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post Oct 29 2003, 07:00 PM
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Right. So next summer, my dad and I (and possibly my sister) will (probably - we're not very good at planning, as a family) be going on a much-anticipated round-the-world trip! It'll last anywhere between a month and six weeks, and thus far on the itinerary we have Singapore, Japan and of course the US of A. But where in the US? And where else should I go? And how long should I stay in each place? My indecisiveness haunts me. Help me plan!


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post Oct 29 2003, 07:02 PM
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I suggest you don't plan at all, and just bum across south-east Asia for two years, living off the pitiful wages that you earn from picking rice.
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post Oct 29 2003, 07:26 PM
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You should go to Cephalonia in Greece...Where I used to live.
Full of culture, wonderful scenery, good food, hot ladies and lots of cold beer.


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post Oct 29 2003, 07:40 PM
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post Oct 29 2003, 08:30 PM
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well, if you're going to the US, you'd better make sure to stop off in NYC!

but, in terms of other countries:

definitelly australia, russia, greece, italy, ecuador, and india. oh, and make sure to find an island in the atlantic that no one's found and establish your own tax-free country there biggrin.gif
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post Oct 29 2003, 08:31 PM
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post Oct 29 2003, 09:53 PM
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QUOTE (gerbilfromhell @ Oct 29 2003, 08:39 PM)
well, if you're going to the US, you'd better make sure to stop off in NYC!

Here's my main thing. I've never been to the US. I don't know a thing about it. Where do I go? What do I do? Where the hell are all of you guys? Is there some kind of central Ben & Jerry's temple I can go worship at? What do I do?


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post Oct 29 2003, 09:55 PM
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Italy for the food (but avoid Rome)
Belgium for the chocolate and beer and chips...


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post Oct 29 2003, 10:02 PM
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Personally i'd say ditch the family grab a backpack and go solo, i did it through Europe last year. Had a blast met some great people and best of all i would wake up realised i was bored of that place and off i'd go, with noone to say "but i want to stay another day". Also i could pick where i wanted to go too smile.gif
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post Oct 29 2003, 10:12 PM
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How did you handle that financially? I would love to do that, but surely it would be hugely expensive?
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post Oct 29 2003, 10:18 PM
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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Oct 29 2003, 10:21 PM)
How did you handle that financially? I would love to do that, but surely it would be hugely expensive?

Me ??
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post Oct 29 2003, 10:20 PM
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You!!
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post Oct 29 2003, 10:37 PM
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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Oct 29 2003, 10:29 PM)
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You!!

Oh ok wink.gif

It cost me about 1000.00 to do the month, but i was really spending the money, i met people doing 2-3 months on that.

The trick is communal rooms in hostels (please go careful doing this as some are mixed sex rooms, and there are perverts everywhere PM and ill tell you some horror stories about what happened (if your over 18).

Find a cheap place to eat in the city (in Amsterdam i found a chinese place that served huge meals for 2 euro and filled you for the day). Try not to frequent tourist bar's head outside the tourist hotspots for drinking. (Prauge found a place that was 50 pence to get in and 50p a drink, the main street was 20.00 to enter 5.00 a drink). Also if you go buy rail you save more cash AND get to see some amazing sites in the way ( from Koln to Prauge i went through the German mountians and saw some small amazing villages just covered in snow, and on the train route all the old Bavarian Castles along the river). Try to work out what citys you want to/would like to see first before heading off, so you don't back track the same route.

Otherwise that's really it, if you want slightly more info and specifics then PM me and ill try and answer them, and i only did Europe so i don't know about anything else. wink.gif
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post Oct 29 2003, 10:42 PM
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Cheers, Spacehappy. I already spent 300 on a week in Paris, and I stayed in the dodgiest hotel in Pigalle. No really, it was actually in the Red-Light District. The soil pipe leaked into the bathroom. I jest not.
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post Oct 29 2003, 10:43 PM
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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Oct 29 2003, 10:51 PM)
Cheers, Spacehappy. I already spent 300 on a week in Paris, and I stayed in the dodgiest hotel in Pigalle. No really, it was actually in the Red-Light District. The soil pipe leaked into the bathroom. I jest not.

My one month all zones ticket cost less than that! And it gave me access to all Europe for waht you paid for a week in Paris
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post Oct 29 2003, 11:00 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Oct 29 2003, 10:02 PM)
QUOTE (gerbilfromhell @ Oct 29 2003, 08:39 PM)
well, if you're going to the US, you'd better make sure to stop off in NYC!

