Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

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Post by palaheel » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:16 pm

London. History, culture, museums (the Brits stole only the very best), theatre, art. Even the buskers are fantastic. And they speak something close to the right language :happy The food can be endured.
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Post by birdy » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:41 pm

My favorite place is the one I am going to next! Going to Antarctica in January 2019!
Some of the places that have given me goosebumps:
Sitting on the very front of a boat, legs dangling off, with dolphins chasing us in Tahiti
Standing on the Great Wall of China
Pyramids in Egypt
Landing in helicopter on a glacier in Alaska
Walking the trails in the Galapagos and experiencing the wildlife
Standing next to the great Sequoia trees in California
Boating through Halong Bay, Viet.
Standing at the top of Machu Picchu Peru

Hopefully I have many more adventures (goosebumps) waiting for me in the years to come!

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Post by Symphonyman » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:02 pm

Iceland in the summer or early fall. Take two weeks and drive the Ring Road. Fjords, mountains, waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, black sand beaches, geothermal landscapes, volcanic craters, picturesque towns on the sea...our favorite vacation!

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Post by desafinado » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:09 pm

i still have a soft spot for zanzibar

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Post by Starfish » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:14 am

Iceland is very high on my list. Probably the most spectacular place I have ever seen.
Hawaii is not terrible.
Europe, many places. Porto! Barcelona. South of Spain. Paris is extraordinary although is degrading every day. And pretty much any major city.
I personally don't like Italy too much and I don't understand the draw (unless you are a history buff).

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Post by Freefun » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:36 am

Iceland for big nature.
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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by xb7 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:48 am

A couple of replies have alluded to something important to me: it's not just where you go, but how you go. I'm not talking about transportation, but rather your overall approach to a particular trip. Sometimes it's nice to be "taken care of", on a tourist bus, on a cruise ship, etc. Sometimes it's nice to hike or bike or walk or bum around independently. If you're able to, it can be great to rent an apartment for a month in a city where the native language is different than yours --- take some language classes, dress and try to act and even think like a local. So many ways to go.

I'm a long distance hiker, and I enjoyed the "training wheels" trails for that --- the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail. Other trails are often tougher in various ways, less well marked or maintained, less easy to get food resupply, etc. But on 'other' trails it can sometimes be possible to walk for days without seeing anyone else. That's pretty special in our generally crowded world, and a very different type of travel experience.

I've particularly enjoyed hiking pilgrim trails in Europe, not because it's any sort of major outdoorsy adventure, but for the opportunity to walk and talk with people from a variety of countries.

So many places to go and experiences to have. Sorry to ramble, but again my point is that it's not just about 'where' you go. It's about your whole approach to travel for that particular trip.

So if I had to pick a very favorite? I'd still quibble and pick a different favorite for different activities. For hiking and meeting people in a way that has a fairly low bar to entry to that I'd suggest western Europe, and particularly trails in England for those that only speak English --- such as the Wainwright (aka coast-to-coast) trail that goes through Cumbria and York. For outdoor beauty there are so many options, but I really liked Glacier N.P. and the Olympic N.P., and, and ...
For history/culture/language/etc I'm a Europhile, western Europe. Nothing against Eastern Europe, I'm just not acquainted with it. For biking, I really liked biking along the Danube, and would consider more biking in Europe. For natural biodiversity I found Costa Rica very cool, especially if one can sort of 'hang out' and live more like locals there, speak spanish, drink fruit juice instead of imported coca cola, etc.

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Post by Pacific » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:07 am

TUSCANY in general (and I am not even Italian). Montepulciano specifically as the hub.

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Post by Starfish » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:23 am

I find something very interesting on this topic.
First of all I find new ideas (Hawaii, Island, Paris, everybody agrees more or less on one or all of these) or reinforce the ones I had (like Japan or Buenos Aires - I always wanted to go, never had the chance). This is what I expected to find.
I do find new suggestions that sound incredible. Also expected.

But then I find suggestions about places that are for me (and a lot of people I know) not only "meh" but just terrible. Say an obvious example would be Las Vegas but not only.
It opens my eyes towards the diversity of human nature.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by gator15 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:57 am

Went to New Zealand in 2008. Drove from Christchurch to Queenstown. Really enjoyed the trip, especially Queenstown which is the adventure capital of the world. Being an adrenaline junky at the time, really enjoyed sky diving, buggy jumping and acrobatic plane rides. Its also beautiful there

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Post by VictoriaF » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:37 am

Where: El Camino de Santiago, walking with a backpack.

