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Big Blue

Travels....

Not mine but hopefully so.

An acquaintance of mine is currently in Narva, having posted pictures across the river to Ivangorod. He's a former ambassador to Bratislava and does a lot of consulting to various FO quangos so he gets about a bit. I'm ever more fascinated by Central Europe and the former Soviet states but having a (second) young family my chances of getting away on decent history-hunting short breaks are slimmer than they should be at my age.

I have some pictures of my late father standing alongside some foreign shipping in some distant port in the late 80s and allied to his years in the RN and my late step-father's globetrotting career feel I am not doing enough to get out there. Sure I've been to lots of places, mainly on the back of my two dads' lives, but want some opportunity to do more. That said I'm fairly rooted to the part of the world I live in so confusion reigns.

Anyone else a frustrated Philaeus Phogg?
Bob Sacamano

With the aid of Google Earth I can go to all these places from my armchair with a nice cup of tea and a chocolate digestive.

Or is it pornhub?
simonp

I'm  toying with a trip to Machu Picchu next year, but aren't remotely interested if it involves pitching canvas. I'm happy enough to eat a guinea pig if I have to, but I'm too old and I like a comfy bed too much for tenting.
Twelfth Monkey

There are a few places I want to see as part of a bucket list (Meteor Crater, Grand Canyon, the Space Center), but I am really not gripped by wanderlust.  And this may explain my reluctance to spend large sums on holidays.
Frank Bullitt

Yes, that does describe me on the context of Europe. I don't want to find myself in the African Jungle or anything like that but getting around Europe is something we will be doing over the next decades
Martin

I love holidays and visiting new places and I like to get about and explore, staying in one place isn't for me.  The only problem is that i do like my comforts a bit too much, which is a little restrictive. Lindsay would love to go to Borneo for example, it looks fantastic, but I'm not sure.   I've not had much experience of Eastern Europe and would like to spend some time exploring, but there are so many places on my wish list so it's going to take a while.

I can't wait to go to Hong Kong and Australia in January, we've got a car for the whole holiday and have a road trip planned, plus we're staying in some very nice places.  it's going to be brilliant.
Humphrey The Pug

I would love to be able to afford to dump work for a while and travel, I'd love a camper and to just drive around Europe and take it from there, once Europe is done then see the rest of the world, there is so much out there to see, do and experience.
Chip Butty

I love going to new places and I love exploring. I refuse to go on a typical beach holiday and I don't go on the usual two week holidays, I much prefer 4 day breaks.

However - there are a few caveats:

I hate travelling and I find it stressful and unpleasant because it is such a monumental tit on - although the outward bound journey is always more tolerable than the return.

I have no interest in cheap hotels, youth hostels or (god forbid) anything that involves tents, caravans or communal facilities.

I would love to work abroad, but it's just not possible now. My best friend moved to Regensburg (Germany) 6 years ago and hasn't looked back. Regensburg is beautiful and a fantastic place to live, but he ended up marrying a Turkish girl who lived in Switzerland and he has lived in Morges for the past 3 years. Morges (on the bank lake Geneva, not too far from Lausanne and Montreux) and the surrounding areas are stunning and he is the jammiest git in the world being able to live there.

Although I'd probably end up in debtors prison given the awesome roads and the multitude of hidden speed cameras.
BeN

I guess, as you guys know by now, I can count myself pretty lucky to have been to quite a few places in the course of my work. There were some great trips (Iceland and America in particular), and there are also some awful shitholes (Manila and Delhi) which I will probably never visit again if I had a choice.

That said, there are still some places I would love to explore further. Canada is somewhere which I've always been intrigued with, and I'd also like to see more of the UK outside of London too.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Martin wrote:
I love holidays and visiting new places and I like to get about and explore, staying in one place isn't for me.  The only problem is that i do like my comforts a bit too much, which is a little restrictive.
+1
Martin wrote:

I can't wait to go to Hong Kong and Australia in January

I would love to visit both those places too.  Never had the money to do much travelling until about 7 weeks ago.

