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post Jan 2 2011, 05:00 PM
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Me and my fiancée want to travel the world bit by bit (because of lack of money heh..)
We want to know the most beautiful places in the world, whether you have been there or not.

Share your dreams of destinations.. from countries to cities and national parcs.


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post Jan 3 2011, 10:52 AM
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The Burning Man festival in Nevada, USA, is something unlike anything else on the planet.

Nagasaki - the museum to the atomic bombs will make you sob your heart out, then go for a walk in the town and up to the temple on the mountainside. The people running the temple will swear that it's been there for hundreds of years, even though it was blown apart and a lot of it is less than a few decades old. It tells you everything you need to know about faith.


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post Jan 3 2011, 11:41 PM
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Well, I've never left the US so I can't give advice on any other countries.

However, I have been tons of places within the country. Personally, Tennesee is my favorite place so far. They have several parks and attractions around the state with waterfalls, natural rock formations, and some beautiful trees. Same thing goes for Georgia and South Carolina.

My general advice for traveling (especially if you don't have much money) is to look for things that are lesser known attractions. For example, the beaches in Florida and California are all pretty well known (for good reason, mind) but are also very expensive as vacation spots. So instead of going there, instead look for beaches in other states that aren't as well known - they're cheaper, but you get the same experience. smile.gif


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post Jan 7 2011, 09:01 AM
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Also, get to know lots of people online so you can go and sleep on thir sofa when you travel biggrin.gif


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post Jan 7 2011, 12:25 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Jan 7 2011, 01:01 AM) *
Also, get to know lots of people online so you can go and sleep on thir sofa when you travel biggrin.gif


Great tip! biggrin.gif


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post Jan 7 2011, 05:37 PM
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Will it be yr first time traveling with your guy? Find out what kind of stuff he's down for! I always hate finding out my traveling companion is grossed out by the prospect of spending a day drinking wine in a park or public transport, (on account of those are two of my favorite things) and it's great to know that stuff in advance. But I bet you are pretty good at spending time together what with all that getting-married stuff.

France and Spain are hella close to you (compared to me, at least!) and my travels thru there showed me incredibly beautiful places. Barcelona is SUCH A CITY. Parc Guell is special in a touristy way at its base, but slip around construction fences to scale the hilltop stairs and the view will knock you sideways. And you'll see weird lizards and snakes and crusty Andalusian endurance joggers and dog-walkers and other intrepid tourists and communicate via knowing nods. And when you get hot you can chase each other to the ocean (couple km straight downhill) and buy a cold six-pack from wandering Middle Eastern men who fish your brews out from the ocean.

Not that I would recommend swimming as it's a bit...condom-y.

France-wise, I'd recommend flying to the cheapest city, buy a couple litres of wine and some instant-hot-beverage and couchsurfing in the countryside with someone who will lend you bikes. The North is very grey, the South is very yellow, and the middle is a pleasant green. You should bike through all of it, powered by baguettes and cheap pâté and SUCH CHEESE!

Also, plz go to Jordon and Morocco for me.


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post Jan 7 2011, 07:06 PM
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QUOTE (elphaba2 @ Jan 7 2011, 06:37 PM) *
Will it be yr first time traveling with your guy? Find out what kind of stuff he's down for! I always hate finding out my traveling companion is grossed out by the prospect of spending a day drinking wine in a park or public transport, (on account of those are two of my favorite things) and it's great to know that stuff in advance. But I bet you are pretty good at spending time together what with all that getting-married stuff.

Also, plz go to Jordon and Morocco for me.


Hey,
no it is not the first time we are going to be travelling. We have been to Paris twice and got engaged in New York.
And I have been to Morocco smile.gif. I also visited Belgium, (a lot in) Netherlands (because I live here tongue.gif), Germany, Prague.

@ Mata & voices_in_my_head thanks biggrin.gif



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post Jan 8 2011, 05:37 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Jan 3 2011, 02:52 AM) *
The Burning Man festival in Nevada, USA, is something unlike anything else on the planet.

Nagasaki - the museum to the atomic bombs will make you sob your heart out, then go for a walk in the town and up to the temple on the mountainside. The people running the temple will swear that it's been there for hundreds of years, even though it was blown apart and a lot of it is less than a few decades old. It tells you everything you need to know about faith.


Are you talking about the Suwa shrine? Funnily enough, Nagasaki's Christian church was at the heart of the blast site whereas the hillsides protected the Suwa, keeping it from sustaining almost any damage.

OT - Las Vegas. wink.gif Come here with male fiance, leave with female fiancee. But seriously, we have lots of pretty sites both on the strip and hidden within it.


