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#421 axe

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 03:42 AM

Hi everyone,

I've realized I live a pretty boring life, and instead of just saying, "I'm going to travel one day" - I've decided to actually start looking into going somewhere. Even if it's only for a week or two. I want to start planning.

I figured SuFu would be a great place to ask, seeing as how we have people from all over the world here who enjoy the best of the best.

So if people would contribute their own, "this is a place you HAVE TO visit!"** I would really appreciate it. It doesn't matter where it is.

Also, any kinds of suggestions for traveling abroad would be much appreciated. (hostels, things to bring, what not to do, etc.)

**oh yeah, if you say something like Paris France could you give me places in Paris I should visit?

Thanks in advance everyone, I look forward to hearing your suggestions - and no, they don't necessarily have to be outside of the US (where I am located). Thanks again!
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:11 AM

well, this is so subjective
for me, the main cities of Europe were essential places to check out.
Overall I have been a bit underwhelmed by some of the 'seven wonders' ...
So, um, yeah...


oh - and always travel light - it's a cliche, but makes travelling so much more enjoyable.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:21 AM

Id love to see Dubai.

Most of the world has something interesting about it.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:44 AM

I don't travel much because I don't have tons of money and i'm in school, but I have been to paris.

a few tips, which apply to a lot of places you might go.

research before you leave some great things to do. It is easy to say "we will just go and explore.. and find things to do"... but it is much easier to just find a bunch of things to do before you go. Plus, you might find some places online that you wouldn't have found on your own.

Like for example, we went to the Paris catacombs.. it was a really fun and interesting experience, which many tourists probably don't know about, i think..

same with stores. if you are into fashion, definitely search for some good boutiques... they are harder to find than you might think.

also... many stores or interesting places/exhibits you want to visit might be closed when you finally track them down... I could have saved a lot of time by researching this beforehand :rolleyes: we got lost several times btw (which isn't exactly a bad thing.. we had some strange experiences while lost) ... but you might want to buy/rent a bycicle. Even if you are there for just a week, it will save you a lotttt of time.

anyway, this doesn't really asnwer your question, but I thought this might help anyway.. for anyone reading.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:45 AM

Would love to see...

Prague
Berlin
Amsterdam
Iceland
Hokkaido
Dubai
Spain
Paris

... among many other places. Eventually.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:48 AM

Do as much or as little as you want but spend as much time in Tokyo as you can.

Bangkok is also very special.

Both places are fathomless and it's pointless me telling you what to do and where
to go. You just have to feel your way around but they truly deliver as city
destinations.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:51 AM

add okinawa on that list, for the oceans and beaches.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 05:02 AM

I've done a lot of traveling in my time, outside of the US .. I've been to:

Hong Kong
Rome
Amsterdam
Prague
London
Barcelona

Out of those cities Amsterdam has been my favorite, with Rome close behind. I need to see Tokyo. I was there for a couple hours on my way to Hong Kong .. what a tease.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 05:28 AM

Wow, great answers so far guys. I really appreciate your input. I'll make sure you all get your +rep (as soon as this 24hour lock is over)

Thanks again! Any more tips/advice/places are welcome!
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 05:29 AM

japan hong kong new york montreal
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Posted 24 November 2007 - 08:22 AM

I've done a lot of traveling in my time, outside of the US .. I've been to:

Hong Kong
Rome
Amsterdam
Prague
London
Barcelona

Out of those cities Amsterdam has been my favorite, with Rome close behind. I need to see Tokyo. I was there for a couple hours on my way to Hong Kong .. what a tease.


What was it about amsterdam that you really liked?
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Posted 24 November 2007 - 11:54 PM

Anything in Los Angeles? I'm not a native and don't really know the area well :o
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 12:00 AM

It would really depend on your interests, every place has it's own unique features. With that said, Tokyo will always be a safe bet.
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 12:05 AM

Greek islands but not the touristy ones. Also, stay away from the cities and just venture out into towns. Don't go to popular beaches, find your own. Do this with a good camera and with good company or alone.
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 07:21 PM

What was it about amsterdam that you really liked?


The museums, the architecture, the food, the women, the shopping, the (generally) nice people.

And if you do not speak the Dutch language, it's not difficult to get around ... as opposed to other cities.

It's also not totally over crowded with tourists like Prague and Rome.

I definitely wouldn't mind living there.
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 08:00 PM

Belize, Japan, Russia, Antarctica, and Greece are just a few...
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 10:00 PM

Do as much or as little as you want but spend as much time in Tokyo as you can.

Bangkok is also very special.

