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Old 05-18-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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My list is mostly like this, with Bhutan, New Guinea and Madagascar being at the top (did Borneo last year).

It will take a long time to visit. Cambodia definitely changed my views on the human condition.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I think I like to bum around Europe as long as my gracious friends over there don't mind me staying with them, because then it is very affordable and everything is very orderly and nice. But, if you mean straight up continuous travel through a region, then I would choose places like South Asia or Central America, where the COL is cheap and the scenery and climates are warm and inspire a different pace of life and a new experience.

I really liked India and I can't wait to go back in a few months and see Ladakh and some of the Northeast States.
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:45 AM
 
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I don't consider any place in the Bahamas to be "exotic" regardless of how populated or not it is.
OK...........I'm a bit perplexed....

Why would you not consider the far islands of the Bahamas (Rum Cay, Plana Cays, Samana, etc) exotic, yet French Polynesia is?

I've been to both countries by the way.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:00 AM
 
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OK...........I'm a bit perplexed....

Why would you not consider the far islands of the Bahamas (Rum Cay, Plana Cays, Samana, etc) exotic, yet French Polynesia is?

I've been to both countries by the way.
The Bahamas just aren't what I would call exotic. You can get there in an hour, they speak English, there is just nothing "exotic" about them.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:41 AM
 
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The Bahamas just aren't what I would call exotic. You can get there in an hour, they speak English, there is just nothing "exotic" about them.
Not to the particular Bahamian islands I'm talking about!

Nassau, Freeport, even Abaco…...sure, but I don't consider those places exotic at all.

Lets use East Plana Cay as an example. I'll make it easy even and say we leave from Florida.

1) MIA-NAS

2) Spend the night in NAS, since flight to next island is at 9 AM only 3 days a week.

3) Take 9 AM flight following day to Crooked Island

4) Drive 1 hour from CRI to Landrail Point to get to boat basin.

5) From there its a 70 mile boat ride (at least 3 hours) to get to East Plana Cay.


And I haven't even mentioned that there is a good chance you might have to add several DAYS to get there if the weather is even just a little bit off, let alone really bad.

Actual pic of E Plana
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:51 AM
 
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Not to the particular Bahamian islands I'm talking about!

Nassau, Freeport, even Abaco…...sure, but I don't consider those places exotic at all.

Lets use East Plana Cay as an example. I'll make it easy even and say we leave from Florida.

1) MIA-NAS

2) Spend the night in NAS, since flight to next island is at 9 AM only 3 days a week.

3) Take 9 AM flight following day to Crooked Island

4) Drive 1 hour from CRI to Landrail Point to get to boat basin.

5) From there its a 70 mile boat ride (at least 3 hours) to get to East Plana Cay.


And I haven't even mentioned that there is a good chance you might have to add several DAYS to get there if the weather is even just a little bit off, let alone really bad.

Actual pic of E Plana
That reminds me of my trip to Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. Flight from MKE to ATL. ATL to MGA. Spent overnight in the Managua airport because flight left at 6 the next morning to Big Corn Island w/a stop at Bluefields on the way. Then, a 40 minute panga ride to Little Corn Island. Same on the way back. Adventure!
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:10 PM
 
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Not to the particular Bahamian islands I'm talking about!

Nassau, Freeport, even Abaco…...sure, but I don't consider those places exotic at all.

Lets use East Plana Cay as an example. I'll make it easy even and say we leave from Florida.

1) MIA-NAS

2) Spend the night in NAS, since flight to next island is at 9 AM only 3 days a week.

3) Take 9 AM flight following day to Crooked Island

4) Drive 1 hour from CRI to Landrail Point to get to boat basin.

5) From there its a 70 mile boat ride (at least 3 hours) to get to East Plana Cay.


And I haven't even mentioned that there is a good chance you might have to add several DAYS to get there if the weather is even just a little bit off, let alone really bad.

Actual pic of E Plana
They are still not exotic. The definition of "exotic is: originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country.

They aren't distant. The furthest island is only ~400 miles off the coast of Florida.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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They are still not exotic. The definition of "exotic is: originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country.

They aren't distant. The furthest island is only ~400 miles off the coast of Florida.
That's a narrow point of view especially since you listed Cuba as a place on your bucket list of exotic places to visit and that's only 90 miles from Florida.

Exotic is more of a subjective view, especially in terms of travel. It is going to vary by each person and by their experiences. There are some people that would consider Miami or Cayman Islands as exotic and I think they are boring places because of the amount of time I have spent there. I recently went to Dubai and aside for the Arabic writing on the buildings it felt like any major American city. There are places like Chinatowns in several cities and Little Havana where you might a well be in another country with the lack of English being spoken by the people who live and shop there.

I think a better way to think of it is that exotic means a place that is different from what you are used to.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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That's a narrow point of view especially since you listed Cuba as a place on your bucket list of exotic places to visit and that's only 90 miles from Florida.

Exotic is more of a subjective view, especially in terms of travel. It is going to vary by each person and by their experiences. There are some people that would consider Miami or Cayman Islands as exotic and I think they are boring places because of the amount of time I have spent there. I recently went to Dubai and aside for the Arabic writing on the buildings it felt like any major American city. There are places like Chinatowns in several cities and Little Havana where you might a well be in another country with the lack of English being spoken by the people who live and shop there.

I think a better way to think of it is that exotic means a place that is different from what you are used to.
Comparing Cuba to the Bahamas is like comparing Moscow to London. There is obviously a huge difference.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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That's a narrow point of view especially since you listed Cuba as a place on your bucket list of exotic places to visit and that's only 90 miles from Florida.

Exotic is more of a subjective view, especially in terms of travel. It is going to vary by each person and by their experiences. There are some people that would consider Miami or Cayman Islands as exotic and I think they are boring places because of the amount of time I have spent there. I recently went to Dubai and aside for the Arabic writing on the buildings it felt like any major American city. There are places like Chinatowns in several cities and Little Havana where you might a well be in another country with the lack of English being spoken by the people who live and shop there.

I think a better way to think of it is that exotic means a place that is different from what you are used to.
Exactly!! Right on the money.

You hit the nail on the head.

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Comparing Cuba to the Bahamas is like comparing Moscow to London. There is obviously a huge difference.
And when exactly are two different counties supposed to be similar?? That doesn't make much sense at all.
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