What qualifies as a city you've visited?

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  1. Marty McFry
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    Does having a layover in the airport count? What about just taking a step outside the airport? Or perhaps there's a minimum amount of time you have to spend outside the airport for it to count?

    And with trains, is stepping on the platform enough or do you have to go out of the train station as well?
     
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    I only count a city as visited if I can actually describe at least some part of the city from personal experience. If it's just the airport, I say "I've only been to the airport."

    EDIT: You can also consider your layovers as visits to different cities in Airport Country.
     
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    I'd say at a minimum you'd have to do something not related to being in or passing through an airport.

    I'm dorky enough to count which states and countries I visit every year. My threshold is that for countries, I must clear immigration (so that the country acknowledges I've entered it) and that for states, I must engage in some sort of economic activity (so that my presence there flows back to others in the state).
     
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    The traditional Chinese standard is that you have to eat a meal in a place to properly say you've been there.
     
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    My standard is I need to either sleep a night there or visit a museum and eat a meal. Usually I manage all three. Photographic evidence is also preferred [​IMG].
     
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    Must leave airport and must have a meal or a night's sleep outside of airport.
     
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    I pretty much will only count it if I stayed overnight. Like Jason said, photos help too!
     
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    Must leave airport. I count as visited a number of cities and states in the north east US that I only visited on a site seeing trip through the area one fall. Some locations I would stop and take a picture or visit a tourist trap. Others were only viewed through the window of the rental car.

    I think each individual has a slightly different or personal "definition" of visited. Count your visits however you prefer, I will count mine in my own way. I don't believe there is a "right' answer.
     
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    you at least have to have your passport stamped :)
     
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    This thread made me think..... In my head, I always believed that it took staying the night to have stayed somewhere, eg, I stayed a night Lichtenstein. But thinking about it more, on that same trip, Berne and Lucerne would no longer count as having been visited even though I spent hours and hours roaming around each. I also thought about passport stamps but then Salzburg would not count because I arrived via train from DE. No stamp. I like a combo of Freak's and Efram's definitions - leave the airport and eat a meal - and will stick with that one.

    Cheers
     
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    Good question- I define as follows.
    At least:
    1) Left the airport
    2) Had something to eat (no the Sheraton at Frankfurt etc do not count)
    3) Took a walk or a drive around an area other than the airport
    So, for example, if I go to a meeting at the Frankfurt Airport Centre or Frankfurt Airport Club across the street from Terminal 1, and flew directly from another country- even though they are "outside" of the terminal, when friends and family ask "How was Germany?", I reply "I don't know I was in airportworld".
     
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    Hard to do with so many places not stamping.
     
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    Europe with Schengen means very limited.

    Even HKG doesn't stamp anymore with the e-channel :)
     
  14. Westsox
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    I think keeping your list of visited cities is a bit like keeping score while playing golf, it is on the honor system. There are also exceptions to rules to take into consideration such as various seasons (winter rules) and course conditions (free drop from certain areas). I know if I have truly visited a city/country and keep my list accordingly. While my requirements to count a location may differ from others, I don't think it is a competition to see "who has the biggest list".

    Count them however you like and be happy with the knowledge that you have been blessed to have traveled to more locations than most people in the universe.
     
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    So we can claim a Mulligan :)?
    I do agree however on the overall concept- and the "biggest list" seems like a great way to torture someone you don't know/don't like at a dinner party with set seating arrangements. I can already here Captain Blowhard "Back in 63, when I was in Zimbabwe, we went to the bar, and beer was 5 pence......." :)
     
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    A mulligan would mean you have to go back and visit again, like it never really happened!

    Yes, you are allowed to "pull out your list" at the appropriate time, but we are all friend here on this forum and "Size does not matter" to us.
     
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    Hey I really like this idea!
     
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    Feet on the ground.

    I keep my rules simple and straight-forward. :)
     
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    I think interactions with locals outside the airport - this can probably be done by having a meal, going to a bar, visiting markets (i.e. street markets like the ladies market in HK where you negotiate prices for something), etc...
     
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    This is basically the same set of circumstances that I apply, though in some cases I'm even more strict.

    If I'm just connecting at an airport it definitely doesn't count. That's one of the reasons I've still never visited Colorado despite connecting there a dozen times or so. But I also do not consider just using a rest stop on an interstate as visiting that state. If I stop and buy dinner, yes, but if I'm just stopping to get gas and then only because that just happens to be where I am when I happen to need gas then probably not.

    In other words, I have to have meant to be there AND have done something for it to really count.
     
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    says it all. interactions with local because of YOUR need... not the car/plane's
     
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