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1. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 215 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hey all. I have been helping my son with his travel planning for next year. He is starting off in Mexico. I am learning a lot about Mexico. Looks like an amazing place to visit! Wish I was going too ... ;)

Anyway, this got me thinking about our time in Belize. Belize is such an interesting place. I hadn't heard of Howler Monkeys before until I was researching Belize. The Howlers were the reason I wanted to check this place out.

When planning our big 2015 Canada/US holiday I was looking for somewhere around the Caribbean to end our holiday. I checked out all of the islands etc.... and that is where I stumbled across Belize. Researching Belize I came across the Howler Monkey Resort and upon opening up that link ..... it has the sounds of the Howler monkeys in the jungle. And that was it!! We were going to Belize to stay in the Jungle and listen to these strange monkeys!

Well not only did we experience that..... but we negotiated tracks in the dark with our torches..... dodging killer ants!! Well I nicknamed them killer ants haha. And saw those amazing prehistoric lizards..... iguanas. And the local Zoo was a total hoot :) With rhyming signs that are really funny. The hospitality shown by our host family was just wonderful. It was definitely not luxury but we were treated like family and the food they made us was really nice.

This is the type of experience that is so special about travel. Meeting wonderful locals, immersing ourselves in the surrounding culture and experiencing stuff that is so different from home. These sort of memories are really special and that is why travelling is so exciting :)

So let's share some interesting places that hold special memories for us. If you have a blog here, please share.

What interesting place have you been to?

Let's discuss.

2. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

I personally wish I could go back to JApan! I really want to visit the rest of asia, specially Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia...but I used to live in Japan and I really rally miss it!

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 485 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Haiti will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only is the country breathtakingly beautiful, the people are incredibly kind and thoughtful. You can go to luxury resorts there but I don't recommend it. Stay in a normal place and enjoy the real country. The beach, mountains and little markets are all fabulous. I always brought back at least one painting too.

4. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 215 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hi Puppa, What did you like about Japan? That is a place I haven't looked at yet.

We had a taste of Vietnam when we visited Ho Chi Minh City on a family cruise. The Mekong Delta is fabulous. Hubby and I have the north of Vietnam on our must see list. We hope to get there one day.

We have been many times to KL and surrounds. One of the best places in Malaysia is Pulau Tioman for it's rustic feel and I did my first dive there with no certification. We learn't on the boat.

India was a new experience for us. The backwaters are so nice :)

Puppa, you should write a blog on your experiences in Japan. I'd be interested in reading it :)


5. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 215 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hi Sally, Haiti sounds like our kind of place! We both like scenery. Hubby loves mountains. I like the beach. And best of all we really enjoy mixing with the locals.

Have you been to Jamaica?... We are looking to go there September next year.

6. Posted by king_golo (Full Member 66 posts) 15w 1 Star this if you like it!

Definitely Scotland, one of the most breathtaking places in the world! I sooo would love to go back there - the Highlands, the Islands, the fishing villages, the waterfalls, the beaches, the scenery, the skies...

7. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 215 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hey Golo. Hubby and I had planned to do Scotland on our big first international Europe trip in 2011.

I researched a round trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh north via the highlands. I was excited. But instead Hubby changed his mind and wanted to see Germany instead. We were not disappointed. Germany was fantastic!

But what you have just described makes me want to go! That is exactly what we love about travel :)

8. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 958 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Scotland, Norway and New Zealand are my go-back-to places.

Norway trip next summer is booked, my 10th visit. Trying to plan a 3rd NZ trip for next December. But just booked accommodation on the Isle of Rum for what's probably about my 50th Scottish trip and more excited about that than either Norway or NZ.

When I get talking about travel people sometimes ask my favourite country, and when I say Scotland they are a little deflated, as it's not "abroad". These are often people who've had it on their doorstep all their lives and never been.

9. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 108 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

For me, I think I will always have a soft spot for Argentina. That's partly because it was the first country we went to when we started our long term travelling six years ago, so it was our first taste of travel rather than holidays, but also it is a fabulous country. The scenery is varied and in places, truly stunning. I love the food and drink there, the people are generally friendly, and for me (a London dweller who likes big cities), Buenos Aires is a great city.

Like Puppa, I also love Japan. We only spent two months there, and as we like to spend longer in each place, we only covered a small part of it, but it certainly was enough to make me go back. I enjoy the mix of old tradition and modernity, the beautiful temples, the fun of watching the Japanese people participate in their festivals and their enjoyment of the cherry blossom.

And if I can sneak in a third, I don't think I could not include Antarctica. It is simply beautiful there, and is one of those rare occasions when I think the rather overused word 'awesome' is truly justified - it certainly left me in awe of the place. And the penguins are just wonderful to watch and occasionally (at their choice) interact with. We've been twice, and are still hoping to squeeze out the funds for at least one more, next time to include South Georgia.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Dec-2017, at 02:09 by Tabithag ]

10. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 215 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Andy... just looked at the images of isle of rum. That looks beautiful. So untouched. Amazing! And I've always wanted to see Stavenger in Norway. The photos I've seen there are phenomenal. You are lucky to have experienced these places. NZ is not really a place that I have wanted to go... but not ruling it out as I know it has some fantastic scenery :)