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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #50 on: March 17, 2016, 10:50:27 AM »
Have you ever thought about just up and moving to another country?  I love wandering, but sometimes it's nice to find one good spot and stay there long enough to really understand the place.  We're considering moving to Ecuador or Mexico. 



Having done it twice (for DH's work), I don't think I am likely to ever become a long-term ExPat.  I loved our experiences, and I've given a lot of thought to what makes me hesitant to ever do it permanently.  I think it's that I am someone who loves words, and communication.  Operating in a language that will never be like my first, which means so much nuance is missed, I don't have the vocabulary to pick the absolute best word for a given situation, and I think I would always feel like I was less understood and connected that I would be if I had my the full language abilities of my native language--it just feels somewhat isolating. 

Of course, there are countries other than my own where English is the primary language, but certainly that narrows the options.

I think I come at that from the exact opposite side of the coin.  I definitely understand what you're saying, but I personally absolutely love learning languages.  On top of being a language geek, I also feel like I really get a better experience of something completely different if I can connect with somebody that doesn't speak English, even if the communication isn't perfect.  It is definitely isolating at first when you're still in the baby talk phase, but so much of nuance is context and body language anyway.  It really comes down to which side of that coin you like better.
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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #51 on: September 06, 2018, 04:21:40 PM »
Indonesia looks really interesting.

(Old thread needs a bump.)

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #52 on: September 06, 2018, 11:05:46 PM »
Its spring here, in theory, but actually the freezing cold southerly wind has got me dreaming about running away. Sea Kayaking the Yasawa Islands of Fiji was my alltime best winter escape, and needs repeating.

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #53 on: September 06, 2018, 11:16:42 PM »
Iceland
Hawaii
+1 for "anywhere except a war zone".

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« Reply #54 on: September 07, 2018, 04:49:53 AM »
Since you're in Australia, I'd say Asia.  I've always wanted to go to Japan, Vietnam and China. 

In the rest of the world, my bucket list in includes:  roadtrip in the Southwest of the US ie. New Mexico, Arizona, parts of California, Nevada, Utah- I've already been there but I want to go again as I loved it so much - the Dolomites here in Italy, Ethiopia, Iceland, Kakadu NP in Australia, the Caribbean - particularly Puerto Rico and maybe some smaller islands like St. Thomas, Mexico.  I kind of want to go back to India too.  But I'm not FIREd yet so I have to squeeze trips home to see my family into my vacation time.

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #55 on: September 07, 2018, 12:58:12 PM »
Iceland
Hawaii
+1 for "anywhere except a war zone".

Be ready to max out your credit card in Iceland! Egads, is that place expensive! Really enjoyed visiting, but am in no hurry to go back and pay $15 for a beer, and $25 for a hamburger . . .

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« Reply #56 on: September 07, 2018, 01:45:17 PM »
We want to go to Ireland, Scotland, Germany and England. Have been to Europe 4xís and love it. We are taking a Caribbean cruise in February.

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #57 on: September 07, 2018, 03:49:19 PM »
Iceland
Hawaii
+1 for "anywhere except a war zone".

Be ready to max out your credit card in Iceland! Egads, is that place expensive! Really enjoyed visiting, but am in no hurry to go back and pay $15 for a beer, and $25 for a hamburger . . .
I saw that on a Youtube video, the food prices are INSANE in Iceland.

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #58 on: September 07, 2018, 09:01:32 PM »
Bucket list item: go see favorite band in some obscure place well off the beaten path.
Solution: Mudhoney in Zagreb, Croatia, near my birthday for the win.
Thanksgiving (US) week is definitely offseason most places in Europe..

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #59 on: September 08, 2018, 05:58:05 PM »
This month we head (from West coast USA) to the UK then to Ukraine, Slovenia, Croatia, UK again, Scotland possibly, Ireland.

