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Bucket list

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 31,042 mod
What places do you have on your bucket list?

Are they on everyone's list? This article suggests that some places on people's bucket list risk being spoilt by being too popular and overcrowded. There are some very good suggestions of alternatives every bit as good or better.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/shortcuts/2018/feb/26/bucket-lists-are-ruining-tourist-hotspots-heres-where-to-go-instead?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=265604&subid=11006640&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

For you, where are you top five 'bucket list' destinations?

Mine are very weird: Afghanistan, Pakistan (@Bubbly), Algeria (@mouna) - all of which need to be politically safer before I'd visit as a tourist; and the Philippines (@Kindgnice and @april) and Taiwan which are both a long way away but I'm sure I'll go to visit some time).


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  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 897 ✭✭✭
    edited February 27
    I've been to Taiwan for a Computex. That's a nice place, a rather wealthy one. The food was nice too, a supplier invited us to the Lame Duck restaurant. A long flight though: 11 hours from Moscow to Hong Kong and then a change and 2.5 hours again.

    The weather was tropical: +30C and 100%. I didn't like that. A colleague took a couple of days off there and she said they had some good beaches.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    I don't have a bucket list as such, I'd just love to visit a few places and it's fine if I don't. It makes me think long and hard to decide on five countries I really want to visit, though. It'd be great to travel to Japan, Norway, Brazil, Costa Rica and South Africa.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Actually Costa Rica is definitely in my top 10 places I'd like to visit @Vok (I hate the term 'bucket list'). I have been to the other places you mention and they were all terrific.

    @Practical_Severard I have heard that the food is very good there. A foodie Singaporean friend of mine rates it as his favourite place for food. I have liked the people I have met from there too. It is such a long way though. I have never been to South Korean for this reason. Though I am not sure this place is on my 'bucket list.'
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge how many countries have you visited already, then? Where did you like it the most? Hope these questions are relevant to the topic.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    There are lots of places that I want to visit, but the main one at the moment is Australia. I will need a lot of money to go there though.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Australia was not on my bucket list @GemmaRowlands, though I diud spend a couple of weeks there on my way to New Zealand that was and still is on my 'list' for a return visit.

    Australia is not that dissimilar to the UK, though obviously the climate and scenery are different. And you don't usually see kangaroos grazing by the roadside in Britain.

    @Vok I'm not sure exactly but maybe about 90 countries. I like France a lot, and Nepal of course as I keep going back there. Other favourites include Italy (@filauzio), Japan (@takafromtokyo, @Yellowtail, @Shiny03), South Africa, Brazil, and Colombia (@Monik). I think most places I have been to I have liked a lot though for lots of different reasons. Places I'm not so keen on? Australia, the United States - and North Korea I definitely would not like to live in!
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 897 ✭✭✭
    edited February 28
    > @mheredge said:
    I have heard that the food is very good there. A foodie Singaporean friend of mine rates it as his favourite place for food. I have liked the people I have met from there too. It is such a long way though. I have never been to South Korean for this reason. Though I am not sure this place is on my 'bucket list.'


    Our Chinese suppliers told this too. I'm not a connoisseur in the Chinese cuisine in any way, but the meal was really delicious. My impression was that they specialised in sea food. They offered snakes also, at least I saw them in the Night Market, both alive and skinned. But it looked like the locals didn't eat them very often.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    You such a seasoned traveller @mheredge . Now it's clear why you want to visit the places you mentioned. I can get why you're not into countries like USA and North Korea, but why Australia?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I found Australia rather boring @Vok. Maybe because the people are too similar to Brits in many ways (the old joke that Australians' ancestors were convicts shipped out from Britain rinds true for quite a few of them). It's not that easy to travel around either, as it is so vast and so expensive.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    mheredge said:

    Australia was not on my bucket list @GemmaRowlands, though I diud spend a couple of weeks there on my way to New Zealand that was and still is on my 'list' for a return visit.

    Australia is not that dissimilar to the UK, though obviously the climate and scenery are different. And you don't usually see kangaroos grazing by the roadside in Britain.

    @Vok I'm not sure exactly but maybe about 90 countries. I like France a lot, and Nepal of course as I keep going back there. Other favourites include Italy (@filauzio), Japan (@takafromtokyo, @Yellowtail, @Shiny03), South Africa, Brazil, and Colombia (@Monik). I think most places I have been to I have liked a lot though for lots of different reasons. Places I'm not so keen on? Australia, the United States - and North Korea I definitely would not like to live in!

