Vacation.. where would you go and why??

  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 09, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    Trip for 2013. We have 3.5 weeks-wish it was longer, but not complaining!! 10 yr. together trip.

    1 )New Zealand then Australia..have cousins there, but not staying with them
    2) Isreal Tel Aviv - never been
    3) Italy Amalfi Coast. been to Italy never that region. B/f has been to Italy many times, but not there either.

    I'd like to hear from RJ men who have actually been to one of these places, or lives there.
    First where you stayed?
    Why you picked that destination?
    Where to eat when not visiting family? Specifics, where you dinned?
    What not to miss?

    thanks in advance!
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    Nov 09, 2012 7:16 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidTrip for 2013. We have 3.5 weeks-wish it was longer, but not complaining!! 10 yr. together trip.

    1 )New Zealand then Australia..have cousins there, but not staying with them
    2) Isreal Tel Aviv - never been
    3) Italy Amalfi Coast. been to Italy never that region. B/f has been to Italy many times, but not there either.

    I'd like to hear from RJ men who have actually been to one of these places, or lives there.
    First where you stayed?
    Why you picked that destination?
    Where to eat when not visiting family? Specifics, where you dinned?
    What not to miss?

    thanks in advance!
    Thanks for the vindication... "we".. yep! busted.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 09, 2012 9:03 AM GMT
    TM_KeyWest said
    MikemikeMike saidTrip for 2013. We have 3.5 weeks-wish it was longer, but not complaining!! 10 yr. together trip.

    1 )New Zealand then Australia..have cousins there, but not staying with them
    2) Isreal Tel Aviv - never been
    3) Italy Amalfi Coast. been to Italy never that region. B/f has been to Italy many times, but not there either.

    I'd like to hear from RJ men who have actually been to one of these places, or lives there.
    First where you stayed?
    Why you picked that destination?
    Where to eat when not visiting family? Specifics, where you dinned?
    What not to miss?

    thanks in advance!
    Thanks for the vindication... "we".. yep! busted.

    Busted how? I Have been in a 10 yr open relationship with a man I love. We are going on vacation in 2013. We both have 3.5 weeks off set aside for travel.

    You are just a bitter, lonely, dumb ass hick who can't get dick.icon_idea.gif Just read your post about your craigslist friend. That isicon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Nov 09, 2012 2:06 PM GMT
    I done Korea this year, and Iran last year. I really want to go to Europe like Paris or London. But I dont have the time and money to do it. Asiatic country is all I can afford now.
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    Nov 09, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike said
    TM_KeyWest said
    MikemikeMike saidTrip for 2013. We have 3.5 weeks-wish it was longer, but not complaining!! 10 yr. together trip.

    1 )New Zealand then Australia..have cousins there, but not staying with them
    2) Isreal Tel Aviv - never been
    3) Italy Amalfi Coast. been to Italy never that region. B/f has been to Italy many times, but not there either.

    I'd like to hear from RJ men who have actually been to one of these places, or lives there.
    First where you stayed?
    Why you picked that destination?
    Where to eat when not visiting family? Specifics, where you dinned?
    What not to miss?

    thanks in advance!
    Thanks for the vindication... "we".. yep! busted.

    Busted how? I Have been in a 10 yr open relationship with a man I love. We are going on vacation in 2013. We both have 3.5 weeks off set aside for travel.

    You are just a bitter, lonely, dumb ass hick who can't get dick.icon_idea.gif Just read your post about your craigslist friend. That isicon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
    Thats terrible.. I can go anywhere I want for any time I want for as long as I want.

    You just mad brah.. only 3.5 weeks of vacation huh? Keep payin yo taxes.. I'm lovin it!
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    Nov 09, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    LA- because it's a place I should go and my homegirl keeps on telling me to go visit her in the Valley. Yeah I'll do it.

    Italy- I've been to Venice and I loved it. I just wish I spent more time over there.

