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Old 07-12-2010, 06:02 AM
 
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I have a friend who had a layover in London but never left the airport. She kept bragging to everyone how she's been to London and has a passport stamp to prove it. When I asked her to tell me all about her visit there and the sights she saw, she became silent. Yea, I don't count layovers as an actual visit to a city!


True, but there is one layover I do count because it made a lasting impression on me : when I was 14 (Christmas 1969), I flew Paris-NYC with a layover of 2 hours in Sta Maria island (Azores).
It was my first transatlantic flight! we were allowed on the tarmac (the airport was too tiny), and I drifted away in the countryside, it was night, it was warm (coming from wintery Paris), it was awesome!
I believed I was in Africa! nearly missed the plane on my way back to the tarmac!







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Old 07-12-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I flew Paris-NYC with a layover of 2 hours in Sta Maria island (Azores).
Okay, we'll give you that one, Pigeonhole.
I'd love to go to the Azores one day.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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I am probably a bit more relaxed than you about it, but I do appreciate this.

For me, what travel is *not* is oneupsmanship. It is not a long list of destinations that you trot out at cocktail parties. I dislike the attitude behind the Century Club, it turns travel into collecting stamps.

Not that I feel I am on a "Mission from God" or something, but I do like to get more out of my trip than a tan or a bigger belt size.
Agreed. We travel to places that seem interesting to us. Sometimes they are typical tourist spots, other times they are off the beaten path and decidedly not touristy.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Is traveling (especially overseas, no matter where you are from) a priority in your life? How so?

Thanks!!

Nope...
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Vashon, WA
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It's not really a priority right now. Any traveling I do nowadays is within state (Washington) and returning home the same day. The last time I traveled out of state was in 2004 (visiting relatives in Canada) and the last time I traveled and didn't come home the same day was in 1998.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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Is there ANY OTHER reason to live???
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Is there ANY OTHER reason to live???
booze and sex
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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booze and sex
WHILE you're travelling the world!
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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WHILE you're travelling the world!
I'm afraid I can't disagree !
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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I'm 24...and not exactly high-income, so I can't impress anyone with my list of vacations taken. However, I can say that in the last two years, I have been to:

  • Rural Western Kentucky (although I visit family when I go, so it doesn't count as a "true" vacation, but my last trip was extremely relaxing and needed.) I've been, I estimate, 15 times.
  • Southern California (Nov. '09)
  • Nashville (Summer '09 and Spring '10)
  • Birmingham, AL (April-May '10)
I've also taken day trips to Dayton (OH) and Columbus (OH).

Plan on making another trip to California as I have 10.5 days off work in late August/early September. I may make a swing through Houston and Austin along the way, although I haven't decided.
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