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Old 12-09-2017, 11:18 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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Nope. I've lived in Europe on more than one occasion and couldn't wait to come back home. When you live abroad, rather than simply visit for a short period of time, you start to see the dark side of other cultures. People are people wherever you go, but there is only one home.
OSH, would you feel equally 'at home' any place in the US? Or is 'home' a city, a state, a region?
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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That's a great point, depending on where you live trips to Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean destiations can be cheaper. However as a general rule if for a given timeframe you want to travel to another place by airplane somewhere domestic will be cheaper.

Even better if you can road-trip it.
Statistically true.

But in practice, people do have a rough idea of the cost when they decide their destination. Going to Europe is likely to be much more costly. Going to Mexico is comparable to domestic destinations.
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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For Americans itís probably possible that people only travel domestically, but when your country provides nothing you sort of can only venture abroad (if youíre privileged enough).
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:34 PM
 
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We have had wonderful hosts in UK (for last 30 yrs). The last trip we stayed with a few retired profs who had become authors / travel guides, and they had guest cottages for us.
Wow--your connections are impressive!
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:18 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I like the camper van idea. I think I saw a European couple doing that here in the U.S., on youtube. Have you priced shipping it back here when done? Or would you sell it when done? Lately, I've found myself watching many vids about camper vans in Europe and Asia and how much more suited to me than the ones here.
I would sell a foreign van, as USA import rules are too restrictive (DOT safety + Tariff)

Ideally you will find a way to keep vehicle in the foreign location. That would work great with multiple people wanting to do the same over a period of a few yrs. (quite popular in NZ, camrervan central!!! (Check out campermate app + trademe ads)). I have three friends who keep cars / vans in Europe, and just met a taxi driver in Singapore who keeps one in Vietnam (1 hr flight ~ 1x/ month). In Asia, you often keep a wife there too, as well as one in Thailand and Taiwan... ~$300/ month One of my Chinese coworkers had 4 families / wives in different countries. Amazing they all got along fine (that would not be too normal). My Tailor / Scooter rental person in Thailand has an additional family in Saskatchewan (that would keep your travel interesting...)

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Wow--your connections are impressive!
It is very common that people who travel a lot and share their homes are very interesting and helpful. (Their passion is to HOST and inform others and build relationships (unlike Air B&B profit motive)). Most hosts donate their proceeds to others in need.

Hosts during the Last month:
  • A Rocket engine Scientist! (Explaining how they designed and built a Mach 3 wind tunnel to test jet and rocket engines)
  • (3) teachers / profs
  • retired Missionary (to 6 countries)
  • Librarians
  • Dr
  • Nurse instructors (3)
  • Farmers (several) one who was raised in MEX. then to Belize, then northern Canada, now eastern Seaboard (Atlantic provinces)
  • Several retired social workers

The info, experiences, relationships gleaned MAKES our trips very special and memorable. We recently met with a couple where we stayed 30 yrs ago and have supported their kids on summer international mission trips. Quite fun to see all the fruits of this relationships (herd of grandkids!). 30 yrs ago... We had stayed an extra 3 days to help them with a rabbit problem... (20,000 rabbits had fell ill in their dairy barn). We got to ride their horses through the New England woods, that is a lasting memory (as are the rabbits).
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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The short answer is that, since I can no longer drive, America is probably the worst country in the world to try to travel in without your own vehicle.
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Old 12-20-2017, 02:27 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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The short answer is that, since I can no longer drive, America is probably the worst country in the world to try to travel in without your own vehicle.
Do you like road trips?

Can you afford petrol?

Got your USA NP pass

Consider finding a travel partner.

Here is a GREAT place to start! (this group is terrific!) You may be traveling in no-time!(Fil-Am Portland, OR)

Fil-Am Portland, OR

I have taken 'shut-ins' on road trips (usually couples), and specifically bought my model of RV to do so.

Let me know where / when you want to go! (or thousands just like me!)
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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StealthR, what you say may be true. But in every country on earth, it is easier than that for me to travel alone without a car, without making any of those advance arrangements all of which are prohibitively expensive. I just get off the plane and start using readily available scheduled public transport, without depending on anyone to accompany or escort me. According to my own schedule and itinerary, which I can change on the spur of the moment.

The question is comparative, why travel other countries rather than my own, and I explained why. The USA has little or no transport infrastructure equipped to enable random wandering without access to somebody's private vehicle.

By the way, I have a travel partner, who would probably resent me finding another one, and she cant drive, either.

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Old 12-22-2017, 01:50 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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StealthR, what you say may be true. But in every country on earth, it is easier than that for me to travel alone without a car, ..
OK... true,
simple solution... you r doing it. (going elsewhere)

I mistakenly thought you or others might like a solution. (USA infrastructure / size is not likely to change soon)

No solution or advice necessary for you...

Maybe there will be another reader of this thread in the next 10 - 20 yrs who is seeking a solution.

Have a great trip (s)
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