thought process on other things in life.
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.
Now that’s a slightly better statement. But you conflate race with ability to perceive racism, which is a bit ironic don’t you think? Most whites who have grown in a less racist country will be quickly disgusted when they’ll come here. That isn’t any different than for any other subject.
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.
I don't think OP (who is Asian) said USA was not racist or sexist, just that it was not necessary worse than other places. Unless you have traveled as many or ore places than OP, you probably can't judge if USA is the worst... I'm European and I think many countries in Europe are at least as racist as USA... Now I'm white so clearly not the best to judge racism in both USA and Europe...
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”.
Money has it's place and so do experiences! Moving to either extreme will have a correction one way or the other. Doing things that enrich your being will probably steer you towards being joyfullness and less miserable. Some of the most miserable people I know are raking in millions but have forgotten what is life
If on an average you visited 1 country per month even for 1 day like transit visit etc. then also it would take 8 years to see 94-96 countries which means OP is traveling since OP was 18-19 years or even younger! OP you need to have rich parents as i don’t think once you started job you could either have this many holidays or money in the bank to travel or this is just a troll post! Something doesn’t add up!!!
Do you own research, but in Amsterdam (it’s where our HQ is, but we also have dev offices in Tel-Aviv and Shanghai) life is cheaper, if you compare to Seattle/SF bay. Rental is cheaper. And also quality of life is higher (imho). My favorite is that travel to other European countries is so much more accessible and you have wide range of countries to fly or even drive easily. And the company is great! Bunch of perks for traveling with awesome work/life balance (Dutch people are strict with rules, so whenever they can, they don’t work, even realtors are off on weekends). Tech department has over 100 nationalities. I can talk infinitely...
Mmmhhh not that many countries can be visited on a 3 day weekend from the us. Just staying a few hours in a country doesn't really count. Were you living in some other country? Somewhere in Europe or Asia?
1. Do you travel alone? 2. Do you stay in hostels or hotels? Why? 3. Did you have anything stolen from you? 4. How many times you were scammed and how? 5. Did you ever get in a fight? 6. Any tips for cheaper travel?
Great post op! 1. Since you travel different countries, you must be using different airlines. How do you gather all these airline miles together? 2. You said you travel Solo and not stay in hostels. How do you make your accommodation affordable for solo travel by staying in hotels? 3. Do you rent cars in countries you visit them for nature? Rental cars are expensive for solo. If yes, how do you manage. 4. Traveling also takes a toll on the body.. long flights, food, changing time zones and lack of sleep. How do you cope up with this?
I’m not OP but I can answer some of these questions.
1. I usually travel as a part of the same alliance (Oneworld) which allows me reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, unless Oneworld is not available, and I will take the cheapest option. Even within the US, I exclusively take American Airlines, even if it’s up to 50% more expensive, as the benefits usually outweigh the extra cost.
2. Airbnb’s can be nearly the same cost as hostels, although I do, and actively suggest, staying in hostels. You meet so many people from so many backgrounds.
3. Rental cars are actually really cheap if you know where to look. In Europe/many parts of Asia, you don’t need rental cars. I’ve been renting cars since age 18, and only ever paid underage fees twice.
4. Yeah really no other way to put it, it does take a toll. Best to do it when you’re young. I’ve been traveling since age 18 and now I’m 24. It’s actually bizarre how much of a toll it’s already take. I used to do things like red-eyes and long 9+ hours followed by another red eye and another full day trip (all in coach). Now I’ve become fat and lazy.
Overall, travel is certainly not cheap, but isn’t necessarily expensive either. Travel is like a drug for me. I put myself well into debt throughout college to keep on traveling, and I spent a good portion of my first year TC paying off old debts.
If an evil genie suddenly appeared and told you that you could not travel anywhere ever again for the rest of your life, but gave you the option to revisit somewhere you've been just once more, what would you choose and why?