Why: Living to the fullest:
- physically
- spiritually
- socially
- culturally
- creatively

I walked it in 2015 and 2016 and will go again in 2019.

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Post by Cop51 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:49 am

Bora Bora was the most fabulous place on earth. I’ve been to a majority of Caribbean and various Mexico locations. Nothing compares to it. I loved the city of Positano Italy but the locations fall in different categories for me.

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Post by 2015 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:45 am

VictoriaF wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:37 am
Where: El Camino de Santiago, walking with a backpack.

Why: Living to the fullest:
- physically
- spiritually
- socially
- culturally
- creatively

I walked it in 2015 and 2016 and will go again in 2019.

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Post by Tycoon » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:58 pm

Any well stocked library.
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Post by fujiters » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:01 pm

New Zealand's South Island. Queenstown. Milford Sound. Wanaka. Abel Tasman. It's stunning down there.

A highlight was canyoning outside Wanaka in a glacial-fed river/stream (in wet suits).
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Post by hmw » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:01 pm

El Nido Resorts, Pangulasian, Palawan, Philippines

Best beach resort I have been to.

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Post by White Coat Investor » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:10 pm

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Post by metacritic » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:20 pm

South Africa (Cape Town if I have to be more specific but really the entire country is astounding)
Bangkok for the food and temples
Zanzibar
Peninsula Valdez in Patagonia
north shore of Kauai or all of the Big Island
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Post by Exterous » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:21 pm

Might be some recency bias but South Island New Zealand for me. So much beauty and without the crowds that we've found elsewhere (even though they do have a growing problem with that)

Budapest would be second. Great architecture, culture and food and very affordable.

That said so many amazing places left to visit

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Post by bligh » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:03 pm

Ugh.. this thread just stokes the fires of my wander lust so bad, it hurts... :shock: I need to book my next trip...

I have enjoyed most of the places I have traveled, though truth be told I have not traveled much. It is so hard to pick a favorite so I wont. I have loved all the places I've been to so far and would love to go back there again. I usually tell myself I'll be back someday soon and hope that I am not just kidding myself....

Place I most want to go? So hard to choose! If I were on my death bed, I would regret not having visited French Polynesia and Japan... While the reality may be different.. I would love to live there, like the locals, (though not working with a full time high stress job/career) for a year or two in both places if I could.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by MandyT » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:48 pm

WhiteMaxima wrote:
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Wien, Austria. Das Musik. Center of Europe.
I spent a few days in Vienna in May and it was fabulous. Excellent music everywhere. I hope to go back.

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Post by VictoriaF » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:05 pm

MandyT wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:48 pm
WhiteMaxima wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:47 pm
Wien, Austria. Das Musik. Center of Europe.
I spent a few days in Vienna in May and it was fabulous. Excellent music everywhere. I hope to go back.
I spent several months in Vienna while I was waiting for a permission to immigrate to the USA and have visited it several times afterwards. This winter I will be attending a New Year event in Bratislava that will include a day trip to Vienna. I am hoping for a good weather.

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Post by Cruise » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:00 am

Any place with a snow-capped mountain with a body of water (lake, glacier, fjord, sea) in front of it. For numerous examples each:

South Island, New Zealand
Alaska
Switzerland
Antarctica
Norway

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Post by shelanman » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:31 am

Right now, today, my answer is The Great Barrier Reef -- because despite being absolutely sick of what feels like never-ending summer here at home in California, the inner photographer in me wants about a million more chances to take beautiful underwater photos of tropical fish, clear blue water, bright white sand, and, of course, the coral!

...or Ireland, because it is a beautiful country with amazingly warm and friendly people who speak my language and barely need half an excuse to tell me an amazing story (and who cares if it's true, so long as it's good)...

...but I wouldn't say 'no' to a beer and bretzel in Munich, either...

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Post by shelanman » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:35 am

VictoriaF wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:05 pm
MandyT wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:48 pm
WhiteMaxima wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:47 pm
Wien, Austria. Das Musik. Center of Europe.
I spent a few days in Vienna in May and it was fabulous. Excellent music everywhere. I hope to go back.
I spent several months in Vienna while I was waiting for a permission to immigrate to the USA and have visited it several times afterwards. This winter I will be attending a New Year event in Bratislava that will include a day trip to Vienna. I am hoping for a good weather.

