49 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2016 12:28 PM by iahflyr RSS

Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime

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Hello fellow MR members...if $$ nor time were a limiting factor, where and when would you take a vacation and why? For me, I think I would love to drive the American highway from the very north of Canada all the way to the very southern tip of Argentina. I thin kafter that, 2-3 weeks in the French Polynesia would be well deserved .

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    lindseyh Community Manager Marriott Associate Member
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    Oh man, this is the ultimate questions. I would love to a roadtrip all the way from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. to Patagonia, Chile. I have a friend who just recently did that, and it looked AMAZING.

     

    Excited to hear what others share!

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    702rugbyref Platinum
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    I must say I would love to do the Orient Express and the train from China into Tibet.

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    fschumpert Platinum 22 Reviews
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    I can't offer any comments about travel to Argentina, but I've previously posted an itinerary for Pacific NW that we've enjoyed for many years:  Here's a Suggestion for West Coast Travel

     

    Below the photos you'll find some suggested driving directions. We've also enjoyed driving the Oregon Coast, leaving Portland en route to Tillamook and driving the 101 South, exiting East toward Eugene. To me, the Oregon Coast is more picturesque than California Coast.

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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    Australia and New Zealand - we have it planned for 2017 with the kids.  Spouse also would like to visit American Samoa - don't ask me why!  I'm all for tropical islands so it's fine with me.  No Marriotts there, though.

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      702rugbyref Platinum
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      LOVE LOVE LOVE New Zealand way more than Aussie. Been both 2 times and go every 4 year ...also i n2017 in June

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        clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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        702rugbyref, what are your must-sees in New Zealand?  I think we are going to go in June 2017 as well so maybe we will run into you all the way across the globe.  We are also going to re-do our honeymoon in 2019 for our 25th anniversary.  Honeymoon was England, Scotland and Wales. 

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        • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
          702rugbyref Platinum
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          I am going for the British Lions Rugby tour. MUST see North Island -is Rotora,and Maori village with hot springs and mud pools, Auckland Harbor, Capr Reinga (very north tip) and 90 mile beach, wine country and Wellington.

          South Island definetly wine country (Blenheim and Nelson, Whale watching, look for penguins on the west side, fiords in the Sound, Moreki (sp) Boulders just south of Christchurch and stuff.. Let me know your time frame and I will direct more specific...also Hobbiton in north island is near Hamilton and Hot Water Beach!

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    C'mon 702rugbyref, don't be cheap....

     

    Here's what's on the top of my covet list:

    Around the World by Private Jet | National Geographic Expeditions - starting at a mere $76,000+ per person for 2016....

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      702rugbyref Platinum
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      I wish!!! Maybe I would not be asking for the AAA discount if I could afford to travel like that! LOL

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      razorbackfan Alumni Steward Platinum 23 Reviews
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      I was going to make reservations for the December 2015 because it is only $73950, but they have a waitlist.

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    jm1991 Gold 3 Reviews
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    French Polynesia would be my dream vacation in one of them 5* bungalow rooms.  

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      702rugbyref Platinum
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      I have done that twice as well. Air Tahiti flys to NZ and usually offers a 4 night stopover with bungalows as an upgrade...very nice!!!

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      • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
        clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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        702rugbyref looks like Air Tahiti has reasonably-priced business class as well.  Might have to take that to NZ with the stop in Tahiti...sounds very tempting.

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        • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
          702rugbyref Platinum
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          Even though I have not flown BC with them, they are very nice and enjoyable. Traditional dress and food in the air. You almost always have to change planes in Papeete so I did both of my free stopovers on my return to get back into the same day and relax from my vacation :-)

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    I'm going to have to say a trip to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China and then toss in New Zealand/Australia.  We've never been to any of these places so it would have to be two weeks in each spot then back home for another two weeks in the next spot then back home until we completed the list of six-eight locations. 

     

    My wife and I both love Asian food so that Asian tour might have to take place before we start the down under trips.

