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1. Posted by Muffintherabbit (Budding Member 30 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Like it says on the destination. Where is everyone off too next?

My next destination is Busan in Korea. My dad's coming to visit in Taiwan and when he comes over we always try to visit somewhere. Last year was Okinawa. This year, we've decided on Busan and a day trip into Seoul. Should be good, looks a really nice place.

So, where's everyone else off too? :)

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I've just come back from a trip to Eastern Europe that was pretty successful....But that has me almost completing Europe. I'm eyeing middle Africa or maybe a couple of the Stans. The thing I'd really like to do is see a bunch of the South Pacific, but I can't get a sense of how easy or hard it is to bump around between the hundreds(thousands?) of islands there.

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 314 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Doing a second cruise to Hawaii in October. My husband doesn't like to leave the house anymore, so I have to find friends to cruise with now.

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 316 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Back to France for us. We haven't visited the Basque country so are doing that and including a trip to Bilbao, Spain to see the Guggenheim. We'll start by visiting friends in the Loire and finish in the Dordogne which we love. Not visiting Paris on this trip except for the airport.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Moldova in a few weeks time, then a stop in Vienna and Bratislava on the way back.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Aug-2017, at 14:06 by bex76 ]

6. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 144 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

The thing I'd really like to do is see a bunch of the South Pacific, but I can't get a sense of how easy or hard it is to bump around between the hundreds(thousands?) of islands there.

While I am heading back to Tasmania soon my next international destination ironically is South Pacific. Specifically Fench Polynesia and surrounds. It has been a bit of a bucket list destination so I've incidently become a bit of an expert in the area

In answer to your question, it is not that easy no. Flights are far and few between and each island only connects to so many islands so it limits what combination of archipelagos you can visit. There are cruises but most tend to focus on the Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu combination. Then when you get to an archipelago and try travelling around, again not many planes and there are no ferry services, though some places have charter services or water taxis to certain islands.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Aug-2017, at 15:18 by Teoni ]

7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hey, Teoni. Thanks very much for that insight. I remember reading a book by Theroux where he kayaked through a bunch of islands, but, I don't buy that so much.

It sounds complicated....but on the other hand, it sounds about as complicated as back when I started travelling before everything was just fixed by your smart phone.

8. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Also, BEX. I'm interested in what you think of your trip. It was a couple of months ago we discussed it a little.

9. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 144 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much for that insight. I remember reading a book by Theroux where he kayaked through a bunch of islands, but, I don't buy that so much.

I can see why Theroux would see this as the easier option. It certainly would cut out a lot of the logistical challanges of arranging transport. I did stumble across a blog of someone sailing the South Pacific and one thing they did mention was having to pre arrange entry permissions before they could enter the waters of some islands.

Just to expand a bit, you could theoretically do the whole South Pacific but you would probably have to give yourself nearly a year a lot of flights only run once week, for some tiny islands you have to think if you want to be stuck there a week. I found the best thing to do is to focus on one area of the South Pacific. I used flightconnections to figure out what connections there are between the islands and from there was able to build an itinerary.

10. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

This Web site should be helpful in finding flights between islands in the South Pacific: http://www.flightconnections.com/

If you have frequent flyer miles, it's possible to string some of the flights together as others have done.

As for me, I'm headed this morning from Hiroshima to Kyoto, then to Okinawa, back to Osaka to fly to Jeju island, Busan, Seoul, Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. I'll be in Kamchatka for 18 days to hike four volcanoes, three of them still active. I return home via Moscow and Amsterdam.

After for some volunteer work, I leave Oct. 21 for Nepal for hiking in the Upper Mustang region near Tibet (permits required). I'm traveling with a friend from New York who will be in Tibet before we meet in Nepal. She's a global traveler, too. From Upper Mustang, we travel to western Nepal, then overland to India to visit some tribal areas in Odisha state. We'll be home in time for the holidays.

Hope to be in Tasmania in the near future.