Subject: Re: Thanks to Fellow Travelziners
Hi Linda and All,

I'm glad you enjoyed the intended humor in my post.

Re the distinction between travelers and tourists, maybe my mistake was trying to put a label on the kind of traveler who behaves so rudely he reflects badly on his country of origin. I always lose in a question of semantics. I didn't mean to come across as a travel snob. I agree with all the positive things others have said about travel in general. Since so much of my life, now that I'm widowed, is planned around my next travel experience, I am probably one of the worst destroyers of what we all are looking for in our travels -- the true beauty and feeling of the places we are privileged to visit.

I was not talking about any particular destination or class of travel, but really a question of good manners. I get very excited for those I see backpacking, hosteling, hiking and just wish I'd had the chutzpah and the opportunity to do that when I was at an age to do it. And since I'm usually part of a tour group (and certainly not traveling first class), I surely am not going to throw stones at those. I agree wholeheartedly with Gail's observation that Isolation from other world views breeds distrust &fear, &is not the legacy I want to leave to my grandchildren. I love and enjoy travel so much I want it for everyone who would care about it.

So if I stepped on some toes, please forgive. I guess a boor is a boor in any language, and it really doesn't matter if he/she is traveling or in his own backyard.