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    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 10th Apr 18, 7:47 PM
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    I'm turning 65 next year, fortunately still fit & healthy so want to "see the world" before it's too late. My lovely partner is thinking the same as me but he's 5 years older so maybe insurance problems but he has no medical issues.

    I'm into experiences ( I'd love to snorkel in aqua blue waters of some ocean or go on a safari - not in a tent, my back couldn't handle that!) he's more into culture (he's talked about visiting Japan)

    We've travelled a fair bit already (Most of Europe, Cuba, Vietnam, USA, Emirates etc) but this is probably my last long haul as we can't afford Business Class and two 8 hour flights is just so uncomfortable now.

    I've looked at websites to try and get some inspiration (ie the bucket list headline) but nothing floating my boat as they all seem to suggest places we could probably do in an average holiday.

    Can anyone point us in the direction of any interesting/unusual websites? We don't have money to burn but prepared to spend more than the usual holiday budget for some amazing memories!

    Thanks in advance
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    • Alan Bowen
    • By Alan Bowen 10th Apr 18, 7:57 PM
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    How about the South Pacific and New Zealand? Direct flights from Paris(or LA) to Tahiti and then onwards to New Zealand, it is about as far as you can go unless you want to cruise the Antarctic and look for penguins?
    • blindman
    • By blindman 10th Apr 18, 8:37 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:37 PM
    I'm turning 65 next year, fortunately still fit & healthy so want to "see the world" before it's too late. My lovely partner is thinking the same as me but he's 5 years older so maybe insurance problems but he has no medical issues.

    I'm into experiences ( I'd love to snorkel in aqua blue waters of some ocean or go on a safari - not in a tent, my back couldn't handle that!) he's more into culture (he's talked about visiting Japan)

    We've travelled a fair bit already (Most of Europe, Cuba, Vietnam, USA, Emirates etc) but this is probably my last long haul as we can't afford Business Class and two 8 hour flights is just so uncomfortable now.

    I've looked at websites to try and get some inspiration (ie the bucket list headline) but nothing floating my boat as they all seem to suggest places we could probably do in an average holiday.

    Can anyone point us in the direction of any interesting/unusual websites? We don't have money to burn but prepared to spend more than the usual holiday budget for some amazing memories!

    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by maggiesoup1
    There are loads of web-sites that give lists and as its a personal thing it's impossible to give a definitve site.

    Here's one with lists and when to go to the "Wonders of the world."

    Have fun
    • z1a
    • By z1a 10th Apr 18, 8:42 PM
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    If you enjoy snorkelling get a full face snorkelling mask, available on auction sites for about 15.
    Far easier to use than a traditional snorkel & mask, don't mist up and non-return valve works perfectly (On mine anyway) impossible to accidentally get a mouth full of sea.
    You can mount a go-pro style video camera as well.
    Last edited by z1a; 10-04-2018 at 8:44 PM.
    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 10th Apr 18, 8:51 PM
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    Thanks, I'll check out your suggestions.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 10th Apr 18, 9:19 PM
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    My lovely partner is thinking the same as me but he's 5 years older so maybe insurance problems but he has no medical issues.
    Originally posted by maggiesoup1
    My friend is well into his 90s & still travelling the world!
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 10th Apr 18, 11:02 PM
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    Take the cable car up to visit Kuelap and hike down.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 10th Apr 18, 11:21 PM
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    That looks amazing. Will definitely put Peru on the list !!!55357;!!!56397;
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 11th Apr 18, 7:36 AM
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    How long are you allowing for the trip?
    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 11th Apr 18, 9:06 AM
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    Probably 3 weeks.
    • blindman
    • By blindman 11th Apr 18, 10:35 AM
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    Probably 3 weeks.
    Originally posted by maggiesoup1
    So not going that far then?
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 11th Apr 18, 1:05 PM
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    Probably 3 weeks.
    Originally posted by maggiesoup1
    Between which months?

    Istanbul should be on everyones bucket list, combined with Cappadocia, and a few days by the sea.

    Have you been to places like Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Romania [Transylvania]?

    What about Nepal, Bhutan, or Myanmar?

    You've been to Vietnam, how much did you see? See a bit more and split your trip with Cambodia.

