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Old 08-23-2019, 08:56 AM
Status: "Life is good." (set 29 days ago)
 
Location: Colorado
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The only places I'd like to see are in Europe BUT I don't want to spend 12 hours on a plane AND with Google Maps Street view I can get 69% of the satisfaction of seeing Europe from my computers AND I can see places I'd never see if I was there for a week or two like back streets, different neighborhoods, stores, schools, farms, ghettos, wealthy neighborhoods, business districts, industrial districts, significant geography, etc.
I already live in Southern California so the world's people and their food and language and culture came to me.
This is one of the promises of VR (Virtual Reality) goggles. You have a more immersive experience than just watching scenery on your computer screen. We have VR goggles at work to see how they may assist with our education and training. The goggles and software are getting better/cheaper every year.

There is some reports that learning a language while wearing these goggles and being immersed in the "street views" of the language they are trying to learn help people retain what they learn. They also help seniors that can not travel due to health issue to "travel" abroad. This helps them feel less isolated.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:11 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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My husband and I have been enjoying some shows on BBC America, and National Geographic, and Smithsonian channel, some places we wouldn’t want to go or can’t go easily without comfort. So when we can’t travel, that’s what we can watch. We no longer have PBS to watch Rick Steve’s for Europe.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Rosa’s Cantina
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We no longer have PBS to watch Rick Steve’s for Europe.
There is a Rick Steves Europe Youtube channel with what looks like full episodes. YouTube can be viewed on your television with minimal effort. Except for live tv I watch hours of content on YouTube on tv, many travel related of places I’d like to visit.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:42 AM
 
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I saw a brief news segment regarding Chernobyl becoming a tourist area.

No - no - and h*** no I would not go there.

However being lifelong horse addicted person that I am (I still have horses), and I was in a position to go somewhere for more than a day, I would go to the old Imus Ranch in New Mexico, and ride whatever parts of the 3,000 acres they would allow. It was recently bought and renovated by RFD-TV.

Annnnd, if I did want to travel out of the country (which I don't ), I would take a riding vacation on the Gobi Steppes -- on a Mongolian horse
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Mars.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:30 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I would love to stay in the Ice Hotel even though I won’t even consider visiting relatives/friends during winter here in the States.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icehotel_(Jukkasjärvi)

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Old 08-23-2019, 10:33 AM
 
Location: equator
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Iceland. Met a nice woman from there while on a cruise ship, and we've kept in touch. Seems like a fascinating place. But very expensive, so....

Now that we've seen Italy, I want to concentrate on Greece. I'd love to live on the Aegean, instead of the Pacific, but hey.

Whoever said Santorini, it is fantastic. But 3 days is plenty: it's tiny and crowded. But spectacular.

Here's a great place:
https://www.greektravel.com/greekisl...ldera-view.htm
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Rosa’s Cantina
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I would love to stay in the Ice Hotel even though I won’t even consider visiting relatives/friends during winter here in the States.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icehotel_(Jukkasjärvi)
Pardon me boy (or girl) .....but your post reminded me of a hotel I always wanted to stay at, The Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel in TN. I have family in Atlanta so I need to put that on the list for the next time I’m in that part of the country.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:13 AM
 
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New Zealand.

Another hemisphere. I will travel west and cross the international dateline. I will continue to travel west and circumnavigate the world.

Wonderful mountains, beaches, cities. I'm fascinated by the Maori.

And most of all ORCAS!
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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As far as Chernobyl, expect more of these accidents to happen in the future, and then you may not have to travel so far to see the results.

I made 7 trips to South America in the 2000's, but I missed seeing Colombia. But whether or not I get there is no big deal.
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