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Old 04-14-2019, 01:51 AM
 
Location: South Australia
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I judge by Aussie standards. EG At the Youth Hostel Dublin .In the kitchen there was at least one Aussie from every state.

When I was growing up, young people did 'The Big OS', usually to England, but not the rest of Europe.

My generation seem to have concentrated on SE Asia. Even now, it's bloody Bali; cheaper to have a holiday in Bali than say the Gold Coast. Liquor is cheap in Bali, but it's often homemade hooch which can make you blind.

I've met a few Americans who claim every thing they could possibly want or need is in the US. So far, i've found such people to be generally uninformed and ignorant, often even about their own country. I have no idea of how typical they are.
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:35 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Liquor is cheap in Bali, but it's often homemade hooch which can make you blind.
Most folks I see drinking in Bali are drinking bottles of beer. Bars and markets have regular branded liquor. I think you're taking great liberties with the word "often" here, your average vacation in Bali isn't going to encounter homemade liquor.

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I've met a few Americans who claim every thing they could possibly want or need is in the US.
I personally don't understand how someone could think any country has everything, but what others want/need is completely subjective so it's not really fair to judge them for it. To each their own.

The only thing taste-wise that should be judged without fail is convertible travel pants.
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Old 04-14-2019, 01:04 PM
 
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My husband and I once we retire plan to rent an RV and just travel across the US. WE don't want to waste time doing that while we're still young when there is an entire world still to discover. America isn't going anywhere (maybe a few places will 'float away' lol) … but for us, we want to do the foreign stuff now … all the hiking and walking and adventurous things now before we're too old. Then we'll sit around and be old and fat in an RV
There are a lot of hiking and adventurous things to do in the US as well.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:24 AM
 
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We are currently in Europe. We have friends in Sweden and Denmark. I couldn’t imagine going to either in the winter. Just to save money?

I'm trying to think if any of my Stockholm trips were in good weather. I was there once in early October when I worked for a Swedish software company. I don't remember much from that trip other than a laser tag team building thing. I was in a conference room working all day. Most of my memories of Sweden are dark at 9am and getting dark again at 2:30pm. You can't do business trips to Sweden in the summer. It would be pointless. Nobody is working.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:07 PM
 
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I saw plenty of American at faraway places around the world, Cape Town, Nairobi, Kathmandu, Easter Island, etc.. They just don't stick out as your stereotype American.
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:51 AM
 
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We should consider that meager vacation time creates a bias in the kind of trips we take. Because having so little relief from work tends to lead to exhaustion...being stressed out. So when we do get a little time off, we may seek relaxation instead of adventure.

For example, think of a Caribbean cruise instead of trekking across Mongolia.

I recall one fellow who disparaged the kind of trips where people go to a beach somewhere warm and sunny. If that beach is in another country, the vacationers may have little interaction with the locals, which supposedly shows a provincial attitude. A lack of an adventurous spirit.

But if you are burned out, and are sick and tired of winter, the beach being in another country may be almost incidental.

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Old 04-17-2019, 07:54 AM
 
Location: southern california
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Safety issues
Retirees went through a lot to get to golden years no hurry to shorten it
Criminals prey on old tourists
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:30 AM
 
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Safety issues
Retirees went through a lot to get to golden years no hurry to shorten it
Criminals prey on old tourists
Please. There are safety issues EVERYWHERE. I agree that older tourists can attract criminals because they tend to move slowly- poor DH, who was 15 years older than I am, got his pocket picked in Barcelona, St. Petersburg and Rome! This "old tourist" is 66 and so far, so good even though I frequently travel alone and have been to some more adventurous places including Kathmandu, India and Central America.

As with any location you just have to be aware of your surroundings, not have cash or valuables in your pockets or other easily-accessible places and not flash a lot of bling.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:15 AM
 
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Safety issues
Retirees went through a lot to get to golden years no hurry to shorten it
Criminals prey on old tourists


Well, most international spots are going to be considerably safer to travel in than the U.S.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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We should consider that meager vacation time creates a bias in the kind of trips we take. Because having so little relief from work tends to lead to exhaustion...being stressed out. So when we do get a little time off, we may seek relaxation instead of adventure.

For example, think of a Caribbean cruise instead of trekking across Mongolia.

I recall one fellow who disparaged the kind of trips where people go to a beach somewhere warm and sunny. If that beach is in another country, the vacationers may have little interaction with the locals, which supposedly shows a provincial attitude. A lack of an adventurous spirit.

But if you are burned out, and are sick and tired of winter, the beach being in another country may be almost incidental.
This is true. Not even another country--I had a five-day vacation to Puerto Rico a few years ago. I was working long hours schlepping back and forth to the city every day. Puerto Rico is just a couple of hours' flight away, and there was a beach and a pool and a casino and places to eat RIGHT THERE. One day we went in and explored Old San Juan, and that was enough. I didn't have to be on a schedule. The point was to relax.
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