Your most unique travel destination was?

Nov 13th, 2003, 05:52 AM
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The trip that took the most planning was a 4-month "sabbatical" we took a few years ago - Europe (GB/NL/B/CH/F/E/P) then Israel, then Fiji, then New Zealand, then a freighter across the Pacific back to the US. Took pretty much 6 months of advance planning, mainly done on-line, so that we wouldn't end up backtracking, paying too much for accommodations, transport, etc. It was a life-changing thing, and we're now planning the next such outbreak. The bills from the last one are nearly paid off, and the bosses mollified (i.e. unwilling to believe we'd do it twice.) The itinerary is forming, although politics and the world situation are factoring in much more now than was the case the first time.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 06:00 AM
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Our trip to China was fabulous; the Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers in Xian, Li River Cruise, Hong Kong. Also, our recent trip to the BEAUTIFUL cities of Prague and Krakow and the Polish countryside.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 06:20 AM
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Where do you plan to go next? Your previous itinerary covered quite a few places. How safe did you feel in Israel? I had the opportunity to travel there when I was younger and passed it up. I do regret it now, and would still love to go(heritage). Keep us posted, as you are one of the better sources for advice on many subjects.
Nov 13th, 2003, 06:51 AM
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Jetset1 - Current planning (as in negotiation, arguing, petulance, china throwing, sullen resignation...) involves a couple of as yet unvisited continents - Africa, S. America, possibly coupled with Antarctica - as well as more familiar places like Italy and back to the S. Pacific, most likely Fiji again or the Cooks. It will almost certainly involve another freighter trip - we've got our eyes on a route from Italy through the Suez Canal that calls on all the Indian Ocean islands (Comoros, Reunion, Mauritius, Madagascar) before terminating in Kenya.

We're going to Israel next spring to see family including new arrivals thereto. The security thing is bothersome but we go to NYC and DC too and don't get all clutched about it. I once got lost in Belfast at the height of the troubles, with the brakes on my bright orange car - with British, not N. Irish plates - squeeking loud enough to be heard in Norway every time I hit the pedal. Up the Shankhill Rd., down the Falls Rd. (all the street signs had been removed by the baddies in order to confuse the Army) with heads turning at every intersection. Got stopped four times in one hour by guys with guns, asking me my business. After that, Jerusalem was a piece of cake.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 07:29 AM
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Gardyloo - You made me spit my sprite out I was laughing so hard (sullen resignation, china throwing, arguing, petulance etc). That reminded me of the last travel conversation I had with my husband. I want (really really want) to go on a jungle safari and he really really does not have any desire to do so. Of course he promises to go one day and I know he will, but I want to go now (as in I want an oompaloompa now daddy........)!! Not sure if I spelled that right.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 07:30 AM
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all those places sound great- as for me going to oahu - big island and then off the kauai.. I would love to see Alaska , maybe on a cruise sometime.. I really don't care for cold weather and it is cold enough here in West Virginia, had our first snow flurries this am.. But the sun is out and no snow on ground so that is great .. Looking forward to the sun and warmth of Hawaii.. Have you ever been to Flordia? We go there 3 times a year and love it always the gulf coast it is really pretty there and the weather is great.. Have you been to Antigua? I have looked that up but just love Aruba so will most likey go there next winter.. I can't believe your neighbor would complain about going to Hawaii..
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Nov 13th, 2003, 10:41 AM
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I did visit San Miguel de Allende ! That is exactly what I mean about the small towns, I just liked being a part of what I call "real life" where not everything is so pop culture driven. Where people grow their food, make art for a living, and you are surrounded by history, etc. I have very fond memories.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 11:47 AM
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St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, French riviera is a favorite. Pretty, relatively understated, elegant, seasonal, tres expensive.
For the record, "unique" does not take a modifier. It means one-of-a-kind. Something unique cannot be more one-of-a-kind than something else unique. Pardon the pedantry. Pet peeve.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 02:12 PM
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The trip that took the most planning was a 2 week driving trip around the South Island of New Zealand. A few of the many adventures included swimming with the dolphins, hiking on a glacier and jet boating down a river.

The most romantic spot we've found is to stay in an over-the-water bure (villa) at one of the luxury resorts in the Maldives (off the SW coast of India). We loved the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.

