The Best Place in the World

Jan 24th, 2004, 09:27 AM
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This is a great thread! It's hard for me to list my favorite places in order. I agree with Irlandes that everywhere I've been has been great. However, I would list my favorite places as Rio, Norway, the Dalmatian coast of the former Yugoslavia, Cinque Terre in Italy, Santorini, and Ibiza as the most physically beautiful places I have been. Barcelona and Tuscany are the two places in the world I would love to live. Venice is just Venice - very special. We're going to Egypt next month, so I imagine that will become the top of the list for everything! In the future hope to visit Ecuador/Galapagos, Peru, Morocco, Tanzania, and on and on I could go.
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Mar 14th, 2004, 05:19 PM
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No one has mentioned Alaska which is certainly the most beautiful place I have been and after I go to South Africa this fall, I will have been in a hundred countries. Teenagers would enjoy the animals, fantastic scenery and good hiking.
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May 9th, 2004, 02:22 AM
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My most memorable five trips after visiting 46 countries are: 1)Taking a dory (wooden boat) down the Grand Canyon for 9 days, 2)Kenya African Safari at Cottars 1920 Camp: which included walking, fishing, day/night drives on/off road, and drinking champagne while taking a bath in canvas bath tub in front of my tent watching an electrical thunder storm. 3)Isfahan, Iran: Meeting the locals and drinking tea at a tea house under the bridge. 4)Vietnam: The drive from Hue to Danang. The contrast between the grey clouds in the mountain, the emerald green rice paddies and tropical blue ocean are incredible to look at. 5)Saudi Arabia: Nothings more magical than watching the sunset or sunrise in the Arabian desert in the winter months.
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Jun 7th, 2004, 01:14 PM
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What a fascinating thread!

I haven't travelled outside North America and Europe (east and west) - though I'd dearly love to. But of the places I've seen so far, my favourite is the Tofino/Ucluelet coast on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Next is Edinburgh, in fact just about anywhere in Scotland.

From what I've read on this thread I think my next overseas trip, maybe in a few years, will definitely be to southern or eastern Africa.
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Jun 7th, 2004, 04:40 PM
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GHANA- West Africa-English speaking. Very safe, easy to travel around in alone, incredibly friendly people, NEVER feel part of some tourist institution, not overrun by tourists...rich...rich... history, and just downright peaceful, would be very educational for kids and it would be a great introduction to Africa...different, but not too bazaar.Up in Mole area-Northern Ghana- there's a 2,000 square-mile national park where you are walked through it with a ranger and not driven through it in vehicles. Read the Bradt Guide on Ghana and go over to lonelyplanet.com's forum. A lot of folks over there on that forum travel to Ghana and absolutely love it. Get the video from pilotguides.com. My second choice would be Thailand...Bangkok and Chiangmai and the north.My third choice is Salvador, in the Bahia region of Brazil. Gorgeous beaches and part of the city is on the World Heritage site list.Fourth choice...Bali,Indonesia.
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Oct 5th, 2004, 09:38 AM
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For me? Nepal and Vietnam...exotic, adventurous, wonderful people. When I arrived in Kathmandu I felt I was really at the top of the world; in Vietnam a sense of sadness because of the war but amazement at its beauty and the kindness of the people.
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Oct 9th, 2004, 12:36 AM
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My number one place in the world is Brazil. Was there 3 times in many different places and always want to go back.
I came back 2 weeks ago from one of the trips of my life: a 11 day river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Fantastic. I never expected Russia to be one of the most enchanting countries in the world , but it is!simply amazing!
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Oct 11th, 2004, 10:50 AM
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The Gulf Islands of British Columbia on a sunny day in October - paradise.
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Oct 11th, 2004, 11:50 AM
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From an American's perspective:
Oh my. This is difficult to answer, because it's an apple-to-oranges question. Depends on what you consider most important...and what the goal of your trip is. Hubs and I like to travel low-key but in luxurious accomodations.

For nothing but lay-in-the-sun-sipping-cocktails-and-be-pampered, we loved Moorea (we preferred the Pearl Beach Moorea to the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and the Hotel Bora Bora - this was 2 years ago). Beautiful island, even more beautiful people. The resort was new and still working out the bugs, but the employees more than made up for these in their desire to go 'above and beyond' to meet any request.

For luxury *and* activity, Singita still rules. Singita Boulders, for us. We will plan entire vacations around a three or four night stay at Singita. After my initial bug-eyed response to the price, our travel agent said, "If you can afford the price, you'll never regret it." She was right.
Even if you can't afford the price; skimp on everything else and reward yourselves with Singita, and it'll be a trip well worth it.

It's all so relevant, though.
In the States, (unexpectedly) we loved the Grand American in Salt Lake City. It was just a business trip, but we were upgraded to a nicer suite and loved every minute of our stay. And it's CHEAP! (If you book on Expedia, of course)

For a quick trip, we love renting a home on the Caymans ('We'll Sea' on Rum Point is a great family home for very reasonable prices and a private beach to boot).

