Travel...where have you been, what are some of your favorites, and where do you want to go?

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  1. palmerc2, Jun 21, 2017
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    palmerc2 macrumors 65816

    palmerc2

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    Travel has been an interest of mine for a long time, and I'm sure it is with others here too.

    I personally have been to (highlights are in bold)....

    USA - all over
    Canada - Vancouver, Kelowna, Banff, Calgary, Montreal
    Mexico - Playa Del Carmen, Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Cholula, Oaxaca City, Puerto Escondido, San Cristobol De Las Casas
    Guatemala - Guatemala City, Antigua
    Nicaragua - Leon, San Juan Del Sur
    Costa Rica - Santa Teresa, San Jose

    England - London, Reading, Winchester, Windsor
    Sweden - Stockholm, and Malmo
    Denmark - Copenhagen
    Belgium - Antwerp, Brussels
    Netherlands - Amsterdam, Volendam
    Germany - Hamburg, Munich
    France - Paris
    Spain - Seville
    Portugal - Porto, Lisbon, Lagos
    Czech Republic - Prague
    Hungary - Budapest
    Bulgaria - Sofia
    Turkey - Istanbul

    Morocco - Tangier, Chefchaouen, Rabat, Fes, Merzouga (Sahara Desert), Marrakech

    Thailand - Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
    Vietnam - Saigon, Da Lat, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi
    Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi,
    Singapore
    Indonesia - Jakarta, Lombok, Gili Trawangan, Bali

    Australia - Perth, Melbourne, Sydney


    Places I'd like to go....
    South America - Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina
    Europe - Italy, Greece, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, South France, Northern England, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Switzerland, Eastern Germany (Berlin), Poland, more of Spain
    Africa - South Africa, Mozambique, Senegal, Tunisia
    Asia - Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, other parts of Indonesia.
    Australia - New Zealand

    I'm always looking for new places, so I'm sure when I hear some places here it'll be added to my list!

    If you have any questions about the places I've been, let me know and I'll be happy to answer :)
     
  2. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    Naturally I seen most of Sweden and Norway,also been to:
    Denmark
    Finland
    Åland ( autonomous Finnish archipelago in Baltic Sea)
    Germany (mostly Hamburg,Bremen,Munich and nurnburgring)
    Czech Republic (Prague,Posen,Brno)
    Spetsbergen (longyearbyen)
    Scotland
    Soviet Union (Leningrad,now called S:t Petersburg)
     
  3. Scepticalscribe, Jun 21, 2017
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    Hm.

    I'll forego the highlights, for now.

    Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales.

    France (mostly Paris, also Chartres, Strasbourg).

    Belgium (Brussels, a lot), Bruges, Antwerp, WW1 battlefields.

    Netherlands: (Amsterdam and elsewhere).

    Luxembourg.

    Sweden.

    Germany.

    Italy.

    Greece.

    Austria.

    Poland (almost all of it, a lot).

    Czech Republic..(lots of it).

    Slovakia.

    Greece.

    Lithuania (all of it).

    Latvia (just Riga).

    Estonia (a lot of it).

    Russia. (Not just Petersburg & Moscow but other places as well).

    Ukraine. (Quite a bit).

    Belarus. (Almost all of it).

    Croatia (a lot).

    Bosnia (a lot).

    Kosovo. (Lots)

    Macedonia.

    Montenegro. (Lots).

    Georgia (all of it).

    Armenia.

    Azerbaijan.

    Turkey.

    Kyrgyzstan. (Lots).

    Afghanistan. (Not just Kabul).

    Not sure if this includes everywhere - I realised that I had forgotten Luxembourg and Greece and had to add them.

    Travels in the near future will be to the African continent, and maybe, Norway.

    Never got to - or needed to - use my visa to Kazakhstan, and merely flew over Iran.
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    I've been to 9 on your list.
    Travelled a lot of Europe as a teenager on family holidays.
    Been to the US twice. Chicago to visit family (including a few days in Wisconsin and Florida) and Atlanta for the Olympics where I met my wife.

