How far must you travel to experience new things?

Greece
September 13, 2012 10:06am CST
Now that fares are so high and money is so short people are beginning to look closer to home for their holidays. Why spend a lot of time, money and energy travelling abroad when there are lots of adventures waiting for you in your own country? Tourists often see more of a foreign country than the local people do themselves. We take our monuments, historic sites,beautiful countryside forgranted. Have you discovered something new and exciting about your country lately?
15 responses
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
It depends on the person I think what his perspective is. For me and my family, we always enjoy traveling around. Last Christmas, we were able to visit Hong Kong for a few days. It was exciting to see a foreign country too that has different cultures with you. But it is not always that we visit other countries. Usually, we opt for just here in our country. There are alot of exciting and fun places here in the Philippines too to explore. I even haven't really visited them all but I'm hoping to go this year to some of the towns I haven't been too. It is also a way of recognizing more what your country has.
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• Greece
17 Sep 12
I wish you a very happy time exploring all your country has to offer.
• United States
13 Sep 12
I couldn't have said it better myself. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY & I've never been to the Empire State building or the Statue of Liberty. When I tell people that they think I'm lying but it's true. Now I may never see either because I no longer live in NY. I'm married now & live w/ my husband in PA. The good thing is that there is so much to see & do in this state & I want to see & do it all. It requires a little travel by car but not much more then that. I agree that most people don't appreciate what they have in their own state or country until it's too late. Maybe some day I will get back to NY & visit those places that I mentioned, but there are places in NY that I will never get to see ever again such as the Twin Towers. I've seen them from afar & even took photos of them, but I never took the time to actually go visit them & now it's too late.
• Greece
17 Sep 12
Thank you for your interesting comments. I have visited NY and actually went up to the top of Twin Towers on a very cold New Year. I am so glad I did it, butI devastated when it was destroyed.
@maximax8 (27048)
13 Sep 12
In my younger days flight prices and train passes were cheaper. I stayed in dorms in youth hostels and backpacker hostels. The cost of a bed was low and I met travelers from many different countries. I also camped in my own tent and the cost was even lower to do that. I lived close to the airports with plenty of low cost and medium cost flights. Eastern Europe in those days had bargain basement prices and I loved all the low cost traveling that I did in those happy days. At age 18 I traveled around Europe by train and at age 20 I traveled around the world. Nowadays I live further from the London airports serving long haul destinations. It can cost fifty pounds to get to them from where I live now. In addition if it is an early flight I have to pay for a night in a hotel close to the airport. I travel with my 5 year old disabled son and my 3 year old daughter. The cost of flights is expensive due to high fuel costs and large airport taxes. Accommodation prices are pricey and we need a triple room that is on the ground floor. We had a weeks vacation to Cornwall this summer. I drove down there in my car with my two kids. We stayed at a bungalow on a holiday village. We went on days out from it to towns, beaches and gardens. We had a fantastic time. In 2008 I took my disabled son on an autumn trip to Sea Houses on the North East coastline of my home country. We visited castles, a tree house and had a boat trip to see wildlife. My home country is pricey but lovely to explore. I have a discount rail ticket.
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• Greece
17 Sep 12
What a lovely holiday, you will have British Mylotters heading to Cornwall! The Tourist Board will love you.
• India
14 Sep 12
I am a guy who loves travelling a lot . all my travels have been within my country obviously due to costs. But I have to say I am quite happy with it because it gives you a lot of new things to try out. Travelling is like reading a book. Intially you have lot of reservations, but once you start exploring the place, a new world and lot of things unravel before you and it is undoubtedly a fascinating experience.