    Paris- If I've been to London twice, why not Paris?
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    Nov 09, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    Have been to Oz, NZ, and Italy-Amalfi Coast . Oz and NZ are vast places, both having all kinds of climatic regions, and both with urban, rural, and wilderness regions. They all have their wonders, of different varieties. All three have wonderful wine regions, and Italy has some of the best food in the world. One would not go to New Zealand for the cuisine. Think England, circa 1950 . I cannot recommend specifics, without knowing what interests you, and why you would want to go to these places. Also, the time you would be traveling, makes a big difference. Australia and New Zealand have climates like the United States, only at the opposite times of the year. One could easily spend 3 weeks in either Australia or New Zealand. If you were in the Amalfi area, I think you would want to venture into nearby areas after a week, unless all you wanted to do was eat and hang out at the seaside . Definitely would recommend the Rough Guides to Australia and New Zealand . As for Italy, there are hundreds of travel guidebooks.
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    Nov 09, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    This is an interesting topic.
    The OP had mentioned several places which I have visited, namely Italy, Israel and Australia, although to be honest, I have not visited the Amalfi coastline itself, I am very familiar with the nearby Bay of Naples with the city itself, Mt. Vesuvio, Pompeii and the Circumvesuvio railroad service, which calls at Sorrento, just west of the Amalfi coast.

    As for Tel Aviv, if it's nightlife and the pulsating heartbeat of life in this brash, modern city on the Mediterranean coast, then Tel Aviv is for you. But as for me, I stayed at the New Swedish backpackers hostel in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, where I found the Arab community far more of the Middle East atmosphere than at westernised Tel Aviv. Also within the walls of the Old City, there is limited access to motorised traffic, therefore it tends to be much quieter throughout the day - and eerily silent during the night! Express buses connect Jerusalem with Tel Aviv, and they run frequently throughout the day.

    The Arab Old City is cheaper to stay than in Tel Aviv, and New Swedish Hostel is small but incredibly busy especially during the summer. By self catering, and this hostel, like most other hostels, has a kitchen for residents, it is amazing how much you can save on your budget over a couple of weeks. Also suggested is a trip to Eilat, on the Red Sea. This is another modern, westernised resort where many Jews flock to for their holidays (vacations). Excellent snorkeling and diving facilities are there due to the Coral reef a couple of miles south. Four-hour express bus link from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv bus stations.

    As for Australia, I backpacked the Pacific Highway from Cairns to Sydney in 1997, staying at such a variety of hostels in Cairns, Townsville, Arlie Beach and Hervey Bay, all in Queensland. Then at Byron Bay, and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales before arriving in Sydney. With this I used the Greyhound Bus pass ticket, valid for a month but for a cheaper price, limited to the East Coast.

    In contrast to Jerusalem which is mostly historic and religious, Australia has much of the natural wonders - the Great Barrier Reef, where I learned to snorkel at Green Island, off Cairns. Then I admired the coral at Low Isles, off Port Douglas and the fringe reef at Heron Island of the Whitsundays. Hervey Bay provides a ferry to Fraser Island, the world's largest sandbank which within its forest cover is Lake MacKenzie, the world's purest freshwater lake. From Sydney, I took a couple of days away from the city to hike the Blue Mountains National Park, staying at a hostel at Katoomba, a town which serves the park.

    I hope this post was helpful to you.
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    Nov 09, 2012 9:59 PM GMT
    Stockholm, Copenhagen, or Oslo.

    I love the cold.
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    Nov 09, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    Right now I have some of urges to go to:

    North America - Toronto Canada (gay town adventure)
    Europe - Berlin or Barcelona (Euro backpack trip)
    Asia - Japan & Vietnam (Enchanting & Spiritual).

    Of course I need $$$$ and time to do it. I will take a first trip to *Toronto First.
  • wild_sky360

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    Nov 10, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    I'd like to check out Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Ecuador as possible relocation sites.
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    Nov 10, 2012 8:15 AM GMT
    zakariahzol saidI done Korea this year, and Iran last year. I really want to go to Europe like Paris or London. But I dont have the time and money to do it. Asiatic country is all I can afford now.



