The Best Place in the World

Jan 24th, 2002, 07:37 AM
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The best place in the world is not necessarily the same as the best place to visit. Also, the best trip is not necessarily my favorite place, the later being one that I would return o the most. That said, having been to about 30 countries, I vote Turkey as the best trip with Spain as favorite place.

Turkey has far more variety than Egypt, with places that are equally incredible or better, although maybe lesser known, such as Capadoccia. Also, I found the people much more friendly and far greater variety in food.

Jan 30th, 2002, 06:26 PM
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I agree with the sentiments expressed by Dave and having been to both Egypt & Turkey, there's no question I'd choose Turkey. If you want wildlife, then southern Africa can't be beat. If you want value for money, warm, friendly people, excellent transportation system, pristine scenery, lots of outdoor activities such as sailing, hiking, bungee jumping, rafting, etc. then New Zealand or Canada. We just returned from our first visit to NZ & can't wait to return. Also, Canada - it's a varied vast land - pick one region such as the Atlantic Region or British Columbia - sail, hike/drive the many national parks, wander thru lovely towns, etc. Both NZ & Canada offer excellent opportunities for adventurous holidays for teenagers.
Jul 18th, 2002, 10:21 PM
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Brazil, especially Rio and Salvador
Aug 15th, 2002, 10:25 AM
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Hi Jen!

This is a very difficult question to answer, if you don`t know what type of tourist you are. I`ve been in Canada, U.S.,allmost all of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Mexico, Caribbean, Turkey...etc. If I would select my favorite place, it would be: New Zealand, followed closely by the Jungrau Region in Switzerland, and Norway in third place. As you may deduct, I like great scenery with mountains and lakes. That is why these are the best places in the world for me. Hope this help you.
Aug 18th, 2002, 03:07 PM
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The best place in the world is MONTREAL, QUEBEC.
Aug 21st, 2002, 06:14 AM
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places i've been

1 Bangkok
2 northern botswanna
3 new york city
4 caymen islands
5 budapest
Aug 27th, 2002, 06:32 AM
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my favourite place has got to be Sri Lanka, i would like to live there. Donot let the reported troubles worry unduly, we have worse problems here in some areas. It is a beautiful and varied place, with a huge wealth of cultural things to enjoy, as well as good beaches and warm and friendly people.
Jan 10th, 2003, 10:26 PM
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Hi Jen,
Really special? and travelling with kids aged 13 and 15?, and I assume, travelling outside the US?


Beautiful, safe. Very modern, very tradtional. Polite, kind, marvelous people who adore children. Foreign culture, arts, architecture. Familiar things (with a delightful Japanese twist): baseball! Disneyland!

Amazing, confusing. Silly little things. Just one example: Thirsty, you stop in a Lawson's store for a bottle of water, but they only have one brand left. Do you really want to drink "Bocari Sweat"?

Go skiing, hiking in the mountains. Get buried in hot sand at the beach.

No merchants desperately, insistently, trying to sell you something. The Japanese man will calmly stand in his empty candy shop and treat you graciously when you enter. He will then meticulously wrap and package your modest purchase.

There you all are on the pirate ship crossing Lake Asahi. He says: "So, that's the great Mt Fujiyama!" "No, Dad, yama means mountain, so it's Mt Fuji, but it's called Fuji-san".

Zoom into the tunnel on the shinkansen bullet train, the ride is smooth. Whoosh out, into the sunny green countryside, and you realize you really are travelling at 168 mph.

Tokyo & Kyoto, of course, but there is much more. Discuss US, Japanese history in the Peace Park or on the trolley in Hiroshima. At a Fukuoka Hawk's baseball game, hold on to the balloon they give you, you'll see.

Kyushu, Hokkaido, the Matsuyama castle.
Geisha, samurai.

There are many books, so I will stop writing.