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post Jan 9 2011, 04:16 PM
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In terms of beautiful places, Kerela knocked my for six. Just travelling round both the mountains and the backwaters (try to do the latter by boat, houseboat if you can afford it) it's like someone glued a postcard in front of your eyes, it's just an incredibly pretty landscape, whether you're up in the tea plantations or down by lakes. Seriously, I can't do justice in words to how amazing everything looks there. And they have elephants just wandering around the place. Getting there can be a bitch money-wise but once you're there it's a pretty cheap place to be.


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post Jan 12 2011, 10:35 AM
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I can recommend Israel. There is so much in this little country, however having an Israel stamp on your passport could hinder you in travelling to some Arab countries.

Tel-Aviv (with Jaffa) - lovely beach, the TelAviv port is a really fun place, especially at night. Some of the warehouses have been converted into venues. There's a great little jazz club called Shablool in one of them, which I'd recommend. Also, Jaffa, full of history (including andromedas rock!), really beautiful old town.

Haifa - see the Bahai centre. It has some of the most beautiful gardens ever. I've also eaten the best tabouleh there smile.gif

Eilat - for looking at corals in the Red Sea, and all these watersports etc. I have been on a really interesting desert tour there though, where we went into the mountains for a trek and stopped to look at various things (including a seed which visibly sprouted seconds after having put a few drops of water on it).

Jerusalem - sort of speaks for itself.

Other things, it's worth seeing Mitzpe Ramon, Dead Sea (definitely definitely), many of the historical sites...

You will also eat the best falafel and houmous in your life (the downside is that it will hence turn you into a totally snobbish cynic about any other falafel and houmous... (or at leas that's my excuse tongue.gif))


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post Jan 12 2011, 07:51 PM
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QUOTE (CheeseMoose @ Jan 9 2011, 04:16 PM) *
In terms of beautiful places, Kerela knocked my for six.


In the world where I have disposable income, I certainly would love to visit Kerela. There is an Indian restaurant near where I live that specialises in food from that region and, after enjoying several wonderful meals, I read about the place and it sounded amazing. And the photographs were wonderful.
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Paul and I have just booked a holiday in Iceland, it looks amazing... will let you know if the reality lives up to it in a few months time! smile.gif


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post Jan 18 2011, 10:22 AM
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Hmm, most of the places I've been are in the US. I've travelled a bit around the UK, but not nearly enough.

San Francisco is nice, but as an Oregonian, I am not legally allowed to admit to liking any place in California. tongue.gif True story.

This is going to sound very biased, but, well, my favourite place in the world is still Oregon. Temperate rain forests and mountains and deserts and North America's deepest canyon (Hells) and waterfalls and the deepest lake in the US (Crater) and the coast and Mo's and marionberries and Portland. There's a sign somewhere in Portland that says, "Keep Portland Weird," which probably says more about the city than I can. smile.gif I moved away from the Willamette Valley when I was 14, and I've missed it like air ever since.

Okay, enough about home. tongue.gif

Yellowstone is amazing (and kind of scary at times). It's beautiful, but other tourists there are often insane. Yes, crazy lady from Texas, go ahead and get out of your car and run towards a grizzly so you can get that perfect photo. Let me know how that works out for you. It can be quite crowded at peak times of the year, though, and during off-peak times the whole thing is rather frozen. The last time I went was in late May, and there was quite a bit of snow on the ground. Some of the park was closed off because of it, but on the plus side, we got to see baby grizzlies frolicking in the snow. happy.gif


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post Jan 18 2011, 08:55 PM
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QUOTE (snoo @ Jan 17 2011, 09:36 PM) *
Paul and I have just booked a holiday in Iceland, it looks amazing... will let you know if the reality lives up to it in a few months time! smile.gif

I've been twice and it really does in either summer or winter. Summer gives you volcanic moon-scapes, huge waterfalls, snow-mobiling on glaciers and driving on roads made from gravel. Winter supplies hot bodies and cold noses in a thermal spring, frozen huge waterfalls, snorkelling in the crack between Europe and America and the most amazing fireworks display ever if you're there over new year. That last one is my recommendation for 100 things to do before you die.

Oh yeah and thats all within about an hour of Reykjavik, I've not be around most of the island.
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post Feb 3 2011, 05:31 PM
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This seems to work for some people Elph mentioned it http://www.couchsurfing.org/


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post Feb 3 2011, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE (Dread Pirate Cath @ Feb 3 2011, 06:31 PM) *
This seems to work for some people Elph mentioned it http://www.couchsurfing.org/



thanks Pirate Lassie Cath ^^


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