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Top 10 'must do' experiences

Top ten things to see/eat/do when backpacking.
7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #152290  
Hi there!

I am just randomly posting the question, What are the top ten things you recommend all fellow backpackers and travellers alike to see/do/eat when on their adventures? I would just like to see what people come up with for a little insight for my own upcoming travels as well as in interesting topic 😊

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7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #152308  
not in any particular order....
1. tapas in the old town of sans sebastian spain. Super strong flavours that you drink with local beer and throw the napkin/stick on the ground...quite unexpected to what the australian idea of 'tapas' is.
2. attend an international sporting event in their home town. Cricket in the west indies or india is unbelievable and beyond any explanation
3. we did a 4 day tour of southern ireland and the amazing stories of fairies etc and the castles and info we got we would never have gotten journeying around by ourselves
4. an acrobatic theatre thing in china. very bizarre.
5. sit in a duelling piano bar in memphis or new orelans...the soul of the place is fantastic
6. disneyworld...in florida (not la). Felt pretty stupid even going there but all that stuff youve seen as a kid wells up as you walk in the door and stay for fireworks over snowhites castle is what dreams are made from 😊
7. going to the war museum in amsterdam was more moving, stressful, memorable than any of the other war stuff in germany or vietnam that ive ever been too. I can still remember it instantly and it changed my views on war/war memorials etc.
8. thailand - food, people, amazing giant stones coming out of the water...all great
9. in rome thre are some strange churches fully made up of skeltons. We were told about it in a backpackers and it was a bit weird/strange
10. coral bay australia - a reef right on the beach so you can stand and see the amazing fish and go out and swim with whale sharks Reply to this

7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #152327  
Thanks for your post Tam & Family! It definitely sounds like you have experienced a great number of places and events! The War Museum in Amsterdam, though moving and stressful as you say would be a good place for insight and experience also. I am looking at checking it out when I am in Holland.

Churches made from skeletons in Rome? Did you check these out or just heard about then from backpackers?

I am interested to see what else everyone has to say. 😊 Reply to this

7 years ago, February 25th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #152346  
hi, just googled and here it is. We went to see it and it was really strange but in a you wont believe it type of way 😊

Just saw youre doing a trip around europe so probably shld have stuck more with there... some other cool things are the vatican and seeing a mass by the pope - i think it is every wed or something similar. But to get tickets you had to go and see guards in michelangelo outfits which was pretty odd and then the whole mass was really weird with people all yelling out from different groups the whole time. Umm...on a sat night it turns out young people hang out on the spanish steps which is quite odd to see 200 odd teenagers drinkign and partying on such a touristy thing. Have a cocktail opposite the monaco casino and see more ferrarris, lambaginis etc than youve ever seen before!

have a fantastic time and hope others have some unexpected different things 😊
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7 years ago, February 25th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #152362  
Oh wow, thanks for the link! Looks incredible, I may have to sneak by and check it out! Sure looks strange but interesting 😊

Thanks for the tips also for my travels, I enjoying adding new things to my ever-growing list of things to do and see. The comment about the Spanish Steps is odd indeed! Something I will most likely see while I am in Rome!

Casino, Ferrari's and Lamborghini's in Monaco!? Oh gosh I must see this!

Thank you and I hope so also 😊 Reply to this

7 years ago, February 25th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #152371  
For Europe, I'd love to take part in La Tomatina Valencia one day.
I also like to visit the local food and vegetable markets wherever I am in the world. I love to capture the essence of the markets on camera.
I also like to ask the locals, as opposed to the concierge in a hotel, where to eat.
I like to go horse riding wherever they are not too uptight about etiquette, ie not having to wear all the gear, and practice trotting round in circles. Nothing like horse riding on a beach in jeans.
Renting a moped is always fun. Skinny dipping in the Med after a night at the clubs (havn't done that in years). Learning to dive. Night diving sounds scary, but it is an amazing experience. I actually never feel safer and peaceful than when I am night diving. And ad hoc picnics by the river, in the forests or mountains. I like to go to the local deli, buy some good breads, cured meats, cheese, wine and do ad hoc picnics wherever the view is best. Reply to this

7 years ago, February 25th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #152382  
La Tomatina looks like heaps of fun! Definitely keeping that in mind for next Euro-trip!