    Off to LA at the end of July and Amsterdam in September. Both for work.
     
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    With the exception of Belgium (which means, in this instance, Brussels) almost all of the western European countries were visited on holiday or for leisure or pleasure.

    My trips to Eastern Europe were a mixture of work, pleasure and research; however, my trips to the Balkans, Caucasus, former Soviet Union, and central Asia were all work related.
     
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    As a member of the Canadian Navy back in the early 50's I got to visit many Pacific ports and a few in the Atlantic via the Panama Canal.
    But typical for sailors of the era only got to actually see the bars in the seediest parts of all those ports.
    Other then that I've pretty much stayed close to home.
    The more I see and hear of today's world the better my back yard looks...:rolleyes:
     
  7. palmerc2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I will not argue s**t is f***ed up more so now than ever. In my experience though, what you hear is massively overblown by the media. I've been to some questionable places no doubt. It's my belief danger can find you anywhere, it could happen in Beverly Hills, or Guatemala City. Be smart, and follow your gut. If I listened to the news I'd never leave the front door. I don't really bother myself with viruses either....talk about a massive fear push: zika, swine flu, bird flu...oh brother :rolleyes:
     
  8. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    I'm currently in the wonderful city of Seattle on vacation for 5 days visiting my sister with my GF and parents. The weather has been fantastic (so much for that rain stereotype). Highlight was probably having dinner on the 75th floor of Columbia Tower- amazing views (and food). Also rented a sailboat and did some sailing today. Best of all I've successfully been able to avoid work entirely (okay... I confess 2 emails).

    I'm going back to Boston tomorrow. It's been a fun trip. It's amazing the lifestyle contrast between the Northeast and Westcoast. Life moves a lot slower here and people are way more laid back.

    The girlfriend and I are planning on going to Bermuda later this summer, assuming we can find some extended time off together.
     
  9. kazmac macrumors 601

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    Not much travel outside of the U.S.:

    Toronto (which was nice)

    I've been to few states / cities within the U.S. (followed Bolt Thrower around in 1991)

    Maryland, Colorado, D.C., Pennsylvania.

    Plus, Texas & California.

    I'd like to go to:

    Denmark
    Hong Kong
    Tokyo
    Vancouver

    Maybe London and Beijing & Shanghai.

    But mainly I'd like to see Chinatowns in the big U.S. Cities. I am going to start by exploring at least one of the Chinatowns here in NY. For me that will feel like a vacation of a sort and it's another area of the city to map out and learn.
     
  10. Tech198, Jun 25, 2017
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    Yes,, someone finally wants to visit Perth... we do exsit down here :) It may be a corner pocket of the state....but that's no reason not to notice us...

    I wouldn't mind seeing the Blue Mountains over the other side of Australia , or going over to USA....
     
  11. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I guess I'll contribute...

    In the US:
    NYC
    Boston
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Orland/Disney
    Carson City
    Vegas
    San Francisco
    San Jose
    San Ramon
    Various places along the Northern and Southern routes between NY and South Dakota, including St. Louis
    Greenville, SC

    Outside the US:
    Bermuda
    Mexico City with a trip out to the Teotihuacán Pyramids (a MUST SEE if in the region)
    Montreal

    Some of the US locations were YEARS ago, when I was younger.
     
  12. SoggyCheese, Jun 25, 2017
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    Going with the convention

    UK - all four bits, plus Channel Islands.
    Ireland
    Sweden (loved Stockholm )
    Denmark
    Netherlands
    France ( love Toulouse, Dijon, and Carcasonne )
    Italy ( Venezia is the highlight, although Rome, Amalfi Coast and Capri, and the Northern cities all worth visits )
    Spain - of course. I do live there roughly four months of the year :)
    Portugal
    Austria
    Hungary
    Czech Republic

    Then further afield

    Australia (all up the East Coast from Melbourne to Cairns )
    Thailand
    China
    South Africa (maybe also Mozambique, might have crossed the border)
    Mexico
    USA ( loved Maui the most,but been all over )
    Egypt

