Your own country.

@Lore2009 (7388)
United States
February 6, 2011 5:54pm CST
Have you ever been a tourist of your own country? Did you ever travel all corners of your nation? I still have yet to do this.. it is one of my dreams to get an RV and travel across the nation and learn the mysteries of my own home. Have you and what new things did you learn from it? And if not, would you like to?
24 responses
@doggydimon (1372)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
I have been to different places within my country. I have discovered that not all in the news are true. For example, I went to the southern most part of my country which has a bad reputation of being one of the most dangerous places to be in. But when I went there, people are living their normal lives. They are even so accommodating that you cannot see any trace of worries from them. It is true that from time to time they have been attacked by terrorists or so but it can happen to any city as well. I remember visiting one island in the south. As I was buying something from a local store, I saw the news of the failed coup attempt in Manila. And I heard one of them saying, "Manila seems so chaotic. That is why I prefer to stay here in my hometown." How ironic coming from a local whose province was believed to be a troublesome place to be by those in Manila. hahaha...
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@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
I felt that, too. I grew up in the highlands and saw Manila as a troublesome place. I thought, then, I'd never survive a month in there. I've been here for almost three years now because of work, and I'd say, it's more troublesome where I come from. Best place I've been to here is Palawan - place and people are great!
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
I mean, I've been living here in Manila for three years now.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
@doggydimon. That's just what happened to me when we went to Palawan. Just when we got home from the trip, the news about the hostage taking in Quirino Grandstand was currently taking place. @gloryacam. I also grew up in Baguio and my perception of Manila is the same as yours. I never see myself living in it. But here I am. We have been living here for almost a year now.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
It is my desire to visit the whole of my country (which is very possible considering it's a very small one). I'd like to see every nook and cranny to it. All the islands, if possible! This year, I've been to one of the nominated seven wonders of the world site - the longest navigable underground river in Palawan. Loved every moment of the trip. And, thanks to the extreme sale of domestic airlines, I've a lot of trips lined up. For me, it's important that I see my country, sort of like - knowing thyself.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
Hi glorya! I have been to Palawan last year. It is indeed a very beautiful place with so many interesting things to see and do. Thanks to the seat sales offered by domestic airlines, I was able to explore our country. In fact, last week Cebu Pacific offered their piso fares to any destination in our country. I didn't avail of it since the travel period is from June to September which we all know is the rainy season here in our country. I might not enjoy the trip in such a weather. Anyway, I'm looking forward to our Davao trip this March. I hope you can explore our country more. We don't need to travel that far to see the best places in the world.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
Wow, Davao. I should include that in my list. I hear a lot of good things about the place. March is Cagayan de Oro for me! I intend to travel the world, too, but I just think that it would be better to start from home. Like I said, know thyself first, before the others. Happy tripping! Who knows, we'd running into each other one of these days. Until then, ta-ta!
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
*we'd be running* (too excited typing )
@angelic123 (1112)
• United States
7 Feb 11
I regret that I have not been a tourist in my own country.Our country is so beautiful, we have lots of beaches, mountains, lakes,and other beauty from nature. Maybe when I go back and have free time, I will visit historical places and nature's pride of my country.It is so sad that I took it for granted. Maybe because I have no means during that time.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Where are you from?
• United States
8 Feb 11
from Philippines. We have plenty of beautiful beaches there.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
So I hear! Would love to visit.
@marguicha (104463)
• Chile
7 Feb 11
Last year I didn´t think I´d have enough money for vacations abroad as I had shoulder surgery and had to pay for some of it. So I got a week at Pucón in the south of Chile, sharingf expenses with some cousins. THen I visited my sister at Valdivia, about 3 hours south from there. I thought those were my vacations for the year, but some friends discovered a government program for retired people. It is done in low season and for a very reasonable amount of money you can go for a week to several places. I chose the city in the frontier with Peru, Arica. So I went there to the north, crossed the frontier to the city nearest Chile in Perú and also went to an awesome trip for the day to see lake Chungará (a lake at 4800 m of altitude). I hope maybe next year I will be able to go to the far south. It is a place I have never been to yet.
