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Old 12-07-2016, 06:03 AM
 
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I wonder how many people say this then never return.

For many people a big international vacation is something they get just a few shots at in life.
internationally it is very rare. The only places I visited twice are Paris and Nice. There are indeed a lot of places I want to see a second time (such as Florence) because the first trip was too rushed. But in most cases people don't do that, because they want to spend the time and money to see something "new".
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Old 12-07-2016, 09:38 AM
 
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internationally it is very rare. The only places I visited twice are Paris and Nice. There are indeed a lot of places I want to see a second time (such as Florence) because the first trip was too rushed. But in most cases people don't do that, because they want to spend the time and money to see something "new".
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I wonder how many people say this then never return.

For many people a big international vacation is something they get just a few shots at in life.

That is true maybe I am being optimistic. I never thought I would get a chance to visit Europe in my 20's and figure I have few more decades of traveling left to revisit. I figure I will visit with my husband, back then I was single. Maybe who knows.


Yes the world is huge but to be honest, most Americans visit one of 3 place: Europe, maybe Canada, Caribbean Island. Then in EU, its only hand full of countries in Western Europe most people visit. We don't go out much. I am trying, I made my goal for my 30's to visit one country per continent as a start.
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Old 12-07-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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My post was not about just seeing when city. It is completely fine when time is limited such as in you case. It is about just seeing one city in one country and then quickly moving to the next country in the same trip.
I know few people who did Euro Tour where they spent a day or 2 in one city, moved to next country. I am assuming they had similar mindset to mine when I wanted to see 4 cities in Italy in 5 days. They wanted to see all the major cites incase they never get a chance to visit EU again. If they come back to EU, they will focus on specific country/area but for now its Europe 101: overview
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Old 12-07-2016, 05:48 PM
 
Location: On the road
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I am trying, I made my goal for my 30's to visit one country per continent as a start.
That sounds like a great plan, good luck!
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Old 12-07-2016, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I wonder how many people say this then never return.

For many people a big international vacation is something they get just a few shots at in life.
All the more reason to see the iconic cities first. If someone has always dreamed of seeing London, Paris, and Rome, and suspects they'll never get back to Europe, then London, Paris, and Rome are the places they should visit! Who cares that they are all big cities and located in three different countries?
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Old 12-07-2016, 07:02 PM
 
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I agree 100% Aredhel.

They can see many of the iconic travel sites of all three places in one trip, more power to 'em. Many people would find that a far superior use of their limited time/opportunity than putzing around in rural France for two weeks tasting local cheeses, marveling at lace making shops, and snapping photos of cute pointy roofs. Not that there is anything wrong with the latter, to each their own.
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Old 12-08-2016, 08:56 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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Yes the world is huge but to be honest, most Americans visit one of 3 place: Europe, maybe Canada, Caribbean Island. Then in EU, its only hand full of countries in Western Europe most people visit.
I think this is true for most people, regardless of whether they're Americans, Asians, or whatever. Most people travel to popular places first because it's easier to research and they are familiar places since we've heard so much about them already through movies, books, travel magazines, etc.

Then there's distance and budget to consider. You don't see many Americans in Bali because it's cheaper and easier to fly to Mexico and Caribbean Islands. The same reason why you don't see many Aussies in Caribbean Islands because they have the entire Southeast Asia's beaches in their backyard. Come to think of it, I rarely encountered Aussies in Canada and Europe, but they're everywhere in Asia.
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Old 12-08-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I am trying, I made my goal for my 30's to visit one country per continent as a start.
Good luck with that

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The nearest countries to Antarctica are South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.

On Antarctica there are no cities or villages, 98% of the continent is covered by ice.
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Old 12-08-2016, 10:42 AM
 
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I am guilty of this in a sense. I'm not sure if I've done this all that much in practice, but in theory I wouldn't mind at all. I am much more of a big city person and therefore going to the largest city in a country is usually the most attractive place for me to observe the culture and society (there are obviously some exceptions)

Now in reality I haven't thought about it too much. I just take whatever opportunities present themselves which in many cases has been multiple parts of a country. In a few instances it was just one city but of course I expect to be able to return and see more in the future lol.
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Old 12-08-2016, 12:01 PM
 
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I think this is true for most people, regardless of whether they're Americans, Asians, or whatever. Most people travel to popular places first because it's easier to research and they are familiar places since we've heard so much about them already through movies, books, travel magazines, etc.

Then there's distance and budget to consider. You don't see many Americans in Bali because it's cheaper and easier to fly to Mexico and Caribbean Islands. The same reason why you don't see many Aussies in Caribbean Islands because they have the entire Southeast Asia's beaches in their backyard. Come to think of it, I rarely encountered Aussies in Canada and Europe, but they're everywhere in Asia.
your examples are all tropical beach destination. They don't constitute "travel".
Beaches are beaches and only beaches, highly similar in different continent, so of course it makes sense to go to the closest ones, as you dont get more because you fly three times as much.

On the other hand, for someone from Iowa to fly fewer than 5 hours to see something culturally and historically quite different and significant is hard. Same for someone in Washington or Massachusetts.
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