    Places I want to go

    Brazil
    Argentina
    Ecuador (particularly the Galapagos )
    Fiji
    Indonesia

    Will be going to Germany for the first time later this year too. Amazed that I've never been there up until now TBH. EDIT: Also, will be setting ashore in Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro as part of my upcoming sailing trip. Completely forgot about those three :D
     
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    Everyone needs to go to New Zealand. That place is incredible
     
  14. palmerc2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I love Perth, especially taking a trip to Rottnest Island. Best beaches I've ever seen and they're empty! Ningaloo reef is next on my list in Western Australia.
     
  15. SoggyCheese macrumors regular

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    Nearly made it there in 2002. We were supposed to be going to Auckland for a few days travelling between Sydney and Hawaii, but thanks to 9/11 a whole bunch of flights got cancelled including our booking from Auckland to Honolulu, so we had to cut NZ out of the itinerary. Then we welcomed a dog into our home and just started including him on our holidays. Lots of Spain and France instead of long haul. He passed away a couple of years ago, so we've only just started going further afield again.
     
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    I was quite shocked with how incredible Mexico City is, and I can't wait to go back. I was half expecting it to be a dirty dangerous city, but it was very clean, great architecture, and safe. Plus, THE FOOD...I thought I knew good Mexican food traveling all over SoCal, Texas, and other areas of Mexico, I was wrong...my personal favorite part was La Condesa, reminded me of New Orleans a bit, with the prohibition style bars, live music, and classic cocktails. Also yes, Teotihuacan is a great place to go!

    Las Estacas was also a big highlight, and only about 1 1/2 hour drive outside of Mexico City. A must see...
     
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    Well members, if I were to post everywhere I've been I would be here for a few days typing. I'm retired US Navy, 16 out of 23 years sea duty and around the world 3 times, many cruises to the Med, North Atlantic, Caribbean. Top that off with after retirement I drove a 18 wheeler coast to coast all 48 States and Canada for 16 years. Yes I love the song by Johnny Cash "I've Been Everywhere". Btw I did meet Johnny on the road while he was driving his bus just outside of Nashville, TN.
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    That's a true statement. This world has sure changed. :(
     
  18. hallux macrumors 68020

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    @palmerc2 yes, THE FOOD. I got some traditional food (and I'm talking home-made, brought in for us by an employee we were working with), it was EXCELLENT. We were in the Santa Fe section primarily - very much business-oriented - but our tours on Saturday took us out to the pyramids and also to the National Palace with a tour of the palace. We felt pretty comfortable and safe walking places in the vicinity of our hotel, and we (3 of the palest white dudes you'll see) were even stopped once by a taxi asking for directions.
     
  19. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I've done more traveling during this life than I ever imagined I would.
    Favorites: U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sicily, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Canada, and many corners of the U.S.

    Scotland is on my wish list. New Zealand and Australia are on my list but they are so far away. South America is a fairly large blank to me, although I think Argentina, Portugal, Brasil, the S. American rain forests would be interesting, along with Machu Picchu. :)

    Lord of the Rings Land. :D
     
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    The list is too long, but I'm currently attending a conference in San Antonio. I love this city. Texas is the only place in the USA that you can get real chili rellenos. I got addicted to them when I lived in TX back in the early eighties. They're just not done right anywhere else.
     
  21. Zenithal, Jun 27, 2017
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    Going by what I remember with a few glasses of wine in me...

