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Aug 1st, 2005, 04:03 PM
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Unexpected windfall...10 days vacation...where would you go?

Caveats:Vacation time: Dec 23 - 7-10 days.

Budget: $5000 (not including airfare)

Want warm weather, cultural activities, good food...want to visit a country/city we've never been to..outside of North America.

have been to: Thailand, Vietnam, India, Cambodia, SIngapore, Maldives,China, Egypt, Morocco, Greece, France.

Any suggestions?


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Aug 1st, 2005, 04:17 PM
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I don't wanna play.
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Aug 1st, 2005, 06:48 PM
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No, I'm sorry, I don't have any suggestions.
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Aug 1st, 2005, 07:50 PM
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Rarotonga and Aitutaki! Beautiful and you can do it on your budget easily
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:02 AM
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Spain.....you can't go wrong. Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona!
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:03 AM
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Ooops..I did not see the time frame - cancel the suggestion.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:50 AM
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It seems like you have a positive taste for Asia. I suggest checking out the Philippines...islands like Boracay & Palawan & Dumaguete are spectacular...and can be done quite inexpensively.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:09 AM
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Rocco, Michael, am I missing something? Why post only to say you aren't going to participate? Seems rude - better not to post at all - unless I'm missing something.

NKS267 is that budget for one person or for two? If it's for one I'd go to Botswana for a luxury fly in safari - check out Wilderness Safaris amongst others.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:12 AM
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Thanks everyone...the budget is for 2 people...
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:34 AM
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I assume you're posting here because you're considering a trip to Africa?

Are you thinking of safari or something else?

What interests do you have?

Are you intending to go with a tour group or on your own?

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Aug 2nd, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Kavey,
As this question has been posted on 4 different boards on Fodors, I don't think the OP really has an idea what he/she wants Just not anywhere in North America or the other destinations listed.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:36 PM
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I appreciate that (and had noticed it myself as I clicked on their name when I first read the thread).

But should this board be limited to those who are asking advice only at a certain stage of their planning process or can't we offer a little something to those who are just asking for some low-level, introductory advice on which to base a destination decision.

I can appreciate that people may choose not to answer such a query - perhaps they feel it's unlikely the poster will choose an African destination and that they'd be wasting their time - and maybe they'd be right.

I just don't see where the query merits rudeness, is all.

Don't wanna play? Ignore the post. Simple as, really.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:49 PM
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I'd suggest Capetown, wine country (Stellenbosch) and a little of the coast
maybe out to Hermanus and back. However that IS about peak vacation time and summer in South Africa. You would need to hop into planning fast because you would DEFINATELY need reservations for places to stay.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 01:22 PM
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I can't recommend my home town too highly - Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. It has everything you could reasonably want.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 02:01 PM
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Patty,

Due to the fact that I did a search and found that NKS267 had posted this question on so many other boards, I did not waste my energy with much of a response. Why should I waste my effort on a person who is just likely going to waste my time.

I really go out of my way to help most people on this board, both on the board and in private e-mail correspondences, but this person did not warrant more than a one sentence response that summed up my feelings...I don't want to play your little game...go away, please.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 02:15 PM
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Rocco,
I think you meant Kavey.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 02:20 PM
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Rocco

That's fair enough but why take the time to post that you aren't going to post? It's rude.

And besides, you could have made the difference and swayed this person into visiting Zambia!

Fair enough not wanting to invest time if you think the chances of it being worthwhile are slim but... just ignore the post then! Why the need to stamp it with your approval or disapproval or presence?
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 02:20 PM
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Rocco's reaction reminds me a little on the issue with Mark of TAGA safaris.
Maybe some of us now better understand how TAs sometimes must feel.

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PS: Rocco, this is not meant against you!
 
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 02:35 PM
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Mitch,
Except we're all here giving advice and expecting nothing in return (well not nothing, but no monetary benefit), and this isn't our profession, so we should feel free to reply or not reply however we want. I chose not to reply, though somehow I've managed to post on this thread anyway! A TA is different, answering a potential client's question is their job (one that I wouldn't want BTW )

Interestingly I checked the 3 other threads the OP started and with the exception of the one on the Latin America board which doesn't get much traffic, they all have a lot of replies. Maybe we're just mean on the Africa board
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 02:44 PM
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I was too jealous to reply. I know EXACTLY where and how I'd spend that 5k.
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