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post #1 of 26
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If you were to visit another country which is quite different from yours, what would you like to see and experience?
If you have already experienced a 1st time visit please tell us your feelings about it.
post #2 of 26
The new sights are the most important to me
post #3 of 26
My degree is in archaeology, so seeing ancient archaeological sites is my #1 consideration. Followed by natural beauty, and food
post #4 of 26
Seeing natural landscapes are the most important thing to me.
post #5 of 26
For me, they all apply, but I first like to get know the people and understand the culture and venture out from there.
post #6 of 26
I'm a foodie so I need to taste local food. When I mean local, I don't mean an American version of local food, I mean the stuff the natives eat. I also will come prepared for this with Pepto, Imodium, and some Anti-Biotics if necessary.
post #7 of 26
Seeing unique places!
post #8 of 26
I like to see the sights and culture, I always visit palaces, government buildings things like that and love to try out the cuisine too
post #9 of 26
I like the sight seeing stuff.

Then the food as that really meshes with getting to know the locals (Food needs beer = buying beer for the chap next to you = meeting the locals).
post #10 of 26
I like to check out the unique and beautiful new sites
post #11 of 26
It depends on what country i am visiting, some of them are plain boring but the bargains/foods are good.

But for me all of the above apply for me
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
For me, they all apply, but I first like to get know the people and understand the culture and venture out from there.

kinda the same for me. along with the history,and of course FOOD!!!!!
post #13 of 26
Sights and cuisine are the most important things to me.
post #14 of 26
I have never been on a plane, so I haven't been to a foreign country...but I imagine interacting with the locals to see how different they live would be cool.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by yayi View Post
If you were to visit another country which is quite different from yours, what would you like to see and experience?
If you have already experienced a 1st time visit please tell us your feelings about it.
While it is hardly our first time driving from Plano (near Dallas) to Mexico City, (we have done it 8 times), this will be the first time in taking our cat with us as we will be staying in a pet friendly hotel. This is going to be a very unique experience for us and hope that this will make this our best trip ever! Dont worry, we are aware of the down side of travelling with a cat, but we have also considered the upsides, and they won. We are so excited!
post #16 of 26
The history and the sites are what I'm always looking out for. Even if the food is strange nothing beats a good place to explore.
post #17 of 26
I love seeing how different things are like houses, shops, everything!

It really annoys me when I find that a 'little england' has bean created, like it has in Gran Canaria in some places. I know that's what some people want - a home from home - but what's the point in going abroad for that!

I love the dodgy spellings of things abroad, like my fiance got some sugar with his coffee, and the packet was labelled 'spanka'!
post #18 of 26
Jessy, i couldn't agree more with the 'little England' thing that's happening all over Europe.... i go abroad to see different culture, traditions, the food..... nothing worse than seeing a typical fri/sat night in London recreated elsewhere...
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post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by JasmineCat View Post
Jessy, i couldn't agree more with the 'little England' thing that's happening all over Europe.... i go abroad to see different culture, traditions, the food..... nothing worse than seeing a typical fri/sat night in London recreated elsewhere...
those are for the locals. its like when we got off the plane in germany and people rushed for the american fast food place,lol why would you do that. Your in germany find a german place to eat!!!!..
here we have china town(very small) little itlay etc, but that for the local people to go to
post #21 of 26
definitely seeing the sights..when dh and I went on our honeymoon cruise I enjoyed the excursions the most, but of course the shopping was fun too
post #22 of 26
I voted for "seeing unique places", but would also have marked "interacting with the locals" if multiple choices were allowed. To me, both are equally important, and it goes without saying that enjoying the "native cuisine" is a big part of the experience. I'm not big on shopping, but I find a trip to a supermarket, or weekly open-air market, really enlightening. In other words, "all of the above"!
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all your replies. I will be having 3 young first-time travelers visiting the Philippines next year. It is a big experience for them since they've never been out of their native Canada. Your answers have helped a lot.

post #24 of 26
Yayi, I'd like to travel to the Phillipines (based on your great photos of past) and stay with you and your kitties in your magnificent home!!!!!!
post #25 of 26
with all the time i spent living and working in that part of the world i have yet to visit the Phillipines.

soo many places yet i would love to see.
post #26 of 26
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soo many places yet i would love to see.
I feel the same way. I love Ohio, but sometimes I just want to walk around with people that live in a different country. Seems neat. Would love to go to Turin, Italy, and France, and Scotland. Before I am 30, I want to go to Israel and see Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth. Working on it : )

I've been to Canada once, when I was little. And I was so expecting it to be a major change from the US. We got there, and it is very beautiful, but doesn't look like it's a different part of the world, you know? I actually pictured it as a super-futuristic place (which I have no idea where I would have got that idea...)
Would go back in a moment, though!
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