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Best vacation you ever took?

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Depends on when you are planning to go. If you decide to go to hawaii stay on one of th outer islands and just take a day trip or two to oahu. Australia has winter during our summer. If you like nature alaska is great in the summer time.

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My standards are probably a little low, but my honeymoon in the Mayan riviera was pretty awesome.

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My favorite was a three day trip to Gettysburg. But that is not for everyone. :)

As far as something you and your wife might enjoy, I would say Italy or Hawaii. Italy is great with historical sites such as Rome and Pompeii, the romantic with Venice, and incredible scenery along the Amalfi coastal road. Hawaii has great weather, beaches and luaus.

Also getting around in Italy is relatively easy with a Eurorail pass. Although the Italian trains tend to be slow.

We spent a week in Gettysburg and went back a year later on a pass through and spent the weekend there. I loved it and have often thought about going back again. It's pretty emotional for me though.

Best vacation I ever took was a 2 week long car trip from NC to Cali, no plans, just stopping where ever we felt like. We saw beautiful scenery, we got to see the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans before Katrina hit, we saw it Snow in texas, we saw the Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam. We spent the night in Palm Springs in a dirty motel that was way overpriced. We saw a giant spider made out of a VW beetle. I think we hit every pothole from here to cali on I-40.

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Aruba is always a good bet

I've been there twice. Great beaches, chill atmosphere

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We also took a 2 week trip from NC to S. Dakota and 2 week trip throughout New England. Both were fantastic trips. It's nice to rent a good sized vehicle to drive. Vacations like this can be done on the cheap too.

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Dominican Republic......me and the wife went last year and had a ball.

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Depends on time of year...

I've done the Carribean thing and loved it (when it's cold here).

I've also done the northeast, B&B in Kennebunkport, Boston sights/history, Yanks/RedSox game in the early summer was awesome as well.

I want to do a Hawaii trip, a Euro trip, and an African trip. Have no real desire for Asia at the time. Australia/New Zealand maybe...but not with kids...too much travel and loss of time to deal with...same with Asia.

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I'm noting a glaring lack of cruise based options. I would have expected one or two.

Again thanks for all of your input. Its spurred some interesting conversations with my wife already and given us some things to consider that we hadn't thought of before.

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I've done 3 cruises...

'93 Ecstasy Key West-Cozumel

'96ish Can't recall Carnival shipname - Cozumel, Jamaica, Grand Caymans

'08 RC Monarch of Seas? RC owned bay, Bahamas

I prefer out of all of those the 96 trip...gives you 3 completely different "feels" of the Carribean. Of course the ships feed you like crazy. If just the wife and you...you could probably get a decent deal AND there are ships going out of Charleston, SC now that could save you a huge plane cost. You won't find many western carribean trips out of there...but...it's a start.

Whenever the wife and I travel via cruise, we don't even bother with the paid excursions...we venture out on our own. See life as it is. Walk a lot...learn a lot. Bahamas...just venturing out was fun and finding the fish fry area and just relaxing with beer and awesome food (we'd walked all the way from port to fish fry and had an appetite). Jamaica...things have changed a lot with a few cruiselines pulling out of Ocho Rios. You'll go to either Kingston (south) or Montego Bay (northwest)....so if Dun River falls is something you're into...it's a 2 hour ride from Mobay now....BUT I love Jamaica. High crime IF you go looking for it. I've found the people to be some of the nicest...it's just the culture in certain areas is negative. Caymans is nuts. Beautiful beaches near Hell. We bought our own snorkel stuff so if we see something that looks good, we just put it on and hop in the water.

I like the cruise...multi-destinations because you can burn out in one place on what's available. There's only so many times you can go to Carlos and Charlie's...or the frog dude. I've wanted to plan a mixed cruise/Disney week with the wife/kids to get a feel how they'd handle it yet not locking them into an entire week of one or the other.

You probably aren't seeing a bunch of cruise options because it's what you make of the trip that makes it good....like I said...venturing out at locations is what makes the trip. I want to do a Euro-trop for that exact reason. Just get around to different countries.

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I've never been on a cruise yet...but many people I talk to said once you go, you'll want to go over and over again

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