    It's the climate that I am interested in. If anything, I like the fact that it isn't hugely different, as I won't have to spend much time getting used to the country.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    The climate in Australia can be very hot in the summer @GemmaRowlands. I visited my friend in Cairns only because it was winter there and even then it was as hot as British summer. She told me that in the summer she just used to sit with the air conditioning turned up high and wouldn't move as it was too hot.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    mheredge said:

    The climate in Australia can be very hot in the summer @GemmaRowlands. I visited my friend in Cairns only because it was winter there and even then it was as hot as British summer. She told me that in the summer she just used to sit with the air conditioning turned up high and wouldn't move as it was too hot.

    Yes I have heard that, I would have to be careful as I do burn easily. I don't think I would want to go right in the middle of the summer, though.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    The ozone is thinner down there and Australians are very sensitive to going out in the sun @GemmaRowlands. I recall being ticked off once by two Australian ladies while on holiday in Morocco to cover up even against the winter sum there!
  • mustafatajanimustafatajani Posts: 99 ✭✭
    I would like to visit Switzerland, South Africa wild life sanctuary, Venice , Hogwarts set , Game of Thrones set, 8 wonders, Himalayas, Miami , Las Vegas, Iceland and many more exotic places.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Where was the Game of Thrones filmed @mustafatajani? I'm not sure I want to go to Las Vegas or Miami, but the other places I'm totally in agreement with you.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    mheredge said:

    The ozone is thinner down there and Australians are very sensitive to going out in the sun @GemmaRowlands. I recall being ticked off once by two Australian ladies while on holiday in Morocco to cover up even against the winter sum there!

    I think I could get used to being careful about it, though, and I am sure that I could take enough care with it to keep myself as safe as I could at all times.
  • mustafatajanimustafatajani Posts: 99 ✭✭
    @mheredge I think all seasons has shot on different location .... but one I know is in Iceland
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I visited Iceland once at the end of May @mustafatajani. It was light all through the night and the weather was as good as it gets for somewhere that far north. I found the geological formations amazing, especially the hot mud pools and geysers.
  • mustafatajanimustafatajani Posts: 99 ✭✭
    Great @mheredge I have visited to Himalayas in Manali it is in India , Very beautiful and exotic place it is a tourist place . It is also called as Heaven on Earth. My looking forward to travel more in future.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Ladakh is one of my most favourite areas in the Himalayas @mustafatajani. It is incredibly beautiful. I love Himachal Pradesh too.


  • mustafatajanimustafatajani Posts: 99 ✭✭
    @mheredge have you visited this place??
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    A few times @mustafatajani - it is one of my favourite areas in India. The summer is the best time to visit - June-and of August, as the rest of the year it is cold. I went once in February and the temperatures used to drop to less than minus 20 degrees centigrade during the night.
  • mustafatajanimustafatajani Posts: 99 ✭✭
    Yes you @mheredge are absolutely right .. I am planning to go on a bike trip to visit leh very soon fingers crossed :) :) :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    An American friend and his 11 year old son cycled from Manali to Leh. They took it easily as his little boy obviously could not manage to go too far (they had a tandem bike). I think young Asher holds the record for the youngest to cycle this route. They raised money to support training a few Indian medical students @mustafatajani.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    mheredge said:

    An American friend and his 11 year old son cycled from Manali to Leh. They took it easily as his little boy obviously could not manage to go too far (they had a tandem bike). I think young Asher holds the record for the youngest to cycle this route. They raised money to support training a few Indian medical students @mustafatajani.

    Wow, that is a fantastic achievement. I would love to be able to to do something like that, but my physical fitness leaves far too much to be desired.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I think my friend did quite a lot of training before he did it. He went in August, as the weather is the best then too.
  • mustafatajanimustafatajani Posts: 99 ✭✭
    @mheredge that is some courageous and brave action because roads there are most dangerous and irregular plus not to forget high altitude sickness . A round of applause for him, I admire him.
  • mustafatajanimustafatajani Posts: 99 ✭✭
    @GemmaRowlands You can do it , Nothing is Impossible. Is just that you need to be physically fit as it is on a high altitude which results in lack of oxygen . I f you plan to do it you need to at-least do exercise for two to three before that , if you are not doing exercise regularly .
  • sammanisammani Posts: 417 ✭✭✭
    I have many places to visit before I die.I think it is more than 5.but here is the list of top five.
    1.the great barrier reef,in queensland australia.
    2.the eiffel tower in Paris.
    3.I would love to spend time in Hawaiian islands with my loved ones.
    4.In addition I would love to visit antarctica once in my life time.
    5.I have no experience about volcanoes.I like to visit Vesuvius which is the only active volcano in mainland Europe and the destroyed city pompeii.
    I wish I can come true my dream of visiting thoses places.but I think money will be a great barrier to me.but let's see.what will happend. <3
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I would love to go to Antarctica @sammani. I saw penguins in South Africa but I would very much like to see them there.
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