ok everyone if you could recommend 5 things that you think would benefit other travellers what would they be.
like is there a hostel that others have to stay in or
a certain food dish or restaurant that was amazing.
or maybe a destination or somewhere you visited say like the sacre coeur in paris or the grand canyon.
but you are limited to 5 things.
That's near impossible reece; but here goes...
1. diving.... it's surreal and you get to see some beautiful things
2. sydney (one of my favourite cities)
3. chicken sandwiches at this little chicken corner at haad rin beach on koh pha ngan!
4. sate ayam in indonesia
5. melbourne, for totally different reasons to sydney, but it's a much more funky city
ps. these were in no particular order and would probably change if I thought longer about them
I said only 5 because its like when i get a chinese meal list in front of me theres always about 15 things i want to try and then i spend 3 hours choosing.
But then again i guess with this theres always a massive list of places.Although then we would be here forever.
My five are and considering i have'nt been anywhere yet are:
1. Scottish Highlands (anywhere from loch lomond and northwards.The first time i went there will stick in my head forever.Its like another world and so beautiful.The scenery,hills and wildlife are great.Its one place at the moment i would consider moving to.)
2. Ambleside Youth Hostel (in the lake district looking over lake windermere.a very nice hostel run by helpful and friendly people.only a short walk to a small town that has some great hiking shops and country feel pubs.And never to far from a few hills to walk up.)
4. Skiing (both in andorra on a freebie holiday.Both were fantastic and considering i didnt break a bone was even more pleasing.The sight of young children weaving in and out of people was amazing to watch.I would buy a snowmobile tomorrow if we had the weather for it.The speed was awesome and following this completely crazy spanish man around this track made me nearly wet myself from laughing.)
5. Roast Chicken and all the trimmings (probably the one thing i will miss when im away.roast chicken,roast potatoes,sage and onion stuffing,sausages,onion gravy,peas,carrots,sweetcorn and yorkshire pudding.)
A hard one which will change but so far
1. The Kerry way - This is a walk around Kerry, which is very scenic, it takes a few days to complete the whole walk but its definitly worth while, it brings you through farms, fields, mountains, parks, etc... its very beautiful and some parts very wild and unspoilt. The people you meet on the way are very friendly, the pubs are good 'craic' with live music, storytellers, some have open fires (they're converted sitting rooms)...ahh memories.
2. Willie Clancy festival in Milton Milbay, West Clare - This is a traditional music festival in memory of the late Willie Clancy, as you walk down the streets you can hear the sounds of flutes, fiddles, accordians, concertinas, uilleann pipes, tin whistles and the deep voices singing songs passed from generation to generation. Just up the road at Spanish point is the main camping area where you will hear guitars being played with modern and tradional songs mixed perfectly, its a week of partying, drinking way too much of the black stuff, listening to story tellers and just having a laugh.
3. Siwa - this is a town in Egypt that I fell in love with, its very traditional, not too spoilt, amazing things to see, there is a hotel here called the desert rose that was brilliant, there is no electricity here so you see at night be lamplight, there is a swimming pool to cool down after a long hot sand filled day, the roof top terrace is the best place to relax and watch the sunset and the stars come out, as you are in the middle of nowhere and a bit of a distance from the town the stars twinkle that much brighter,
4. Despina Restaurant in Istanbul - the night we went we were the only foreigners cast amony a family celebration for a local couples anniversary. Some of the best musicians locally can be found here, as you're having dinner the 4-5 of them pull up chairs and start playing and singing, its a great experience, the food was also very tasty and plentiful (also very reasonable , we paid about 50 turkish lire for two 3 course meals with plenty of drink ( probably too much !)
5. Czecky Krumlov , Czech Republic - i loved this place !! so much to see and do, also our accomodation / b n b was in repunzels tower !!! okay it wasn't the real thing but i can dream
ahhh no i have more to add.........
1. Hostel to stay in: Eureka Camp, Lusaka, Zambia. Situated in a small "Wildlife" Park. On the grounds which are surrounded by a fence you see Impala, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Zebras, Giraffes and a load of birds, a whole colony of cats and the laziest Jack Russel Terrier I've ever met. This is where I got my favourite shot ever - the two fighting Zebras.
2. Activity - Microlight flight over the Victoria Falls. Amazing views from not too high up. The microlight is basically a hybrid between a motorcycle and a Paraglider - just amazing... Horribly expensive, but well worth it.