We are taking the train all the way from Split in Croatia to Sutton on Sea, UK where my Parents live.. We will spend a night in a hotel (Holiday Inn points) in Paris cus I'm a romantic..:)

Should be a blast assuming all the connections work out..:)

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« Reply #60 on: September 08, 2018, 11:25:28 PM »
Brazil (including to Sao Paulo to visit friends), Mongolia (on my mind because we had a 5 day trip booked and had to cancel 3 days out due to a work emergency for DH.  Sigh), French Polynesia, Vietnam and Cambodia (and maybe Laos if we can squeeze it in; in process of planning this for Christmas time).  Off the top of my head, that's the list of places I still want to see. 

For return trips, I will always love Venice, Skye in Scotland is my heart's home, and I'd like to see Iceland in summer (we were there in winter to see the aurora). 

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #61 on: September 09, 2018, 02:33:35 PM »
My plan is to spend 10 years traveling everywhere that isnít a hot zone of death and destruction.

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« Reply #62 on: September 10, 2018, 05:32:06 AM »
MrThats - I would love to go full on nomad once we hit FIRE but, unfortunately, our kids will probably be in high school and there is no way in hell we're home schooling them.  I guess we will just have to fit our travels into the school summer holidays.

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« Reply #63 on: September 10, 2018, 11:00:18 AM »
My plan is to spend 10 years traveling everywhere that isnít a hot zone of death and destruction.

"Hot Zone of Death and Destruction" sounds like a tourism slogan gone terribly wrong. 

It seems like a lot of places that are billed as hot zones of death and destruction aren't as bad as their reputation or their reputation is outdated.  From what I can tell, you will die if you visit Mexico. 

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« Reply #64 on: September 10, 2018, 11:09:03 AM »
Since you're in Australia, I'd say Asia.  I've always wanted to go to Japan, Vietnam and China. 

In the rest of the world, my bucket list in includes:  roadtrip in the Southwest of the US ie. New Mexico, Arizona, parts of California, Nevada, Utah- I've already been there but I want to go again as I loved it so much - the Dolomites here in Italy, Ethiopia, Iceland, Kakadu NP in Australia, the Caribbean - particularly Puerto Rico and maybe some smaller islands like St. Thomas, Mexico.  I kind of want to go back to India too.  But I'm not FIREd yet so I have to squeeze trips home to see my family into my vacation time.

I really want to see more of India.  I went to Hyderabad several years ago and it was so fascinating.  India is more like a continent than a country, though.  I want to see the rest of it like Kerala, Rajasthan, etc. etc. 

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #65 on: September 10, 2018, 12:06:54 PM »
My plan is to spend 10 years traveling everywhere that isnít a hot zone of death and destruction.

"Hot Zone of Death and Destruction" sounds like a tourism slogan gone terribly wrong. 

It seems like a lot of places that are billed as hot zones of death and destruction aren't as bad as their reputation or their reputation is outdated.  From what I can tell, you will die if you visit Mexico.

As part of my semi-retirement plan, my wife, the cat and I have been overlanding (travel by land and camping) 6 months of the year in Mexico, generally from October to April, camping freely on beaches, sierras, deserts, small pueblos, etc. The past few years, we were very spartan and used a rooftop tent, but this year we are moving up on the comfort scale and upgrading to a slide-in truck camper. If I took the advice of the State Department, I'd never leave home. In reality, Mexico has been the greatest country I ever visited, and Mexicans are by far the most gracious people on the planet. I'm getting ready for our annual migration and can hardly stay still.

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #66 on: September 10, 2018, 01:24:28 PM »
My plan is to spend 10 years traveling everywhere that isnít a hot zone of death and destruction.

"Hot Zone of Death and Destruction" sounds like a tourism slogan gone terribly wrong. 

It seems like a lot of places that are billed as hot zones of death and destruction aren't as bad as their reputation or their reputation is outdated.  From what I can tell, you will die if you visit Mexico.