Victoria
You, who enjoyed Vienna, should also find an excuse to visit Salzburg for a day or two.

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Post by randomizer » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:47 am

Italy, for the food.
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Post by CaliJim » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:55 am

Chicago, for the pizza
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Post by TravelforFun » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:09 am

Just got back from Greece. My third time to Athens and the islands where everything is mostly beautiful and inexpensive compared to other European locations


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Post by beyou » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:17 pm

CaliJim wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:55 am
Chicago, for the pizza
Great pizza, but best place in the world ?????

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Post by siker » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:01 pm

try renting a cabin in the woods and meditating or go on a meditation retreat, you just might find yourself.

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Post by WhiteMaxima » Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:56 pm

Istanbul, Turkey
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Post by Nicolas » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:05 pm

Nambia is my favorite destination.
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Post by CaliJim » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:16 pm

blevine wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:17 pm
CaliJim wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:55 am
Chicago, for the pizza
Great pizza, but best place in the world ?????
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Post by beyou » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:40 pm

CaliJim wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:16 pm
blevine wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:17 pm
CaliJim wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:55 am
Chicago, for the pizza
Great pizza, but best place in the world ?????
Please don't judge me. I have low standards and I'm easy to please
Just some humor, same here. In fact Chicago was our major family trip this year.
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Post by vpm8889 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:41 pm

South Island, New Zealand.

Simply stunning - Aoraki (Mt. Cook), Wanaka, Queenstown, Haast Pass, Te Anau, Blenheim and Milford Sound.

Amazing scenery, friendly people, laid back, remote, peaceful. You could spend hours and hours (or even days) hiking and simply staring at nature. So much unspoiled land to enjoy. Remote enough where it's not overbuilt. So many outdoor activities to do.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by Irisheyes » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:58 pm

Iceland. From the moment I arrived in the airport, I felt like I was "home" in some kind of elemental way. Something to do with the cloud cover, the landscape that was both immense yet tangibly close, and the lack of development. Like returning to some primeval place.

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Post by CoAndy » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:59 pm

I would have to say Alaska and Italy are tied for my first choice. I loved Venice and Sorrento. Stateside I love Seattle and NYC.

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Post by Calygos » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:31 pm

Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:58 pm
Iceland. From the moment I arrived in the airport, I felt like I was "home" in some kind of elemental way. Something to do with the cloud cover, the landscape that was both immense yet tangibly close, and the lack of development. Like returning to some primeval place.
It's Iceland for me as well. I've never actually been (never been out the US, actually), wanted to go for ages, it's the only place I really want to go, not sure if I'll ever go, but damn is it gorgeous and elemental is such a perfect word for it!

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Post by Irisheyes » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:41 pm

Calygos wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:58 pm
Iceland. From the moment I arrived in the airport, I felt like I was "home" in some kind of elemental way. Something to do with the cloud cover, the landscape that was both immense yet tangibly close, and the lack of development. Like returning to some primeval place.
It's Iceland for me as well. I've never actually been (never been out the US, actually), wanted to go for ages, it's the only place I really want to go, not sure if I'll ever go, but damn is it gorgeous and elemental is such a perfect word for it!
I hope you make it there soon! I can't wait to go back...it was a shock to me how much I liked it. I'm thinking maybe winter next time to catch the Northern Lights....not a very bogleheadish destination though as everything, especially food, is very expensive. Lots of camping available though if you go in summer (and free dips in the numerous hot springs).

