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    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 10th Apr 18, 7:47 PM
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    Bucket List 10th Apr 18 at 7:47 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
    Last edited by maggiesoup1; 10-04-2018 at 7:56 PM.
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    • samdavies
    • By samdavies 12th Apr 18, 8:54 AM
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    The Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage! It's a unique walk in Spain to Santiago de Compostela, perfect to do during summer for a new and different experience.
    • blindman
    • By blindman 12th Apr 18, 9:01 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.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    And I bet they paid well over the odds for what is a DIY travel country.
    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 12th Apr 18, 9:15 AM
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    Thanks for the suggestion re Japan and agree with Blindman. We did 2 weeks in Vietnam & Cambodia under our own steam for a third of what the agencies were charging. Also partner would never consider going with a group, and definitely no to a cruise (he's not as sociable as me!) However, like you he's a HUGE friend of the red squirrels so maybe if could I could send him to a red squirrel sanctuary for a week that would tick his Bucket List at least!
    Last edited by maggiesoup1; 12-04-2018 at 2:54 PM.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 12th Apr 18, 9:38 AM
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    And I bet they paid well over the odds for what is a DIY travel country.
    Originally posted by blindman

    They were happy with what they paid and had a fantastic experience. Each to their own.
    • blindman
    • By blindman 12th Apr 18, 11:25 AM
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    The Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage! It's a unique walk in Spain to Santiago de Compostela, perfect to do during summer for a new and different experience.
    Originally posted by samdavies
    From what I saw on the TV with the Z list celebs getting a freebie it's hardly a solitude of mediation walk.
    • blindman
    • By blindman 12th Apr 18, 11:27 AM
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    Thanks for the suggestion re Japan and agree with Blindman. He did 2 weeks in Vietnam & Cambodia under our own steam !
    Originally posted by maggiesoup1
    How did you know ?

    And it was actually 3 weeks + 1 night in KUL
    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 12th Apr 18, 2:55 PM
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    How did you know ?

    And it was actually 3 weeks + 1 night in KUL
    Originally posted by blindman
    Doh ! typo!
    • sunshine62
    • By sunshine62 16th Apr 18, 9:33 AM
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    Bucket list destination suggestion
    While you're still making up your mind, Iceland is a viable option.
    It's a short hop from the UK, easy to DIY in advance, and you can snorkel too at Silfra. It will never be a dirt cheap destination, but planning can help mitigate the costs. I went in mid-May and it was already still light until near enough midnight already, so need to return for the Northern lights one day....
    • blindman
    • By blindman 16th Apr 18, 12:01 PM
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    need to return for the Northern lights one day....
    Originally posted by sunshine62
    Go to Tromso for better viewing opportunities.

    Feb 2017 Went to Iceland for 1 week-Zilch

    Feb 2018 Went to Tromso 5 days-every night

    One off my Bucket list
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 16th Apr 18, 1:39 PM
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    Go to Tromso for better viewing opportunities.

    Feb 2017 Went to Iceland for 1 week-Zilch

    Feb 2018 Went to Tromso 5 days-every night

    One off my Bucket list
    Originally posted by blindman
    Went to Tromso on an Aircraft Carrier [HMS BULWARK] in 1981.

    Just after we anchored I remember going to one of the loos [called 'Heads'] onboard. There'd just been a minor flood in there, and the bottom couple of inches of my trousers got soaked.

    I then went onto the Flight Deck to get a view of Tromso. Within 2 minutes my trouser bottoms had frozen solid!

    Going ashore we had to go by tender. I wore 5 layers of clothing, and was still chilled.
    • maggiesoup1
    • By maggiesoup1 16th Apr 18, 9:55 PM
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    Jeezo not my dream holiday one bit. I hate the cold !!!55356;!!!57128;!!!55356;!!!57128;
    • JImsaver
    • By JImsaver 16th Oct 18, 8:17 AM
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    Japan is very very worth the trip you can really see some amazing sites!
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    • koalakoala
    • By koalakoala 16th Oct 18, 8:49 AM
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    Shame on you Pete

    Not a MSE way to see things IMHO

    Even if you go via the USA discounters.
    Originally posted by blindman

    Haha totally agree.
    You'll never see the real world from a cruise
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 16th Oct 18, 11:06 AM
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    Haha totally agree.
    You'll never see the real world from a cruise
    Originally posted by koalakoala
    Believe me, I've seen plenty of the 'Real World'.

    A cruise is merely an indulgence, and part of the one we're about to start off on a week on Saturday is across 'The Pond', with 6 consecutive days where there'll be no land in sight, just the Ship, the sea, the sun, the rain [maybe], the moon and the stars at night....I reckon that's all part of the Real World.
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 16-10-2018 at 11:15 AM.
    • Ballard
    • By Ballard 17th Oct 18, 5:47 PM
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    Japan is a great choice and if you do go then look at getting a JR pass for the trains. It has to be purchased before arrival in the country and is the only realistic way to make trains (particularly Shinkansen - bullet - trains affordable).

    An alternative would be South Korea which is fabulous and small enough to see pretty much the whole country in 3 weeks. Coaches are affordable and very comfortable.
    I hate verisimilitude.
    • mgdavid
    • By mgdavid 17th Oct 18, 11:57 PM
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    Drawing attention that a newbie has revived a 6 month-old thread !
    The questions that get the best answers are the questions that give most detail....
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 18th Oct 18, 7:08 AM
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    Drawing attention that a newbie has revived a 6 month-old thread !
    Originally posted by mgdavid
    The thread might be old.....the topic is still current.
    • AlSto
    • By AlSto 18th Oct 18, 7:58 AM
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    If it's going to be the last long haul(I don't believe a word of it), then definitely go as far as you can. New Zealand/Oz for instance.

    I was lucky enough to get flights to NZ with Thai Airways for 400. Even Perth for 300. Did some whale watching and exploring.
    If you aren't working, you can grab the deals when they come along. Also learn to pick the best seats for extra comfort. Walk around during the flight. Stopover somewhere to break up the journey, so that it's a pleasure and not a chore.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 18th Oct 18, 8:59 AM
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    I would add a few cities to the bucket list. Stay in hostels to keep price down, they are not just for young people, we stayed in two aged late 60s.
    Berlin, Prague, Barcelona for example do not involve long flights plus a day or two to get used to a new time zone.
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