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Aug 27th, 2013, 07:09 AM
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What is to be " Well traveled?"

O.K.
I'll start.
I would say it is in the eye of the beholder.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 07:18 AM
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Disneyworld AND Universal Studios.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 07:43 AM
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Disneyworld AND Universal Studios wearing a purple bum pack!
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Aug 27th, 2013, 07:45 AM
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Thanks Adrienne. Finally - I WIN SOMETHING.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 07:53 AM
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Don't forget the white sneakers. With white knee socks. Oh, oh and the brightly colored Hawaiian shirts.

Darn, most of the well-traveled travelers visit Florida.


Seriously though...and this IS a serious topic after all: Well-traveled is relative to each person. Individually. It is not a contest.

Someone might be their first person in their family to ever board a plane and fly overseas: to their family they are well-traveled.

Others do not feel they are well traveled until they visit X number of countries. Again...individually relative.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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Figuring out how to take a dump in Europe for FREE.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 08:38 AM
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I think if you are from Japan it means you have 13,348,529 pictures of European sites.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 08:52 AM
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"I have traveled a long road from the battlefield to the peace table." Moshe Dayan

That's traveling!
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Aug 27th, 2013, 08:57 AM
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"The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.” -- Britney Spears

http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/l...-travel-015440
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Aug 27th, 2013, 09:00 AM
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Ignoring for now his metaphysical meaning, I'd say T.S. Eliot defined it perfectly: "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." (Little Gidding V, Four Quartets)
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"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust
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Aug 27th, 2013, 09:21 AM
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Absolutely "in the eye of the beholder". I've been to Europe half a dozen times and visited all 50 states; so among my peers I am the "well-traveled" one. But here on Fodor's, and on other travel forums, I'm definitely just a beginner.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 09:31 AM
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Do you need to know all the answers to be considered well-traveled or would you know which are the right questions to ask?
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Aug 27th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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<< or would you know which are the right questions to ask? >>

Sometimes the wrong questions are more interesting!
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Aug 27th, 2013, 10:19 AM
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Well traveled in my books is someone who never compares what he
or she is accustomed to at home. To be well traveled is to be
able to adjust in any situation or environment anywhere in the
world and be able to look at the experience as very
enriching culturally and intellectually.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 01:20 PM
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Does any of the following
matters or counts:

Cruises
Rick Steves tours
Traveling only outside Europe
Living like the " locals" ( whatever that means )
Having a set itinerary
Researching before the trip
Taking a zillion pictures
Spending " enough" time in a place
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Aug 27th, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Oh, Fra, I love that quote by Eliot. May I add another from the Quartets?


“What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in the world of speculation.”


From memory- not sure of the punctuation. Think about it – it’s the answer to every question.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 03:13 PM
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danon.. I don't think that the items you mentioned matter THAT much
To be honest, I watched a few of Rick Steves' video clips on YouTube about places where I have lived either 6 or 13 years - and I did not notice any real nonsense.. quite entertaining stuff, especially for first time visitors.. but maybe I missed the "good" videos..

In my book, a well-traveled person

- does not complain that there is no free water
- does not whine about later dinner hours
- wonders if the three hotels mentioned over and over again are really the only options in a city of 3 million
- gets the concept of "unpredictable weather" when traveling to Ireland
- wears his/her white trainers if these are his/her most comfortable shoes
- does not take off his/her shoes at airport security checkpoint on the Continent, but takes out his iPad or laptop computer
- does not look for a border checkpoint when driving from Germany to France to get his/her passport stamped
- is able to adjust his regional or ornamental version of English to plain, basic, simple English
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Aug 27th, 2013, 03:48 PM
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LOL re weather in Ireland!
I would add Scotland and a few other places

I am often puzzled when posters declare the wish to live like the" locals"
so they rent an apt. Paris...Rome..Barcelona for a week or so.
As Peter said on another thread, travelers do not work, also, probably, don't speak the language
and don't have to arrange a visit from the cable guy.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 04:53 PM
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"Living like the locals . . . "

It's just another cliche from the trendy travel folks, who always wandering and getting lost savoring the this-and-that and staying in cheap hotels and thinking their experience is more authentic. Utter nonsense.
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