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Old 12-29-2017, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Faial, the Azores
Budapest
Nara, Japan
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Just bought a round-the-world ticket with four stops:

Boston => Reykjavik => London => Hong Kong => Tokyo => Boston

Trip starts in late July and completes in early September. Peak season price.

4 different carriers. No budget or Third World airline.

Only US$1,860. Surprisingly cheap.
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:05 AM
 
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Madrid, Singapore, Sydney,
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:48 AM
 
Location: On the road
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No budget or Third World airline
If I had the option I'd probably choose all third world flagship carriers.

Take a flight on Copa/Avianca/etc. you get a nice plane, service with a smile, a meal or snack, a drink, and a checked bag for no additional charge. It doesn't matter if that flight is one hour, you'll still get a box with a sandwich in it and can order a beer.

The nicest plane I've been on over the past decade was an Air Kenya flight, it was a brand new 787 and they served some of the best airline food I've ever had. I had the window seat and played with the glass dimmer buttons until my wife smacked my hand.
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:09 AM
 
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Tokyo
Paris
NYC
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Old 06-17-2018, 05:55 PM
 
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I've traveled extensively so 3 countries I would like to see are Phillippines, Society Islands (Bora Bora), and Brazil.
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Old 06-17-2018, 05:59 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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Ushuaia, Argentina

Nairobi

Guilin, China
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:39 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Guilin, China
Ah man I love Guilin!

Those backstreet setups with the tables outside where you order crawfish by the bucket with beer flowing while people watching, I did that like every night.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:31 AM
 
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I like cities, but also nature. I'm a "Want it all" kinda guy.

Out of the places I've been so far, 3 places stood out to me in 3 regions of the world, for developing a cultural understanding, but all around just being addicting and fun. They include the following criteria.

1. Exerting a significant influence over their regions, and over the world, both historically and in modern times.
2. Having an impressive Central Historic area, perhaps more so than many in region, and ones that have sights and structure that influenced much of the world in it's future architectural design.
3. Having outstanding park spaces and being somewhat leafy cities in general, with a focus on that. These parks are considered outstanding garden and urban park design, throughout the world.
4.Having impressive and cool modern structures, and functioning as a place that is exciting to walk around to the senses, in modern times. A place that perhaps host major events for it's region, or the world, and has structures emblematic of doing so.
5. Being within 50 miles (1 hour) or so of at least somewhat impressive mountain ranges, and if perhaps not the most mountainous, that being offset by interesting geology, general leafiness and rugged/open coastline/countryside.
6. Having outstanding food scenes, reflective of either diverse gastronomic presence from around the world, or a national cuisine which borrows from many different styles and is a hub of various types of informal and fine dining experiences.
7. Just a general feeling of excitement in the people watching and atmosphere, like several cities in one, unique events, traditions, that can almost only be found in that city, experienced by wandering the streets there.
8. Generally, this isn't a requirement, but for a city to have an endless number of attractions (sporting, entertainment, etc.) that would truly take months or years of nonstop exploration to find, generally it would have to be a mega city, and help a visitor constitute a general understanding of that region and cultural group (or multiple identity groups.

That said, my Big 3 in the "Want it All" regard are London, Beijing and Mexico City. This isn't to say there aren't cities that are more exciting or better in a number of areas, or even that I like better. But, if I only had 3 cities left to visit in my lifetime, and perhaps a week or however long in each, I'm quite certain these would be the 3 I'd choose.
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:54 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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again... if making a "3" city RTW choice... they would only be for the best 'connections' (time / schedule / cost).

I could be quite content seeing the whole world and NEVER visit a 'city'. Interesting, yes... imperative / necessary... not for me... a LOT of trouble (sitting in traffic) Cost, hassle, risk, boring (same ole stuff...) such are 'cities (from my narrow perspective. Glad I have seen Athens, Venice, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam... but... the nearby areas were where I thrived.

YMMV
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