Where would you go?
I have never been in Europe, or down under, but I have been everywhere else. I'm thinking about taking a month or longer just travelling. What would you do if you were in my shoes?
I'd love to go to Germany and find my other roots there. I'd also love to go to Ireland (another part of my roots) then party in London, I just don't know. This will be coming up soon, so any ideas will be greatly appreciated!
What else will I need besides renewing my passport? Any visas needed? I know if I go to AU then I will need a visa. Any other things I need to think about?
I've often thought that cruising the Amazon River would be kind of interesting.
I've been to Europe 3 times, and even China once (that was an eye-opener!)
Personally, I'd like to see Australia, and not just the big cities. -Larry
I'd go ski NZ and hit Australia. Love to head back to Argentina one of these days, take a train across Canada again, bum around out west in the US to a bunch of places in the rockies, go ski Alaska, go somewhere where they don't know there is such a thing as the Internet for a while. :)
OZ ..we would probably stay there ;)
If you go to Europe, and your roots are in Germany, than it's a must to visit Germany. Ireland of course is beautifull, but don't forget, Europe is not big, but so different you can't do it all even not in more than a month. But... don't forget to visit Flanders, it's in the middle of Europe with a great history, the best beer, the best chocolats and very good food. Antwerp, Brugge, Gent, Brussels,...
OK I confess, I'm from Flanders. If you decide to visit Flanders, sticky mail me!
I'm UK based.
My favourite excursions were to Borneo for the wildife and Japan (especially Kyoto) for the beatiful gardens, temples and culture.
Next one on my list is Australia, to dive on the barrier reef, then I think Madagascar.
Africa would top my list, some time seeing wildlife in Botswana and then a couple of weeks on the coast in South Africa.
I would also love to visit NZ.
I live in Ireland and have visited most of Europe, so that would be more ho-hum for me, though I will go to Paris or Rome anytime, for any length of time. I like cities.
Why not get a round-the-world air ticket, stopping in NZ, Aus and Europe? Probably not much more than a point-to-point ticket.
Just don't plan to visit Germany while the soccer World Cup is on, as prices are sky high, and make sure you've plenty of cash for London, it's very expensive!
No visa required for US citizens visiting EU countries, and don't think you need one for NZ.
My dream trip would be going first-class on the Trans-Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver :)
I'm just waiting for the commercial space travel to pick up. Earth is so 20th century.
I'm with Freq on this one, as a fully paid-up member of planetary.org!
I hope I'm around (and fit) long enough to at least achieve Earth orbit, and even step on the surface of another planet.
That said, I haven't seen much/enough/any of Asia, Africa and South America, though I have travelled and worked extensively in the US, EU and a few other places such as Japan.
So book me into Thailand on my way to the Moon! B^>
Definitely Scotland, I love it up here. People are so friendly.
Yeah the USA and New Zealand have a visa waiver arrangement.
Another vote for Africa - any of the big game reserves - it is truly something to see nature on that scale. Southern Ireland and the Pacific Northwest are two more of my other favourite places to travel.
Travelling Europe can be done on a shoestring if you plan your route using rail - euro rail passes can take you everywhere (the UK is a different story - you can often fly for less than the price of a train ticket). The Alps are beautiful year-round...
when do you plan to travel?
probably Costa Rica or New Zealand...and stay there for a few months with enough money, means of transportation, and no worries about my sites.
A nice young lady to show me around would help of course... :)
Favorite place - Key Largo, Florida, USA Not too exotic, but I like comfort, relaxation, the sun and the ocean.
Dream trip - Belize!
There are many great places in the US to travel too. Some of the montain ranges and national parks are breathtaking. I've always wanted to see Alaska and Hawaii. I've had a lot of fun going to Mexico. there are some great mountain ranges to hike down there. just stay away from turist traps and keep up on your meds (take antibiotics with you, maleria pills and get vacinated for hep A + B, tetnus)
Someplace exotic, yet still wired enough to maintain my business. :)
My FANTASY trip would be to have the ability to free myself from all my obligations and spend weeks completely FREE of connections to the real world!
OK, OK, I'll give some specifics.
I've always wanted to bicycle through Europe. Spending 2-3 weeks alternatively getting around by bike & train would be perfect.
In the last five years I've been to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, and Venice (and just bought tickets this weekend for Ireland in May). Of those, the first place I'd go back to is Rome. There's so much to see with history around every corner. You may find yourself resting on a piece of marble that's thousands of years old. It's like an open air museum.
But what I really want to do in the next couple of years is to visit Africa. You've got to figure that the Colisseum, Eiffel Tower, etc. are going to still be there ten or twenty years from now. But that may not be true of the wildlife in Africa in any significant numbers.
For the parts of Europe you've mentioned you'll only need a valid passport. I've not investigated the visa requirements for any of the nations in Africa yet.
> Dream trip - Belize!
Having been there more than once, and having slept in the some best hotels to in the jungle to on the reef, I'd have to say it is a very nice country with very friendly people and certainly worth a visit.
But while I would never recommend not going, I don't know if Belize is worthy of being a dream destination. For example, if one is the least bit phobic of insects, spiders & the like, then I suggest staying away from Belize. (Extreme, scary example? Search for "belize" & "botfly".)
If you're the type of person who doesn't mind "some dirt between the toes," can accept limited 'net access, enjoy the relaxed pace of "Belize time" (slowly, but surely!), and remember it's a Third World country with a population of a quarter million, then you will love Belize.
Minimum medical requirements: Chloroquine prescription (for malaria); Typhoid vaccination; Hepatitus A & B vaccination; Tetanus vaccination.
Hrmmm, Ok, seems like Belize is out, I hate spiders!
Biking across EU, sounds like fun, but I'm an out of shape, chain-smoking programmer, NOT FUN. :-)
NZ would be nice, have a relative somewhere there.
I would love to see Ireland, Scotland (spend a night in a castle, cause I don't have mine yet) then hit London, Germany, down to the Netherlands, and maybe a quick jaunt to China.
Well China might be out, not sure how hard it is to go see the Great Wall.