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
That surely is amazing! I hope we have a program like that here. From your description of Chile, I definitely want to go there someday...
@marguicha (104463)
• Chile
7 Feb 11
Every country is beautiful if you know where to look. And in every country there are nice people.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Sounds like an amazing trip, I'd like to visit Chile and Peru one day. Does the Patagonias run across into Chile too? That's the first place I'd ever like to visit in southern Argentina and see those penguins.
• United States
7 Feb 11
Several years ago I went to Puerto Rico, my country, although I was born and raised in Illinois. I went as a tourist rented a nice van and visited as much as I could in 10 days. I had never been before so I wanted to venture and see what all others told me about Puerto Rico. It was lovely and fun but would not want to live there. Mostly country side and I am such a city girl, so do not think I could get use to. However I will believe I can visit again.
@marguicha (104463)
• Chile
7 Feb 11
My parents went to live in Puerto Rico for a year when my chidren were little and they invited us to visit for a month. I liked it very much and found San Juan, specially the old San Juan, awesome. I suppose it depends on what you do there and where you live. My father was a professor at the University, lived in Rio Piedras and we could take buses to go to the old forts and to the malls.
• United States
7 Feb 11
The cities are beautiful but most everything is limited as the businesses close very early and I am so use have 24/7 service here in Illinois that I myself can't imagine living there for ever. I suspect if a person went to live, they could get use to it. But it is gorgeous and pretty to visit though.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
That's awesome you both got to visit there! I hope one day I can too... is it true about the good looking men there, hehe? @hardworking, have you traveled around the US before?
@velvet53 (17719)
• Palisade, Colorado
7 Feb 11
Unfortunately I haven't not even seen all of the states in the United States. I hope that changes while I still have the time. Colorado, where I live has a lot to see too. Guess I should start in my own state first.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I've only been to the corner of Colorado when I visited the four corners when I was little on our way to/from the Grand Canyon. Other than that, I don't know too much about Colorado... what's it famous for?
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I would love to check out the Dinosaur Monument! And I didn't know about the Coors picture, awesome!
@velvet53 (17719)
• Palisade, Colorado
9 Feb 11
There are all kinds of things to see in Colorado. Here where I live in the Bullriders and this town is known for heroic people. There is the train in Durango. I could go on and on.
• United States
9 Feb 11
I have an RV and I must say it has been one of the greatest living experiences either. Its what I bought and moved into when I got laid off. I know that sounds sad, but honestly, now I have a lot more freedom than I ever did before. I own my own "home," and Im not making any landlord richer! lol
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
10 Feb 11
It doesn't sound sad to me at all, I actually want one rather than a house! I want a moving house and an RV is as close as it can get.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
10 Feb 11
But where do you park it?
@raj7shot (842)
• India
7 Feb 11
I am from India.Still i didn't visit all locations of my country. I had visited almost all places in the south side .Yet to go to north side of my country.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I've seen some documentaries about the far east of India an how the culture is so different there from the main cities. It must be fascinating to visit areas like that in your own country.
@raj7shot (842)
• India
9 Feb 11
Here culture is totally different from north side to south side.One who grow up from south will not afford to north culture and vice-verse.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
I am very fortunate to have been married to a traveler, otherwise I would not have the opportunity to be a tourist in my own country. My husband's work requires him to travel a lot in my country. So he gets to see the must see places here. Ever since we married, he made it a point to have a family trip every year where we get to explore the scenic spots in the Philippines. We have been to the white sand beaches of Boracay, see the sites in Cebu and Bohol and had gone snorkeling in Palawan. This year, we are looking forward to our trip in Davao. There are so many Islands in the Philippines worth exploring.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
That's awesome that you're husband has to travel for work and you can go with him! The Philippines sounds like an amazing place to visit, seems like there's a lot of nature things to look and do!
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
I think this type of work is great if you are single. Because you get to work and travel at the same time. All expenses paid with allowances. It is just that if you have a family, you are mostly on field in days and sometimes would only see them on weekends.
