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Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:42 pm

Mine:

1. Russia, I'd like to try the trans-siberian railway experience one day after seeing one of Destination Truth's episode  

2. DPRK, after reading all the TRs here on a.net, DPRK is added into my bucket list. (BTW I'm not an American Citizen, just a resident) BTW can Americans visit DPRK? What is the process of obtaining a visa?

3. Antarctica (read an article about it) And the pictures definitely amazed me.

4. Greenland (same reason for #3, though much closer from NY and much more realistic)

5. Any country in Africa, especially Morocco, Tunisia and Madagascar.
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Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:16 pm

I've always wanted to visit any of the Islands in the Indian Ocean, such as Reunion, Mayotte, the Maldives, Seychelles, etc. I've always heard its like visiting the Caribbean, but on the other side of the world, and that just catches my interest.
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:23 pm

North Korea

Cuba

Greenland

almost every country in Africa

all of the eastern Europe countries
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:48 pm

Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Pitcarin Island (Of Mutiny on the Bounty fame)

Iceland

Galapagos Islands

Antarctica

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
 
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:53 pm

There are a couple places, in no particular order:

Greenland, Easter Islands, Galapagos Islands, The most southern point of South America, Aleut Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Thaiti....

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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:05 pm

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
BTW can Americans visit DPRK? What is the process of obtaining a visa?

I don't know about residents, but citizens can visit North Korea.
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:23 pm

North Korea,
Antartica,
Tierra del Fuego,
the moon,
and other places...
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:39 pm

Iran
Syria (again)
Turkmenistan
Tajikistan
Kyrgyzstan
Belarus
Kazakhstan
Uzbekistan
Afghanistan (when safe)
Abkhazia (Georgian breakaway)
Ossettia (Georgian breakaway and part of Russia)
Dagastan (Russia)
Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenia)
Mongolia
Tibet (China)
Russian Far East - Kamchatka and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
North Korea
Cuba
Yemen
Zimbabwe
Botswana
Mauritania
St Helena (British Overseas Territory)
Kosovo
Antarctica
Falkland Islands (British Overseas Territory)
Greenland


Quite a few, but I'm ticking them off slowly. By the time I'm finished, I probably won't want to try going to the US...   


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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:05 pm

This list does not include all the "exotic/unusual" places I want to visit, as I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Tajikistan
Kyrgyzstan
Armenia
Norfolk Island
Papua New Guinea
Andaman Islands
Lhasa
Urumqi
Mongolia
Ushuaia
Antarctica
Bolivia
Zambia
Botswana
Nouackchott
Bamako
Timbuktu
Kazakhstan
Irkutsk
Bhutan
Socotra
Tanzania
Ethiopia
Madagascar
The Silk Road
Many other islands

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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:12 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 7):
Quite a few, but I'm ticking them off slowly.

Yeah, but why don't you write trip reports any more??!  
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Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:53 pm

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 9):
Yeah, but why don't you write trip reports any more??!

Ask my family and girlfriend.   If I'm not working then I'm doing some form of DIY for them, or am hundreds of miles from home at hers. Not that I'm objecting, I just really wish I had a working laptop instead of two broken ones so I could get on with personal work during the many long train journeys I take. Course I could stop travelling for a bit and buy a new one with the money... but where's the sense of adventure in that   


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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:39 am

Well there are the usual suspects (Antarctica, Australia, Africa, India, North Korea, etc.)... but there are two places in particular to which I'd really like to visit:

   Barrow, Alaska (BRW)
   Guam (GUM)

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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:40 am

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
1. Russia, I'd like to try the trans-siberian railway experience

Definitely near the top of my list of things to do one day.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
2. DPRK, after reading all the TRs here on a.net, DPRK is added into my bucket list.

You know what, I have always thought that, and came very close to do it in 2009, but Kim Jong-Il decided to act up again so we couldn't. I did visit the DMZ while I was in South Korea, though, and that place was so depressing as is that if at that moment they had just opened up the border and invited me over for tea I would have probably said no.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
3. Antarctica (read an article about it)

Really want to swim in the Antarctic Ocean.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
4. Greenland

Flew over the Southern portion of Greenland one day on an Air France flight from CDG to JFK and it seemed just beautiful, really got me interested in going.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 3):
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Definitely my dream trip currently is Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in both Chile and Argentina, including a cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia and rounding Cape Horn. Saw pictures of a friend of mine that went to that area of Chile and they were the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 4):
Aleut Islands,

Met a 65-year old man while backpacking through Alaska that was on his own traveling the US public transportation system as far as it went. He went all the way from Miami, Florida, to Dutch Harbor, in the Aleut Islands, by himself, using only trains and ferries. I hope I have his spirit when I reach his age.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 4):
New Zealand

Most beautiful place I have ever been. Everybody, and I mean everybody, should visit New Zealand at least once in their lifetime.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 4):
Thaiti....

