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THE best place to go / thing to see on each continent

If you could name only one place/thing that you experienced yourself for each continent, what would it be?
4 years ago, November 1st 2015 No: 1 Msg: #193818  
QUICK VERSION : Just post the ONE thing that you have experienced yourself and is not to be missed on each continent. Or you could even give me a 9-day itinerary for each continent (3 locations that are not too far from each other and their highlights).

And do not hesitate to add a link to your blog entry about that special place you are recommending.

Why do I ask such a question? This is a much longer story, feel free to read it below or just skip it.

A bit of background : I am a 36 year old Canadian who happens to have the best friend of all who offered to add me as her travel companion for 2016 since she does not have a significant other (SO) for now. Which means that I can fly standby on her (major) airline almost free. I also need to travel on a tight budget (5 000$ total), but I think it is manageable since I am fine with a combination of Couchsurfing, hostels, guest house and maybe an occasional hotel room. I will likely travel on my own most of the time but this friend or my SO might also join me for one of the trip.

I don't want to leave my job (nor could I afford it anyway) but since I work on a ship every other month or so, this still gives me time to travel. However, I have someone in my life and since I am already away for work 22-24 weeks per year, I want to see as much of the world as I can but I also want to keep my trips short as this relationship is more important to me than anything else. Therefore, I want to do 6 trips of about 9-10 days each (leaving on Monday/Tuesday and returning on Thursday/Friday of the following week, this way I am away from home just for one weekend). For Oceania, I am open to go for a bit longer 15-16 nights (2 weekends max).

I am an history/architecture buff but I also like to hike (easy to moderate trails). I also enjoy relaxing on a great beach once in a while. So, with the suggestions I get, I'll try to elaborate itineraries that combine both city and country side.

I can't wait to read you replies 😊 Reply to this

4 years ago, November 3rd 2015 No: 2 Msg: #193841  
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Welcome to Travelblog. Awesome question!
I can only speak to North America, since that's the only place I've traveled. It's so big and varied that there really is no 'best' itinerary; it depends entirely on interests. As a Canadian, I'm sure you have some favorites already : )

My personal two best are very different.
First is the Northeast Corridor: Washington DC, New York, and either Boston or Philadelphia. All four have enough architecture and history to last for months, plus great food, museums, and culture sites. DC and Philadelphia have large urban parks too. Delaware has underrated beaches, or go for classic seaside towns in New Jersey (don't laugh...) Lodging can be expensive, but transport is relatively cheap.

Second is the coast of California: San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterrey, Big Sur, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. This one combines history and architecture with awe-inspiring natural beauty, great beaches, and redwood trees. You'll need to rent a vehicle for this one (paying extra for a convertible highly recommended) Camping spots are readily available.

Washington DC: Art, History, and the legacy of Wealth; Art attack; A Visit to Valhalla
New York City: The Heart of the Art World

San Francisco: San Francisco Modern; The World’s Craziest Streets; Enclaves
Santa Cruz: California Beach Culture
Monterrey: Historic California
Big Sur: California Coast and Open Road; Grand Landscape and Gaudy Taste

Looking forward to the blogs : ) Reply to this

4 years ago, November 4th 2015 No: 3 Msg: #193855  
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Hi Julie
Welcome to TravelBlog! What an interesting way to gather information! I'm as eager as you are to see the responses to this question 😊

I really struggled to pick just ONE thing from each continent...so I took a broader approach and picked one experience that would be an iconic representation of that part of the world (and I still had to cheat with Asia and Australia for their vastness and diversity).
Africa: Spend time in the African mud brick villages bordering the Sahara desert
Asia (South): Experience a mix of villages and cities in Rajasthan, India
Asia (South East): Compare the food, culture and geography of southern Thailand to northern Thailand
Australia (East Coast): Visit Tasmania (a small island State at the very bottom of the country), which in my opinion has the most beautiful national parks and beaches
Australia (Central): See Uluru and hire an indigenous guide for a trek of the area
Europe: Do an architectural tour through Andalucia, Spain

