Is traveling really worth the hassle and cost?

Has anybody else become disillusioned with travel? Everyone shows off the glamorous side of traveling on social media when that's just a small part of the experience. Most of it is negative. There's the constant waiting, security checkpoints, boarding and deboarding packed planes, cramped seating with minimal legroom, surly flight attendants, long customs and immigration lines, currency exchange, language barriers, awkward situations and faux pas, hawkers persistently pestering you, corrupt police shaking you down, robbers targeting you as a tourist, food poisoning, motion sickness, uncomfortable weather that you aren't used to, crowds just about everywhere with 8 billion people on the planet. It's all so tiresome. Usually I need a vacation from my vacation when it's all over.

All for what? I can order all sorts of ethnic food in my city. I can date women from different cultural backgrounds here. I can use the internet or VR device to see the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and old dusty churches. I can visit museums virtually. I can learn about a country's history online. I can drive to beaches and nature. No need to travel across the globe for any of this. I wish I had realized this earlier in life before I wasted so much money on pointless travel. I would rather use the money towards a lakeside retreat home away from the city.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >ITT: its the "travel is overrated" troll thread #987435
    also not your blog

    • 2 months ago
      Dylan

      Notice how you added zero counterpoints in defense of travel

      Also not your shitpost dumping ground

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have a degree in tourism.
    It’s how we do travel that is all wrong.
    People who say the world has never been more accessible are full of shit: access, to locations, products, services, transportation, etc is more restricted today than it has been at any other point in history.
    This severely limits the kinds of experiences you can get from traveling, most people are railroaded into wasting their vacation on overpriced tourist traps.
    The only way to get around is by being rich which gives you access to so many more things.
    We desperately need a new philosophy, a new way of traveling.
    New strategies, new ideas, we have to think outside the box and come up with an alternative that is more satisfying than the current status quo.

    • 2 months ago
      Dylan

      So what do you suggest?

      My solution is to embrace virtual travel. It's less stressful. Less costly for you and the environment. Of course you won't be able to brag about how many countries you visited, briefly and superficially in most cases

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think the best solution would be to know someone in your country of destination, a friend that could help you avoid the tourist traps and guide you.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Travel should be banned. Humans are killing the planet. All humans should be welded into apartments, given a VR headset and a diet of cockroach goyslop.

    • 2 months ago
      Dylan

      k, so basically you have nothing worthwhile to contribute to my thread. Noted.

      >Travel should be banned
      >All humans should be welded into apartments
      >and a diet of cockroach goyslop
      I never made any of those arguments

      Diet of cockroach goyslop? I can get delicious, homemade ethnic food of many varieties in my city. You have yet to make a convincing argument why I need to fly thousands of miles to Vietnam for this experience.

  4. 2 months ago
    sage

    You're completely right, its all a shitshow so never travel ever again and keep ticket costs lower for the rest of us who want to go.
    >B-B-BUT YOU HAVENT REFUTED MY STATEMENTS
    >IM STILL CORRECT AND YOU HAVENT DEFENDED IT!
    I'm not going to defend liking what I like to soothe your autism. If you don't like the hassles of travel, don't fucking do it. Now fuck off to that lakeside retreat and stop shitting up the board.

    • 2 months ago
      Dylan

      >blah blah blah blah blah

      You might want to learn from

      I have a degree in tourism.
      It’s how we do travel that is all wrong.
      People who say the world has never been more accessible are full of shit: access, to locations, products, services, transportation, etc is more restricted today than it has been at any other point in history.
      This severely limits the kinds of experiences you can get from traveling, most people are railroaded into wasting their vacation on overpriced tourist traps.
      The only way to get around is by being rich which gives you access to so many more things.
      We desperately need a new philosophy, a new way of traveling.
      New strategies, new ideas, we have to think outside the box and come up with an alternative that is more satisfying than the current status quo.

      on how to articulate your stance in a more thought-provoking, nuanced manner

      • 2 months ago
        sage

        It's actually pretty well written and very much to the point. If you don't like it, don't do it and don't bitch about it. You want a pseudointellectual argument for what boils down to my simple answer. If traveling is too much for you to handle, then don't travel. If you don't mind the ups and downs, then go if you want to. I will engage your post on just one point though:
        >I can date women
        Clearly fucking not, because this level of autism and retardation are so severe the only women you could insert your penis into are buried in a graveyard. Consider joining them soon.

        • 2 months ago
          Dylan

          >I don't know how to add to this discussion so here are some more ad hominems

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >I cant refute the obvious point and am desperate for attention, please give me more dicks to suck!