Both places are fathomless and it's pointless me telling you what to do and where
to go. You just have to feel your way around but they truly deliver as city
destinations.


agreed bangkok is fantastic.

personally, I don't like going to places strictly for shopping. Kind of kills it for me.
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 10:07 PM

i second Bangkok along with Japan and Hong Kong,
not Los Angeles (smog)
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 11:50 PM

I know this is superfuture; super shopping, super cities, etc. Not much mentioning of more nature-oriented places. Personally I prefer the metropolitan scene much more (Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York) But... has anyone been to Alaska?

I went on a cruise about three years ago to Alaska. The Glaciers are really something you have to see before global warming screws them all up. Usually I am only hyped up for the shopping and food a vacation has to offer. I didn't do any shopping in Alaska, but the food was pretty good. Anything smoked fished tasted pretty damn good.

My family prefers the natural enviroment so I've been on a ton of camping trips, national parks, shit in Oregan and the Northern States... Out of all of them, Alaska had the most amazing sights.

Definitely a place you should consider visiting if you're use to the city life and want a break.
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 11:55 PM

you should go to norway if you liked alaska. fjords are incredible
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 12:02 AM

i've been to a lot of places.

2 of my favs: singapore, budapest

singapore: food, shopping, hotels, cleanliness

budapest: women, castle, hotel, architecture, chain link bridge, xmas festival (i was there in december so there was an awesome festival right on the dunabe)

i'm going back to hanoi and bangkok in feb. can't wait!
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 12:03 AM

hanoi is so so. I think it's really boring. saigon reminds me of what bangkok probaby was 10 years ago. Still very new.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 12:39 AM

i am biased, but i would say japan. if you're looking for a modern cityscape then tokyo will satisfy your needs, but if you're looking to just relax, you can always find a nice hot spring somewhere in the countryside and just chill out as well. you can always find some not very well known temples in the countryside as well. in fact this past weekend i was in the countryside to the north of kyoto and found the most beautiful temple. i've seen the famous ones in the area but this seriously put everything else to shame. not only was it not crowded, but being in the countryside, it was actually as tranquil as you would expect a temple to be.

in the future though i'd love to check out thailand, south korea, and okinawa.

one word of advice though, no matter where you happen to go avoid guide books like the plague. the only thing they lead to are places filled with unimaginative tourists. i'd recommend trying to find somebody that's lived in the area you choose to visit and ask them for advice. if you happen to visit kyoto or tokyo feel free to contact me. i can give you a list of some things to do if you'd like.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 12:46 AM

Cities :
Bangkok (again) - cheap, exotic, rich quirky culture, heaps to do, great food, great shopping, close to islands, temples etc.

Sydney- easy (english speaking, clean,first world), beaches, beautiful scenery, vibrant city life. But expensive and far.

Rio - awesomely beautiful, exotic, beaches, music, rich quirky culture. But not that cheap and far.

My next trip (hopefully): Iran. Safer than you think, dirt dirt cheap (like, cheaper than China!), totally different exotic culture and beautiful cities like Esfahan. See it before its bombed!

I think you can always do europe when you are old- its easy and comfortable to travel there. Try somewhere cheaper and edgier when you young ;)
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 12:57 AM

I need to see Amsterdam, Dubai, Tokyo,& Stolkhom.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:32 AM

hanoi is so so. I think it's really boring. saigon reminds me of what bangkok probaby was 10 years ago. Still very new.


well, if it was up to me i would be going to saigon rather than hanoi. but, my job will be taking me to hanoi. i enjoyed it last time i went. the food was great and cheap. i went to this crazy karoake country bar. there was some definate talent in there. some girl started singing "the final countdown". funny stuff.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 04:50 AM

NZ is pretty wicked too - esp the South Island in winter ... Queenstown/ Wanaka - all good ...
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:31 AM

well, if it was up to me i would be going to saigon rather than hanoi. but, my job will be taking me to hanoi. i enjoyed it last time i went. the food was great and cheap. i went to this crazy karoake country bar. there was some definate talent in there. some girl started singing "the final countdown". funny stuff.


thats cool your work brings you places.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:49 AM

London, just because.
Paris, also just because.
Barcelona for the food, architecture, generally laid back attitudes.
Bangkok for its food, energy, culture, Chatuchak!
Hongkong for its urban landscapes, roasted meats, shopping.
Prague for being a compact historical city.
Scotland. Edinburgh is so great. Isle of Skye is surreal in late spring.
New Zealand.
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Posted 27 November 2007 - 05:40 PM

Like someone said earlier, this is really subjective.

Regardless of where you go, my advice is always to see less places and spend more time in the places you do visit. Europe in two weeks is bullshit! Spain in two weeks is a bit more reasonable.

That said, Tokyo and New York are cities you can go to over and over again and never get bored. Barcelona was very cool too (although my girlfriend swears by Madrid.)

I'd really like to go to London, Paris, Hong Kong and Saigon though.
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