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      702rugbyref Platinum
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      Have not been to SE Asia yet but on my list of place to venture.

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    • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
      ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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      Hey, IAHFLYR, it looks like you've got a lot of Asia to cover....  My two cents would be to suggest that:

      • consider Vietnam first - arguably one of the highest values for your travel dollar, exquisite food options, gorgeous scenery, relevant history (particularly for us baby boomers), nice folks, and the scale is manageable for an affordable/feasible vacation;
      • China is, well, so many different things and such a large scale - I've "only" been four (or maybe six or more) times (depending upon how you count and what you include), and I feel like I've only scratched the surface; and
      • everyone has different priorities, but - as a tourist, I'd encourage you to consider Thailand, and, after that, Japan, for subsequent trips....

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      • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
        iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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        ssindc I will certainly take that itinerary into consideration, thanks much.  HMMM wonder if we can only take roll-a-boards for that long a time?   (yes folks we have some history with the carry-on concept don't we SS?) LOL

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    insidenji Gold 6 Reviews
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    Dubai was on my list of dream destinations until someone told me it was a lot like Las Vegas, sorry I'm really not a Las Vegas fan.  I was told Abu Dhabi was just as nice and not as glitzy so I may have put that on my list instead of Dubai.  The Seychelles have long been a dream destination but there are still a lot of places in the US I'd like to visit.  I'm a big history buff so I'd love to go to many of the Civil War parks and battle sites, I'd like to see One World Trade Center in NY, I lived in Arizona for 17 years but never went to the Grand Canyon so would like to go there also.  I keep going back to DC because there is always something new and I'm never disappointed, in fact I'm heading there this weekend.

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    • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
      702rugbyref Platinum
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      Hey!!!!!!!Nothing wrong with Vegas! As far as it being like Dubai, I would not agree with this 'blanket statement' whoever told you that. A very different culture for one, yes it is modern but also a world class destination for sporting events. I wish Vegas had that although we are working on it for rugby

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      • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
        insidenji Gold 6 Reviews
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        Oh oh, 702rugbyref I see you live in Las Vegas and I surely didn't mean to offend.  Obviously millions of people love Las Vegas and I spent plenty of time there on business but I just prefer a different atmosphere.

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        • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
          jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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          agre and there is a different atmosphere say staying on strip vs say Red rock

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          • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
            702rugbyref Platinum
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            I stayed at the JW in Summerlin (near Red Rock) last week for my wife's and my anniversary for 2 nights...upgraded to a very nice suite with a city view though. I am there again next week for a week long conference as well but going home at night unless I can get a cheap night there. 

            jerryl

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        • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
          702rugbyref Platinum
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          Not offended honestly...just friendly banter. I don't gamble or like the smoke so the only time I go to the Strip is when visitors arrive. I work near downtown so go there for lunch occasionally. Can't beat the restaurants here and people watching is a great hobby! insidenji

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        • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
          702rugbyref Platinum
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          All good...I was not intending to be rude at all nor did I take your comments that way. I do enjoy the energy this city provides, positive people having short term fun really adds to your life. I do enjoy the restaurants and definitely people watching is a great hobby! Of course as I already stated, I don't smoke, gamble or drink so the only time I do go to the Strip is when company arrives or I meet with a client otherwise it is to go to a restaurant or a show. Keep smiling!!