Here's my main thing. I've never been to the US. I don't know a thing about it. Where do I go? What do I do? Where the hell are all of you guys? Is there some kind of central Ben & Jerry's temple I can go worship at? What do I do?

in NYC? go ANYWHERE! i mean it, there isn't a single square mile in the ENTIRE city that's not packed with stuff to do. honestly, though, unless you're a really tourist-ish type guy, avoid the tourist traps. there's every kind of restaurant, times square, broadway, soho, and more other places to visit than i can count. i've lived here 14 years, and there's still plenty of stuff that i never knew NYC had.

actually though, maybe it's time to start re-considering the east coast USA meet.
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post Oct 29 2003, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Oct 29 2003, 10:02 PM)
QUOTE (gerbilfromhell @ Oct 29 2003, 08:39 PM)
well, if you're going to the US, you'd better make sure to stop off in NYC!

Here's my main thing. I've never been to the US. I don't know a thing about it. Where do I go? What do I do? Where the hell are all of you guys? Is there some kind of central Ben & Jerry's temple I can go worship at? What do I do?

you should come to San Diego too! go to Sea World and the Zoo and stuff! biggrin.gif laugh.gif


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post Oct 30 2003, 01:43 AM
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In the US there are basically two places that should be on everyones to do list. The problem is they are on opposite sides of the country. lol

These would be New York, and California. There are many other great places like the art museums in Chicago, or watching the old people in Florida, or going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. However I personally think it's all about New York and Cali! Of course I'm kinda impartial to Cali seeing as thats where I'm from and live. tongue.gif


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post Oct 30 2003, 01:55 AM
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come to cali! san diego! o yah! hehe... there's the Zoo, Sea World... erm then if you go to other parts of cali there is Knots berry farm, disney land, magik mountain, soak city *giggles* lots and lots of places


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post Oct 30 2003, 01:57 AM
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QUOTE (Debaser @ Oct 29 2003, 08:40 PM)
brighton.

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post Oct 30 2003, 02:13 AM
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Well, what kind of stuff do you like to do, Commie?

I've been all across the states, and there's tons of different things to do everywhere. I'd probably direct someone like you to NYC though, because you don't strike me as someone who would enjoy more rustic activities...lol.

Although, unfortunately, I've never been out of the country, so I can't help you out anywhere else.


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post Oct 30 2003, 09:14 AM
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QUOTE (candice @ Oct 30 2003, 02:22 AM)
Well, what kind of stuff do you like to do, Commie?

I like stuff. Lots of stuff.

Somewhere with a good goth scene or subculture or the like would be good - apparently NYC has much to offer in that respect.

Hmmm...okay, NYC is on the list. I'm considering California as well - sell it to me, people!

Edit: what exactly are "rustic activities", Cand? Sheep-shearing? Rodeo?


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The only place in America that I've been to is California. Which is great. I spent a lot of time hiking and what not. San Francisco seems great, but I need someone who isn't my brother to let me explore it properly... But hey, I've always wanted to go to New Orleans too.

Now Sea, you simply CANNOT go all the way around the world and not go to Ireland. If you do that, I will be annoyed tongue.gif

And while you're at it, go to New Zealand and learn how to surf! no wait, you avoid the sun...

Other places to go to, Switzerland, Germany, China, India (or Pakistan smile.gif ) Russia (I have always wanted to go there, damn you Economics trip people *glares at Crunchy*) Greece, don't go to Italy, you're coming there with me and a few others after the A-levels smile.gif

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San Francisco, San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO!!!! laugh.gif

Sorry but I love the place biggrin.gif Try staying in the Haight Ashbury (hippie) district or Castro if you're into the gay scene. There are loadsa' places but I found anything less than $70 a night was scabby.

Avoid Los Angeles it really isn't all that. Unless if course you want to do Universal Studios but even then you might as well go to Florida for all that stuff as I have it on good authority they do that better there (from someone who's been to both).

California is really nice in general though. We hired a car and drove from SF to LA and it's really rather lovely even if you only do Highway 101 rather than the scenic stuff.

Other than that I hear NYC and Chicago are lovely places if you're into cultural things and shopping and such like.

Outside of America.......well.....quite simply.....SHEFFIELD! biggrin.gif


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post Oct 30 2003, 05:18 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Oct 30 2003, 02:23 AM)
Edit: what exactly are "rustic activities", Cand? Sheep-shearing? Rodeo?

Well, not sheep-shearing. tongue.gif No one does THAT for fun (seriously, have you ever seen how much poop sheep just carry around in their wool?). Some people do the rodeo thing, but I personally have never found it much fun (although I did grow up in a town that was known for its "buckeroo").

What I meant was more nature-y, scenic type stuff. But you don't really seem the sort who would enjoy hiking a 7 mile trail in a rainforest (meaning, it'll most likely be..uh..raining). biggrin.gif

As for California..hmm. I've never been there, so I can't say anything about it really. But from what I hear, Northern CA is quite beautiful.


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