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 Post subject: Re: The Undecided Traveler Thread
PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:40 pm 
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I was reading a blog about traveling outside of Rejavik and it freaked me out a little so I may be reconsidering :) I'm looking at Scotland now, but my husband doesn't want to drive on the left side of the road so I'm nervous about that as an option. It looks like Iceland, you can drive on the right side which seems like a plus. I'm all over the place but I'm pretty much willing to go anywhere that is a 5-6 hour flight from DC.

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 Post subject: Re: The Undecided Traveler Thread
PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:48 pm 
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Ireland is always awesome. Buses in Ireland can be lousy, but you can get a trim pass and get around pretty well that way. I'm considering renting a car there, but I definitely don't want to drive anywhere in the vicinity of Dublin. I don't think the left handed driving would bother me since I'm left handed and am naturally comfortable with things flipped, but that could prove false.

From what I've been reading about Iceland, you can do ring road tours and get super jeep excursions off that. I really want to a volcano helicopter tour but those all seem way out of my budget.

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 Post subject: Re: The Undecided Traveler Thread
PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:53 pm 
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For ireland, I was more worried about vegan friendliness as well. I mean I looked into a tour group a couple years ago and seemed to be something but not ideal especially outside of Dublin. So undecided :)

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 Post subject: Re: The Undecided Traveler Thread
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I'm sure it's better than it used to be, but I wouldn't have great expectations. I was vegetarian last time I was there and I did ok. My family took me to some great restaurants, but they seem gone now. There are a lot of Indian restaurants.

I'll ask my aunt. She lives in the middle of nowhere, so if there are options local to her there should be nearly anywhere.

Outside Dublin, there is Wicklow for hiking. The whole Powerscourt area is breaktking. Then there is Glendalough.

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I'm going to Barcelona for the weekend in a couple of weeks, what should I do? The Miró museum is top of my list, I loved it when I last went 5 years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: The Undecided Traveler Thread
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:53 pm 
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I posted up thread about a Thanksgiving vacation, which sadly is postponed because my pup needs surgery and we have to be in town the months following his recovery. But! We are planning a 2-3 week summer trip for 2017 and the contenders are:

Norway: fjord hiking and kayaking, trekking, and flying to Svalbard to see polar bears
Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan trekking and some Silk Road cities tourism
Peru: trekking Cordillera Huayhuash and then doing the Inca Trail

Basically we're looking for a non-North American, physically challenging trip with mountains or some other stunning natural beauty that can be done in 3 weeks and isn't too dangerous to visit as an American (so, no Pakistan or Iran, which is where I really want to go :( )

What do you guys think sounds he best of the three? Other ideas?

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I'd vote Norway because I love the scenery, but Peru would be pretty great. And polar bears are always going to get my vote.

I would not go to Kazakhstan under any circumstances right now (less so on my American vs Irish passport), as wonderful a place as it would be to visit. There were terrorist attacks there in June. That's just me though. If I already had familiarity and comfort level with the language and culture I'd likely feel differently.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:57 pm 
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I’m super attracted to the Inca trail and Peru, but so are too many others. I fear it would be uncomfortably crowded for me.

Like you, I would love to go to Pakistan and I hold out hope this will be possible in my lifetime. The foothills of Everest hold enormous appeal for me.

We went to a southern seafaring town in Norway (Stavanger) last January. Not an ideal time to visit with the uber short days, but it was fun and cosy to be there in winter, in the snow. I would go running at 5pm in the dark of night and felt so safe.

We managed a hike and it was gorgeous, but anything else would have required some technical expertise, and me without my microspikes.

In the summer it would be truly breathtaking and in particular to be a bit farther north. Norway is fairly amazing and it is nice to behold a functioning society. An interesting peek into possible conflict can be had via a cable or possibly Netflix show titled Occupied.

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PERU. It was really beautiful.

The weather and amount of tourists was just right in May. The tour guides did say things got a lot busier in the summer. Also our guide for Macchu Pichu was wonderful, very knowledgable and passionate and said he loves being a trail guide in particular (we did not do the trail). It has a background in South American history and we took a lot of information from him.

He is very in demand (according to the group member who booked the tours for us) so if decide you want to do PERU and want his I formation let me know.

That said, I would love to visit Norway but have no insight.

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 Post subject: Re: The Undecided Traveler Thread
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:03 am 
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the pound has reportedly hit a 31-year low in the currency exchange market, so now might be a good time to visit the UK.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:56 am 
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the pound has reportedly hit a 31-year low in the currency exchange market, so now might be a good time to visit the UK.


True! It's certainly not a good time for those of us currently travelling from the UK!

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 Post subject: Re: The Undecided Traveler Thread
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:33 pm 
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Thank you for all the feedback! I did not know about the recent terrorism in Kazakhstan! We would be visiting the eastern part, which I think is pretty far from that but it is good to know. Last time I went anywhere near there was 2007 when I was in Russia really close to the border and it felt very safe. Of course that was 10 years ago!

We made a pro-con list using info here and online and decided on Norway! We're going to go for 3 weeks and spend some of that time doing a kayak camping trip in the fjords and then probably backpacking up in the far north and some glacier hiking, maybe some ice climbing? There's a lot I'd like to do! I'd love any suggestions (mostly nature stuff). I saw that the house from Ex Machina is actually a hotel in Norway. Maybe we will stay there if it isn't too pricey!

We are going to make Peru our trip for next year. ~Sz, I feel the same way about crowds. Huayhuash is supposed to be pretty remote. The youtube videos I saw of people who made the trek looked like they were completely alone. It's supposed to be very difficult so we decided we'll probably need a year of high altitude training. I would like to have the experience of the Inca trail but I was so turned off by the crowds at Torres del Paine that I am not sure if I would really enjoy it. Maybe we will visit Rainbow Mtn instead or some lesser known Incan sites, if they are open to tourists.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:35 pm 
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I like traveling very much! And I'm glad that travel became more accessible. Now everything can be booked on the Internet - air tickets, hotel room, even parking space (https://gotoairportparking.com/ ). We often look for cheap avibilety the airline and go for a week with my husband in another city or country (thanks to remote work!) We visited Florida, Melbourne, Barcelona, Milan and want to go to Prague this summer)


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