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What places do you want to travel to? What places have you already been to? What is your favorite place you've been?

  1. I want to travel to Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.

  2. I have been to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, Iraq and Kuwait.

  3. My favorite place is Germany, mainly because my g/f lives there and I have lived there for 3 years before.

3 years ago by spammusbi with 23 comments

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  • freedomgarden (edited 3 years ago)
    +8

    Machu Picchu!! I've never gotten to South America but it is high on the list.

    Nepal is probable one of the best places I've visited. Trekking in the Himalayas was awe inspiring. The people were all friendly, the prices were cheap and the history is everywhere and humbling. This has been the only time I've had others carry the majority of my gear. I certainly was thankful for the porters in their flip flops and t-shirts carrying massive loads. They marched past us with our hiking boots as if we were standing still. We would show up at camp where tents had been erected and hot tea was ready. We were in good shape but the altitude and elevation gains would leave us exhausted as the porters smoked cigarettes, smiled and chuckled. At the end of the trek we all donated all our gear we could spare, tipped them heavily, they were only making a couple bucks a day, and bought them a goat for our final celebratory dinner.

    • spammusbi
      +2

      How was the food in Nepal? I'm a big foodie, so I'm always interested in what people eat from different countries.

      • freedomgarden
        +4

        I really enjoyed the food. While trekking we had a big enough group that we were able to have a cook, with his kitchen on his back. As soon as we stopped he would visit the local village and get whatever was fresh and available. This was a while ago and I did not know my foods well then. Usually some fresh greens, always lentils and rice, and I discovered I like me some yak cheese. It was a treat on pizza. The goat at the end was a little tough but spiced well.

        Once back in Kathmandu we found a traditional Nepalese restaurant that was very nice. It was a great reward after weeks eating at camps. There seemed to be never ending dishes being passed around the table and I ate far more than was necessary. It was similar to Indian, especially in some of the curries and spices. The dumplings and lamb were superb. I also enjoyed some of the side dishes of sauces, pickles and bread. All of it was good though I did not recognize most of what I was served and there was a language barrier.

        I am realizing I have not tried Nepalese food since, though I eat a more Indian. I am off to google the nearest Nepalese restaurant. Thanks!

        • spammusbi
          +3

          No problem! Haha and thank you for the reply. That's pretty cool, I have actually never looked up Nepalese recipes or what type of food they eat. Lamb is amazing though.

  • NipplePuree (edited 3 years ago)
    +4

    I love to travel, I've been to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, China & New Zealand. Next month I will finally be travelling outside Asia and spending 2 months in Europe, I can't wait.

    My favourite by far was New Zealand. I have never seen so many beautiful sites in such a small area, it's stunning.

    I have always wanted to visit South America. It's just a matter of finding the time to do it because it's so far away, I want to be able to spend a lot of time there.

    • spammusbi
      +2

      You've been almost to the exact same places I want to go! Any recommendations for Japan, Korea, Taiwan?

      • the7egend
        +1

        For Japan, stay in the popular tourist areas if you don't know Japanese, a lot of people don't speak it outside of these tourist areas and it'll be hard for you to communicate and read signs if you don't know a single bit.

        Tour guides in Japan are pretty pricey, so if it's your first time, you might want to budget for that or just wing it and stay in the main tourism areas.

        In the tourism areas, every Asian you see won't be Japanese, believe it or not a lot of Chinese people visit Japan.

        Eat Ramen.

        Carry hand sanitizer with you, soap is optional in Japan, meaning a majority of bathrooms don't have it.

        Be prepared to use both Western and Hole-In-The-Ground Toilets. Know which way to face and how to squat. Also, Bidets.

        If you have to learn one word, Sumimasen is it. It means excuse me, sorry, pardon, etc. You bump into someone, Sumimasen, you don't understand someone, Sumimasen, etc.

        There's a bunch of other tips, but Japan is really amazing, it helps if you know the language though and can read kana (a little kanji helps) but it could get you out of the tourist areas without the need of a guide/translator.

  • spaceghoti
    +3

    I've been to Australia so that's off my bucket list. I also want to see Scotland, Ireland, Hungary and New Zealand.

  • Cobbydaler (edited 3 years ago)
    +3

    Have been to Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Andorra, Algeria, Italy, Greece, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Czech Republic, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Portugal, USA, Canada, Gibraltar. Would love to go to Malta and Machu Picchu plus Iguazu Falls.

  • sixstorm
    +3

    I've not been to many places but my wife and I want to go to London one day, maybe even Scotland too. We've been to Seoul, South Korea (we adopted our son) and it's amazing over there.

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  • fanficmistress
    +3

    1. Ireland, Pacific Northwest, all wine countries, mostly south France, Italy etc. 2. I have been to most states, England, Denmark, Germany 3. Well my favorite vacation was Hawaii but I'm not sure what my favorite place is. I kinda love them all.