If you think ->this<- was lengthy, wait 'til you see my "Do Not Enter" list...but the previously mentioned resorts still make me smile - and I hope to return to them soon.


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Oct 15th, 2004, 01:59 PM
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Ooh...good ?. I've been to Asia, South America, Central America, the Middle East, and have even lived in Europe and I think the best place is either Israel, Spain, Italy or Prague.

I recommend you check out other forums to get more info on why people love these place.

Have fun wherever you go!
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Nov 20th, 2004, 06:04 PM
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The greatest (and I would guess the most expensive?) is Antarctica.
Second-Iguazu Falls.
And of course the amazing JERUSALEM!
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Nov 27th, 2004, 02:27 PM
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Of all the beautiful places I've ever been, Austria has the most magnificent views. Innsbruck and Salzburg should not be missed. We took our children to Austria when they were 12 & 17 and they were in awe. They still talk about that trip. But, my heart will forever remain in Paris!
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Nov 27th, 2004, 02:45 PM
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hamitzer,

I used to think that Antarctica was the most expensive, but now, with the U.S. Dollar down to 1 to 5.84 Rand, I am not so sure anymore.

I have been quoted prices as low as $6,300 per person for an 11 night Radisson Seven Seas Cruise on their Explorer II ship. That works out to about $570 per person per night, a price that would easily be matched or surpassed on a luxury South African or Botswanan safari.

Nevertheless, Antarctica is right up there, although you can get some pretty good deals on a site like www.vacationstogo.com on a last minute special (booking within 90 days from departure), although it surely will not be on Radisson.
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 09:13 AM
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I have visited 50 countries either on business or vacation. Top 5:
My summer cottage on a lake in Northern Ontario, Canada.
Ireland northern and the republic.
Costa Rica
Switzerland
South Africa
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 05:38 PM
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Conquistador,

Just wondering...which parts of Costa Rica do you recommend??? I was just in the Jaco area at the Los Suenos Marriott resort and did not think very highly of the area (WAY too many tourists).

I am sure there are less populated places where it is possible to get away from it all. Where would you recommend? Thanks.

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Dec 29th, 2004, 04:06 AM
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Dec 30th, 2004, 08:53 AM
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Can't narrow it down to one place, but maybe this will help:
North America: Alaska. It's about as wild as you can get, with all the infrastructure and services anyone would need. It really has it all, especially the wildlife, scenery and adventure pursuits like rafting, fishing....the people are great too.
South America: Brazil has it all. the Amazon for the for expansive scenery, the Pantanal for incredible wildlife that's easy to spot, Rio for the nightlife and beaches. A great destination.
Africa: camping under the African sky with the roar of lions in the distance is tough to beat. South Africa has the most to offer in one country - the wildlife/safaris, the great white shark cage diving, the wine country, the services and infrastructure are the best in Africa, and tons of outdoor pursuits.
Australia: relatively safe, friendly people, tons of beautiful beaches, good infrastructure, amazing diving, great pubs, beautiful and fun Sydney, lots to see and do.
Eastern Europe: won't find a more beautiful city than Prague.
Western Europe: Italy...great food, tons of culture, historial relevance, the arts can't be beat, Florence is second only to Prague, the Vatican, Tuscany. a lot in one country.
Asia: no Asian country can beat Thailand for a travel destination. Great food, amazing islands, low, low prices, magical culture, friendly people, good infrastructure, amazing architecture (sp?), hill tribes/treks, Bangkok, ChanigMai, Pai and many more. Enjoy.
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 03:05 PM
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VICTORIA FALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

simply because its perfect
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Jun 5th, 2005, 06:49 PM
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Rarotonga! the lagoons, the sunsets, the people all amazingly beautiful place and as yet unspoiled.
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Jul 14th, 2005, 09:31 AM
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I've virtually travelled all over the world and one of the best trips I've ever taken is white water rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. I took a motorized boat so, I did not have to row or manage the rapids. You sit back and enjoy the beauty of the canyon while an experienced person mans the boat. We camped every evening on the banks which are sandy so it's like being on the beach. You go deeper and deeper into the canyon and see rocks that are 1-2 billion years old. They also took us on land treks to see waterfalls and other beautiful little nooks and crannies. At the end of the trip, we all were helicopted out of the canyon. I love rollercoasters but this ride through and then up and out of the canyon was the most exhilarating ride I've taken--I got to ride shotgun. The whole trip was truly spiritual and I believe children 8 years and older are eligible to go. Good company to use: Arizona River Runners.

I also took an excursion to Antarctica on an exploration cruise ship. That was an awesome experience that I'm glad I had the wherewithal to take. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and we saw whales, lots of penguins, seals and a host of birds. We took several land excursions and even visited an Argentine base camp that housed families.
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