Let's Remember Our Favourite Travel Experiences

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11. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 85 posts) 5d 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Utrecht

My boat trip to Pitcairn in 2009 sure was a memorable one, not in the least because of one of two engines breaking down. Stayed a week on the main island in Adamstown, where all 50 people live. Visited some of the other islands like Oeno and Henderson...

Well done, Michael! I have read your Pitcairn blog. Good for you! ;)
Thanks for sharing your memories with us
Keep well

12. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5698 posts) 5d Star this if you like it!

Quoting Vic_IV

Quoting Utrecht

My boat trip to Pitcairn in 2009 sure was a memorable one, not in the least because of one of two engines breaking down. Stayed a week on the main island in Adamstown, where all 50 people live. Visited some of the other islands like Oeno and Henderson...

Well done, Michael! I have read your Pitcairn blog. Good for you! ;)
Thanks for sharing your memories with us
Keep well

Thank you! Keep up the good travels as well..;)

13. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 141 posts) 5d Star this if you like it!

Some of my most memorable have to be wildlife, of which there are a few of my favourites ....
- Looking a lion in his eyes. At the end of a wonderful week of safari in South Africa, with wonderful sightings of all the big five, the only thing we'd missed seeing was a male lion. At the very last moment of our last night safari, news came through that the male that had recently killed the previously dominant male, had been spotted. Our guide flew across the tracks to get us there, and parked up on the path he was walking. The lion walked right next to my side of the open jeep we were in, and looked me right in the eyes as he passed.
- Finding a sleepy polar bear on the pack ice whilst circumnavigation Svalbard
- Snorkelling with belugas in Hudson Bay. Part of the reason this was memorable was because I'm scared of water, so getting my face under and coping with waves pushing seawater into the snorkel was a major victory for me. But the thrill of have these wonderful white whales choosing to come and swim around me, and hearing their calls, was absolutely worth it.
- Being pecked by penguins. Whilst on the Falkland Islands, we spent a lot of time just sat near the various types of penguins. The older chicks in particular would be inquisitive, and the bravest of them made it all the way up to us and gave us a few (gentle) exploratory pecks.
- Antarctica . Just everything about it really, but that brings me nicely onto ....

Scenery, in particular .....
- The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most beautiful sights I've seen
- Mount Fuji, seen from the Shiba Sakura festival, with a foreground of pink phlox, and hearing the delight of the Japanese visitors
- Seeing the temples of Bagan from a hot air balloon

And of course the many memorable encounters with people, some of whom then became friends.

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15. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1345 posts) 5d Star this if you like it!

15 years playing in an orchestra in Haiti during the summers. The country was incredibly beautiful and the people amazing. They would walk for miles to hear our concerts or even just to hear us rehearse. The students were the most conscientious I've ever had.

I couldn't pick a favorite trip to France although the one that stands out is the first one since everything was so new to us. We've since enjoyed exploring the entire country in its amazing diversity.

Most remembered trip has to be a trip around the USA we took in 1982 with our three children. We packed our tent and all our camping gear into a small Toyota Tercel hatchback with a rooftop carrier. Each of us was allowed one pillowcase for luggage and the children were all required to keep a journal. We drove 10,624 miles in 6 weeks mostly on the road and the kids still talk about the trip when we all get together. We had a huge old canvas tent and everyone had a particular chore when pitching camp. We worked like a well-oiled machine and a couple times were applauded as the huge tent went up in about 5 minutes.

16. Posted by Peter (Admin 6896 posts) 4d 2 Star this if you like it!

For me:

Visiting Hawaii as a 10yo and marvelling at escalators and all the amazing advanced civilisation. We'd been living in the Solomon Islands, so were easily impressed

A bike trip with my dad, brother and friend to Luxembourg from the Netherlands. Camping by rivers along the way and racing down mountains.

Travelling with just my older brother to the US at the age of 15.

Travelling solo to Australia at 17. I'm still here! hahaha

Visiting Kapingamarangi Atoll in Micronesia and staying there for 3 months. Yes, I was totally bored, but it was worth it :) Would be a great place to be right now - well away from all this madness.

Eating an amazing dinner by a river in Azerbaijan, outdoors under a grove of trees. Non-stop toasts from those around the table to our health. The most magical dinner setting ever.

Wandering the old streets of Kyoto.