As part of my semi-retirement plan, my wife, the cat and I have been overlanding (travel by land and camping) 6 months of the year in Mexico, generally from October to April, camping freely on beaches, sierras, deserts, small pueblos, etc. The past few years, we were very spartan and used a rooftop tent, but this year we are moving up on the comfort scale and upgrading to a slide-in truck camper. If I took the advice of the State Department, I'd never leave home. In reality, Mexico has been the greatest country I ever visited, and Mexicans are by far the most gracious people on the planet. I'm getting ready for our annual migration and can hardly stay still.

Are you back in Calgary the other 6 months? Or NWT?

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #67 on: September 10, 2018, 01:43:34 PM »
My plan is to spend 10 years traveling everywhere that isnít a hot zone of death and destruction.

"Hot Zone of Death and Destruction" sounds like a tourism slogan gone terribly wrong. 

It seems like a lot of places that are billed as hot zones of death and destruction aren't as bad as their reputation or their reputation is outdated.  From what I can tell, you will die if you visit Mexico.

As part of my semi-retirement plan, my wife, the cat and I have been overlanding (travel by land and camping) 6 months of the year in Mexico, generally from October to April, camping freely on beaches, sierras, deserts, small pueblos, etc. The past few years, we were very spartan and used a rooftop tent, but this year we are moving up on the comfort scale and upgrading to a slide-in truck camper. If I took the advice of the State Department, I'd never leave home. In reality, Mexico has been the greatest country I ever visited, and Mexicans are by far the most gracious people on the planet. I'm getting ready for our annual migration and can hardly stay still.

Are you back in Calgary the other 6 months? Or NWT?

Leaving Yellowknife for Calgary on September 30, DW is going to Japan all of October while I cat-sit, so I'll wait for her return to start our southern migration early November. Counting the days :)

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« Reply #68 on: September 10, 2018, 01:45:40 PM »
I would like to do the Pacific Coast Trail, the Ice Age Trail, and maybe the Appalachian Trail. Plus i would like to spend a minimum of 3 months traveling various parts of Europe. And then Australia and New Zealand.

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« Reply #69 on: September 10, 2018, 02:03:54 PM »
My plan is to spend 10 years traveling everywhere that isnít a hot zone of death and destruction.

"Hot Zone of Death and Destruction" sounds like a tourism slogan gone terribly wrong. 

It seems like a lot of places that are billed as hot zones of death and destruction aren't as bad as their reputation or their reputation is outdated.  From what I can tell, you will die if you visit Mexico.

As part of my semi-retirement plan, my wife, the cat and I have been overlanding (travel by land and camping) 6 months of the year in Mexico, generally from October to April, camping freely on beaches, sierras, deserts, small pueblos, etc. The past few years, we were very spartan and used a rooftop tent, but this year we are moving up on the comfort scale and upgrading to a slide-in truck camper. If I took the advice of the State Department, I'd never leave home. In reality, Mexico has been the greatest country I ever visited, and Mexicans are by far the most gracious people on the planet. I'm getting ready for our annual migration and can hardly stay still.

Are you back in Calgary the other 6 months? Or NWT?

Leaving Yellowknife for Calgary on September 30, DW is going to Japan all of October while I cat-sit, so I'll wait for her return to start our southern migration early November. Counting the days :)

I bet! Buen Viaje

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #70 on: September 10, 2018, 03:52:54 PM »
My plan is to spend 10 years traveling everywhere that isnít a hot zone of death and destruction.

"Hot Zone of Death and Destruction" sounds like a tourism slogan gone terribly wrong. 

It seems like a lot of places that are billed as hot zones of death and destruction aren't as bad as their reputation or their reputation is outdated.  From what I can tell, you will die if you visit Mexico.

As part of my semi-retirement plan, my wife, the cat and I have been overlanding (travel by land and camping) 6 months of the year in Mexico, generally from October to April, camping freely on beaches, sierras, deserts, small pueblos, etc. The past few years, we were very spartan and used a rooftop tent, but this year we are moving up on the comfort scale and upgrading to a slide-in truck camper. If I took the advice of the State Department, I'd never leave home. In reality, Mexico has been the greatest country I ever visited, and Mexicans are by far the most gracious people on the planet. I'm getting ready for our annual migration and can hardly stay still.

