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11. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

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.

I like the sound of this one Mrs Isa

I too agree with you & Peter, but I would hope that this is common good manners for travellers... however, have seen some pretty badly behaved tourists though

1. The Haast NZ - the drive between Franz Josef & Queenstown on the West Coast of the South Island. I have seen some wonderful places in the world but this is still one of the Best.

2.Ngorogoro Crater Tanzania - Elephants, Flamingos, Hyenas, Hippo's, Rhino, Lions and more, whats not to love.

3. The Munich Beer Festival - this has got to be seen to be believed, great beer, great music, great people & pretzels

4. Victoria Falls Zimbabwe - either by foot or helicopter these are mighty impressive (looking forward to Iguassu though)

5. Tintagel Castle Cornwall - birthplace of King Arthur, great ruins on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea

12. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Ok, I decided to cheat and make two top-five lists (in no particular order).....

First, top-five travel tips:

1. I agree with Tina....take lots of pictures! Even if you're not going to develop all of them, they're good to have when you come back home. Plus just looking at a picture of the place where you fell or the bed you slept in may make you remember things that you wouldn't otherwise remember. But just make sure you're not too busy taking pictures to enjoy where you are.

2. Make a plan. You don't have to follow it to the letter, but make a list of things you want to see/do in the destination that you're going to. You don't have to stick by it, but it's easier to decipher between what you really want to see and what you can live without seeing (if you're hard pressed for time) if it's right in front of you.

3. Try not to sweat the little things. If something doesn't go according to plan....it's ok, just go with the flow. It's better to try and enjoy any bumps in the roads then dwell on them and be upset (it's also bad if you're on the recieving end of the upset-ness).

4. Carry a notebooke with you. Writing an entore travel journal is not for everyone, but even if you're not a writer you may be inspired to jot something down. It could be the way you feel when sunbathing in Cuba, or the name of a cute little café you went to in Nice. Heck, it could even be the number of a cute guy/girl you meet in your travels ;)

5. Appriciate everything for what it is. Beach bumming vacations are different than ones in historical cities, so try and just enjoy what you are doing. Taking time to look around and take in where you are and what you are seeing will help you remember your trip. Taking in special moments is better than taking a picture (but, as expressed in point one, still take a lot of them! )

Secondly, top-five things to do/see:

1. Para-gliding in the Swiss Alps. The scenery is amazing and the feeling of freedom is exhilerating.

2. Catching the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens play Toronto Maple Leafs in Montreal. This may be hard to do since the labour issues haven't been resolved yet, but the sense of history when watching these two teams is amazing. I have to admit, watching a game at the Bell Centre isn't comaprible to watching one at the old Forum, but having a capacity crowd evenly split between the home team and the visiters is great! What a sense of adrenaline! Oh I miss hockey....

3. Sitting on the Pont Neuf at night, looking out onto Paris. And seeing the Eiffel Tower all lit up at night....just beautiful! Well, I would say Paris as a whole is a can't-miss destination!

4. Boustan...it's a very casual lebanese take-away resto in downtown Montreal...such good Shish Taouk pitas! Nummy!

5. Swimming in the ocean. I hadn't swam in the ocean up until a few years ago...and it's so beautiful and salty and great...plus you get to lounge around after on the beach! My first experience was in San Sebastien, Spain...really nice place!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

13. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

katie thats a better idea.
ok thanks to katie you can have 5 top travel tips and 5 top places.
And for those of you that have already posted nows the time to change your minds.

14. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting -reece-

katie thats a better idea.
ok thanks to katie you can have 5 top travel tips and 5 top places.
And for those of you that have already posted nows the time to change your minds.

LOL :: takes a bow :: who ever said cheating doesn't pay off! ;)

15. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

2)Nutella Crepes in Paris. Cheap, tasty, portable and they go well with stand-at-the-counter coffee.

I think I ate about one a day when I was there last, and about 2 a day when I was in Southern France in school... The best outdoor food ever!!

16. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

3. chicken sandwiches at this little chicken corner at haad rin beach on koh pha ngan!
:)

CHICKEN CORNER!!!

Those sandwiches are THE best! yum!

Right in no particular order here are a few...

1. The simple life on Koh Tao for relaxing, pool, darts good food right on the beach
2. Rabindranath Tagore's house in Calcutta
3. The blue lagoon private beach in East London, South Africa
4. Trekking in the Chapada Diamantina national park, Brasil.
5. Piranha fishing and sleeping in a hammock in the Amazon

Reece, like the way you're collecting trip info with your top five requests!!

;)
m

17. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

I've been thinking about my answer for a couple of days now as I found it very hard, what to recommend from my list of favourite places/activities.

This is what I came up with now, in no particular order:

1. Tofino - a small town on the westcoast of Vancouver Island/Canada
2. Skydiving over Lake Taupo/New Zealand
3. Jericoacoara - unique and relaxed fishing village in northern Brasil
4. Diving at the Yongala Wreck, Great Barrier Reef/Australia
5. Spending Christmas at Cool Bananas Backpackers in Town of 1770/Australia

I chose these five things, because they are connected to some of the happiest moments of my life.

18. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting mim

Quoting Sam I Am

3. chicken sandwiches at this little chicken corner at haad rin beach on koh pha ngan!
:)

CHICKEN CORNER!!!

Those sandwiches are THE best! yum!

Ah, someone else that knows the beauty of chicken corner; what a place

19. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

Hi guys,
Off the top of my head, top 5 (in no particular order) memorable things:
1. Banana roti with chocolate topping in Thailand (yum...maybe I'm thinking of this because its lunchtime... ;) )
2. First view of the Grand Canyon (I was talking to my companions and stopped mid-sentence...)
3. Temples of Angkor Wat - enough said
4. Camping by the beach in Australia, particularly at Wilsons Promontory NP or Croajingalong NP
5. Looking back at all the photos of a trip and sharing stories even if you're telling the same anecdote for the millionth time (It is interesting hearing the different interpretations of you and your companions and the different things we remember...)

Things I like to do (I don't know if they're helpful tips for everyone):
A. Collect mementos as well as photos, eg. pamphlets, ticket stubs etc. and stick them in your photo album. They look nice next to the photos and some help me remember the facts about a particular place (eg. history of Angkor, geology of Grand Canyon etc.) and then the photo album becomes educational too .
B. Collect postcards - sometimes you can't take photos, or you're not very good at taking photos, or the photos don't turn out etc.
C. Write the names and emails of people you meet...you might want to catch up later
D. Chill out when things get bad... The worst things turn into the best stories...
E. Do some research before you go (althought I probably don't need to say this - that's why everyone joins the forum anyway ). I think it builds anticipation and helps you get the most out of your trip.
L.

20. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

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...

Those were soooo good! Also, the Lemon and Sugar ones were awesome. Nummy....