    Wake up Wake up on a Saturday night
    Could be New York Maybe Hollywood and Vine
    LONDON PARIS maybe TOKYO!!

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    Nov 10, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    LilPuppet said
    zakariahzol saidI done Korea this year, and Iran last year. I really want to go to Europe like Paris or London. But I dont have the time and money to do it. Asiatic country is all I can afford now.



    Wake up Wake up on a Saturday night
    Could be New York Maybe Hollywood and Vine
    LONDON PARIS maybe TOKYO!!



    Oh I love that song by Hilary Duff, too !!! I've been to/visited all 4 cities except the last one Tokyo !!!
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    Nov 10, 2012 1:42 PM GMT
    Italy, because my partner is VERY Italian and would like to see some of his family history. He was there years ago with his late partner, but it was mainly tourist postcard destinations, not the less visited places, like the mountainous Abruzzo region where his father was born, or Sicily, his maternal grandmother's home.

    Neither of us would enjoy a plane flight of that distance (and I don't like flying at all), so we'd want to travel by ocean liner, make that part of the vacation experience. RJ member rigsby has done that with his partner. Being retired we really could make it for any length of time, we needn't rush, especially as I anticipate cutting back even more on our local social & charity obligations next year.

    In the short term, a more modest goal we'll achieve 6 weeks from now is Christmas & New Year's in New Hampshire. Being Northeast boys we miss the Currier & Ives snowy Christmases (decorating a palm tree in 80-degree weather isn't very nostalgic for us), so this should be perfect, staying in a private home in a small New England town with a classic town square, guaranteed to be all snow & decorations, a real fresh-cut Christmas tree in the house. I'll post pics when we return in January.

    But here's that town square from past winters:

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    Nov 10, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    Australia! I plan on moving there in a few years, so I figure I should probably see what it's like before I go icon_biggrin.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 14, 2012 7:07 AM GMT
    NotThatOld saidThis is an interesting topic.
    The OP had mentioned several places which I have visited, namely Italy, Israel and Australia, although to be honest, I have not visited the Amalfi coastline itself, I am very familiar with the nearby Bay of Naples with the city itself, Mt. Vesuvio, Pompeii and the Circumvesuvio railroad service, which calls at Sorrento, just west of the Amalfi coast.

    As for Tel Aviv, if it's nightlife and the pulsating heartbeat of life in this brash, modern city on the Mediterranean coast, then Tel Aviv is for you. But as for me, I stayed at the New Swedish backpackers hostel in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, where I found the Arab community far more of the Middle East atmosphere than at westernised Tel Aviv. Also within the walls of the Old City, there is limited access to motorised traffic, therefore it tends to be much quieter throughout the day - and eerily silent during the night! Express buses connect Jerusalem with Tel Aviv, and they run frequently throughout the day.

    The Arab Old City is cheaper to stay than in Tel Aviv, and New Swedish Hostel is small but incredibly busy especially during the summer. By self catering, and this hostel, like most other hostels, has a kitchen for residents, it is amazing how much you can save on your budget over a couple of weeks. Also suggested is a trip to Eilat, on the Red Sea. This is another modern, westernised resort where many Jews flock to for their holidays (vacations). Excellent snorkeling and diving facilities are there due to the Coral reef a couple of miles south. Four-hour express bus link from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv bus stations.

    As for Australia, I backpacked the Pacific Highway from Cairns to Sydney in 1997, staying at such a variety of hostels in Cairns, Townsville, Arlie Beach and Hervey Bay, all in Queensland. Then at Byron Bay, and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales before arriving in Sydney. With this I used the Greyhound Bus pass ticket, valid for a month but for a cheaper price, limited to the East Coast.

