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Old 05-19-2019, 11:27 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Sure, I'd take a free trip to Australia.


It might not be my first choice of a place to see if I had to spend a lot of money and lots of time on an airplane, but Australia would be worth seeing.


Maybe a big loop trip: Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti, as long as I'm going to spend that much time on a plane.


Really, flying has turned into something to be endured, so really long flights aren't very attractive.
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:21 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Sure, I'd take a free trip to Australia.


It might not be my first choice of a place to see if I had to spend a lot of money and lots of time on an airplane, but Australia would be worth seeing.


Maybe a big loop trip: Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti, as long as I'm going to spend that much time on a plane.


Really, flying has turned into something to be endured, so really long flights aren't very attractive.
Take Air NZ from LA and get a free stopover in Cook Islands (for a few months).

But... for a <LONG TRIP> you must fly to AU, and THEN NZ (must arrive NZ with a departure flight booked, and 60 day MAX stay at one time)

Long flight is not so bad. Finally time for a decent nap... (17 hrs is about right)
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Maldives for me!!! Looks stunning...
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:19 PM
 
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It has been on my list for years and I would have to say yes, if I had plenty of time and money, I would go for it.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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I don't have a problem with that. If I had all the time in the world I could hang out for 3 weeks, I would have to have that much time to make the plane ride worth it.
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Old 05-26-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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Seychelles and Maldives are probably as far as Australia from America and they are much more exotics.
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Old 05-26-2019, 02:47 PM
 
Location: SWFL
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Maybe a big loop trip: Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti, as long as I'm going to spend that much time on a plane.
I like that loop. If time and money were of no concern, I would love to visit Oz and NZ to observe nature. They are so unique in nature. The only touristy place I would like to see would be the Irwin's Australia Zoo. I would love to meet Mindy, Bindi and Robert. I loved Steve.

Tahiti sounds wonderful. I live in tropical climate but it sure isn't tropical down here in SWFL. Too many people, too many cars, too many businesses. Not enough palm trees or any other kind of nature.

A stop in Norway to visit my grandmother's homeland. Maybe visit the British Isles. Castles do intrigue me. I want to see someplace that has more history than we do here in the United States.
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:04 PM
 
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Australia is a retirement place option for Americans. They will take care of your healthcare paid for by Australian workforce.
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:40 PM
 
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"everyone's dream destination"- sheah right. Please.
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Old 05-28-2019, 02:09 AM
 
Location: On the road
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Australia is a retirement place option for Americans. They will take care of your healthcare paid for by Australian workforce.
How? Just get off the plane, announce you're retired, then start demanding free healthcare?

Australia is notoriously difficult on immigration policies, they have some investor visa options with thresholds many (most?) people can't attain so basically unless you've got family there who are residents or have a lot of money lying around it's not an easy path.
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