Vacation.. where would you go and why??

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    Nov 16, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    HikeSwimSkiSF said
    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.


    Most Americans don't know it exists lol. Its cheap, beautiful, has a wonderful steam railway, and is very obscure. Also, its free of obnoxious Europeans, and every Manx person i've met has been super nice. Its also one of the richest countries in the world, but is very traditional and old fashioned.
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    Italia! I loved my time there, especially Sorrento. It's a beautiful small town tucked between majestic mountains, and reminded me of a living dollhouse. And such a cute local dialect!

    Oh, and don't go to Uganda.
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:08 PM 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!

    3) Italy Amalfi Coast.

    I rented an apartment there for 4 weeks this summer. You can find great deals on TripAdvisor. Had a one bedroom apartment with a view of the sea, Positano below and the cliffs overhead from a terrace that was about 500 square feet. Averaged out to $120 a night which you can't TOUCH in a hotel in that area.
    I shopped daily for produce, meat and veggies from the local markets. I took day trips to Capri, Amalfi, Praiano, Sorrento and Naples. It's so peaceful and beautiful, wonderfully romantic for a couple. The views are amazing, there are several summer festivals that are unbelievable, the people are so friendly and the setting is surreal.
    The beaches are just ok, they are rock beaches, but the swimming and diving is UNBELIEVABLE!
    A wonderful place to go and just "reset". Positano, Positano, Positano...
    *sigh*

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    Nov 16, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    JJGreen saidItalia! I loved my time there, especially Sorrento. It's a beautiful small town tucked between majestic mountains, and reminded me of a living dollhouse. And such a cute local dialect!

    Oh, and don't go to Uganda.


    Yeah, thats a really bad idea.
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    Egypt.
    -am going next week.
    figured out to be the best bang for the buck.
    not that much different in cost than many places in Mexico this time of year, but a hella lot more to offer on the grand scale of things.
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    xysx saidEgypt.
    -am going next week.
    figured out to be the best bang for the buck.
    not that much different in cost than many places in Mexico this time of year, but a hella lot more to offer on the grand scale of things.
    Egypt is a lot of fun. If you go low end and sail up the Nile, do the single sail felluca. It's not as comfy as the river boat but it is unreal... Aswan to Edfu and you can find a driver from there to take you to Luxor.
    Am jealous! Have so much fun!
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    My closest friend and I went to Australia this past May for two weeks and of all the places I've been, it's by and far my favorite (New Zealand comes in at No 2).

    We flew into Adelaide, ferried to Kangaroo Island, drove along the Great Ocean Rd to Melbourne, train to Sydney and then home. The Great Ocean Rd and Sydney were highlights but honestly, all of it was fantastic.

    Highly recommend it....
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    xysx saidEgypt.
    -am going next week.
    figured out to be the best bang for the buck.
    not that much different in cost than many places in Mexico this time of year, but a hella lot more to offer on the grand scale of things.


    Thats another not so good idea
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
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    xysx saidEgypt.
    -am going next week.
    figured out to be the best bang for the buck.
    not that much different in cost than many places in Mexico this time of year, but a hella lot more to offer on the grand scale of things.


    Thats another not so good idea

    My family has gone to Mexico regularly all my life. But everyone has called a moratorium on it because it is not safe, people are being abducted, beheaded and casually murdered... even Americans.
    Egypt is very similar and is/has always been dangerous. There are benefits and drawbacks to doing large tours, they are safer in some ways but they are also BIG targets for fundamentalists.
    I traveled under the radar, rented cars and drivers, took local trains and buses.
    The week I was visiting Luxor there was a massacre of German tourists at the Temple of Hatshepsut.
    Even with independent inconspicuous cars and drivers my friend and I still got shot at when crossing the desert at night.
    When I went out in Luxor I went to the only underground gay bar in town, The Rainbow Room. I almost got abducted from there by a group of men because I was "western". There was just short of a fight and I ran like hell, jumped on some guys scooter who was hanging out in the middle of the night and barely got away.
    Keep your wits about you, that shit is dangerous.... but the danger... oh it reminds you that you're alive!!!! ...am too old for that shit now. I'm alive, but just barely.
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:59 PM GMT
    Many thanks for the tips, Easily D.
    Agreed, Fit Gwyn, it is not the safe cozy plush-dom vaca that some would lend toward, but none-the-less, it is a wonderful opportunity and adventure. I have for decades preferred the road less travelled; in mainland China having to stay hidden under blanket while passing through certain areas where the Chinese government was not wanting americans to see, or be; I've stowed under-cloak while travelling by boat to go around boarder militia , encountered guerrillas in central america, etc. so I'm not new to the world of travelling in sketchy destinations. I'm also not stupid or cocky enough to be complacent in ignoring safety and wisdom while travelling in areas that are unpopular toward US citizens. I agree with you that for many who are not used to this type of travelling, this would not be a wise judgement choice, and I thank you for your viewpoint for them. -stay tuned in a couple weeks for an update if I make it back safely. icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 16, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    Egypt is a great place to travel. I loved it all, but especially Siwa, an oasis out in the Western desert. Very cool, or at least it was a decade or so ago.

    I've been almost everywhere I want to go. Last vacation was this spring - Luang Prabang, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Lhasa, Hangzhou.

    I think I'll probably stay around home for a while.

    Maybe go to Italy in a couple of years.
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    Nov 17, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    Elusium saidStockholm, Copenhagen, or Oslo.

    I love the cold.
    You and I have something in common because I also enjoy cold weather. Unfortunately I cannot afford to travel anywhere so I am stuck in Buffalo and Western New York.