I think it is a great idea to visit local food and vegetable markets as well as asking locals for their recommendations and such. It is a much better and different experience in my opinion. Not to mention I am Vegan so I will practically be living at the markets for food and trusting locals as I travel!

Horse riding bare-back is always a great experience. What would be your ideal location? Or are you not to fussed?

Skinny dipping? Well who could say no to that, definitely would be something to remember. Not to mention diving in itself is a great experience, I haven't been night diving, I really must check it out if it is as amazing as you say. I am sure it what be somewhat surreal as well.

I don't think I have met or spoken to anyone who doesn't like an ad-hoc picnic. It is a great way to just take in everything around you while consuming fresh and/or exotic local produce as you say.

Thank you for your input! Some excellent points there that is for sure.

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7 years ago, March 5th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #152817  

Welcome to travel blog. It looks like you have a fantastic trip planned for the up coming months. You've posted a good question and hopefully you will receive many interesting answers.

Holland, Belguim, France, Italy, and the UK for three months will be wonderful.

I will steer my answer to the locations you will be heading to on this trip. Plus I will recommend things that don't cost much money.

We like to get up early and sit outside at a cafe and people watch. It is wonderful watching a city come alive in the wee hours.

When in Belgium and France it is recommended to sample the chocolate. We were on a mission to decide which country had the best. We were not able to come to a conclusion so we will continue our research on the next trip to those locations.

Nothing better than sitting in a pub in London and getting involved in a political conversations. Many English have strong opinions and are more than willing to share them. Take a bus and sit at Stonehenge for a couple of hours.

We enjoyed being in the first car heading to the top of the Eiffel tower. However, I have been told it is lovely at night.

Cafe Marley in Paris is across from the Louvre. We sat outside with a bottle of wine and a plate of cheese and watched the sunset and the lights in the fountains come on.

Climb to the top of every church you can as the views are always great.
Sit quietly in every church to enjoy the serenity.

Find music in every city as music is the soul of the town. Street performers or in formal establishments increase the understanding of the people.

Talk to as many strangers as will talk to you. For us traveling is about the people and better understanding their daily life.
Learn about life in each town.

Bayeux is a lovely town in France and one of our favorites.
San Gimignano is one of our favorite Italian towns and we enjoyed the island of Elba. We are water people so we always enjoy taking a ferry to an island.

In Holland we liked Delft and everyone loves Amsterdam. It is alive!

That should get you started.

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7 years ago, March 7th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #152859  
Hello Dave & Merry Jo, thank you for your comments!

Chocolate in France and Belgium: Sounds lovely! Though being Vegan I am going to have to hunt down some dairy free options. Hopefully they will be easy to find as I am keen to try some chocolate in these two countries. More so Belgium I had not heard so much about the chocolate in France but I must check it out after your recommendation.

Pubs in London: I am very keen to hit up the UK pubs. More so because I love the English accent and I crave mushy peas.. no pie. But never the less I am sure a political discussion would be lovely to hear with the accent to accompany such!

Stonehenge: I am kind of on the fence about seeing Stonehenge. I have been told and heard mixed reports. I guess I will just have to see how it goes once I am in the UK.

Paris: The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and wine! This sounds divine, I will have to see if I can spot Cafe Marley when I am there. The area sounds like it would be the perfect spot to people watch also.

Churches: I have somewhat of a phobia of churches. Though, they are very pretty in Europe for what I have seen and heard and I am dying to check at least some of them out.

Street Performers/Music/Stranger: I plan to try and immerse myself as much as possible in the culture of each country I visit. I am somewhat excited to be able to see street performers. There are only a few here in Adelaide.

I am also hoping to try and strike up conversations with as many people as I can. To practice my language skills as well as to find out the best places to see, eat etc from a local point of view.

