Last week my husband and I returned from a 30 day Athens/Singapore cruise. I am one of the geographically challenged individuals that has been mentioned on this board. I'm still in awe and still absorbing all we saw and did during our trip.
Although, my desire to learn more about the world has never been greater than since we first started planning our trip, the most important thing I gained from our experience was realizing how incredibly blessed and fortunate we are to live in the United States and how much I've taken for granted.
The extreme poverty I saw in Eygpt, India, and especially Djibouti (I had never even heard of this country before) was heart breaking. The worst part of it was going back to the beautiful ship and seeing ALL the food and ALL the waste and hearing the complaints about such insignificant things like "This meat is too well done" and " I don't like the brand of shampoo on this cruise line," etc..
But I also learned that many of these people have aches and pains that make them crabby, some of the people who appear to be indifferent or shallow are actually preoccupied about serious afflictions in their lives, and the true snobs have even bigger problems and are even more ignorant.
I totally agree with you on counting our blessings, I have been on cruises and land travel and have listened to people complain about the most trivial things, eg. "this is not like at home" or why can`t they have such and such, or, why is everything so dirty, Please people, go to other countries to see the beauty of their lands, the graciousness of the people, the differences between the different cultures, enjoy it and then come home and be thankful for what we have here, happy travels, jean.
I agree! I think that those who expect (demand) that things be "like back home" when they travel should do us all a favor and stay home. They always seem to be the ones that have closed eyes and minds, but the continuous open mouth that is constantly complaining.
Most travellers go to see something different and really appreciate the difference and do count their blessings of what they have "back home". These travellers are the best company!
You have hit the hammer on the nail..........We, USA citizens, should be very thankful for what we have, and use out intelligence to make it even better.....
I have found the complainers on the Cruise Ships to be just a major problem....we all spend our money and very limited vacation time to enjoy.....I have been on cruises where the complainers rueined my cruise ! ..pushing, shoving, loud, complaining...on and on.... I am a very placid person....but started pushing back, just to maintain my ground! YIKES..what does it say about people????!!!!!!!!
I here two different statements here. One is that we should count our blessing for being able to take a cruise in the first place - I whole heartily agree with that statement. Perhaps, more importantly we should donate our money and volunteer are services to help the needy.
The second statement is that although we've paid anywhere from two weeks to a months salary for a vacation we should be satisfied with substandard service. I'm afraid I just don't agree with that. The one statement has nothing to do with the other.
Now, that doesn't mean that we should be obnoxious about it, but if I get a steak that is well done when I asked for medium rare, I plan to politely ask the server to have the chef prepare a medium rare steak.