If you want to see something really incredible before the tourists "love it to death" head for the temples of Annkor Wat in Cambodia. It's truly a unique place on earth.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 02:40 PM
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Thank all of you for the replies. Makes me feel pretty special on a beautiful but cold Alaskan afternoon.
Hmmm- you are right about the modifier! However, when I'm posting, I'm terrible about brain and hand coordination- I get too excited about new vistas. Double crime too, as both my parents were teachers. In fact, my father was a university prof for most of his life. Hard to believe I missed that one, but I do understand your peeve. I have a few myself.....
Keep the great posts coming. My atlas has so many little post-its now that it looks like a children's book
Nov 13th, 2003, 03:07 PM
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Goa, India. Sitting on the beach watching the dolphins frolick off shore. Having the drink guy bring me a great caipirinha. And sitting next to the most amazing man in the world, my husband.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 03:08 PM
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Jaybee- not yet visited Florida and Antigua, both are on my wish list.
Wednesday- thanks
Lindsey- I'll bet your photos are awesome. I envy your traveling. I had a niece who was an exchange student in NZ, she did lots of geology related activities and loved her time there.
Nov 13th, 2003, 04:03 PM
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Funny, after I re-read your last post I realized you live in a place much like I described (real life)also, just a different country. I think you are lucky to live in a place people want to visit, and you get to call it home.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 06:52 PM
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Clearly for us, it was Bangkok at the Oriental. We have traveled pretty extesively, but the service was so incredible there, it has made it hard for us to go elsewhere!!!
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Nov 13th, 2003, 07:09 PM
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In the states, San Francisco with a couple days in wine country (Sonoma). We're headed to San Diego and LA at Christmas time this year. The Christmas we all decided we wanted to see some snow so we went to Montreal and Quebec City, and ended with a dog sled trip in the Charlevoix region. That was such a terrific time (our kids were 18 and 21 at the time and we all enjoyed it, even if I broke my wrist ice skating in Montreal the 1st full day there) Romance-wise -- Paris for my 50th Birthday, and then 3 weeks in Italy for our 25th anniversary. This year we seem to be headed to Botswana and Cape Town SA. Once you start this travel thing, you find yourself rather addicted.
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Nov 13th, 2003, 07:35 PM
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uh oh:
I do know South Africa! I can contribute to this. I spent 2.5 months there. My mother has three generations of family who emigrated from Europe in the early 1900's. We visited Jo'burg, Pretoria, which I adored(relatives lived on street with embassy personnel. I had my first and possibly last ride in a Silver Cloud Rolls. Felt like Cinderella).
We then traveled by train to Cape Town, stayed at a wonderful pension owned by a German couple. Oh, it was heaven. Visited wine country(Stellenbosch), and drove on the left side of the road in a right handed car for twelve straight hours with mother and sister. Saw an ostrich farm along the way, some ancient and gigantic elephants, beautiful coastline. Almost went to Durban, but stormy weather changed our plans. Back to Jo'burg. Housesat a relatives home for two weeks. Her maid prepared tea three times daily, washed, ironed and folded our clothes. We swam in the pool, shopped, became quite used to the decadent lifestyle which was the norm for those living there. This was before the politics changed. People were organizing, but nothing happened until a few years later. If the flying zone between here and there becomes a bit safer, I'd dearly love to introduce my husband and children to a special branch of the family. I will never forget Africa, landing in Zimbabwe, or Kenya on the way home. It is so true- once Africa gets into your blood, you will never be the same. J.
Nov 15th, 2003, 11:10 AM
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oh boy, wish I never clicked on this thread. My "list" just got about one third longer.
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Nov 15th, 2003, 11:45 AM
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My best trip was my retirement gift to myself (husband accompanying) of a four-week trip to England, Scotland, Wales, and N. and S. Ireland. It was a real overview-type trip to see what I liked best, which was a joke because I liked most everything. London is my favorite place; but then there was Cornwall, Edinburgh, York, Lake District, Snowdonia, those gorgeous drives in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands . . .
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Nov 15th, 2003, 02:54 PM
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hmm...had to think about it for awhile. my parents were travelers and took me everywhere around the world especially when i was a teenager and i was most unappreciative of that. now that i'm all grown up (and i think smarter wish i could do it again! (did most of europe by car, lived in africa, did brazil).
anyway, here is my choice:
french polynesia. took me about 1 year to convince my husband that was the trip to do (didn't know what to do with myself when he finally said yes!). planned it for another 6 months. it was a cruise by the way. we were flying to tahiti, catching the ship there and on to 5 islands for 10 days. ahhhh paradise about to be visited. decided to find out on my own which tour companies the cruise line used and booked all our excursions directly through those companies and saved lots of money that way (we're talking about shark feeding excursion, jet ski tour of an island, etc...).
well, 2 days before the cruise, the cruise ship company filed for bankruptcy! not only that, they ceased operating that same day! WE NEVER WENT TO FRENCH POLYNESIA!!! (that was over 2 years ago, and i still cry when i think about it - am crying now! . We did go to Maui instead but it just wasn't the same!
Now we have a 20-month-old and another baby on the way and i just see Disney on the horizon....(damn..i'm crying again).
So that's what I would recommend. We will go to French Polynesia one day, yes we will! Maybe for 10 year anniversary..hmmm..that's a thought.
There are other cruise ship companies or you can just do a couple of islands and do the hotel thing.
Nov 16th, 2003, 11:06 AM
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Over many years, my favorite travel spots [ones I'd like to return to] I'd include Bermuda and Aruba, the Wailea area of Maui [didn't get to Kaui, so I guess I'd have to get there...], Australia and New Zealand, both AMAZING, friendly, and very laid back, central England [midieval towns], and Paris. My personal favorite, if I have to pick just ONE, would be Sydney and it's surrounding area, followed closely by New Zealand [South Island]. Now, my daughter, who has managed to get to ALL continents, with her recent trip to Egypt, said her favorite was Antarctica, though, if you're from Alaska, I suspect that would NOT be your first choice!
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