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Post by Calygos » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:49 pm

Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:41 pm
Calygos wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:58 pm
Iceland. From the moment I arrived in the airport, I felt like I was "home" in some kind of elemental way. Something to do with the cloud cover, the landscape that was both immense yet tangibly close, and the lack of development. Like returning to some primeval place.
It's Iceland for me as well. I've never actually been (never been out the US, actually), wanted to go for ages, it's the only place I really want to go, not sure if I'll ever go, but damn is it gorgeous and elemental is such a perfect word for it!
I hope you make it there soon! I can't wait to go back...it was a shock to me how much I liked it. I'm thinking maybe winter next time to catch the Northern Lights....not a very bogleheadish destination though as everything, especially food, is very expensive. Lots of camping available though if you go in summer (and free dips in the numerous hot springs).
I really doubt I'll ever make myself go. One of my earliest posts here is from early 2015 when I was talking about going and I'd been talking to friends and family about it for at least 10 years before that. Even bought plane tickets twice and the REI package once, but cancelled both times. I'm just not a good traveler. But if I went, I'd want to go during the non-tourist season, winter would be great (REI has their Winter Adventure trip that I could do right during my birthday in January). I'm finally reasonably fit and at my leanest and lowest weight ever as an adult, and I'd want to really push myself physically while there, but I don't have any real practical experience with the hiking, snowshoeing, glacier walking, etc. that I'd get to do. Plus so much gear to acquire and I'm a minimalist, I'd hate to buy stuff I'd never use again. :/

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Post by Irisheyes » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:00 pm

Calygos wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:49 pm
Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:41 pm
Calygos wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:58 pm
Iceland. From the moment I arrived in the airport, I felt like I was "home" in some kind of elemental way. Something to do with the cloud cover, the landscape that was both immense yet tangibly close, and the lack of development. Like returning to some primeval place.
It's Iceland for me as well. I've never actually been (never been out the US, actually), wanted to go for ages, it's the only place I really want to go, not sure if I'll ever go, but damn is it gorgeous and elemental is such a perfect word for it!
I hope you make it there soon! I can't wait to go back...it was a shock to me how much I liked it. I'm thinking maybe winter next time to catch the Northern Lights....not a very bogleheadish destination though as everything, especially food, is very expensive. Lots of camping available though if you go in summer (and free dips in the numerous hot springs).
I really doubt I'll ever make myself go. One of my earliest posts here is from early 2015 when I was talking about going and I'd been talking to friends and family about it for at least 10 years before that. Even bought plane tickets twice and the REI package once, but cancelled both times. I'm just not a good traveler. But if I went, I'd want to go during the non-tourist season, winter would be great (REI has their Winter Adventure trip that I could do right during my birthday in January). I'm finally reasonably fit and at my leanest and lowest weight ever as an adult, and I'd want to really push myself physically while there, but I don't have any real practical experience with the hiking, snowshoeing, glacier walking, etc. that I'd get to do. Plus so much gear to acquire and I'm a minimalist, I'd hate to buy stuff I'd never use again. :/
We didn't buy any of that stuff either and I definitely hear you on the minimalism. A good pair of sturdy walking/hiking shoes plus waterproofs and some woolies was all the gear we brought. This was in summer though and we rented gear for our trip up (and into!) a glacier. It was a very easy country to be in, if that makes sense. Very calming, very soul-fortifying as opposed to many other trips we've taken which were stressful though good in their own ways.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by Calygos » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:02 pm

Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:00 pm
Calygos wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:49 pm
Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:41 pm
Calygos wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Irisheyes wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:58 pm
Iceland. From the moment I arrived in the airport, I felt like I was "home" in some kind of elemental way. Something to do with the cloud cover, the landscape that was both immense yet tangibly close, and the lack of development. Like returning to some primeval place.
It's Iceland for me as well. I've never actually been (never been out the US, actually), wanted to go for ages, it's the only place I really want to go, not sure if I'll ever go, but damn is it gorgeous and elemental is such a perfect word for it!
I hope you make it there soon! I can't wait to go back...it was a shock to me how much I liked it. I'm thinking maybe winter next time to catch the Northern Lights....not a very bogleheadish destination though as everything, especially food, is very expensive. Lots of camping available though if you go in summer (and free dips in the numerous hot springs).
I really doubt I'll ever make myself go. One of my earliest posts here is from early 2015 when I was talking about going and I'd been talking to friends and family about it for at least 10 years before that. Even bought plane tickets twice and the REI package once, but cancelled both times. I'm just not a good traveler. But if I went, I'd want to go during the non-tourist season, winter would be great (REI has their Winter Adventure trip that I could do right during my birthday in January). I'm finally reasonably fit and at my leanest and lowest weight ever as an adult, and I'd want to really push myself physically while there, but I don't have any real practical experience with the hiking, snowshoeing, glacier walking, etc. that I'd get to do. Plus so much gear to acquire and I'm a minimalist, I'd hate to buy stuff I'd never use again. :/
We didn't buy any of that stuff either and I definitely hear you on the minimalism. A good pair of sturdy walking/hiking shoes plus waterproofs and some woolies was all the gear we brought. This was in summer though and we rented gear for our trip up (and into!) a glacier. It was a very easy country to be in, if that makes sense. Very calming, very soul-fortifying as opposed to many other trips which were stressful though good in their own ways.
I just edited in a link to the REI Winter trip right as you posted (they list the needed and provided gear). They say it's only a 3 out of 5 for strenuousness and little experience is needed, but I'd really want to be fully prepared and have to earn it.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by Dottie57 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:10 pm

