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Old 06-03-2015, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I am a pretty adventurous traveler, but I'm not interested in any place where the government is not stable. I don't want to be one of those people who gets detained ends up begging the State Department to help me get home!
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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At 65, if this question was posed to me 40 years ago, I would have had a long, long list of places on my definitely not going list. But endless curiosities took care of many of those places!

Tijuana, for example! I shook like a leaf, with fear, my first time over there, and? Over 80 trips there over the past 25 years!

A wealthy lawyer friend of mine, who hates traveling alone, asked me if I'd join him on a round-the-world air-pass trip back in 1991. India? China? Indonesia? Morocco?

And? I made another trip to India in 1996, loved it equally, and 2 more trips to different parts of China, and loved it equally.

So from experiences like that, your curiosities may get the better of you!
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:20 PM
 
Location: I am right here.
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With the posssible exceptions of Great Britain, Spain and Russia, just about anyplace in Europe is on my "could care less" list. They still embody most of what my ancestors came here to escape.
So you do care a little, since your level of caring could go down.

I LOVE Europe - the history, the people, the sights, the food, the wine.....I've been several times and I'd go back to anywhere in Europe in a heart beat.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:30 PM
 
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In my experience beggars are not usually that happy.
Meet the millionaire beggars of Mumbai

Though this is not always the norm, some beggars are just happy to live on two square meals a day just like people on welfare in the US. Thanks to the warm weather, they manage to survive outdoors without even a roof over their head. Culturally people are more complacent, tolerant, content, forgiving and spiritual, that's what makes begging a kind of part time profession and you do encounter happy beggars. Of course, the issues are more complicated with gangs involved in organized begging and it breaks my heart too to see children involved.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Any place with a beach. We did go to Cancun once, but we were intent on birdwatching, headed straight into the jungle, and never saw the ocean once.

I will go to any country I've never been to before, even if it has a beach.

I once tried to travel overland to Timbuktu during a three-week vacation, but got only as far as Mopti, stalled by a cholera quarantine zone. I loved Mopti, though, so it wasn't that much of a disappointment.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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New York City. So many people have told me that it is the most amazing city in the world and I have to go there at least once...but I just really have no desire to. I am not a city person. I've been to Paris, been to Tokyo. Those were somewhat interesting because the culture was so different from my own, but I was relieved when we got out of the bustle and craziness. I much prefer smaller towns, countryside, or wilderness.
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:28 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I never had an interest in going to China but now I have a teaching job here for 2 years. The place kind of grows on you but I don't know if I would go here just as a tourist. Maybe I need to visit Shanghai and Chengdu and check out some of the natural beauty which I don't see near Beijing (Tianjin).

I wasn't thrilled with India the first time I went but coming from China earlier this week I marveled at being able to speak English and read signage and have good Indian food!
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:30 AM
 
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Although anywhere anything can happen (Boston), I think I am done with the Middle East.

Been there, done that, feel lucky I got to experience it. I feel like it is too risky now.
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:39 AM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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I would probably avoid anywhere too hot, too cold, unstable and unsafe.

5 years ago, I would have said that I would never visit Arkansas. Now I live there.
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I never had an interest in going to China but now I have a teaching job here for 2 years. The place kind of grows on you but I don't know if I would go here just as a tourist. Maybe I need to visit Shanghai and Chengdu and check out some of the natural beauty which I don't see near Beijing (Tianjin).

I wasn't thrilled with India the first time I went but coming from China earlier this week I marveled at being able to speak English and read signage and have good Indian food!
I just got back from a week in China, including Beijing, Tianjin (TEDA actually) and Shenzhen. The thing I found myself missing was blue sky. The facilities and infrastructure are amazing though. The high-speed train from Beijing to Tianjin (Tanggu) is fantastic.
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