Jan 12th, 2003, 10:53 AM
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the best place. is cuba, the more big island in the world.
Feb 22nd, 2003, 09:37 AM
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The best place in the world? There are many, depending on the context. for a romantic trip for 2, French Polynesia or British Virgin Islands, equal gardens of heaven. But for a family trip with 2 kids, a tour or safari in Africa. Kenya is wonderful for Safaris and I went with Micato. Time of my life! It is beautiful, culturally different, educational, has incredible animal experiences, and the people were wonderful.
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Feb 23rd, 2003, 11:21 PM
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I came back recently from S Africa & zimbabwe & had the time of my life. All you people who loved it-we should all organize an "I love Africa" trip-well??!!
I'm also from Montreal but you can KEEP the weather. Patricia
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Feb 23rd, 2003, 11:37 PM
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ATTENTION MAGGIE: SO you went on Robin Popes Safaris-are you from canada? How are her "prices"? Please get back to me. Thanks Patricia
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Mar 6th, 2003, 06:09 AM
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Best place for us after 20 worldwide trips has to be Kenya. If it's the first big trip with the kids I'd vote for Rome. 2000+ years of art, architecture, history, shopping, food, get the idea. If your kids are girls, don't tell them that the cute Italian boys hang out at the Spanish Steps...
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Mar 6th, 2003, 06:47 AM
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Jen, there are a lot of places I have yet to see but if I could go anywhere I wanted, it would be to East Africa. Saw parts of Tanzania last June and really enjoyed the trip. We have a special interest in wildlife and certainly got "spoiled" there. Our daughter of then 15 would go back tomorrow if she could.
Would be interested in learning where you ended up going.
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Jan 14th, 2004, 05:50 AM
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It really depends what you want to do, but I have to say Egypt is a great choice!

On the beautiful beaches, you have Sharm El Sheikh with its great night-life and great snorkeling/diving spots (including nearby). You have Noueiba which is almost virgin landscape, you can camp in eco-lodges and spend your days at virtually private soft sandy beaches, you have the very hip ElGouna near Hurghada, with its new Marina looking like the south of France. You can go Historical Sight-seeing covering from Ancient Egyptian times (Pyramids, temples, tombs and the works) to Coptic and Islamic monuments that played key roles in history. You can do the desert safari and Oasis camping (which gets very chilly at night).. there's soo much to do. It really depends on the kind of vacation you want. The good thing about Egypt, is its a cheap-spending destination, and you get to touch base with a Cosmopolitan city (Cairo, with the fast food chains, hotels, cinema's etc) sometime during your vacation.
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Jan 14th, 2004, 07:41 AM
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The answer really depends on the type of person you are. What do you like to do in your vacation, what do you enjoy? Are you a city-person (art, museums, etc) ? Are you a nature lover? Are you active, adventurous or sedentary, laid-back?

I have travelled since I was in my teens (been to approx 35 countries).
Now married (no kids, not working), I get to travel with my husband on his business trips. I also travel on my own, or with my sister, whenever I see good deals

10 Ten favorite places visited:
Venice, Bora-Bora, Istanbul, Paris, HongKong, Rio de Janeiro, Maui, Santorini, Barcelona, Marrakesh

On my list:
Cairo (going there next month!), Sydney & Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Peru, St Petersburg (going this summer).

Thanks for letting me reminisce and dream...

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Jan 15th, 2004, 06:02 PM
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There's no place like home.
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Jan 16th, 2004, 07:50 PM
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So hard to say. Everywhere I've been has been beautiful, though after reading this post, I'm really interested in Egypt and Bora Bora!
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Jan 19th, 2004, 09:09 AM
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#1 - Brazil (Rio and Salvador)
#2 - Paris
#3 - South Africa
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 03:34 PM
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My top five places are:

#1 China - Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai are not to be missed. Inexpensive, safe, easy to get around, great for adults and teens, fascinating culture, yummy food. The only drawback was the long, long flight from the US.

#2 Venice - Expensive but not like any other place in the world. Magical! Full of art, music, culture and a great walking city. Great Carnivale masks, fine-tooled leather, Murano glass and 18K gold.

#3 The rest of Italy - Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre, Naples, Capri, Italian Lakes, Rome, Verona, Ravenna, Taormina, Mt. Etna, Sicily...the friendliest people ever, wonderful food, beautiful landscapes and historically enriching.

#4 France - Visually magnificent art and architecture, delicious meals, diverse cultures abound, though again rather expensive.

#5 Turkey - Exotic atmosphere, great shopping experience in Istanbul's great bazaar and spice markets, fun boating and swimming in sparkling coastal town of Antalya, interesting Ankara capital city, traditionally religious village of Konya.

Next on my list of places to go?
1. Morocco
2. Egypt
3. More of China (it's a big place)
4. Australia & New Zealand
5. Provence in late spring
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