Biggest travel disappointment I have ever heard, but maybe just because I never left the main island.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 7):
Iran

Heard it is really beautiful, would like to try it one day once the situation improves.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 7):
Kazakhstan

Another place that fascinates me. I always grew up close to an Ocean, and don't think I could ever live too far away from one, but somehow the notion of visiting a place so inland, so far removed from any large body of water, intrigues me. Plus, Baikonur must be an awesome place to visit.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 7):
Russian Far East - Kamchatka and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Agreed, would love to visit Kamchatka. I imagine it to be a wilder, more remote, more vulcanically-active version of Alaska, which is a pretty awesome place to begin with.

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 11):
Barrow, Alaska (BRW)

You know what, I never quite made it up that north when I was in Alaska but I heard the town itself is a dump and not worth all the hassle and expense to get there. True, apart from Juneau most cities in Alaska suck (it is what is outside of them that is beautiful) but Barrow just seems to way out there.
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Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:55 am

Mongolia
Nepal
Bhutan
Antarctica
Greenland
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Peninule D'Ungava, PQ, Canada
Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:01 am

Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Pitcarin Island

Kiribati

Tuvalu

Micronesia

Vanuatu

Tonga

New Caledonia

See more of French Polynesia

Japan

Russia

Vietnam
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:31 am

The Marquesas Islands - by sea.
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:55 am

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 12):
You know what, I never quite made it up that north when I was in Alaska but I heard the town itself is a dump and not worth all the hassle and expense to get there. True, apart from Juneau most cities in Alaska suck (it is what is outside of them that is beautiful) but Barrow just seems to way out there.

That's really interesting. I didn't expect much from the town to begin with, but if it really is that bad then maybe I'll just stay for a shorter period of time. If I was to go, I was planning on going to ANC for a week or so, and in that time spend a night or two in BRW. I really just want to go to Point Barrow. And also... not many people can say they've flown into the northernmost airport in the United States... on a 737-400 Combi (or a B1900) to say the least.

I appreciate your thoughts though.

After watching "Flying Wild Alaska" I sort of want to visit UNK (Unalakleet) too. Maybe I could bring the Twetos a little something of some sort from New York City.

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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:51 am

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
DPRK is added into my bucket list. (BTW I'm not an American Citizen, just a resident) BTW can Americans visit DPRK? What is the process of obtaining a visa?

Only way is by organized tour (from China), but that means you will have government minders as your constant companions, you can't do anything spontaneously, and all of the money you pay goes into Kim Jong-Il's coffers. All reasons I decided against it when I was looking into it a few years back.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 12):

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 7):
Russian Far East - Kamchatka and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Agreed, would love to visit Kamchatka. I imagine it to be a wilder, more remote, more vulcanically-active version of Alaska, which is a pretty awesome place to begin with.

Count me in... wasn't too fond of European Russia, but Kamchatka would be a blast (literally!)

That having been said, are there really any truly 'exotic' places left? I mean, one of my favorite places in the world is the Hunza Valley in the Karakoram, northern Pakistan, but I would hardly consider it exotic... just an indescribable place to be...
 
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:56 am

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 17):
Only way is by organized tour (from China), but that means you will have government minders as your constant companions, you can't do anything spontaneously, and all of the money you pay goes into Kim Jong-Il's coffers. All reasons I decided against it when I was looking into it a few years back.

I would only do it to fly on a IL-62 and TU-154 again. Also to see that giant incomplete hotel that doesn't exist.
Yes visiting exotic and remote places sometimes means contributing to political regimes you may not agree with.
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:33 am

Alaska was always at the top of my list and I was lucky enough to be able to travel there a couple of years ago. Every local I met was astonished that I had willingly travelled all that way simply for the hell of it. Extraordinary place - looking forward to going back at some point in the not too distant future.

Iceland is also on my list (clearly I'm a fan of cold climates).

