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Old 07-14-2014, 06:49 AM
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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Originally Posted by Aztecgoddess View Post
These days, the countries that I want to visit the most are:

1.- Turkey
2.- Morocco
3.- Japan
4.- Sweden
5.- Guatemala
But not Finland?
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:08 AM
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:21 AM
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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Originally Posted by Northwindsforever View Post
But not Finland?
Lol, I'm the type of person that truly wants to se the world. So I'm pretty confident, that once I've seen the countries listed, Finland will be on my bucket list, along with Ethiopia, Argentina, Armenia and so on...

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Old 07-15-2014, 03:52 PM
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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USA and Japan should be in everyone's top 5 imo.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:25 AM
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1. Italy - good food, good weather, good landscape, just about more visual history than anywhere else in the world. Beauty everywhere you look.
2. China - the Beast. Go for the cities, go for the villages, go for the staggering diversity of landscapes that most visitors completely miss out on. Past and future combined, and a good dose of culture shock - a different version of the world (plus the fact you'll be treated like a celebrity out of the tourist trails).
3. USA - what you were brought up seeing on TV, now made flesh, from skyscrapers to fast food to cowboys. The diversity of landscape and peoples, and some of the friendliest, most talkative strangers this side of the Western hemisphere.
4. France - what you thought you were bought up seeing in history books, exposed as a modern nation - amazing food, landscape, history and lifestyles. There's a reason they say Vive la vie Francaise, it's pretty damn good.
5. India - everything about poverty, heat, open sewers, touting and the Third World writ large, yet opens your eyes through the filth to the good humour, generosity and happiness people still have in spades, in vivid colour. Mix the chaos of the city with the peace of the rural ashram. Life-changing.

Id love to throw Japan, Turkey, Laos, Colombia, New Zealand and Switzerland in there too.

In terms of history, food, culture, people and landscape I'd put in Morocco too - beauty, history and scenes that will sear into your memory everywhere you look. However completely wrecked by some of the worst touting in the world.

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Old 07-21-2014, 09:12 AM
Location: Czech Republic
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:41 AM
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This is a tough one but I'd want to spread it across continents, landscapes, cultures and socioeconomic systems across the world.

USA - modern, most powerful nation with everything from big and small cities, deserts, beaches, mountains, coastal areas, lake areas, etc.
France - strong history & culture and the Mediterranean coast
China - I would take this over Japan in Asia due to it's deep history, vast landscapes and sheer size. A mix of developing and modern co-exists in this quasi-capitalist/socialist country making it more interesting for contrast.
Turkey - a blend of the middle east and Europe. A progressive yet historical place with lots of cities and sights.
South Africa - the natural beauty of Africa in unmatched in the world IMO. It is still developing and rife with poverty but that adds to the diversity in choices here.

Runners up would be Brazil, Germany and India.

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Old 07-21-2014, 06:31 PM
Location: Castlederp
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For me, my top 5

1. Australia - Just everything really.. plus it is so far away
2. USA - Just to visit it really.. diverse country
3. Italy (already been) Amazing country.. great history, culture, weather... hot women
4. France (already been) same as above
5. Spain (already been) same as above

I'd love to visit Egypt, Mexico, New Zealand, India as well
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:39 PM
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France is good but overrated. Germany has much more to offer, IMO.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:11 PM
Location: Midwest
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My perspective as a hiker...

1. USA= Unequal with the amount of hiking. If you want to rough it in the wilderness there is a lot of that. If you want to hike, but still enjoy an urban environment there is a lot of that.

2. Argentina= Amazing diversity...From the rain forests in the north to the glaciers in the south to the highest peaks outside of the Himalayas in the west. Combine this with a few days in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, and it is a must see.

3. New Zealand= Frequently voted the best hiking in the world. What it lacks in diversity, it makes up for it in solitude and beauty.

4. Nepal= Himalayas...that is all that need to be said.

5. Canada= From the islands off the coast of BC to Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, and from the majestic Canadian Rockies up to extreme wilderness hiking in the Yukon and NW Territories it is an amazing place.
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