    Canada
    Mexico
    Russia
    England
    Scotland
    Wales
    Germany
    Jamaica
    Spain
    Italy
    France
    Russia
    Moldova
    Poland
    Lithuania
    Moldova (I think, it might have been a day trip, must find my old journals)
    Slovakia
    Slovenia
    Greece
    Czech Rep.
    Belarus
    Romania
    Estonia
    Hungary

    There's a few more but they're fuzzy. In my travels to some of the smaller European nations, I saw wonderful people who are very welcome to foreigners, American foreigners no less. I also witnessed first hand a couple former concentration camps. To this day, they still haunt the living daylights out of me. It's easy to watch a film or read a book and somehow understand what occurred. To see it for yourself, even if the places are in massive disarray, leaves a mark on your soul like no other. I presume if I were of the affected persons, historically, I'd have been even more sick to my stomach. I'm not one who's easily frightened or sickened. I've seen my fair share of wretched turnouts. The sheer destructive force a country and evil movement could possibly achieve then is unimaginable. As I said, really easy stuff to absorb from books and film, but to see it in person and imagine it happening in front of you plays a massive number on your mind.

    I've done travel to a few African nations and other European countries, but that wasn't personal travel. That was on government dime. Boring, uninteresting stuff. This was at the tailend of my traveling period and once you experience travel, you want to keep doing it. It is very much like a drug. Suffice to say, it was enjoyable to travel, but not enjoyable to do it at the same time.

    Now places I'd love to go to? Northern Europe is #1 for me. I never got to do it. By this, I mean the true Nordic countries. I'd love to go to Greece again, probably when the kids are older and can appreciate what they're seeing (history and beauty!). I'd love to visit the Balkans. I never got to. War broke out much of the time I was traveling. I'm still pissed off about that today, years later. I'd love to visit New Zealand, probably visit some of the old countries I went to and see if the regular old haunts are still there. I doubt it, though. I'd love to go to Aruba, Netherlands Antilles - mainly St. Maarten, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Fiji, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Argentina, and Chile.

    There's a few more out there. Funny enough, I've never been to some of the most popular places in the US or Canada. I'd love to visit N. Ireland and Ireland proper, one day. It's been on my to do list for a very long time. So much history and beauty.
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    I've always preferred chiles en nogada over the traditional style. Color me surprised the time I saw a tree in Mexico. This was before the internet had much and the speeds were decent. All I knew about the regions we were in were from badly written books. The friends I was with at the time didn't see the big deal and thought my reaction was hysterical. I'd had the dish in the US but always presumed it was Americanized. I had never seen a pomegranate in a Mexican store before stateside. I still don't, to be honest.

    I used to joke back then you could kill a person or animal in Mexico with their sugar cones. I don't remember the name for them, but it's the Spanish style sugar lump in a cone shape similar to what the Indians do with their raw sugar beets or canes. Very difficult to break it because it's bonded so well. Lasts forever, too.

    Edit: Piloncillo.

    These days, my life is as exciting as paint drying on a wall. Just on cruise control now. :cool:
     
  22. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    When I worked (and lived) in Georgia, pomegranates grew on trees in the grounds of the villa we had rented; you just picked them - extraordinary.

    I have also had fresh pomegranate juice in Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. Freshly pressed, it is an amazing drink, tart, refreshing, and something that feels so good for you.
     
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    Ah, forgot to mention Israel. Would love to visit one day.

    Doesn't Georgia make a wine from them? Those countries I can understand. I was simply surprised at Mexico having them. Even in my later trips, they weren't as common as you'd think they would be.
     
  24. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Hm. Never saw it if they did, and I spent over two years in the country. Indeed, I never even heard of it.

    They may well have produced a spirit form pomegranates - they produced a wide range of spirits, and the best of their brandies were very good indeed.

    What Georgia did have were grapes that are found nowhere else in the world. Some of these are positively ancient, but - in truth - antiquity in a gene pool is not always a guarantee of quality. Not all Georgian wines were good, - some were mediocre enough, and they had grown lazy and complacent through having the Russian (and before that, the Soviet) markets as captive markets who would drink whatever swill was produced - though the best of their wines were excellent.
     
  25. Huntn macrumors G5

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    We had a pomegranate tree in our back yard in Southern California. A very curious fruit of which I had no clue about them before moving there. Our Great Dane had a bad habit of picking them and peaches for us. Had a peach tree too. Now, I buy a cranberry/pomegranate fruit juice blend when I find it at the grocery store, Ocean Spray brand. :)
     

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