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Big birthday next year!

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I am thinking ahead to that BIG birthday next year. I usually don't like to make a fuss over myself and don't like to announce that it is my birthday but thought I should make next year special! I have been thinking of what to do- where to go- and have come up with a short list of places. I start with the Europe forum since I live in Europe and there are a couple of countries on my list. I am in the pondering stage but would like some feedback to help narrow the choices. What are the positives for each place?
I will be traveling with my husband and our two kids. Kids will be 10 and 11 next year and are good travelers. I have had some really memorable vacations and those are the ones that weren't so terribly planned out with every detail covered but room left for surprise and exploration. That being said those trips were planned at a low season time so we had options for picking hotels as we drove...based on scenery etc. We enjoy a mix of culture, relax, beach, food certainly, wine and people watching.

Here goes:
Capri and Amalfi coast- Husband said he has always wanted to take me there and I adore views and quaint scenery. We could easily fly there from where we live so the travel part is less expensive.

Canals in France (we would rent and power the boat ourselves)- Sounds like a fun adventure. Again, getting there is easy.

Hawaii- I like the beach, kids like the beach, hubby not so much. The American in me would like to take the family there. I have been to Oahu twice but would head to another island(s). Is a big trip from Europe.

African photo safari- Everyone that has been SWEARS it is life changing. Why? What are your opinions? Does time move slow or fast on this type of adventure and esp. with kids? Entire family is game for this. How is safety in Kenya, Tanzania, SA these days? I think of the tourists staying in tourist areas who have recently been killed or kidnapped. :( But we have two different friends that run safari companies and they travel regularly, seemingly without worry. Many hours away but same timezone.

Japan- That would be something totally different. Not even the language symbols could be recognized! We love Miyazi films and could see the museum and I am enamored by the trendy and fashionable youth of Japan. Would require much planning as I don't know where to start. Anyone been?

Could add more to the list but think this is a good start.

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