why we are here, on VT...
..to feel global, to get advice, to use information for traveling, to store photos, to find friends, to kill time, to increase self confidence, to learn new life styles, to feel stronger beeing in the group....?
... to pracise our English (excellent excuse, although only for us non-native speakers)...
... to tell others about our travels and read about theirs...
....enjoy conversation with people with whom you share a similar interest, to be inspired to study the histories of more places/cultures/peoples....
When I joined it was because it was good to practice my day by day English, and it is a site about what I like most travelling, so it seemed the perfect site to me. ;-) And I was planning a trip and asked some questions, receiving excelent feedback.
Now, after some years, it is more or less the same, plus some people I have "meet" and I consideer realy valuable to me. I am not much into meetings or making lots of "friends", but I have found many polite and helpfull people here....some characteristics I use to miss in my "real" life. ;-)
Several reasons: 1) to meet other like-minded individuals that enjoy travel, writing, and sharing their experiences with others; 2) an outlet for my writing which provides me incentive to learn more about the world and where I'm traveling to; and 3) to learn about other places in the world, whether I plan to go there or not. The fact that most VTers are a friendly group and are fun to be with, whether virtually or face-to-face, is an added bonus to being on VT!
To feel connected to online friends all over the world and to share our excitement about the things we see on our travels
When i first joined a little over 10 years ago i was mainly here cause i was able to comunicate with people from around the globe.
This was really a big wow feeling for me at first.
These days this can be done in many forums on the web, but i like it here cause it's travel based and i practically travel all the time.
And i am able to help other travellers with advice whcih i really like.
Just last night i was chatting to a malaysian traveller who is going to Nepal later this year and we found out that i am just down the road from where he lives, so now we are planning to meet up and have a good travel talk.
Helping other travellers and meeting them in real life is the main reason why i am here today.
And having been here for so many years it has kinda become a family where new members are added every year and we meet all around the globe and travel and party and have good time together.
Actually, I don't like being in/part of a group.
I'm on VT because of the variety offered on so many levels.
It is a travel site and I like to learn about other parts of the world, the people and the various cultures. Then there's history, mores, both historical and modern.
Especially I'm here because the site is well moderated so most of us are gracious with each other most of the time. VT Members are generally tolerant and tolerated as individuals rather than as a group.
>>>to pracise our English (excellent excuse, although only for us non-native speakers)...
Oh Kathrin this is not only for non-native speaker.
We, native English speakers, also benefit a great deal. By practicing our writing/trying to express things in English and with the frequent questions asked about English terms/grammar, I for one, as a native English speaker have learned lots of things about my own language.
Not only that, one simple question about English terms/grammar, can turn into global history lessons or the address the contrast between different cultures based on the meaning of terms. Which is the variety I speak of that VT offers.
To help other people.
To enjoy the camaraderie.
To enjoy writing about places I've visited, because I enjoy researching and writing.
To learn a vast amount about other places and other cultures.
To not be alone
To read other peoples views on the same places I have been and to look up thier advice on places I still want to go...theres more usefull stuff here than you can poke a pointy stick at!
To have fun in Misc
In 2003 I ran out of space in my personal web site to store more photos, and most of them were travel releated. It's the perfect place to share travel information without having to pay for more web space (not that this is an issue any more in the modern web).
I'm here to hang out with other travellers when not travelling.
In a few years of being on VT, this is probably the most interesting question I have seen on the Misc. forum.
Why are we here, I have no idea? I think everyone has a different reason for being here as the previous answers indicate.
I have been extremely priveleged to have met personally many VT members although that is not the primary objective as I see it. Whilst the VT friendships are great, lasting and very strong, I do not see that as the main objective. Increase self-confidence, well I am not even going to address that as I have never lacked in that department. I don't need a new lifestyle as I am completely happy with the one I have.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have never found being in a group making me feel stronger. I am far better looking after myself.
Thanks again for your excellent question.
I like to write tips on VT so that others can avoid pitfalls that I have or get a little insight into great places that I have found. I genuinely get a real kick when people contact me here and say, "Oh, I tried that restaurant and it was great, as you said", it really is a kick. I love the misc. forum as well to just chat to people.