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@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
14 Sep 12
I like taking walks around the city I live in every now and again, as I have noticed I and most people I know tend to have a few couple of places we tend to go to and basically will not visit parts of the city for months. A while back in one of my walks I found that I had always walked past a little road, more an ally, and inside was this cute square and with older houses that had all been restored to their original beauty. It is quite beautiful to see, it was like taking a step back in time. It is interesting how when we go to a foreign country, city, place, we will try and see the most we can in as little time as possible but closer to home, there are cities that are close by I have never gone to, never actually found a reason to, even with the monuments and cultural events they sometimes have. It is always fun discovering the city we live in as if we were tourists and actually going to the museums and monuments and not walking right past them. Though travel has it's perks and is fun, it is the awe of discovering something new that is what I enjoy about travelling, so it is possible to do the same at home.
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@jenny1015 (13391)
• Philippines
14 Sep 12
That is really one thing that we should teach our children - to get to know more about our country more. Not only does it educate our children, it is also one great way bonding the family which doesn't need us to spend much.
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@marguicha (84001)
• Chile
14 Sep 12
I love to travel and I totally agree with you. there are many wonderful places near home and we should go to see themm from time to time. A couple of years ago, I thought I would not have money to travel abroad so I made two awesome trips to the north and the south of my country. The beauty of nature and the incredible difference between both places is marvelous.
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@allknowing (58146)
• India
14 Sep 12
There is so much to see closer home. India being a huge country, travelling here gives one the thrill of experiencing new things. I have covered a few places but my interest in travel has taken me to several foreign countries too.
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@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
14 Sep 12
Hi Combedale, since nowadays things are getting expensive, we are unable to save much for traveling purpose. So, my family only plan to have some local tourist destination for vacation at this moment. Since, it is much cheaper and easier a lot. Some of the destination can be reached by car, so we don't really spend much money. We plan to go overseas for vacation by two - four years time. Hope by that time, we will be able to save enough money for that traveling purpose.
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@paulli3 (312)
• China
14 Sep 12
i thnk if you want to experience new things, you must go abroad and you will know new culture, new food and new people. i think it is great, i am from china, it is a so big country so i always can experience new things even though i travel in my country, other province has a lot of new things if i go to the province that has a long distance with my hometown, but i think if you want to expericence new things, it is better to go abroad, it will be a good experience, good luck!
• Greece
17 Sep 12
It is a great experience to travel abroad but not all our Lotters can afford it as you can see from their responses. It's good to see new things but perhaps it is even better to appreciate the old things close to home. You can enjoy them more often.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
17 Sep 12
I am a firm believer of "Know thyself first." Of course it helps that our country has lots of places that foreigners frequent. And, so, with my friends we vowed that we would visit as much places in our country as we could. I also read lots of travel blogs and see what places we could go to. Me, I've decided that I'll travel abroad maybe at least once a year, and my country at least thrice a year (preferably once per quarter) and three because there are three major island groupings of our country (an archipelago, so there are gazillion beaches here). Last we visited was the Caramoan Islands - which has been the setting of various Survivor series (France, India, and lately, US). And the place is amazing. And, before that, we went to this place and visited old churches, and had a sampling of their local delicacies that are famous in our country.
@winterose (39929)
• Canada
17 Sep 12
I live in a big city so there is lots to do but I never go on vacation because I never have the money
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
14 Sep 12
For my country is really big and we will gonna have a long holiday on October 1st. I saw a movie recently about going to Tibet. So i was wonder i'm gonna have a try and have a more understanding about my own country. It is cool to experiece differect living styles.
• Philippines
14 Sep 12
aha.. as long as i live... i started to travel since grade school and it keep me till now, my family lives in different places cause of my mom's job. she transfer one to another place. so i learn a lot from it,, meeting different people their culture sometimes apply it to my own. now even i got married i never stop travelling for i found it so amazing. its like every day is a new experience and excite me..it boost my understanding that the world is full of mystery and enjoy it. ^^
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
14 Sep 12
Well, I have not gone abroad even once. However, I have gone to a few tourist spots in my country. Even non-tourist spots, I have also gone and I enjoyed these places. Going abroad is still what I wish to do. I'm still waiting for the right time, most of all extra money for this.