If you change your mind and want ONE thing / 9 day itinerary per country...I will happily re-do this list 😉 Reply to this

4 years ago, November 4th 2015 No: 4 Msg: #193856  
In response to: Msg #193841 Hi Roosta, thanks for your suggestions; I'll read your blogs with interest. For 2016 I'll skip USA North East as I've seen some of it and it's easy to go there about any time and I want to use the flight pass to get to places I might not go to again but still nice to get your suggestions for later. Reply to this

4 years ago, November 4th 2015 No: 5 Msg: #193857  
In response to: Msg #193855 Hi RENanDREW! WOW, you have travelled a lot.Your reply approach is exactly what I am looking for. I know my time is very limited but I want a glimpse of what every continent can be about. Reply to this

4 years ago, November 7th 2015 No: 6 Msg: #193895  
I can't pick 1 but the two best places I have visited in North America is Disneyland (Anaheim) and Washington DC.
In North America I have been to Hawaii, LA, Anaheim, San Fran, New York and DC.

No matter what age your are, gender or type of personality, you will enjoy Disneyland. It sounds cliche but it could quite possibly be the happiest place on earth. The rides, food, buildings and atmosphere is incredible. You will feel like a happy child in heaven.

Washington DC is a beautiful city. The architecture is amazing. I visited it after being in New York and a thing that struck me was how clean DC was and how safe it felt. It makes wandering around the streets so much more enjoyable when it is crystal clean and not dangerous. Another great thing about DC is all the historic and significant sites. Such as the White House, Capital Hill and where President Lincoln was shot.

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4 years ago, November 7th 2015 No: 7 Msg: #193905  
Hello Julie- So many places so little time
This may be one of the toughest questions anyone has ever asked on Travel Blog.

With 10 days your time frame it sets limitations but you will have a great time. I'm not going to address the financial limitations in my answer.
If I were following your guidelines I would narrow it to one country per continent and maybe stay in one city or two at the max
It sounds as if you have a variety of interest and I would select a variation between cities and World Heritage Sights.

Australia - We spent two months there and didn't see half of what we wanted. Sydney is a great city. Tasmania was one of our favorite places. We loved the west Coast. I would go to Uluru and Tasmania for sure.

Asia - Again I would narrow it down. Example: 9 days in Cambodia you could see Angkor Wat and the countryside
You could go to Borneo and see the monkey's
Thailand if full of great architecture and islands for diving and sailing.

Africa - So far we've only been to Morocco. It was wonderful

Antarctica- I worked in Antarctica for 5 months and enjoyed it. You may want to check out that possibility.

Europe - I'd pick one country and two cities. Paris is amazing. You could do 5 days in Paris and 4 days in the Normandy area.
We loved Iceland and Greenland. We love Greece, Athens is amazing and the islands are breathtaking.
Belgium has some amazing towns.

North America - My favorite U.S. cities are New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
The National Parks are amazing. Utah Canyons are unique, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons are beautiful and Colorado's Rockies are a joy.

South America - We loved every bit of Peru.

New Zealand is full of hiking!

I will think about this question and add more later.
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4 years ago, November 7th 2015 No: 8 Msg: #193906  
I accept your challenge, although this is going to be difficult as 9 days to most continents from eastern Canada will involve at least two travel days. Having only one week for each continent means one country and once city with perhaps surrounding areas. I also am a history/architecture buff so at least we have that in common. So here goes:

Asia: Beijing, China:
Ming Tombs and the Great Wall and Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace

or alternatively, a 24 hour layover in Tokyo on the way to Bangkok, Thailand with its nearby ancient cities and beaches:
24 hour layover in Tokyo, Back Home In Bangkok, Pak Isan - the Khorat Plateau, Chiang Mai and Doi Inthanon, Relaxing in Hua Hin,

