Travel Destination Ignorance

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Madeira cake from France and Tenerife in Bulgaria

The other day, I was sitting at my favourite restaurant when I overheard a conversation that went something like this:

First Person: “I think I am going to have a slice of Madeira cake”

Her Friend: “That’s a good idea, I’ll join you. Not that I’ve got a clue why they call it Madeira cake, have you?”

First Person: “I think it’s named after some place in France.”

I am not sure why that sort of ignorance about places makes me feel so frustrated. After all, why should everyone be as fascinated by travel and far away places as I am? Whatever the reason, I just could not help myself interrupting the two women as soon as they had ordered their cake to inform them that Madeira is a Portuguese island about four hundred miles off of the north African coast in the Atlantic ocean. I added that it makes a fabulous holiday destination but did bother to tell them that it is actually not one island but an archipelago and actually an autonomous region of Portugal.

Just as well – their expressions told me that I had already said more than they were interested in knowing.

This attitude of having little or no interest in travel destinations is actually very common and it is not confined to people who are generally under educated. Frequent examples can be seen on television quiz shows when contestants who are obviously well educated stumble on simple questions like;

Which of the following is not a Caribbean island

(A) Jamaica

(B) Cuba

(C) Majorca

(D) Barbados

Even more incredible are the people you sometimes overhear in a travel agent, booking holidays to resorts without having any interest as their location as long as its warm and sunny with cheap booze available.

Travel destination ignorance is not just a British thing. An air stewardess once told me a story about an American couple visiting their parents country of origin, Bulgaria, one February. They had used a travel agent in New York to plan their journey and book the two flights that were involved. The first flight took them to London where they boarded the ongoing flight to complete their journey. When this flight landed at Reina Sofia airport the couple looked a little flustered and hesitated at the top of the flight steps, turning to the stewardess to ask why everywhere looked so sub tropical and sunny, and adding that their parents had always told them that Bulgaria was cold in February. At first, the stewardess was at a loss to think of anything that could possibly explain how someone trying to get to Bulgaria in Eastern Europe could end up on a flight to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Then she realized that the name of Bulgarias capital city is Sofia. She asked the couple whether they thought they had boarded a flight to Sofia, Bulgaria. The answer was yes and it turned out that their travel agent had probably just typed Sofia Flights into her computer and accepted the results that the query gave without questioning any further!

France is a Better Travel Destination Than Italy

Two of the most traveled to destinations in the world are France and Italy. Often time people find themselves eager to take a vacation and just get away from it all but they are caught up in the decision of whether they should head to France or Italy. Of course Italy has the delicious food and a lot of tourist attractions, but there are some great reasons as to why France is a better travel destination than Italy.

Romance
One of the first things that come to mind when you think about France is romance. Think Sleepless in Seattle, and it is not surprising why people picture true romance when they head to France for a nice getaway. Especially if you are planning for your honeymoon or just for a nice getaway with that special someone, France is the place to go.

There are so many wonderful things that you can do as a couple here, and the atmosphere and environment is just perfect for this type of experience.

Monuments
Another of the reasons that France is a better travel destination than Italy is because there are so many world famous monuments that you can check out in person. These are attractions that draw in millions of travelers each and every year. Sure you can see them in pictures and hear about them from others who have visited, but there is nothing that compares to seeing them up close in person.

Rolling Hills and Lush Landscapes
Besides the gorgeous monuments that are located in France, there are also some breathtaking sights of scenery. The rolling hills and lush landscapes are another of the main features that draw people to the country, and the eastern part of France in particular is full of these gorgeous and picturesque views. Alsace, Lorraine, Franche Comte and Burgundy regions are all lovely places that one can visit when they travel to France.

Paris
Of course we can not forget about Paris. This is the most visited city in all of France and for good reason. It is actually one of the most visited cities in the world, because it has so much to offer and is so popular. It is the site of some of the most memorable television shows and movies and truly the most romantic place in the world. Paris is so fascinating and has so much to showcase to travelers that come by this way. It is known as the City of Light and is home to the infamous Eiffel Tower.

There are various different tourism and information offices that are located around Paris because of the large majority of tourists who travel this way, and so you know that you will never have to worry about getting lost. They will always be there to offer you any information and advice that you may need on how to get around the area and what different things you can do. If you ever need help making it to a restroom or nearby restaurant, they will guide you.

France is the most visited country in the world and it is definitely easy to see why. There is so much to see and so many great things to do here that there is no way that you would ever get bored or not enjoy yourself. From the beautiful beaches to the entertaining nightlife, the romantic scenery to more monuments than in any other country, this is a very pleasant place to stay and so France is one country that should be right at the top of your list when you are trying to decide on a place to travel to on your next getaway.