You have listed a few lovely towns also thank you for this! I am kind of just going to take each day as it comes and where ever my feet lead me. Delft is actually on my list of cities to see and Amsterdam is my starting point in Europe.

Thank you for your contribution 😊 Reply to this

7 years ago, March 7th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #152903  

I have a friend who writes travel apps. I will ask him about finding some dairy free chocolate options and get back to you.

Stonehenge- I'd heard the same things you have heard about Stonehenge but we went anyway. Years ago it was not fenced off the way it is now but people were not respectful of the site and caused damage so they had no choice. The day we went was a bit foggy and it added to the mystery. The stones weaving in and out of the fog as the wind blew. It is a wonder to sit and ponder how that happen. I thought it was worth going but as you say some people are not impressed.

The architecture of the churches in Europe is amazing. Hopefully, you can check your phobia at the door and enjoy the building. Often times we'd go in and find the bells ringing or the choir singing. It is a good way to immerse yourself in the culture. No need to attend service.

You'll love all the street performers
I'm sure I'll think of a couple of other things before you go.
We will be in Europe in the fall if you are still there we can hook up.

Take care and happy travels.
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7 years ago, March 8th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #152915  
Dave & Merry Jo,

Travel apps? How wonderful thank you for that 😊 I am keen to try some of the chocolate even if I have to hunt it down!

I wil just have to see how it goes on the day I guess, I have plans to visit places around Stonehenge so I am sure I will at least go have a look. I am sure it will be worth it none the less even if just to snap a picture or two.

That is what I have been thinking also. I think just the awe of it all should be enough for me to go in and check them out. The churches look so lovely and peaceful.

Thank you again for your input. I am most likely leaving Europe around the end of May though I am looking at Christmas in Europe 😉 Depends how long my next trip takes in SE Asia. It would be nice to meet up one time though - Fall would be a lovely time to see Europe!
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7 years ago, March 10th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #152972  
You can get inside the fenced area of Stonehenge - you just have to know how 😊

Contact the English Heritage Foundation and apply for access. You have to come either early or late (and during the right time of year) but you can indeed go into the circle. We did this for my father's 50 birthday and it was incredible to be there during sunrise. (even if the customs official snorted in derision after he asked where planned to go and proclaimed it to be "a pile of rocks"😉

[Edited: 2012 Mar 10 01:24 - Stephanie and Andras:35953 ]
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7 years ago, March 14th 2012 No: 13 Msg: #153193  

In response to: Msg #152290

4x4 drive up Sani Pass, Lesotho, which is in South Africa. The most spectacular scenery in a mountainous country! Reply to this

7 years ago, March 14th 2012 No: 14 Msg: #153200  

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Wow, Stephanie, that is great information. I would love to do that next time we get back over there. Thank you very much for the tip.

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7 years ago, March 26th 2012 No: 15 Msg: #153761  
Hello Maaria Maaria 😊

1. Travel as extensively as possible overland.
2. Learn at least one other language, or more if you find you are good at it.
3. Learn a new skill that travelling will enhance, such as cooking, crafts...
4. Learn a bit about world history, politics, economics, philosophy... to give what you see more meaning.
5. When you cant decide what to do, eat, where to go for a day... choose the most adventurous option, or the one you havent tried before.
6. Pack light. You can buy things everywhere, so no need to lug too much around.
7. Make blogs on the internet, because it gives you someplace to put you diary and photos, that is conveninent and does not take up room in your house, and making the blogs brings back memories.
8. Relax while travelling, rather than rush around. You will be surprised at what is an important memory some time in the future. It likely wont be the one you rushed around to try to create.
9. Dont use travel in an addictive way. ie Dont use it to escape problems in your life, rather than dealing with them.
10. ? Im sure I will come up with a 10 later maybe. 😊

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7 years ago, May 7th 2012 No: 16 Msg: #155894  
Mell, I like your list 😊 Reply to this

7 years ago, May 8th 2012 No: 17 Msg: #155935  
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