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Have you traveled and not seen?

Not long ago we were talking with an acquaintance who has traveled to many countries but needs to go back to several of them because he was young and never got out of the bars. He stated he has been to places he has never seen.
7 years ago, February 4th 2014 No: 1 Msg: #179125  
Do you have stories to tell or confessions to make about a country that you've been to but didn't see because of drinking, illness or never leaving a resort? Tell us about it. Have you learned anything from the experience. Was it ok for that time and place or do you wish you had a do over? Reply to this

7 years ago, February 19th 2014 No: 2 Msg: #179389  
We are guilty as charged! Not of going on travels and just sitting in bars, resorts or due to illness, etc, but of time restraint. We have only travelled at most for about 5 weeks at a time but generally two weeks and then we have so much to see in those weeks or sometimes days, so it is impossible to see everything and often go back for a second visit to see parts we haven't seen. My wishlist: just to pack up and go where I feel like, without time restraints....maybe when we have retired! Reply to this

7 years ago, February 19th 2014 No: 3 Msg: #179402  

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Those time restraints are not our friend. Reply to this

7 years ago, February 25th 2014 No: 4 Msg: #179517  
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When I first started traveling, I had a variant on this, trying to cram in as much as possible. I was constantly moving, always seeing things, and stuff just blurred together. I'd end my vacation utterly exhausted with little idea of what just happened.

Thankfully, the burnout forced me to slow down by necessity, and I started experiencing fewer things more deeply. I found this a much more satisfying experience. Of course, the consequence is that I needed nine months for a US road trip that many bloggers have done in three or less. Reply to this

7 years ago, February 25th 2014 No: 5 Msg: #179520  

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Well said-- we have had that same experience.
We are getting ready to go to Ireland for a month. Many do it in a week and we are finding we really need two more months. Reply to this

6 years ago, March 18th 2015 No: 6 Msg: #189393  
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Well it's not because of drinking, but I do have a hankering to return to Rome to view the sights I missed first time round.

Way back in 1998, my brother and I were with friends in Tuscany and our van was broken into, and we lost wallets, cameras and passports. It was really frustrating! So we separated from our friends and went to Rome for a few days with little daypacks to get new passports. We were completely broke, and didn't have much in the way of clothing in our little daypacks. We walked around the outside of the Colisseum and after checking out the ticket prices joked that "it's busted anyway" so we didn't go inside. Then went to the Vatican but realised that we didn't have the appropriate clothing so couldn't go inside.

On the bright side, Rome is such a beautiful city that we were at least able to soak up the atmosphere without missing too much. However it is definitely on my list of places that I feel like I haven't done justice to at all! Reply to this

6 years ago, March 18th 2015 No: 7 Msg: #189402  
Sorry about the break in. I'm sure you will make it back. Reply to this

6 years ago, April 7th 2015 No: 8 Msg: #189942  
Woops, wrong page - Can I delete this? Or someone ? Reply to this

6 years ago, April 8th 2015 No: 9 Msg: #189965  

Great additions. Go ahead and add them to the A to Z page and after work tonight I will delete these for you.
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6 years ago, April 9th 2015 No: 10 Msg: #189980  
Done, thanks. Reply to this

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