Hiking with a friend in the Walls of Jerusalem national park in Tasmania.

Exploring San Diego with my kids when they were little.

Man, there's so many.. it's hard to keep it short

17. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 4d 1 Star this if you like it!

Thought of some more:

Visiting Niagara Falls on a school camping trip aged 17

Our first US road trip in California in 1991, visiting LA, Big Sur, Monterey, San Francisco, Yosemite, Joshua Tree NP and more

Seeing the Northern Lights near Tromso

Watching Waved Albatross on Espanola in the Galapagos, including a huge fluffy chick

First view of the Torres del Paine

Likewise the Registan and the Shah-i-Zinda in Samarkand

Breakfasts at the Blue House B&B in Ocho Rios, a world away from the all-inclusive resorts - strong coffee, achee & saltfish, tropical fruits, all served on a balcony surrounded by greenery full of hummingbirds

18. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1491 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

My most memorable experiences are not necessarily my favorites. A lot of times, some adversity as long as it isn't absolutely fatal adds a bit of spice and makes things more memorable. I don't tend to remember the glorious views as much as the people or the unusual things that I didn't expect.

Since I started traveling at a really early age (my parents drove from Baltimore to Silver Cliff Colorado with me when I was about 8 months old although of course I don't remember that), I have a lot of fun by re-visiting places that I first visited 25 or 40 years ago. Sometimes it is things that are not that memorable to anyone but me.

For instance I was really happy to find the old tobacco factory which was where the Navy Commissary was in the late 60s. That was where I shopped for three years. They didn't allow children in the Commissary, so there was a little day care along one side. I didn't know the address or remember how I got there and I never would have found it if I hadn't been talking to a long time resident who told me where it was. It is now a fairly unremarkable government building.

I made a special trip to revisit the cheese market at Alkmaar that my parents took me to in 1950. Both visits stand out in my memory. I had my dad's movies digitized on Utube and I also had prints of his photos. It is just a tourist attraction now but when I showed a Polaroid my dad took of the cheese porters to the Cheese Father (Bob had to lend him his glasses so he could see it), his sad comment was "All dead". I was able to give the photos and a copy of the video to their Cheese Museum.

I do cemetery documentation and sometimes on a trip Bob and I will separate and he goes to one side of the cemetery to take photos and I will take another section. I'm a fat old white woman on a mobility scooter with a big camera, and the cemeteries in the Caribbean often have black workers. On many occasions a man will approach me and either give me information or caution me that I shouldn't be wandering around a cemetery on my own. One one occasion in Dominica it was New Years Day, and there was a man in a building beside the cemetery singing - he sang "Leaving on a Jet plane..." Just that phrase - over and over again. When I got near to where he was, he wished me a Happy New Year.

One more uplifting experience - entering the Familia Sagrada, we came into the central location with the light streaming through the stained glass windows and someone was singing Ave Maria a capella. My granddaughter said it was Angels singing.

19. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1452 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

My first journey on an aeroplane (1995 - aged 32; I‘ve led a sheltered life!).

I’ve just started listing some exciting bits of my travelling and it got to be one long boast of all the fabulous places in the world so I scrubbed it.

It’s difficult to name just a handful of things but, apart from the magical buildings and the geographical beauty of so many places, the best bits for me are seeing the animals in the wild - orang utans in Borneo, gorillas in Uganda, lions on the Serengeti, pink dolphins in the Amazon, giant tortoises on the Galapagos and quokkas on Rottnest Island.

Looking forward to go somewhere once all this has blown over.

20. Posted by irenevt (Travel Guru 27 posts) 3d 1 Star this if you like it!

For me it's swimming in ice cold lakes in the Austrian Tyrol with spectacular mountain scenery all around us.

Visiting ancient remains. I especially loved Sagalassos in Turkey, Salamis in North Cyprus and Paleopolis in Samothrace, Greece because we had them almost all to ourselves.

Almost walking into a wild kangaroo in Alice Springs which was so well camouflaged I did not see it till it bounced away at speed.

Sailing across the Bosporus in Istanbul on a local ferry as the sun started to set behind Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmet Mosque.

Going on Safari at Mosi Oa Tunya National Park in Zambia last year and being surrounded by zebras and wildebeests.

Standing soaking wet in the rain gazing open-mouthed at the beauty of Victoria Falls.