• United States
10 Feb 11
you asked me where I park my rv, well, I park it in an RV park, where I also live. Its like paying rent and living in a trailer...except for the wheels :)
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
10 Feb 11
That's cool! Did you do any cross country traveling?
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 11
More the west coast. I'd like to do more traveling farther away...
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Me too. I would like to visit the east coast one day.
• United States
8 Feb 11
I would like to travel my country all over one day, but I have made excuses not to for so long. Actually I tried to travel by car to certain areas but ended up becoming sick, last March. I can't believe it's been almost an year! :( I am sure I would learn a lot about not only the people that live there but what really is happening there instead of what media overrates it to be. I might go visit family in another area soon, so hopefully I'll travel soon. But hope is a dangerous word! haha
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
True! But it is also nice to dream for it until it happens which would be greater.
• Philippines
8 Feb 11
Yes I do. I have been blessed with a job that allows me to travel to different parts of my country. I have visited many places and experienced many things around the Philippines. I have seen, through my very eyes, that the Philippines is a lovely place.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
That's great!
@globaldoc (860)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
This is exactly what i have always wondered about some of my friends. They dream of going around the world, and yet, they haven't gone to some of the nearest nearby provinces we have. Our country is enveloped by a lot of beaches. Yet, my friends have not yet gone to all of them, and perhaps not even to half of them yet, and they dream and plan of going to the other side of the globe. I find it more practical to see and visit all corners of our country first, before i proceed to the nearest country, and visit all of their tourist spots first, then i go farther and farther. I guess my lifetime would not be enough to see the whole world yet, but at least by then, i would be able to say that i did not miss out.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I agree, I would want to be knowledgeable about my own country before I see others so that I won't be ignorant about my own place. I would be able to appreciate things better that way also.
@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 11
I have always been in a hurry to visit different countries in the world than see much of my home country. For example if I talk to an Australian lady. She would say she has been to much of my home country and I could say I have been to more of Australia than her. My home country is very small compared to Australia. It is common for an Australian person to buy an rv and drive around Australia. I have seen a limited number of places in my home country. I have been to Edinburgh and not any other place in Scotland. I studied in Wales so I have seen numerous places in it. Three years ago I had a long weekend in Northumberland. I have been to Yorkshire and the Lake District north of Blackpool. I loved going to Chester. Now I go to places like Bath, Bristol and Glastonbury.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Are you close to the Stonehenges? Have you gone to see them? Are there any cultural differences within cities? Would you like to do more traveling in your home country or is it not of your interest?
@unme9090 (55)
• Malaysia
7 Feb 11
I've never been to other country before. My country used to be the best country with kind peoples. Since the world started to corrupt, politicians abusing rights for money and everything, my country had a dramatic overturn from bad to worse. Not worth travelling anymore.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
That's true, we are in bad times at the moment. Hopefully it will get more peaceful when I try to travel. Which country are you from?
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
7 Feb 11
i would like to do that but of course that takes money. i'm not doing it on a gasoline powered vehicle though. there has to be another source for me or its a waste of money. oil prices are just too high. i would want a vehicle that ran off of liquid natural gas and also combined with a lithium battery.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
that would be nice! I hope by the time I approach my dream, they'd make solar powered RVs or something! (if that's cheap?) Anyway, where are you from?
@bussyien (137)
• Indonesia
7 Feb 11
Hi Lore 2009... I'm same with you. I still have yet to do be a tourist of my own country. I really want to do it of course, because there are many beautiful and also mysterious places in my country that I've not ever seen. Hopefully I can do it someday.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Yes, I hope you can too! Which is your country?
@emine08 (1531)
• Indonesia
7 Feb 11
hello lore... i do love to go traveling around my country. it is nice and cheaper than go abroad. there are alot of beautiful places in my country. i just have had gone to several places only. i hope i can visit all. nice topic lore...
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
Where are you from? What are some new things you learned from your travels?
• Portugal
7 Feb 11
Yeah.. this is something that stops many people, they are just too stucked into their work and their routine of life that they forget to enjoy life and enjoy what God has created, This beautiful earth. (That humans have destroyed, but it still is very beautiful) :)
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I sure wish people would find some time and money to see the world too.