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 12):
Quoting wilco737 (Reply 4):
New Zealand

Most beautiful place I have ever been. Everybody, and I mean everybody, should visit New Zealand at least once in their lifetime.

New Zealand doesn't necessarily qualify as 'exotic' for an Aussie, but I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. I'm fortunate to live so close to the place - in fact, sometimes it's cheaper to travel to NZ than it is to PER.
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Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:09 am

I plan to visit as much of africa as I can.
Next trip there I will do
Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, DR Congo, Angola, Namibia,

I also want to add Paraguay,Guyana,French Guiana in South America and Travel across the Silk route countries. I won't rule anywhere out..
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Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:25 am

1. Antarctica - But first go through South America and then travel down to Ushuaia (think thats the name, the southern point of Argentina) and take a cruise ship down to Antarctica.

2. Cuba and more of Central America

3. Russia - Trans-Siberian Railway would be very cool, but so would Russian jets!

4. South African Safari (done a safari in Kenya, loved it)

5. North Korea - The place does interest me.

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Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:26 am

The countries of the Silk Road - Western China and various 'stans. The Tibet railway. Wagga Wagga.

Nah , just joking about Wagga. Been there.
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:50 am

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 19):
New Zealand doesn't necessarily qualify as 'exotic' for an Aussie, but I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment.

Not for an Aussie, but for a Germany, New Zealand is friggin far away  So it is rather exotic  

Oh and I need to go to Woolloomoolloo 

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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:03 pm

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 16):
And also... not many people can say they've flown into the northernmost airport in the United States... on a 737-400 Combi (or a B1900) to say the least.

As a fellow airplane nerd I understand, although it is a $500 round-trip... I satisfied my airplane nerdness in Alaska by taking the "milk-run" flight down to Sitka instead of the one-stop one, so I could log landings / take-offs in places such as Cordoba and Yakutat, but they were flying a regular 737-400 instead of the Combi that day, unfortunately (although if it was any consolation they did load a lot of cargo in the hold - mostly frozen salmon - every time we landed).

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 16):
After watching "Flying Wild Alaska" I sort of want to visit UNK (Unalakleet) too. Maybe I could bring the Twetos a little something of some sort from New York City.

Agree, that show is awesome, just don't get any ideas like that idiot who landed his Piper (?) on Rockaway Beach the other day because he saw it being done on the show... flying into UNK will probably cost you a pretty penny as well, though.

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 19):
Alaska was always at the top of my list and I was lucky enough to be able to travel there a couple of years ago. Every local I met was astonished that I had willingly travelled all that way simply for the hell of it.

Weird, the place was literally crawling with Australians when I was there a couple of years ago as well... although that might just be because I was staying mostly in hostels, and by experience, no matter where in the world you go, any hostel, by law, must have a minimum of 50% of Australians as guests (and a minimum of 25% as employees). 
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:25 pm

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 24):
and by experience, no matter where in the world you go, any hostel, by law, must have a minimum of 50% of Australians as guests (and a minimum of 25% as employees).

Narh, it's just 40% Aussies, the other 10% are Kiwis, its just that most people don't recognize them!  
And considering how few there actually are of both of us that's pretty amazing.
You also forgot to mention that 40% of the rest are Canadians, South Africans, Irish & Pommies.

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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:48 pm

Southern Patagonia

Would Québec count? I mean, it's exotic in the sense that it's sort of a peculiarity among the sea of English speaking North America. I'd go there in a hearbeat.
 
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:12 pm

Quoting AM744 (Reply 26):
Would Québec count?

The northern part.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 13):
Peninule D'Ungava, PQ, Canada
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RE: Exotics/Unusual Places You Want To Visit

Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:41 pm

1) Any remote place in Africa
2) Many cities in Uzbekistan
3) Iraq (when it'll be calm, if ever)
4) Afghanistan (when it'll be calm, if ever)
5) Sakhalin

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
1. Russia, I'd like to try the trans-siberian railway experience one day after seeing one of Destination Truth's episode  

Done that, however I chose the Trans Mongolian, which goes the same way from Moscow to Ulan Ude, and then goes straight through Mongolia towards Beijing. Fascinating and absolutely great experience.

Quoting texan (Reply 8):
Irkutsk

What exactly do you want to do in IKT? Yes the Baikal lake is close, but then you'd better stay in Listviyanka.
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