3. River Rafting - doesn't really matter where you are, but this is pure adrenaline if you get the right river - if it includes a lot of grade 4 and 5, you're in for a great time... Nepal is fantastic for that, and between the rapids you can see a lot of rural live (I saw a funeral ceremony, villages kids bathing in the river, etc...).
4. Food - Kudu Kebabs, mmhhh... so tasty... It melts in your mouth and the sauce was just fantastic. Again, this is in Lusaka.
5. Amazing place - Nsumbu National Park, Zambia, one of the only two places in the world where you can find Itigi Thicket - a very unique ecosystem made up of low trees and bushes through which you can hardly get through. And it has an amazing range of wildlife and very nice people in the villages around the park (when they don't challenge poor, untrained volunteers to a game of football... But we showed them, hehehe... Only lost 1-0!!!!)
Nice question Reece and a difficult one.
Rather than just name my five favourite travel experiences, I'll try to stick to generic tips that help make any trip more enjoyable than it could have been. I feel the following would benefit any traveller.
1. Learn some of the local language.
2. Never assume things should work like they do back home and always show respect to the people you meet.
3. Eat the local food as much as possible, but don't beat yourself up for wanting something familiar once in a while.
4. Don't be afraid to change your itinerary or stress out because you might miss something. Basically, go with the flow!
5. On your way back home, think of all the wonderful things about your own country and concentrate on the things that might excite you about being back (ie, familiar food, tv in english, local eateries, your own bed, etc..). Might help with the sinking feeling that the end of a trip inevitably brings
Only 5? Well, here goes:
1) Take the time to stop. I can go-go-go from early morning to night, always afraid of missing something. But when I travelled alone I realized the best, most memorble parts were stopping to sit and watch and listen and just enjoy. And why not have a beer while you're at it!
2)Nutella Crepes in Paris. Cheap, tasty, portable and they go well with stand-at-the-counter coffee. And Crema Catalana in Andalousia. Oh, I still have dreams about that... And mint juleps in New Orleans! Ok, I'll stop...
3)Black Water rafting in NZ, which is a fancy-pants name for inner tubing in underground caves. But when they shut the lights on our helmets and we looked up to see the ceiling full of glow-worms...wow.
4)Take all advice about what to see/not to see with a grain of salt. A lot of our experiences are influenced by how we felt at the time, what the weather was like, the people we were with, etc. So someone's "don't go there - it was horrible!" could turn out to be your most memorable experience. Although advice about hotels and restaurants are more likely to be on the money.
5)Take pictures of everything! And I mean everything! The more, the better. Take pictures of the places you stay, the people you meet, the things that seem mundane at the time. You'll be happy you did later.
Fantastic choices so far people.
Peter and Tina your little hints and tips are great and its things like that that us 1st time travellers find very helpful.
Fraid i've not done much travelling yet, but this is what I've got so far:-
1.Giraffe Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe - Awsome people, beautiful surroundings, lots of animals. Make sure you do the night walks and tracking lessons, and have a glass of Red with the sunset (the best I have EVER seen). (oh, and eat Kudu...its SO good)
2.Bungee Jump off Victoria Falls Bridge, then start your 2 days of White Water Rafting - makes it physically impossible to forget your time in Zim.
3. Flying Pig Hostel in Amsterdam - simply the best hostel I have ever been too. Cheap, cool, and friendly...go there.
4. Skiing in Gielo, Norway - perhaps I was just lucky, but this is where I have seen the best skiing conditions of my life, just unreal, and some of the best scenery I have seen. The fact that I left this place on crutches doesn't mar my feeling for it one bit.
5. & Finally, London, just........ London
This is a tough one Reece - only because I'm not as well-traveled as many of the others. But, here goes:
1) I agree with Pete - at least learn the words for "please" and "thank you" while in each destination. You are a visitor in their country and being polite in their tongue will go along way. (Besides the smiles you will receive.)
2) Show respect to the people you come in contact with along the way. Treat people the way you want to be treated - with kindness. If nothing else - it will show that not all travelers are stereotypically "bad". You will gain more than you give.
3) Compliment people on their country/city/village. More often than not, someone will "take you under their wing" and show you (or direct you to) areas and sights that the average traveler rarely sees.
4) I agree with Sam - go for the diving if you can. You will never regret it and you will never look at another body of water in the same way again.
5) Visit Operation Isa's B&B, eat dolma, drink good beer, laugh, be entertained, be entertaining, relax, kick your shoes off, put your feet up and watch the world go 'round.