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The Trip Not Taken----Yet

Dreams keep us going in between travels and adventures
4 years ago, July 23rd 2015 No: 1 Msg: #192132  
Show us your imagination--
We find that planning is part of the fun, the joy.

You've just been given $50,000 and 8 months off work. Design your trip. Where are you going? Reply to this

4 years ago, July 23rd 2015 No: 2 Msg: #192150  
I have been planning my dream trip for ages. Maybe it's time for me to start playing lottery. But dreaming is free so:

London > New York: there, I would rent a motorhome (one of those that are as big as a bus) and drive through the States for 3 months (see the big lakes, Yellowstone, the Florida keys... the whole lot!) until I would get to L.A.

LA > Hawaii: chill there for a week or two

Hawaii > Cook Islands: Dax and I got married there, so I would love to go back

Cook Islands > New Zealand: a few years ago, we spent a month there driving around in a van. I would love to do that again

NZ > Australia: same thing! Maybe travel from AU to some other Pacific islands as well

Australia > Nepal: Spend some time trekking in the mountains and hopefully experience the Holi festival while being there

Nepal > Bhutan: it's quite pricey to go there so being given $50,000 sounds like the perfect time to go!

Bhutan > HK: I am trying to learn Chinese (but failing to!) so I would love to spend time backpacking in China to practice

Beijing > Ulan Bator: on board of the Trans-Mongolian! There I would love to do a desert tour

Ulan Bator > Moscow: again, on board of the train, maybe with a few stops along the way, such as Lake Baikal

From Moscow I would love to make my way through Scandinavia to reach Copenhagen

Copenhagen > Reykjavik: drive on the Route 1 around the country

Reykjavik > Greenland: sea kayak, trekking on the ice, dog sledge...

I think that, then, I would be ready to go back home 😊
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4 years ago, July 24th 2015 No: 3 Msg: #192156  
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Four years ago I actually had nine months and $60,000; so I finally took the trip I had dreamed about for a decade plus. I blogged that long US road trip starting here: Introduction: The rites of passage

If I got the chance to do another one, it would probably be an RTW of some sort. Some Europe, some Middle East, some India, some Southeast Asia, some Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and finish in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Like the last one, I'd work out the details mostly as I went along (except for festivals that must be booked far in advance), try to get off the main tourist routes, and include plenty of time outdoors. Reply to this

4 years ago, July 26th 2015 No: 4 Msg: #192220  
In response to: Msg #192150

Fantastic trip plan! Hope you get to do that one. Fantastic! Reply to this

4 years ago, July 26th 2015 No: 5 Msg: #192221  
In response to: Msg #192156

Roosta-- a fantastic trip on your horizon. I do hope you will get to do it some day. Reply to this

4 years ago, July 26th 2015 No: 6 Msg: #192222  
We haven't been able to take a long trip in a long time now. When we take the next one we are trying to decide between South America or Europe. We are leaning toward Europe.

We'd start in Switzerland-- Austria-- Italy
Then we'd like to wander - in no particular order -- Croatia, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Romania,Czch Republic, Poland, Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovania, Montenegro, Georgia, Russia, and Ekraine.

So many places so little time.

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4 years ago, July 28th 2015 No: 7 Msg: #192242  
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It would be either South America or Africa for us - starting at the top and working our way south until we ran out of money or time! Although I don't think I would want to travel for more than 6 months at a time...I like down time at home. Reply to this

4 years ago, July 28th 2015 No: 8 Msg: #192255  
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Cuba and Japan would both have to figure in it for me.....and Nepal...... and I have always said Antartica would be my 'lotto' trip..... Reply to this

4 years ago, July 28th 2015 No: 9 Msg: #192280  

4 years ago, July 28th 2015 No: 10 Msg: #192281  
In response to: Msg #192255

Jo, you've already been to Cuba and Japan so you must be ready to go back---

I loved my time in Antarctica and hope to go back with Dave Reply to this

4 years ago, July 29th 2015 No: 11 Msg: #192288  
As I've done most of my traveling north of the equator, I've often planned an RTW in the southern hemisphere where up until now I have only visit Peru, Kenya, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and a few South Pacific islands.
My itinerary would be as follows:
Denver to French Polynesia (Bora Bora) for a week, and the Cook Islands for a week.
Then on to Australia for at least a month, making my way from Adelaide, to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Alice Springs/Ayres Rock, and finally to Cairns.
From there I would fly to Bali and eastern Java (Borobudur) for two weeks.
Then on to Singapore for a few days and India for a quick visit to see the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, but going first class all the way...no Delhi Belly for me!!
Next would be Dubai, where I would visit the various emirates in the UAE for a couple weeks.
The majority of my time on the RTW would be devoted to Africa arriving in Dar Es Salam and overlanding to Cape Town via Tanzania (Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro), Malawi, Zambia (Victoria Falls), Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Although I have contemplated overlanding the rough way (e.g., Dragoman: traveling in trucks, shopping for ingredients and then cooking the meals ourselves, and setting up tents each night, no showers, etc,), with $50,000 I could afford to take a more luxurious tour.
From Cape Town I would fly to Valparaiso, Chile and catch a two week cruise (suite of course) around the southern end of South America stopping in Punta Arenas (where I would catch a two hour flight to Antarctica for the day...no seasickness by taking the ship there...where I could walk around on the continent before flying back to catch the ship again), Ushuaia, the Falkland Islands, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires. From there I would fly via Cordoba and Iguaçu Falls to Rio de Janeiro for a week or so, before flying north to cruise the Amazon River.
The cruise would include or connect to another cruise to the eastern Caribbean islands. I would then fly to Costa Rica where I would travel for three week overland through Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and end in Riviera Maya in Mexico for a week to recuperate.
If I had any of the $50,000 left I would fly to Munich to pick up a new BMW and then drive all over the European continent, revisiting my favorite cities and country sides, until the money and time ran out. Now to win the lottery! Reply to this

4 years ago, August 3rd 2015 No: 12 Msg: #192370  
I Have always wanted to go to Ladakh, but never had the change and courage to visit there. If i would be given this much of budget, then i would choose to go to Ladakh and spend my time there. Reply to this

4 years ago, August 10th 2015 No: 13 Msg: #192462  
In response to: Msg #192288

What a well planned trip, Bob!

I would love to go to Antarctica as well, but deep down, I knew it would never happen because of my sea sickness; I didn't even know there were planes going there, so thanks for mention it!

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4 years ago, August 11th 2015 No: 14 Msg: #192490  
How about an African Safari, staying in some really amazing camps for example in Tanzania ...money and luxury no object ( that would make a change for me !,) personal guides, balloon rides , flights along the coast over flocks of flamingoes ....I could imagine I was with Robert Redford as in Out Of Africa. What a dream ! Reply to this

4 years ago, August 13th 2015 No: 15 Msg: #192530  
Oh the possibilities of having $50,000! Like many people have mentioned, I would love to go to Antarctica since it is on the pricey side! If I were to do a big trip, I'd cover the entire east side of the world and visit the Asian countries I haven't been to like Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Bali, Philippians, Vietnam, and Nepal. Also on the east side, I'd love to swim with the jellyfish in Palau, swim with the whales in Sri Lanka, adventure around New Zealand, and return to Australia which we'll always remember as our favorite country. Reply to this

4 years ago, August 13th 2015 No: 16 Msg: #192533  
In response to: Msg #192462 The one day excursion sold by cruise lines out of southern Chile ports cost about $3000. That's why I can only dream of doing this if I had $50,000. I love reading about the dreams of fellow bloggers! Reply to this

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