    In contrast to Jerusalem which is mostly historic and religious, Australia has much of the natural wonders - the Great Barrier Reef, where I learned to snorkel at Green Island, off Cairns. Then I admired the coral at Low Isles, off Port Douglas and the fringe reef at Heron Island of the Whitsundays. Hervey Bay provides a ferry to Fraser Island, the world's largest sandbank which within its forest cover is Lake MacKenzie, the world's purest freshwater lake. From Sydney, I took a couple of days away from the city to hike the Blue Mountains National Park, staying at a hostel at Katoomba, a town which serves the park.

    I hope this post was helpful to you.


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    Nov 15, 2012 6:16 AM GMT
    Call me an avid traveller but here are my 2013 Travel Plans:

    Tel Aviv, Israel
    - really have heard so many good things about this city plus I will be there for Pride next year.

    Istanbul, Turkey
    - provided it's safe next year I've always wanted to go. Seen it on the Amazing Race, so beautiful and I heard it's a really genuine city.

    Paris, France
    - I have been there before and just fell in love! No place like it in the world. Plus I have a good friend there now. Would like to do more sightseeing and actually do the climb up the Eiffel Tower.

    Bali and Denpasar, Indonesia
    - For me and my partner's one year anniversary, this would be a beautiful and exotic place to visit.

    Rome, Venice & Florence, Italy
    - Never been to Italy so this is the perfect opportunity

    Madrid & Ibiza, Spain
    - I have been to Barcelona but not to these two cities. I've heard a lot and I do love Spain and I would love to experience it.

    San Diego, California
    - I have heard so much about this city and it's one city in the US I haven't been to. So yeh would love to check it out.


    Others - Prague, Zurich, Amsterdam, Cyprus, Athens, Mykonos (fell in love last time), Budapest, Brussels, LA and Miami.


    2014 (pending)
    - Manchester, UK (after seeing it on Queer as Folk), London #2 and Latin America and North American with my partner (Colombia, Mexico, Bueno Aires, Central America, Cuba and the US again), Tokyo, Mongolia (where my roots are from) & New Zealand.
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    Nov 15, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    I want to go kayaking in the Galapagos Islands. I love kayaking and the scenes are amazing! I am planning on this trip in the Summer of 2013 or 2014 depending on my job situation! I have the company I am going to do this through saved...

    This is also on my bucket list
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    Nov 15, 2012 9:15 AM GMT
    RadRTT saidI want to go kayaking in the Galapagos Islands. I love kayaking and the scenes are amazing! I am planning on this trip in the Summer of 2013 or 2014 depending on my job situation! I have the company I am going to do this through saved...

    This is also on my bucket list


    I'd be into a trip like that- sounds like a good choiceicon_cool.gif
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    Nov 15, 2012 10:02 AM GMT
    If you are going to go to Galapagos definitely do some snorkeling and scuba diving. This place is packed with more marine animals than anywhere else on the globe. Though kayaking there would be awesome too.
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    Nov 15, 2012 10:09 AM GMT
    Edinburgh and York - Because they're simply gorgeous.
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    Nov 16, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    Since you have strayed from the original 4 - Australia, NZ, Italy, and Israel-
    South Africa and Madagascar - both to see wild Africa while it is still here. S.Africa because of the vast variety of country - looks larger than the US - from mountains to desert to beaches. It's safe - there is a great mix of cultures, and the country has so prospered since it ended apartheid. Game parks - such as Kruger, and lesser known ones, with an incredible array of wildlife. Gay friendly (officially, and for the most part). Cape Town - a most beautiful city in one of the world's most beautiful settings.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 16, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Isle of Man. Planning a trip there soon.
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    Nov 16, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd saidIsle of Man. Planning a trip there soon.
    Hey, you're not following the rules - You have to say WHY you would go there. All most of us know about it is that they bred cats there with no tails.
  • Montague

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    Nov 16, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    Going going back back to Cali Cali.. but for good this time and not just a few years hah.

    But other than moving, I'm going to be hitting parts of Australia and maybe Africa again in 2013!