I went to Mexico City in 2009, and I'm planning to go again next year.  I'd really like to see somewhere new, but it's such an interesting place with really good food.  Mexico is a big country, anyway, so I can get my "somewhere new" in with a side trip to Guanajuato. 

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« Reply #71 on: September 15, 2018, 01:51:07 AM »
I need to add Mexico to my bucket list.  I went there as a kid but nothing since.  I got extremely sick as a kid though with a horrible stomach bug in Mexico City.  Have things improved since?  I remember a Mexican guy telling me that people are sick all the time in Mexico even the Mexicans.


Exflyboy - Slovenia is meant to be amazing.  I have a lot of Italian friends who go there on vacation and they LOVE it.  I've been to Ukraine and I recommend visitig L'viv.


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« Reply #72 on: September 15, 2018, 02:04:08 AM »
I need to add Mexico to my bucket list.  I went there as a kid but nothing since.  I got extremely sick as a kid though with a horrible stomach bug in Mexico City.  Have things improved since?  I remember a Mexican guy telling me that people are sick all the time in Mexico even the Mexicans.


Exflyboy - Slovenia is meant to be amazing.  I have a lot of Italian friends who go there on vacation and they LOVE it.  I've been to Ukraine and I recommend visitig L'viv.

I had no problems when I went to Mexico in 2013, I traveled around for about 5 weeks and ate pretty much everything, including a few things that looked questionable but smelt and tasted delicious.

In saying that I went to the USA in 2016 and had an upset stomach the whole time which settled as soon as I got to Mexico and was fine in Cuba and the Bahamas and then went bad in the USA again, so maybe my stomach is just weird

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #73 on: September 17, 2018, 01:51:02 AM »
I would like to visit Kiribati

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #74 on: September 17, 2018, 02:01:55 AM »
Before its underwater? Ask them if they think climate change is fake news.

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« Reply #75 on: September 17, 2018, 11:03:43 AM »
I need to add Mexico to my bucket list.  I went there as a kid but nothing since.  I got extremely sick as a kid though with a horrible stomach bug in Mexico City.  Have things improved since?  I remember a Mexican guy telling me that people are sick all the time in Mexico even the Mexicans.


Exflyboy - Slovenia is meant to be amazing.  I have a lot of Italian friends who go there on vacation and they LOVE it.  I've been to Ukraine and I recommend visitig L'viv.

I had no problems when I went to Mexico in 2013, I traveled around for about 5 weeks and ate pretty much everything, including a few things that looked questionable but smelt and tasted delicious.

In saying that I went to the USA in 2016 and had an upset stomach the whole time which settled as soon as I got to Mexico and was fine in Cuba and the Bahamas and then went bad in the USA again, so maybe my stomach is just weird

I talked to one long term traveler who said he gets the ten-day illness.  If he goes to a different part of the world and stays enough time, he gets sick on the 10th day.  He said it even happens when he goes back to the US

I rarely get sick traveling (knock on wood).  I accidentally had Indian tap water once and had no ill effects.  I backpacked Central America for a month several years ago.  I was just fine with Nicaraguan street food, but the salad on the flight home is was what gave me digestive difficulty on that trip.  It was a US carrier, too. 

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Re: Where would you travel?
« Reply #76 on: September 17, 2018, 12:24:47 PM »
Just FYI. 
There is NOT a Hep. C vaccine.  (not yet anyway) . 
Hep B is a series of 3 shots.

But at least hep c is generally pretty easy to cure these days

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« Reply #77 on: September 17, 2018, 01:17:17 PM »
For sure, Colombia. I want to spend a few months in a Spanish speaking country so I can become a fluent (or close to it). I also plan to spend extended time in Southeast Asia. I love the food and every where I've been there the people have been great overall. Plus it's super cheap compared to the US. Those beginning years of FIRE are financially crucial.