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    • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
      pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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      In my experience, Dubai was nothing like Vegas. Yes, there is a lot of commercialism, the shopping is unimaginable and everything is over the top (for instance, I visited an ACE Hardware store there, somewhere between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, that was - I'm certain - the biggest of its kind anywhere, and who would ever imagine that, right?), but the culture and their short history as a nation is fascinating. Also, amazing architecture. There are world class museums and sporting events, souks, abra rides and many other interesting and fun offerings, including boating on turquoise waters and working camel markets, as well as wild camels galloping about off in the distance, things you'd never see in Vegas, and although you will find trappings there that are similar to a lot of resort destinations, it really is a place that is unique unto itself.  Abu Dhabi and Dubai are only an hour away from one another by car and both have interesting things to offer as well as interesting offerings in between the two (Yaz Island and Palm Jumeirah). Al Ain not far either, nor is Oman and Qatar.  I think a trip to the area makes for a great vacation, not to mention a flight on Emirates or Etihad would be an event in and of itself (I flew Lufthansa to Germany and tagged a side trip to the UAE onto the trip for only an extra $200).  It's reasonably affordable as far as world travel goes.  The mosque in Abu Dhabi will blow your socks off.  Just now thinking about sipping Turkish coffee on a waterside veranda at Souk Madinat while watching abras float by, and wishing for another visit.

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      • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
        702rugbyref Platinum
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        An Ace Hardware? Wow I would never had guessed. You are a world traveller.

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        • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
          pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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          That's what I thought. Who would've guessed?  Everything over the top, right down to ACE Hardware. The UAE's story From Rags to Riches, and in such a short amount of time, is fascinating.

           

          And I'm nothing like a true world traveler, though thanks for the shout out. There are many people on this forum who blow me away. My travels even to the end of a hopefully long, healthy life will never come close to comparing to the likes of a number of amazingly well traveled folks on this forum, likely including you.  I'm just grateful for what I'm able to manage. 

           

          Keep on keeping on ( erc  ).

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      • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
        ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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        dunno if this helps the discussion involving pluto77 and insidenji, but I'll agree with anyone who suggests that the mosque in Abu Dhabi is worth a visit.  I'm not saying it's worth flying halfway across the world to see the mosque, but it's, quite simply, exquisite, and I recommend visiting at the end of the day, so you get the sunset experience - here's some pics: http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/photoAlbums/1752 - of course, there are plenty of other fun things to do in Abu Dhabi and the region - among others, I'd recommend the dune SUV adventure, simply because I've never experienced anything like it elsewhere - it ranks up there with the best roller coasters, but, ahem, without the rails....

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          ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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          also - since we're discussing Abu Dhabi - if you end up on a plane and they're showing the latest Fast and Furious movie - there's a cool scene featuring the Etihad Towers where they - uh, yeah - drive (or jump) a stolen luxury sports car from one tower to the other - they crash through one glass wall, fly through the air, and enter the other tower - silly, but fun!!!

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        • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
          insidenji Gold 6 Reviews
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          Thanks ssindc for additional information on Abu Dhabi, I look forward to visiting there soon.

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      • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
        insidenji Gold 6 Reviews
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        Thanks pluto77 I should've known better than to base my opinion of Dubai on one person, I can get a lot better insight on this site.  I'll put Dubai back on my dream vacation list.

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      • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
        tryt53 Alumni Steward Platinum 5 Reviews
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        pluto77 Thanks for the feedback on Dubai. Did you stay at a Marriott in Dubai, and which one? We may be heading there with short notice, for some short contract work. Best Marriott hotel in Dubai, anyone?

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        • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
          pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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          tryt53, I didn't stay at a Marriott.  I stayed with my cousins, who were doing ex-pat work. There are certainly no shortage of exquisite hotel properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. If I were to return and stay at a Marriott though, presently my interest lies with either the JW twin towers or the Ritz in Dubai.  There is an Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah.  I don't know if it's a part of the Marriott stable or not.

           

          Since you're going for work, this won't matter, but rates are high in the winter when it's warm, low in the summer, when it's bloody hot.

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    pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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    Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand.

     

    SIngapore and Bali

     

    A little bit of China

     

    Japan

     

    New Zealand with French Polynesia thrown in sounds like Heaven. I've always wanted to rent one of those over-the-water bungalows in Moorea, but it's always seemed a little out of reach price wise.  Cook Islands and Fiji would definitely have to be tossed in for a trip to this part of the South Pacific. (Hey, why not?)