            • 2 months ago
              Dylan

              >thinking he has made any point worth refuting

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                dat lack of self awareness LMFAO

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get TSA Pre and Global Entry if you're American. Get expedited security for other places. Get a job or start a business that lets you accumulate points. Fly business class for free and redeem for upper tier hotels.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Hurr don't travel then
    isn't much of a counterargument when I have already decided to spend my money on more enjoyable and worthwhile things. But k. Thanks for your "advice" that I already took, Mr. I Don't Even Know How To Sage Properly

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >but you're not giving me a counterargument
      I told you I don't have to and I'm not going to. It really is as simple as dont do the thing you don't want to do and do the things you want.
      >i've decided to spend my money on more enjoyable and worthwhile things
      which is why you're posting about how much you're above travel on a travel board? You seem to not be spending money and not doing the worthwhile things you like by posting here instead of doing them. Weird.
      >dont know how to sage properly
      oh I know how, but I was right that it would definitely get you mad

      • 2 months ago
        Dylan

        I'm not spending money atm because I'm at work making it. I want to put that money to better use. Travel is not a good value for your money when you factor in the hassle. That was literally the point of my post.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >im at work making money
          >by posting on sighsee incessantly
          Being a NEET with an allowance is not a job, you're not fooling anyone.
          >travel isnt good value for money
          Neither is spending your time complaining about things you dislike instead of doing the things you do like. Or doing your totally legitimate and not imagined "job"

          • 2 months ago
            Dylan

            I work in tech and work maybe 1 or 2 hours a day in the aggregate. git gud and maybe you could too.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >it’s this thread again
    Yah no fucking shit retard. If you are traveling like a Instagram roastie than of course there is no point in traveling

    • 2 months ago
      Dylan

      So what makes your way of traveling so special and worthwhile?

      It depends on what your interests are. If you're not into sightseeing or exploring other cultures and cities/towns then there's really no reason to travel.
      I personally travel for food and wine because even if there are good foreign restaurants in my city they will never truly be like those in their native country because the food is grown differently and the experience is usually quite different for good or bad. There's also plenty of wineries or distilleries I like to visit to try things I can't get back home and learn more about them for my own curiosities. They're also usually in places with better weather then what I usually get so it acts as a nice escape.

      But yeah if you don't give a shit about the hassles of going cross-continent don't bother traveling if there's not a big enough reason to leave your country.

      I don't necessarily agree about the difference in quality warranting traveling long distances just to eat and drink. At least you are capable of expressing your opinion like an adult.

      You just sound inexperienced and/or unable to use the tools at your disposal.

      Half of your complaints can be mitigated with a travel card and utilization of an airline points system. TSA Pre and Global Entry are free with a Capital One or Delta card which negates the security checkpoints and long lines. You also get cheap and/or free upgrades to much more comfortable flight accommodations with better service. A proper travel card also negates the currency exchange issue

      The rest of your complaints are straight up picking bad places to go at the wrong time.

      Even in the best case scenario there's a lot of waiting and sitting for hours on end. For that reason I don't see myself doing as much long-distance traveling in the future. I will make an exception for Japan and will use your suggestions to see if that results in an improved experience. Thanks fren.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Even in the best case scenario there's a lot of waiting and sitting for hours on end.

        A comfy seat or Preferred Status lounge makes a world of difference. Relaxing with a cocktail away from the rest of the unwashed troglodytes is a completely different travel experience imho. I fully understand what you're saying and that way of travel is for people who do it maybe once or twice a year to go see family or take their poor fag budget vacation with their 32 kids.

        • 2 months ago
          Dylan

          Ok you sold me. I will give it a try and see if it changes my opinion.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            so what I and many other avid travelers do is get a good travel card and funnel all your monthly expenses through it (paying off the balance every month ofc). you rack up points like crazy this way. also, pick one airline and stick to it, don't just click the lowest fare you find off Kayak or Expedia because you'll end up on some shit ass airline like Frontier or Spirit and those motherfuckers ding for every little thing so in the end you're saving maybe $100 and getting dogshit service and accommodation. I like Delta myself, Comfort + seating is the best bang for your buck in terms of comfiness and price. Another tip is to never check any bags, unless you are going to be gone for more than two weeks you can get away with a carry-on and small backpack if you pack right. No checked bags and TSA Pre/Global Entry means you can realistically show up maybe an hour before boarding and still have enough time for a beer in the lounge instead of the 3 fucking hours that everyone else ends up doing.

            • 2 months ago
              Dylan

              I don't see myself being a frequent flyer so that's not really relevant to my situation. I just have one flight planned, from Chicago to Tokyo, and will use All Nippon. For domestic trips I would rather drive.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It depends on what your interests are. If you're not into sightseeing or exploring other cultures and cities/towns then there's really no reason to travel.
    I personally travel for food and wine because even if there are good foreign restaurants in my city they will never truly be like those in their native country because the food is grown differently and the experience is usually quite different for good or bad. There's also plenty of wineries or distilleries I like to visit to try things I can't get back home and learn more about them for my own curiosities. They're also usually in places with better weather then what I usually get so it acts as a nice escape.