Europe: Rome and Tuscany, with a stop over in London and environs on the way back:
Rome Marathon, Exploring Vatican City, Leaving Rome for Tuscany, Touring Tuscany, From Italy to England,
Touring the Southeast England Countryside, and Touring the Cotswolds

or alternatively Andalusia, Spain during Passion Week:
Passion Week in Andalusia

South America: Peru, including Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca:
Colonial Peru , Cusco and Sexy Woman, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu - the Secret City, and Lake Titicaca and environs

Africa: Kenya on safari:
Kenya Safari

Australia/New Zealand: Layover in Sydney on the way to New Zealand: Sunny Sydney with Dave, Denise and Rachel, Treking the Bush with David and Denise, and New Zealand in Two Weeks - Here's How!

Please feel free to scan my other blogs as there are dozens of other shorter trips I've taken to many places around the world. Reply to this

4 years ago, November 7th 2015 No: 9 Msg: #193908  
In response to: Msg #193905 I agree with Merry Jo that Paris and surrounding areas are also doable in seven days. Here are some of my blogs related to that:
Paris and Switzerland: Paris, Bernese Oberland, and Holland with Sue and family...and great news!
Normandy and Brittany: Normandy, Brittany, and Loire Valley Easter Vacation
Paris and London: New Years Vacation in London and Paris and New Years Vacation in London and Paris

Here's another alternative for Europe: a blog about traveling around the Alps (Bavaria, Switzerland and northern Italy) in one week:
Bavaria, Italy and Switzerland with my parents

And I forgot North America...so while I agree with previous comments about the West (I live here), I've just returned from Hawai'i which with a stretch can be considered part of North America given it is part of the US: The BIG Island of Hawai'i Part I: Tropical Forests, Waterfalls, Volcanos, and and Ancient Hawaiian Sanctuary and The BIG Island of Hawai'i Part II: More Ancient Hawaiian Villages, Ranches, Coffee Plantations, and Beaches Reply to this

4 years ago, November 8th 2015 No: 10 Msg: #193931  
Australasia - If you like hiking, New Zealand has some great and reasonably easy tracks. Best ones are in the central North Island or around the Southern Alps. It also some great beaches in the upper half of the North Island if you go in the summer.
Asia - If you like to relax by the beach Langkawi is a great resort spot but quite expensive.
Europe - Salzburg is a beautiful and historic city! In the old part of the city they don't allow cars in so you can just wonder around the place feel like you are back in the 17th century.
North America - Disneyland LA and Washington DC still my top picks.
I can't comment on the other continents. Reply to this

4 years ago, November 11th 2015 No: 11 Msg: #193976  
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North America- Tikal or Palenque (Guatemala and Mexico). My top 2 Mayan sites. Close behind is Uxmal in Mexico.
South America- Machu Picchu in Peru. Maybe the best place on earth. Stop by the Peruvian Amazon near Iquitos for the perfect trip.
Asia- Angkor has no parallel. It's crowded now, but still is amazing. Tibet and Nepal are up there. I was blown away by the Potala Palace in Lhasa and the Jokang Temple was amazing.
Oceania- Diving in the Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia. Don't think it can be topped. Fiji has the friendliest people I've ever been around.
Europe- Rome or Paris are everything everyone has ever written about them and more.
Antarctica- It's the only one I haven't been to, so I have to defer to someone else. A cruise from Ushuaia combined with a trip to Buenos Aires sounds good to me.

Good luck on your trip. I look forward to hearing your adventures! Reply to this

4 years ago, November 14th 2015 No: 12 Msg: #194007  
Picking only one thing in each continent, or even only one thing in each country, in the world is an interesting challenge. I will in my list avoid the obvious places, you will find out about them anyway, but instead try to come up with places I liked that others would probably not put on their lists and in some cases might not even have heard of.

Europe: I have several possible places I could list here but my pick is Baarle-Hertog/Baarle-Nassau.