     

    I really want to visit all of these places.  Maybe they could be consolidated into say, the likes of three BIG, month-long trips?

     

    Oh, what the hay, may as well add a WWII Pacific Island Battles Tour to the mix. Wouldn't that be awesome?  I really have my heart set on going back to Okinawa anyway.

     

    Thanks for the invitation to dream, 702rugbyref.

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    • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      pluto77,

       

      You have wonderful "Insights" on travel for all of us!

       

      Thank-you!

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    • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
      702rugbyref Platinum
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      Bungalows are delightful...I lucked out as they had oversold teh hotel portion so they asked if I would 'mind' a bungalow...like I was going to deny myself this 40th birthday present.

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    At this point my life "dreamvacation = no hassle"

    No Hassle = no plane, no airport

    If you are lucky to live within a few hours driving distance of San Diego - the choice is SO EASY!

     

    The Coronado Island Marriott - especially their villas.  The villas are one story one and two bedroom units that all share a separate pool and parking is at your unit allowing you to avoid the hotel's main entrance.

     

    The main hotel has exceptionally nice and large rooms with a resort atmosphere around the pool.

     

    Throw in a water taxi that will take you to downtown San Diego (the Marriott Marquis) and all is well.

     

    At the end of your stay you don't pack - just open up the trunk of the car - dump all the dirty clothes in - and the time getting home usually equals the time spent in the airport for other vacations.

     

    THAT IS MY DREAM - AND IT COMES TRUE AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR

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      702rugbyref Platinum
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      Good idea. I go to SD once every month or so and never looked for a Marriott on Coronado. Will do but my next trip I am staying at a non-Marriott - Catamaran Resort Old Mission Bay.

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    • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
      pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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      Well said.  My parent's favorite vacation spots were/are right here in their own state and accessible by car.  When you live in paradise, there's little incentive to stray far.

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      iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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      Yes Sir, the Coronado Villas are a sweet treat for sure.

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    • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
      phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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      I definitely prefer car trips to flying, but I've done every possible dream vacation within driving distance of  home!  We are gone more than 40 nights each year and have made only nine trips during the last ten years that involved flying.  None of those flights were shorter than 1,500 mikes.

       

      I used to love to fly but it has become such a hassle over time that we look for places to drive.  In fact we will not fly anyplace that we can drive in eight hours or less.

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    brooklynlobster Silver
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    Bora bora then take cruise to  all the islands near. By

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    foxglove Silver 3 Reviews
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    Can't even begin to wrap my mind around neither time nor $$ being limiting factors. Great question -- but ask me again in about 8 months.

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      702rugbyref Platinum
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      You are on! It must be commercial transport and jetsetting in your private planes!!!!!!!!!

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    phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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    I'd like to go on an active vacation somewhere that I had never been, where the weather runs on the cool side and stay in luxury accommodations.

     

    I'm not certain exactly  where I'd go, but places that I'd consider would include The Alps, or the Canadian Rockies for skiing,  (It would have to be someplace with lots of intermediate and easier ski terrain.  I gave up the difficult terrain after I had heart surgery at 72,)  I'd also like someplace where I could ski both downhill and cross country.

     

    A week and a half in Rome between mid fall and mid spring, would be another choice for me.  I love walking 3-5 miles each day around new cities.  I would want to combine this with several days each in Venice. Florence, and Sicily.

     

    Finally, I would greatly enjoy a West coast trip that included California wine country, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco and then  a drive to Portland.

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  • Re: Dream vacation location -anywhere/anytime
    vertol46 Platinum
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    702rugbyref, I've dreamed about having a 3-bedroom residence on The World [http://aboardtheworld.com] and sailing everywhere. Invite family and friends to join my wife and me for segments.

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    Shrub Island at the Autograph Collection.  Alternatively, if I had say enough points for a 20 day trip through Asia (and the time) that would be cool too. So many places, not enough time.

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