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« Reply #78 on: October 03, 2018, 03:15:08 PM »
We have a huge list..
This year was a train trip across Canada and a road trip in the Maritime provinces (just home two days..)
In November we pack up again for a trip to India and Nepal.  Very excited about the Pushkar camel fair, tiger safari, hot air balloon over Jaipur and exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas.
In 2019 we will go to Mexico to get warm, likely the end of January.  We have a big one planned for September....a trip to Zimbabwe.  Will be in elephant heaven...lions too.  May plan stop off in Holland at the same time, will depend on flights

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« Reply #79 on: October 04, 2018, 08:11:06 AM »
We have a huge list..
This year was a train trip across Canada and a road trip in the Maritime provinces (just home two days..)
In November we pack up again for a trip to India and Nepal.  Very excited about the Pushkar camel fair, tiger safari, hot air balloon over Jaipur and exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas.
In 2019 we will go to Mexico to get warm, likely the end of January.  We have a big one planned for September....a trip to Zimbabwe.  Will be in elephant heaven...lions too.  May plan stop off in Holland at the same time, will depend on flights

Wow, those are some great trips planned.  You will have some amazing experiences.
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« Reply #80 on: October 04, 2018, 10:22:50 AM »
We have a huge list..
This year was a train trip across Canada and a road trip in the Maritime provinces (just home two days..)
In November we pack up again for a trip to India and Nepal.  Very excited about the Pushkar camel fair, tiger safari, hot air balloon over Jaipur and exploring Kathmandu and surrounding areas.
In 2019 we will go to Mexico to get warm, likely the end of January.  We have a big one planned for September....a trip to Zimbabwe.  Will be in elephant heaven...lions too.  May plan stop off in Holland at the same time, will depend on flights

Me=jealous.  We're planning to go to Mexico in February.  I've got a whole long list for post-FIRE, though. 

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« Reply #81 on: October 05, 2018, 03:48:26 PM »

Exflyboy - Slovenia is meant to be amazing.  I have a lot of Italian friends who go there on vacation and they LOVE it.  I've been to Ukraine and I recommend visitig L'viv.

We spent a few days in Kiev.. wonderful people!

Then a few days in Kranjska Gora in Norther Slovenia. The scenery is simply breath taking. If you ever wondered where the inspiration for the "Sound of music" came from.. This is it!

We are now down in Croatia.. Another awesome place

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« Reply #82 on: October 07, 2018, 12:02:40 PM »

Exflyboy - Slovenia is meant to be amazing.  I have a lot of Italian friends who go there on vacation and they LOVE it.  I've been to Ukraine and I recommend visitig L'viv.

We spent a few days in Kiev.. wonderful people!

Then a few days in Kranjska Gora in Norther Slovenia. The scenery is simply breath taking. If you ever wondered where the inspiration for the "Sound of music" came from.. This is it!

We are now down in Croatia.. Another awesome place
If you have any tips about Zagreb, we'd appreciate it, as we'll be there in November.

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« Reply #83 on: October 08, 2018, 03:01:28 PM »
I headed out today for what I hope to be a long van camping trip around the US (combined with checking out new places to live) followed by a long bike tour overseas. Hope to stay in various areas for longer periods of time (month or longer) in cheap rentals and camp in between places or stay in hostels. No plans for specific places and no time limit though so will see how it goes. Hoping to keep expenses around $1500/month (single person) but that's very flexible too. Sold my house last year and recently broke up with BF and elderly pup passed so have nothing thing me to any particular place other than sis and friends in SoCal.

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« Reply #84 on: October 08, 2018, 06:01:27 PM »
I headed out today for what I hope to be a long van camping trip around the US (combined with checking out new places to live) followed by a long bike tour overseas. Hope to stay in various areas for longer periods of time (month or longer) in cheap rentals and camp in between places or stay in hostels. No plans for specific places and no time limit though so will see how it goes. Hoping to keep expenses around $1500/month (single person) but that's very flexible too. Sold my house last year and recently broke up with BF and elderly pup passed so have nothing thing me to any particular place other than sis and friends in SoCal.
When do you start the Youtube channel?  Seems like FI celebs can make some nice change.