    Perhaps a cruise?
    • blindman
    • By blindman 11th Apr 18, 1:45 PM
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    Between which months?


    Perhaps a cruise?
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    Shame on you Pete

    Not a MSE way to see things IMHO

    Even if you go via the USA discounters.
    • Placitasgirl
    • By Placitasgirl 11th Apr 18, 7:12 PM
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    How about Sri Lanka (for sightseeing/nature/wildlife and beaches) and The Maldives for pure Indian Ocean paradise - stunning beaches, amazing sea life and snorkelling, rest and relaxation?

    We're off to The Maldives for our 4th visit in June and if you enjoy snorkelling and sea life you really need to visit; a resort with a house reef is a bucket list item your really should tick off!
    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 11th Apr 18, 7:32 PM
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    How about Sri Lanka (for sightseeing/nature/wildlife and beaches) and The Maldives for pure Indian Ocean paradise - stunning beaches, amazing sea life and snorkelling, rest and relaxation?

    We're off to The Maldives for our 4th visit in June and if you enjoy snorkelling and sea life you really need to visit; a resort with a house reef is a bucket list item your really should tick off!
    Originally posted by Placitasgirl
    Sri Lanka is amazing, Take a tour from Columbo to Kandy then down the central spine to Galle and back to Columbo. Loads of things to see, Sigiriya, Tea Plantations, National Parks, and the people are amazingly friendly. Then fly to the Maldives for the snorkelling. We have been to Biyadhoo twice which is probably the cheapest AI island but has an amazing house reef where you can snorkel or dive between various entry points and basically swim around the whole island. We also had a trip where we had a very close encounter with Manta Rays on our second visit. The food is good and although it's not as luxurious as some of the islands it's brilliant and used by plenty of divers it's that good.
    • Shikakui
    • By Shikakui 11th Apr 18, 7:50 PM
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    A few tips
    These are some of the destinations on my personal bucket list.
    Hope that can give you some ideas!

    Mongolia
    Island of Yap
    Georgia (will finally go there this summer)
    New Zealand
    Bhutan
    Andaman Islands (near India)

    I'm a big lover of islands and can highly recommend the following:

    Galapagos
    The Azores
    Svalbard
    Greenland
    The Faroe Islands
    • skint_chick
    • By skint_chick 11th Apr 18, 8:39 PM
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    Costa Rica? Lots of snorkelling, rainforest, volcanoes, stunning beaches, but also culture too. Sometimes you can go premium economy rather than business class - it's not as expensive but has plenty of leg room/personal space and is more relaxing than economy.

    I like looking at the Explore www.explore.co.uk website for ideas on where to go and what to do, although I've never booked with them, I just use it to get ideas for destinations and itineraries.

    I'd love to do South America (Peru, Bolivia, Chile) by train after seeing Michael Palin on TV when I was younger and then reading Paul Theroux's book on his journey.
    "I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better." Paul Theroux
    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 11th Apr 18, 11:03 PM
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    Wow this is fantastic just what I had hoped for.. . Thanks so much. I've got my homework to do. I said we're going for 3 weeks but I'm deciding whether I can afford to give up work by the end of this year which would mean the two of us could have all the time in the world next year .... it's all a balancing act !!!
    • Teahfc
    • By Teahfc 11th Apr 18, 11:25 PM
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    Fly to Cape Town, do the wine region, drive the Garden route, go in a shark cage, whale watching, walking with Cheetahs, Elephant sanctuary, relax on the beaches. Cheap food great b & b!!!8217;s rather than hotels, go as far as Port Elizabeth then have 2 days on Safari I would go to Shamwari. Then drive back to Cape Town vie the Karoo visiting Prince Albert on way back.
    Also another vote for Costa Rica.... both these 2 are my favourite places I have been to.
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 12th Apr 18, 8:36 AM
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    If your husband fancies Japan, then have a look at the Saga tours there (I know I know but hang on!) My parents went with them a couple of years ago as a 'trip of a lifetime' and were really funny about the idea of going with Saga as they weren't even 60 yet, but they were the best value and the best itinerary so they did it and had an absolutely fantastic few weeks seeing all different parts of the country, both urban and rural, and still talk about it regularly.
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