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Old 03-07-2012, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Personally, I don't like to fly. If I could drive to Europe or Asia, I'd go.
How do you feel about boats?
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:30 AM
 
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This is is it for me. I'd love to travel all over the world if someone would be willing to pay for it. I've never been out of the country in my entire life, because I've never had the money to do it. Not to mention the fact that, even if I ever could afford it, I've never had an employer who was okay with employs taking more than one week of vacation at a time.
Its quite expensive for Australians to get across to Europe, states or whatever, completely understand that. There does seem to be a culture of sorts here, where young school leavers/uni grads go to Europe ~ particularly UK and work.

In terms of holidays... never had that problem .. I can take 4-6 weeks off at once. Otherwise going all the way to Europe (particularly the cost) isn't worth it for a shorter period.



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2 big reasons...

It's expensive

and USA is very diverse, you really don't have to go anywhere else

Mountains, forests, deserts, nightlife, amusement parks, beaches
everything you can think of...
Really? Europe is completely different from US. The history! food! art! Culture... a totally different experience. Not to mention there is South America, literally at your doorstep... I wish I was closer to the rest of the world (sometimes..)
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:42 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Its quite expensive for Australians to get across to Europe, states or whatever, completely understand that. There does seem to be a culture of sorts here, where young school leavers/uni grads go to Europe ~ particularly UK and work.

In terms of holidays... never had that problem .. I can take 4-6 weeks off at once. Otherwise going all the way to Europe (particularly the cost) isn't worth it for a shorter period.





Really? Europe is completely different from US. The history! food! art! Culture... a totally different experience. Not to mention there is South America, literally at your doorstep... I wish I was closer to the rest of the world (sometimes..)
I'm sick of Americans saying how isolated Australia is. It's such an Atlantic-centric view of the world. The US is MORE isolated if you look at a world map, especially the west coast which is far away from basically anywhere.

Well maybe more Eastern Oz, but Perth is actually a lot closer to most of the world's population than somewhere like Chicago is. It's a trade-off. Asia doesn't seem so exotic to me because it's close and I'm familiar with it, whereas Europe is far away, it's not like I'm going to go there that often so I can put up with the long flight.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:55 AM
 
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I'm sick of Americans saying how isolated Australia is. It's such an Atlantic-centric view of the world. The US is MORE isolated if you look at a world map, especially the west coast which is far away from basically anywhere.

Well maybe more Eastern Oz, but Perth is actually a lot closer to most of the world's population than somewhere like Chicago is. It's a trade-off. Asia doesn't seem so exotic to me because it's close and I'm familiar with it, whereas Europe is far away, it's not like I'm going to go there that often so I can put up with the long flight.
I dunno. we're pretty isolated. Well from US/Europe. Agree Asia holds less of a attraction for me... apart from Japan... and yeah the long flight. no problem.. its not that big a deal. its worth it!.

Eastern OZ does feel pretty far. Even from Perth!
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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A lot of jobs I see now don't let you take vacation for the entire first year.
That is not okay at all. Recession or not.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Almost every American I know has been outside of the country at least once.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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We do. My kids have been to italy, portugal, greece and spain. Their only seven and five.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:13 AM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Our nation (the US) is so big and culturally and geographically diverse that one could spend an entire lifetime traveling around the nation and still not see it all.

We have big cities like New York City, tropical islands like Puerto Rico, deserts in the Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, tons of unique places. It's what makes this such a great nation.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:18 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I dunno. we're pretty isolated. Well from US/Europe. Agree Asia holds less of a attraction for me... apart from Japan... and yeah the long flight. no problem.. its not that big a deal. its worth it!.

Eastern OZ does feel pretty far. Even from Perth!
Yes from US/Europe, but US/Europe isn't the centre of the world anymore. It's ironic, while Perth is regionally very isolated (no real metropolis within a 2500km radius) we are in the most populous time-zone in the world. Yep, all of China sets their watches 8 hours ahead of GMT (when they really should be divided into at least 3 timezones given their size, but I guess that's Communist centralization for ya).

I wouldn't say Asia holds less of an attraction necessarily...it's just I actually saw going to the US as more of an 'adventure' than going to China. I guess it's because there's also a lot of Asian culture here. India and Japan are next on the list, and I admit along with China these three interest me more than countries like Thailand.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Our nation (the US) is so big and culturally and geographically diverse that one could spend an entire lifetime traveling around the nation and still not see it all.

We have big cities like New York City, tropical islands like Puerto Rico, deserts in the Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, tons of unique places. It's what makes this such a great nation.
While this is true, the same can be said for other parts of the world. Here, watch what I do:

Europe is so big and culturally and geographically diverse that one could spend an entire lifetime traveling around the continent and still not see it all.

It has has big cities like London, Paris and Rome, as well as medieval ones such as Tallinn and Carcassonne, tropical islands like Ibiza, glaciers above the Arctic Circle, vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean, the Alps, Greek and Roman ruins dating back millennia, topography ranging from the Sottish highlands to the lush Danube river valley, plus tons of other unique places. It's what makes this such a great region.


If one wants to limit themselves to just what's in this country, they will certainly see a lot. They will miss a lot, as well.
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