To go throught your points indiviidually,
"to feel global, to get advice, to use information for traveling, to store photos, to find friends, to kill time, to increase self confidence, to learn new life styles, to feel stronger beeing in the group....?
I do not feel global, I am British and proud to be so. I do however have friends all round the world if that mkes me global. Certainly, to get advice. I have planned weekend trips without using a guidebook just by using VT to make a guidebook for myself of what I want to see. Storing photos is handy, having had my camera stolen after an accident in the Philippines but not a major consideration. To find friends? No, I can do that myself. To increase self-confidence? Mmm, never been lacking in that. To kill time? Not really, that suggests just doing something for the sake of it and I think VT is much more than that. New lifestyles? No, I am quite happy with my own.
VT has been a BIG part of our lives and for me almost 10 years now .
Lori is more into making pages and I am more into making videos at VT meetings for everyone to enjoy .
This is what we do and what we like
VT meetings is the best thing we like ,meeting new people in places we would prob never visited if it was not for VT .
We will be around for a while and keep traveling until we can't anymore
Love you guys ,take care
It is much appreciated Hansi, hope you and Lori long continue to travel and do what it is that you both do so well.
Thank you Fergy
We will keep r going as long as we can
Hansi, if those funny feet of yours won't carry you any more, I'll push you about. Who else would waste half a day with me waiting for a train - with nary a whine, I may add.
Haha Okidoki Kate I will hold you to it
When my times comes for a scooter or something like that I will get the biggest and fastest one with all bells and whistles on it .
And of course a basket up front for my Cooookies and Candies jajaja.
I like meeting people from all over the world, to help them if they come here, to have help in case I go away (and can't find the answers/info I look for), to practice English, if the occasion arises, to meet others both here and away, because it's fun, because sometimes I find interesting places to visit I couldn't imagine they existed.........., and believe it or not, thanks to VT, I am even rediscovering my own city
To meet people like you, Loreta! :)
i am here because travelling has been my hobby for 40 years, and i still get excited and reminisce when i am giving advice on such topics as trekking in Nepal.
In my case it's mostly getting advice when planning my trips, and giving answers myself. Some time before it was also for fun and I still remember those good times but now I just have no time for that.
Due to VT I have now some very goof real friends though
"and believe it or not, thanks to VT, I am even rediscovering my own city."
That is a great comment. I am always banging on here about people writing about their own homeplace on the basis that locals generally know best. There are so many people that come on VT and are diffident about writing tips on the principle that they don't travel to "exotic" places. As I have written on my homepage, wherever you live is exotic to someone.
Yes fergy, thanks to:
- I write tips
- I reply questions
- I show my city if a memeber comes around
I'm rediscoveing my city
Santi, I've done this too!
I can't travel anymore, so have focused on my hometown and near by cities. I do live in a resort town, though it's not as popular as Paris, London or NYC it is worth telling about. Even the smaller towns near-by are worth writing about because there is so little to be found on the web written about them.
I've oftentimes been frustrated trying to find out about a smaller city or town. Almost nothing is there. I think that those of us who build pages on these obscure places are filling a real, if not frequent need.
Good for you!
Hi and Shalom:
1) To study present and future destinations for our travels.
2) Share personal travels and insights with others who are actually INTERESTED.
3) Share forums with a community of travelers.
(PS: the finding and making of friends is a natural occurance when you have such a huge group of good people.)
Linda, and you can't imagine how much I'm appreciating my city since then!
It's 4 a.m. and I am here reading your thoughts again... I really love your answers and they are quite an inspiration for me. Maybe it's age ... but I get my eyes wet when read your comments. Thank you so much for sharing your nice words and feelings!
What about you, aterola?
That's why I was thinking, because I don't know why I am here.
I like to meet people first of all, to chat... I like to see lifestyles, because I am over 40 and feel like beeing ready to change something in my life (crisis?). When I read stories from different people, I get a wider ideas.
Another thing is that I try to represent my country somehow, I feel bad that our goverment doesn't promote our country, so I try to bring my small contribution. I find it meaningful somehow...
It is meaningful Loreta!
We each have a voice here and can share what we want and there is always someone who appreciates our efforts.