    • spammusbi
      +1

      I'm from Hawai'i! Did you get to enjoy any food that was unique from Hawai'i?

      • fanficmistress
        +1

        A little bit. We did a luau which does attempt to be authentic and then grabbed some local stuff before the cruise. When I go back I plan on having more.

        • freedomgarden
          +2

          What no spam? I had friends take me to a Hawaiian restaurant and learned about what spam can be. Plus put an egg on it.

          • spammusbi
            +2

            Spam Musubi (hence my username). Spam and eggs, fried rice with spam, Budae Jjigae! Tons of stuff

  • Boudicca
    +2

    I would like to travel back to Ireland again for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, my great uncles fought in that one.

    Over the years I have travelled a fair amount. One place that sticks out is Turkey. Istanbul is an incredible city and a feast for the senses. Sailing on the Adriatic, in a traditional Turkish Gulet for five days was one of the best travel experiences in my life. If you ever go there I would definitely recommend a Turkish bath- amazing.

  • massani
    +1

    I want to travel to Japan, South Korea, Australia, Ireland, and Hong Kong.

    I have been to The Bahamas, Italy, Greece, Spain, The Netherlands, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and France.

    My favorite place is a tough one. I would have to say Stockholm or Berlin, with London being a close second. Both of those cities were so amazing and beautiful (it helped that I was there during excellent weather), and the people were very nice as well. Both had enriched histories and were really cosmopolitan. I would move to Stockholm in an instant if I could.

  • Triseult (edited 3 years ago)
    +1

    I love to travel and have done a lot of it... I'm from Canada but I've also lived in China, South Korea, Mexico, Thailand, and India. I'm moving to Bulgaria in August.

    I've visited 32-35 countries, depending on your definition of "country":

    Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Palestine, Qatar, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Vietnam.

    My favorite? This might surprise you: Syria. I LOVED Syria when I visited in 2010. It was jaw-droppingly gorgeous, filled with architectural wonders, and absolutely the friendliest, most welcoming country I've ever been to. I've had taxi drivers give me free rides, and complete strangers invite me to dinner. One guy paid for shawarmas for me, and I've received countless cups of coffee as a gesture of welcome. Not only that, but the food was just out of this world. So fresh, so good...

    Other favorites for me are South Korea, India, China, and Turkey. Istanbul is probably my favorite city in the whole world. The most beautiful place I've ever seen, just a bit ahead of Damascus in Syria, was Jerusalem. Stunningly beautiful. I remember walking in Old Jerusalem and hearing the call to prayer coming from al-Aqsa at sunset, and the scene was so grippingly beautiful I broke down in tears. In terms of natural beauty, the most gorgeous place I saw was Scotland, followed closely by Lebanon's stunning countryside and Indonesia's lush volcanic landscapes.

    In terms of places I haven't been but dream of going, top of my list is Iran, which sounds absolutely amazing. Next would be Bangladesh, which is probably on par with India in terms of maddening wonder. I've yet to set foot on the African continent, so that's also on my list, specifically Algeria, Ethiopia, Mali, and Senegal. Finally, one of my dreams is to visit the old Soviet cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and I'd love to see Samarkand in Uzbekistan while I'm in the "neighborhood."

    What a big, beautiful world!

  • CuppaMatt
    +1

    I'm from England (good to have some context I guess) and there are quite a lot of places I'd like to see.

    I really want to go see Japan at some point. I want to go in the spring and follow the Sakura blossoms across the country, stay with some monks in the mountains, see some fellow nerds in Tokyo, etc.

    Anywhere I can go scuba diving to see fun things is also good with me! I'm planning my honeymoon at the moment and one of the main things we both want is a good diving place, we're thinking the caribbean maybe, or Hawaii.

    As for places I've been. I've been to quite a few places in mainland Europe, I went to Greece quite a bit when I was younger (I would always go back, it's lovely and the people are amazing). I really enjoyed Toronto and New York, I'd go back to those places. I had an AMAZING trip to India a couple of years ago and I'd go back there in a heartbeat, I was there for 3 weeks and only scratched the surface of a small corner of a small corner of the place but I really enjoyed the place and the people.

    Most places really, I just like seeing new places and meeting new people.

  • NstealthL
    +1

    1. My main goal country to visit is Japan, but I wouldn't mind traveling through South-east Asia or seeing some parts of Southern/Eastern Africa. I also want to go back to Australia and see New Zealand as well.

    2. I've been to Canada, Great Britain (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland), France, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Germany, China, and Australia. I've lived in the United States (seen most States too), England, the Netherlands, and now currently in Scotland.

    3. My favorite place I've been too was probably Australia, and I definitely plan on going back for a visit. China is pretty close up there, and I wouldn't mind seeing it again now I'm a bit older.