    But yeah if you don't give a shit about the hassles of going cross-continent don't bother traveling if there's not a big enough reason to leave your country.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You just sound inexperienced and/or unable to use the tools at your disposal.

    Half of your complaints can be mitigated with a travel card and utilization of an airline points system. TSA Pre and Global Entry are free with a Capital One or Delta card which negates the security checkpoints and long lines. You also get cheap and/or free upgrades to much more comfortable flight accommodations with better service. A proper travel card also negates the currency exchange issue

    The rest of your complaints are straight up picking bad places to go at the wrong time.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    One word destroys your entire argument: COOOOM.

    • 2 months ago
      Dylan

      Some of us don't need to go halfway around the world to have those needs met

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Good for you. But I prefer women overseas. They give me less bullshit than the ones in the gay Sex Prison Police State Homo Haven. My country isn't shit but gay gay men, gender benders, police harassing, pussied out gayty cop-caller cry bullies, stuck up hoes, and bitter crones.

        • 2 months ago
          Dylan

          Meds

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous
  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    good. stay home. don't come.

    also
    >social media
    ngmi

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I actually travel to places with a one way ticket. That is, I do not go back to live where I was. So I travel because I had to in order to have more freedom and enough money not to be poor.
    People that travel to UK to see the Buckingham palace or some shit, is disgusting to me. Where I go I stay, I actually learn the language properly unlike amerilards who rely on other expats saving their asses on the spot.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Basically this

      >Where I go I stay, I actually learn the language properly unlike amerilards who rely on other expats saving their asses on the spot

      Except this, lol, English and Google translate gets you everywhere, except I agree that expats are shit and should be lined up and shot

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No!
    Every time I travel I get a runny bottom

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I like traveling because I'm not working. Just sitting at home for 3 weeks would be too boring.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Depends on what you do and why

      Yeah basically. People that do action packed mega trips in short periods of time set themselves up for disappointment tbh. Vacation packages try and cram into a week stuff that could take you a month without as much as hassle. I understand Americans don't get a lot of vacation time so that makes sense but it's still doing it wrong. Waking up in the morning and having a coffee, enjoying the sun rise in a new country. Speaking to people that are not like you (and trying to coom in them if they got tiddies). Seeing historical sites to better understand perspectives. Having silly experiences to laugh about etc.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's probably because you're a burger and don't get a proper holiday.
    >beg for a few days off from your boss
    >go to airport because trains are for communists
    >groped by TSA unless you tip them still forced to throw away anything needed for your travels
    >wait in line flight kicks you off because they over booked and now forced to buy new tickets doubling the cost
    >finally get on plane but can't take off because too many fat people
    >kick someone off the plane they see as brown or black
    >finally take off but no beer because that's not 'family values' or some shit
    >land and plane erupts in clapping to the point ears are damaged so have to go to hospital and pay 100,000 for pain medicine
    >get to hotel paying over 500£ a night for some room you couldn't possibly use all of and is bigger than most apartments too
    >spend your 2 days holiday before boss demands you work
    >have to work since medical bills
    >return home with all the horrors of your holiday and debt
    >get call form hotel charge you 1000£ extra because you forgot to tip the underpaid maid
    >'a-at least I've f-f-freee!'
    Yeah never going to the US for holiday you couldn't pay me to visit some hell hole like I've seen of New York or Los Angeles. Florida might be okay still the beaches look nice but not till your government fixes itself.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      2/10 not accurate and not funny, bad shitpost

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Only tangentially related to thread, but are most of you westerners? I feel like you need to be a westerner if you want to do any semi-serious extensive travelling because you need both money and a decent passport

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    What are your passions? Is exercising said passions abroad a thrilling idea? A few examples:

    A coyote hunter in the midwest USA will dream of snagging a water buffalo in Africa.
    A cycylist who has repeatedly conquered every bike path, range, trail in a 250mile radius of home will dream of cycling across France.
    Someone who rents kayaks down at their local waterfront will dream of an aquatic voyage abroad.

    But if you approach leaving your home county as just staying in a hotel, eating at a new restaurant, then returning to your job and home a week later, yea, that sounds godawful lame bro

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Kek just buy business class or first class where available. No hassle if you’re rich. A few weeks ago the flight attendant literally tucked me in on the flatbed after my nightcap. Shits comfy bros

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >the flight attendant literally tucked me in on the flatbed after my nightcap
      This would actually make me feel ill and I probably would have snapped at her. Who does that?

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