Staying in a cottage on an island off of Maine. The weather was changeable - fog rolling in was spooky cool while sitting in the screened in porch. Waking to the sound of the waves. Watching the tide come in and go out. Cooking and eating freshly caught lobsters. No tv. No radio. No cell phones. Like living outside of time.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by Starfish » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:40 am

Calygos wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:02 pm

I just edited in a link to the REI Winter trip right as you posted (they list the needed and provided gear). They say it's only a 3 out of 5 for strenuousness and little experience is needed, but I'd really want to be fully prepared and have to earn it.

I am not sure why would you go with REI? I went there with a 4 y old. We had a blast. I did not have any gear. I had a jacket, sneakers, probably only short pants.
It's true that we did not go on the glacier but we hiked to one's base (1.5 miles one way) and we went in plenty of places.
It is plenty to see for a week with no gear.
It is expensive but:
1. flying is cheap from San Francisco with WoW (we went there because we used wow to fly to europe)
2. In the country there are not that many fancy places to spend money.
3. airbnb is your friend for housing, much cheaper than hotels.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by financiallycurious » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:50 am

Hiking the Kalalau Trail and camping on Kalalau beach
Skiing in Hokkaido
Teton National Park
Tabacon hot springs in Costa Rica at sunset
Machu Picchu at sunrise
Water skiing on the San Juan in Lake Powell

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by tigermilk » Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:43 am

Tokyo or London. Both incredible cities for completely different reasons.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by cinghiale » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:22 am

OP here...

I’m always surprised and pleased when some ancient thread— from 2012 in this case— is not only revived but continued with fresh and insightful responses. This I particularly like from member xb7:
A couple of replies have alluded to something important to me: it's not just where you go, but how you go. I'm not talking about transportation, but rather your overall approach to a particular trip. Sometimes it's nice to be "taken care of", on a tourist bus, on a cruise ship, etc. Sometimes it's nice to hike or bike or walk or bum around independently. If you're able to, it can be great to rent an apartment for a month in a city where the native language is different than yours --- take some language classes, dress and try to act and even think like a local. So many ways to go.
The Bogleheads’ “many roads to Dublin” applied to travel.

May I update the first posting? Since writing, we were able to have the 9 weeks in Venice we were hoping for in the spring of 2013. We had a great time, lived in a neighborhood of locals, and got to sink in nicely into the rhythms of Venician life. But it never quite got out of our systems. Isn’t that what great locations do for and to the attentive traveler? Multiple visits, longer-term visits, deep visits, allow a place to sink into one’s being. And that transforms our perspectives and our view of life and of others. So, we went back for 6 more months this last year. Same neighborhood, same lodging. And Venice delivered up all that Venice does: the crowds, the litter, the chaos... all alongside the magic of a late night vaporetto ride around the waterways, discovering an out of the way church full of fading masterpieces, and the wonder of stopping virtually anywhere and taking in an exquisite sight of water and architecture and stone.

We are watching the slow but sure demise of the lagoon and identity of the city. But it remains #1.
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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by Jags4186 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:58 am

Lots of places I love but no place I’d consider never leaving. I love Paris but if I had to be honest the best “vacation” place I’ve been is Aruba. Of course sitting on beautiful beaches surrounded by beautiful people on an island with no crime can get old after a while considering that there isn’t much to do there other than gamble, fish, and eat, and I don’t fish.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by Will 82 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:51 am

Lot of places I haven't been and would love to see, but we absolutely love St. John, USVI.

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Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Post by quantAndHold » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:55 am

Nicolas wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:05 pm
Nambia is my favorite destination.
Whoosh!

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