At the moment it's been suggested that I don't travel too far in case anything happens to dad, as my mum will need my support to help her through; it's bad enough on a day-to-day basis; I was hoping to go to Wales for a few days in late October during my week off work, but that got cancelled for above reasons too. Dad is still with us but hanging on by a thread at the moment  
simonp

A pic from our trip away last weekend.



Want to do a trip in Feb for my burfdee, but not sure where to go yet. Might do Chicago, but it'll be bleedin' cold!
canadian bacon

Our last trip was Reykjavik, bloody expensive but nice enough....I travel as its a good antidote to my job, thats not to say I hate my job, I don't, but its very desk bound, so any chance to get away from it and see something new is welcome.

View from inside Harpa (arts centre in Reykjavik)



They at least have a sense of humour...



As an example of cost, this was the mid priced beer in a restaurant we visited, it cost 18 c$, so about 9 quid.....




Icelandic taxi...

Twelfth Monkey

£9 a pint?!  At least it's cold...
Chris M Wanted a V-10

simonp wrote:
Might do Chicago, but it'll be bleedin' cold!

Prepare to be disappointed!
It may be a large city but the "true" city centre is surprisingly small and I found the shopping crap TBH.
Plenty of interesting museums etc to visit:
http://www.citypass.com/chicago
and good public transport conections from the airports to the centre.

Don't forget to see the "Bean" if you go
JohnC

I have no real burning desire to go anywhere in particular and a change is as good as a rest for me - a long weekend in St Andrews is fine by me. I probably want to get back to some bits of Italy and also the West coast of USA but it isn't driving me mad that I am stuck here just now.

One of the guys going to PalmerSport is mega wealthy. I noticed on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that he was staying at his very large villa on an extremely prestigious Florida golf course. When I e-mailed him yesterday to get the first deposit for PalmerSport, he was enjoying a golfing safari in South Africa. His effortless travelling capability is probably what I desire the most.
Bob Sacamano

I guess I'm lucky in that I've seen large parts of Europe, both coasts of the US, Australia,Brazil, Dubai and the Caribbean. There are still places I'd like to go - South Africa in particular - but I also find that the more I travel the more I appreciate what's on my doorstep - the beauty of Northumberland, with its rugged coastline and beaches the equal of anywhere in the world, the Lake District and the North Yorkshire Moors. A few of us attended a concert at The Sage in Gateshead and when we came out onto a balcony we were greeted by Newcastle quayside and bridges lit up and the light reflecting off the Tyne was truly beautiful. It took me back to coming out of a concert at Sydney Opera House and looking out over the bay there.
We've just come back from a week in Cornwall to see where they film that series about my spiritual twin (Doc Martin) and had a great time - the UK really is a wonderful place and you could quite easily spend your whole life exploring it, always finding something new.
Nice Guy Eddie

Plenty I'd love to see in this country let alone overseas.

I've never been to Scotland and would quite like to do the northern edges and isles up there.

Plenty of Northern towns I'd like to see, the nice ones, not places like Burnley where I usually end up for meetings

Austrailia  doesn't really appeal but the missus wants to do NZ at some point and I would like to check out Hong Kong and if you go that far you might as well keep going.

Loads of the USA, I'd love to see, we used to have a house in Savannah in Georgia when I was in my teens and apart from the Racism and general Redneckery, it was a fabulous place. I've never done the west coast which people rave about.

I've done bits of Asia which was great when you got away from the tourists and Dubai which was a shit hole. Trouble is, with full time work I rather like to spend my 2 weeks holiday chilling than exploring. The only hope is early retirement.
Frank Bullitt

One of the reasons for buying a caravan was the chance to see Europe, perhaps the more unusual spots, and also parts of the U.K. we've still not been to (properly) - next year we are doing France again to get my bearings driving abroad but we will be off to Denmark soon, possibly Sweden and Norway, Germany, Italy, Austria and perhaps further afield in years to come. One day we may even get to Scotland, somewhere I've never been!
canadian bacon

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
£9 a pint?!  At least it's cold...


