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    Jan 21, 2013 7:34 AM GMT
    Hey, everyone. I've decided that I want to travel in 2013. Get out and see some of the world.

    I haven't decided on where I want to go yet but I know I want to go for an extended period of time. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or favorite places they have been and could explain why they liked them. (I'm talking outside of the USA.)

    Thanks, fellas!
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 21, 2013 12:46 PM GMT
    The 46 places to go in 2013, courtesy of the NY Times.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/10/travel/2013-places-to-go.html
  • davisbrock

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    Jan 21, 2013 2:15 PM GMT
    Depends on what you're going for??? My top 3 are Tel Aviv (not normally amazing), Amsterdam and Prague (but the language barrier is difficult).
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 21, 2013 2:21 PM GMT
    I love Madrid, a lot of other people love Barcelona (although I think it's overrated)
  • davisbrock

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    Jan 21, 2013 2:28 PM GMT
    Madrid is insanity...it's crazy. I can't be there for more than a few days icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 21, 2013 3:25 PM GMT
    Bunjamon, great article! Thanks. Some of those places surprised me, actually. I've heard several good things about Amsterdam from many people. Most of Europe would be great for the fact that there is so much to see and so many places to go within a relatively small area. I've thought about New Zealand as well, and talked to a friend who knows someone living over there now that loves it. However, I don't know that I want to be constricted to one area the whole time. That's why Europe appeals to me. I noticed Montenegro is on the list which I completely forgot about for some reason. It looks like a stunning place! Right now I'm just looking for a place to get away and breathe for a bit. I've gotten caught up in a job I don't like and a location I've always known and am familiar with. I'm ready to stretch my legs and experience new things. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 21, 2013 3:25 PM GMT
    Belgrade,Serbia.And you get to see me icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 21, 2013 3:31 PM GMT
    Do New Zealand (my home country), Australia, and somewhere like Thailand in one trip. icon_smile.gif
  • davisbrock

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    Jan 21, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
    Id do the London, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey and then Israel. If you like the outdoors, beaches, and amazingly nice and hot men..Tel Aviv is where it's at ;)
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    Jan 21, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    Go to South America. Enjoy the cities like Rio and Buenos Aires then go for a tropical adventure in the amazon and cap it off with hiking in the Andes.
  • hawkeye7

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    Jan 21, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    Go anywhere, just go.
    It is really not the destination it is the Journey.
    My favorite thing is to sit in a café overseas and read the newspaper.
    It will give you a very interesting view of the US.
    The you get to come home and that is wonderful.
  • Markguy

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    Jan 21, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    Nepal was my favorite. I spent a week trekking in the Annapurna mountains, did an elephant-back safari in a national park looking for rhinos and tigers, spent some time around Lake Phewa, which is a big resort area, and several days in Katmandu. Nearly everyone speaks English there, too, so you have no worries about the language. The whole country is very exotic - the foods, the colors, the people, and very friendly.
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    Jan 21, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses. Some of these places I've never even thought about but will definitely check out! An exotic location would be really fun. I've never been anywhere like that. I just want to immerse myself in other cultures. I've been sitting on my butt for too long. Trying to narrow it down isn't working, you are all giving me a lot of good feedback. icon_lol.gif

    Have any of you gone for an extended period of time? Or were these shorter vacations? I'm talking over three months, at least.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 22, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    I went on a 30-day trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 2010, which is the longest trip I've ever gone on. We spent about 10 days in each country, which was the perfect amount of time, and we covered a lot of ground and struck a perfect balance between city and country, beach and inland, comfort and luxury. Staying in a hostel for $6 a night? Spend $10 on dinner (and $10 in Cambodia gets you an amaaaaaazing meal).

    I also have a good friend who worked and saved for a year and then took a year off and went and travelled all of South America for 12 months. She came back with impeccable Spanish (she's Dutch, so she already spoke English, German, and Dutch exceptionally well) and a year's worth of amazing stories and memories.
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    Jan 22, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    jbhu22 saidThanks for all the responses. Some of these places I've never even thought about but will definitely check out! An exotic location would be really fun. I've never been anywhere like that. I just want to immerse myself in other cultures. I've been sitting on my butt for too long. Trying to narrow it down isn't working, you are all giving me a lot of good feedback. icon_lol.gif

    Have any of you gone for an extended period of time? Or were these shorter vacations? I'm talking over three months, at least.


    Ask TheAlchemixt. He's a master globe trotter. I'm even jelly.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Jan 22, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    Have you considered Canada? There are some great Canadian destinations not that far from you.

    British Columbia rocks. Vancouver is great and for a good time in a smaller venue, try Victoria, BC.
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    Jan 22, 2013 8:37 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidI went on a 30-day trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 2010, which is the longest trip I've ever gone on. We spent about 10 days in each country, which was the perfect amount of time, and we covered a lot of ground and struck a perfect balance between city and country, beach and inland, comfort and luxury. Staying in a hostel for $6 a night? Spend $10 on dinner (and $10 in Cambodia gets you an amaaaaaazing meal).

    I also have a good friend who worked and saved for a year and then took a year off and went and travelled all of South America for 12 months. She came back with impeccable Spanish (she's Dutch, so she already spoke English, German, and Dutch exceptionally well) and a year's worth of amazing stories and memories.


    Impressive! Sounds like you had an enjoyable time then? I'm definitely going to be living cheap....so hostels will become my new home. I've heard that Thailand is very cheap and has it's exotic spots. Contemplating checking that out! As far as your friends experience, sounds amazing. It would be great to pick up on a language while I'm gone! I don't want to be one of those American's that goes somewhere expecting everyone to know english, haha. Thanks for sharing! icon_biggrin.gif

    GAMRican, I'm going to look him up. Thanks for the heads up!

    I went to British Columbia a few times....not too far past the border. I was about 12 or 13. We lived about 15 minutes from the border in Washington. Stunning landscapes! I really wouldn't mind seeing it again actually, and exploring more of it! Any place with mountains like that and lakes that look like blue/green gems, I am game for! icon_surprised.gif
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    Jan 22, 2013 9:47 AM GMT
    It would help if I had some idea what you're interested in seeing or doing.

    I spend three months in Europe, and that was a blast! A Eurail Pass and festival-hopping-- the World Cup, The Love Parade, several local festivals. Prague is gorgeous. I could see myself living in Barcelona or Berlin.

    Another long trip I took was to South America. You have to see Machu Pichu! Other highlights were seeing Iguasu Falls, spending time in Rio, Manaus and a cruise up the Amazon, Bahia and its gorgeous beach and seeing the caipoeira show.

    Another gorgeous city that I couldn't recommend enough is Istanbul.

    Maybe you just want to build an itinerary around a theme-- foods you like, music styles, gorgeous beaches, Wonders of the World, the Silk Road, a book or movie you like.
  • kyleburke

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    Jan 23, 2013 6:37 PM GMT
    Ireland...You won't regret it, I swear!