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#25 LifeisaGarden

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:01 AM

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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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:27 AM

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

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:00 AM

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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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:36 AM

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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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

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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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

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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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:20 AM

I have been to Europe, all over the US including Hawaii, and assorted islands, Mexico, etc.

#1 Korea. There is nothing like seeing a place on the other side of the globe. Different culture but enough familiar stuff and English speakers to make it easier.

#2 Costa Rica. You get beach if you want it, and the cloud forest is something to behold.

Still on my list...Turkey, Egypt, and Australia/NZ.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:20 PM

Someone mentioned South Dakota - I second that sentiment. I normally try to avoid cheesy tourist areas like Gatlinburg or Myrtle Beach. To me, the entire state of South Dakota feels like a tourist trap, but there's plenty to keep you entertained in the Grand Rapids, Keystone, Mt. Rushmore area. The only thing I would suggest is to go in the spring or fall. Avoid going during summer (crowded) and winter (below zero with high winds).

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:24 PM

Panama City, FL with my Fraternity brothers in the Spring of 2008. Wow. Looking back, I'm surprised no one was killed or arrested.

Also, I was in Oak Island with my GF's family the whole first week of August this year. Big ass house on the beach. It's up there, too.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

I have been to Europe, all over the US including Hawaii, and assorted islands, Mexico, etc.

#1 Korea. There is nothing like seeing a place on the other side of the globe. Different culture but enough familiar stuff and English speakers to make it easier.

#2 Costa Rica. You get beach if you want it, and the cloud forest is something to behold.

Still on my list...Turkey, Egypt, and Australia/NZ.



I did Turkey and Egypt. Turkey very different from most of Europe. Not better, and not really worse, just different. The various religious buildings in Istanbul are a sight to see as is the Grand Bazaar. And Apple tea is excellent. Got to admit though, Istanbul was one place where I always kept an eye on who was behind me.

With Egypt, it was great to see the Pyramids and the Museum of Egypt, but other than that, I was glad to leave.

Between Turkey and Egypt, we hit Israel, it was imo the best of the three.

Would love to go to Australia/NZ.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:36 AM

U gotta consider a Cruise through the Inside Passage, then rail through Danali Park.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:00 AM

Ireland tops my list.