No, 9 quid per 330 ml bottle.......the more expensive beer was 20quid a bottle.

franki68

Done a truly ridiculous amount of travelling.
This year alone we've done rio at carnival time,South Africa with a 5day  safari and just came back from Peru a few week ago.
Only really got the Galapagos and Japan left to do on my list of places to go.
Martin

Frank Bullitt wrote:
One of the reasons for buying a caravan was the chance to see Europe, perhaps the more unusual spots, and also parts of the U.K. we've still not been to (properly) - next year we are doing France again to get my bearings driving abroad but we will be off to Denmark soon, possibly Sweden and Norway, Germany, Italy, Austria and perhaps further afield in years to come. One day we may even get to Scotland, somewhere I've never been!


My parents had a caravan before I was born and still have one now.  We started off having 3 weeks in the summer holidays in the Lakes or Scotland and then changed to France/Germany/Switzerland/Italy with the occasional trip to Northern Europe.  We also had weekends away in various parts of the UK along with 2 weeks at Christmas/NY somewhere warm, usually America.

I'm lucky that I've been to a lot of places around the world, but there are still loads of areas that I'd like to explore.  They are all outside the UK, as I can't think of any interesting part of the U.K. that I haven't spent at least a weekend as an adult, but I do appreciate the country we have and would like a week in Devon or Cornwall next summer plus we'll have several weekends away.

My parents are on holiday for 5-6 months of the year, making the most of the time they have while they're fit and able to travel.  They started off the year with 10 weeks in Australia, went to Scandinavia for 3 weeks early summer, had 2 months in France In July/August, are just back from 4 weeks on the Queen Mary crossing the Atlantic and exploring Canada.....I think that's it until they go to South Africa the first week in January.

I'd love to able to do that when I retire, especially in the way they do it, but not sure my pension will stretch anywhere near far enough.
JohnC

Martin wrote:
I'd love to able to do that when I retire, especially in the way they do it, but not sure my pension will stretch anywhere near far enough.


I know mine won't. Even if you had £1m in a pension pot you would struggle to have that sort of lifestyle without significant other assets.
Bob Sacamano

JohnC wrote:
Martin wrote:
I'd love to able to do that when I retire, especially in the way they do it, but not sure my pension will stretch anywhere near far enough.


I know mine won't. Even if you had £1m in a pension pot you would struggle to have that sort of lifestyle without significant other assets.


Me and Mrs Sacamano plan on becoming a Rene & Renata type cabaret act and do the cruise liner circuit seeing the world. Bed and board is included.
Frank Bullitt

Bob Sacamano wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Martin wrote:
I'd love to able to do that when I retire, especially in the way they do it, but not sure my pension will stretch anywhere near far enough.


I know mine won't. Even if you had £1m in a pension pot you would struggle to have that sort of lifestyle without significant other assets.


Me and Mrs Sacamano plan on becoming a Rene & Renata type cabaret act and do the cruise liner circuit seeing the world. Bed and board is included.


A-ha, it's a shame you are married Bob as you too could be a Cruise Dance Host. One of our medical gas engineers does this, which means he gets a free cruise (food and drink included) in return for which he is available to dance with single women, typically of a certain age - the cruise lines do not expect you to be seen with customers unless dancing but he does advise that it's been a poor cruise if he hasn't had at least two opportunities to samba horizontally. I wouldn't care, he can obviously dance but has a 'stunned rat' look about him, perhaps he does a good impression of a tripod. However, the cruise lines expect the gentlemen to be unattached to ensure no complications with wives/ partners turning up at the end of a cruise with a frying pan in hand.

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