Asia: To see the ship breaking outside Chittagong was very interesting. The photos don't even come near to capture the feelings I had. When I first walked out on the beach and saw all the ships lined up I was speechless.

South America: Nazca is my pick for this continent. The Nazca Lines are well known and a big attraction not to be missed. But I find the aqueducts to be quite spectacular as well. The problem is, 99%!i(MISSING)s under ground and you can't see it. You have to imagine the several hundred kilometres of canals.

Central America: Monarch Butterfly Reserve. The winter home of every Monarch Butterfly in the world. There are millions of them in a few small forests in Mexico.

North America: One of my possible picks for Europe was a ghost town. Since I choose another place I throw in an abandoned town here instead Bodie Ghost Town.

Australia: I visited Australia before I joined TB so I have no blog entry from there. My pick is Gosses Bluff

Africa: We liked Rwanda very much and can recommend it. My pick from there is Akagera National Park. On a safaris you can often not leave your vehicle for safety reasons. In Akagera you can in some places and that was quite an experience.

Middle East: Right now you can't go there for safety reasons but I still have to mention Shibam

Antarctica: I have never been there. I'd say my pick would be the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station for three reasons
1 The IceCube Neutrino Observatory
2 One of the tents used by the Terra Nova Expedition (Robert Scott's South Pole Expedition) is stuck in the ice there.
3 It's the South Pole Reply to this

4 years ago, November 14th 2015 No: 13 Msg: #194008  

4 years ago, November 26th 2015 No: 14 Msg: #194151  
I recommend you Bahrain. The Middle East country, Bahrain is a beautiful place with high rising towers, captivating mosques and historical sites. Exploring it is certainly fun, if you visit the best tourist places there. Some of these include Al-Areen Wildlife Park, Bab Al-Bahrain, Bahrain National Museum, Al-Fateh Grand Mosque, etc. Reply to this

4 years ago, November 29th 2015 No: 15 Msg: #194196  
In response to: Msg #193818 Thank you all for your suggestions! Sorry I didn't reply sooner, Internet is spotty at best on the ship I work on. Still, I was able to access the forum a few times per week and I have read almost all your stories by now. But today is the first time the reply function is working and I am happy to have the chance to thank you all, you make me dream about all the possibilities. Reply to this

4 years ago, December 5th 2015 No: 16 Msg: #194301  
Thanks again,

I read your suggestions and blog entries with great interest. I also did some research on my own and talked to friends and my 2016 schedule is taking form.

Still waiting for my boyfriend answer as to where he wants to go for our trip together. He hesitates between Sweden and Norway in July (one of his cousin lives in Sweden, close to Norway) or Italy in September.

Here is the preliminary plan (number of days listed exclude traveling time, it's time on site):

- January : work
- FEBRUARY : THAILAND (9 days) - Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Khao Lak, 3 days each
- MARCH : AUSTRALIA (15 days)
- April : work
- MAY : PERU including Jungle Trail to Machu Pichu
- June : work
- JULY : Sweden and Norway with DBF (approx 17 days) - or- just a quick (4-5 days) visit to a friend in Marseille and another 3-4 days in Washington DC
- August : work
- SEPTEMBER : Italy with DBF (approx 17 days) - or - Krakow and Budapest (10 days)
- October : work
- NOVEMBER : EGYPT (8-9 days). I' ll probably play it safe here and just go on a guided tour including a 3-night Nile cruise.
- December : work

What do you think of my choices? Reply to this

4 years ago, December 5th 2015 No: 17 Msg: #194315  
In response to: Msg #194301 Perfect...have fun...and blog!! Reply to this

4 years ago, December 5th 2015 No: 18 Msg: #194320  
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Sounds fabulous Julie. Let us know if you include Tasmania/Hobart in your Australian trip 😊 Reply to this

4 years ago, December 6th 2015 No: 19 Msg: #194339  
If you intend to walk the Inca Trail make sure to book well in advance since they limit the number of hikers. /Ake

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