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mengelag
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Where is the best place you've traveled and recommend anyone to go see and why?

Where is the best place you've travelled to and recommend anyone to go and see and why? I've travelled a fair amount, and the Philippines is by far #1. The people, the feeling of community, and the gorgeous scenery are just a few major reasons I love this place. It's also very inexpensive for North Americans, your money goes a long way. I highly recommend it.

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DipakJ27
Adept III

I agree with you that the Philippines is one of the best places to travel. I've been there several times and I'm always amazed by the beauty of the country, the warmth of the people, and the affordability.

Here are a few of my favorite places to visit in the Philippines:

Palawan:

This island is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, as well as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boracay:

This island is known for its white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife.

Cebu:

This island is a great base for exploring the Visayas region, with its beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and historical landmarks.

Bohol:

This island is home to the Chocolate Hills, a unique geological formation of over 1,200 cone-shaped hills.

Siargao:

This island is a popular destination for surfers and beach lovers, with its consistent waves and laid-back atmosphere.

No matter what your interests are, you're sure to find something to love in the Philippines. It's a truly special country with something to offer everyone.

Dipakjadhav
mengelag
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I've been to Boracay a few times as well as Palawan/ El Nido, and Burias Island. Baguio next month and then Bohol in the new year I think. I'm out here right now and I just extended my tourist visa.

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BigAl01
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We've traveled quite a bit.  One of our favorite trips was a cruise around New Zealand in early 2020 - just before COVID-19 hit with force.  Check out my website for that trip.

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As Albert Einstein said, "I could have done so much more with a Big Al's Computer!".
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rtbh99
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everyone ought to visit the pacific northwest at least once. the people are so nice, and the scenery is very pretty.

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mengelag
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So like northern Cali and Oregon?

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and washington! i just spent a week in oregon with my family and the weather was perfect the whole time, to my standards. rain, clouds, cold, wind. but thats because i went up there in october lol

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BigAl01
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We've been to Oregon / Washington a few times for wine trips.

A vineyard back in 2016.A vineyard back in 2016.

 

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johnnyenglish
Grandmaster

Japan.

There are two places that I enjoyed a lot (as a tourist).

New York (spent  1 week and a half) and Japan (2weeks and a bit'ish more).

A clean, well organized place, sometimes weird. Lots of stuff to see. Good for nerds and tech. Ridding those high speed trains that will take you everywhere. Good and affordable food.

I need to go back there some day.

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The Englishman

bucket list for me. I'm in SE Asia as we speak and I'm hoping to go for cherry blossoms at the end of april.

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lowteck
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Kaanapali, Maui.  

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mengelag
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Still have to get to Hawaii, but man is it expensive for me on the US dollar being from Canada. Tourist prices plus an extra 25% because of where our dollar sits.

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This is a really hard one as there needs to be more to it than just where and why and here is the reason I say that.

First my wife and I travel for diving and so all the places I would list would be great for Divers and maybe not so much for the local community and one example would be Curacao as the beaches as clean and white sands and the ocean life is blooming. On the other hand if you want to go hiking or explore you will not get to far off the road as a lot if the island is just desert with lots of tall cactus that would stop a lot of your exploring.

 

Once place were we did do both and would love to go back soon was Belize as it had wonderful diving and we also staying down near the rain forest so we had lush jungles to explore through. It is a poor country and you can tell but every one there does the best that they can. We spent the first part in South Belize in Punta Gorda and then for the second part of the trip went up to San Pedro and loved both places. 

 

Are you looking for a new place to go or just seeing where others have traveled and their views on them?

mengelag
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 I just got my open water cert. Hoping to get some diving done while I'm in SE Asia. Thanks for the Dive locations. Curacao is definitely on my list. When I'm back on the other side of the pond I'll have to late a look at Belize. Haven't been there yet either. The furthest south I've been is Costa Rica.

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Congrats on your open water and now time to start advancing. So many courses you can take from all the agencies. I am not sure if they told you this in class or not but you can jump between all the programs for your certs. I got my open water through NAUI and got my Advanced and Deep water through PADI. Here is a trick or tip for you. When you go diving with a shop they put you on the boat and you are with a group of people or you can pay extra to have your own guide which will cost you quite a nit more for that. Now here is the trick or tip: Do a card certification class with the shop. You will have to do certain skills under water so they will take you and how ever else is doing classes away from the main group. So instead of 8-10 or more in a group you end up with usually 4-6 people and get to see more IMO it is a lot better as if one person in the large group[ sucks a lot of air it kills it for the ones who do not suck as much. This is something that one of the DM on or trip to Belize pointed out. 🙂 

Cheers, thanks! That's a great tip, it makes a ton of sense when you explain it. I'll be in Boracay probably in Dec and there are lots of shops there. I'll see what certs they are offering. Any that you recommend as a good next step?

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Axxemann
Forerunner

I'm more of a fan of the Alberta backwoods. I've driven through so many places across this great province I call home I can't list them all. The only thing we don't have here is tidewater. We do have some humongous and DEEP lakes though, if fishing is your thing. One of my favorites is a mid-July rip along the Icefields parkway on my Blackbird I took a few years ago. I woke up before the crack of dawn one morning, fuelled up the Bird, grabbed a bottle of Coca Cola, and pointed the front wheel at Hinton, where I stopped for breakfast and a fuel-up for the 'Bird. Potty and gas break in Jasper, and then hit the Parkway. Managed to scare the bejeebus out of a few busloads of foreign tourists as I went screaming past them at Mach Chicken on my back wheel, and then stopped to snap this photo. Topped off in Banff, linked up with a couple of buddies in Calgary for a cruise down the party strip (Can't remember if it's Electric Avenue or The Red Mile.)  Filled the beast up one last time and pointed north towards home. Quick stop in Red Deer to squeegee the bugs off my helmet visor so I could see the road, and got back to Edmonton with just enough time to grab my g/f at the time's helmet, gloves and jacket so I could pick her up from her bar night with her friends. Average speed was about 100 km/h, but in the less fun parts, I was easily way more than double that. Fun fact about the Blackbird, it got peak fuel effiency at around 170-180 km/h. Fast enough to land me in jail had I been stopped.

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Another memorable trip for me was a week long 4x4 trip I did in the late 1990s with a few  buddies in my old 1983 S-15 Jimmy. We were down in southern Alberta, around Racehorse and Dutch Creeks. That trip I broke a lot of parts (and a couple of spares) and had some of the weirdest weather for August. We were traversing a series of valleys, and it was hot & sunny in one, pouring rain in the second, SNOWING in the third, and once we got to the fourth, hot & sunny again. One of my buddies rolled his Toyota 4Runner down the side of a mountain, and it kept running. My other buddy darn near got into a fist fight with a Grizzly bear over the 7 pound rainbow trout he had fought for an hour before the bear showed up. I wish I knew where the photos were. Those were all on 35mm film, and I never did scan them. Digital cameras were a thing only the super rich and pros had, and even back then they weren't nearly as good as what you'd find on a smartphone today.

Even spending 2 weeks traveling through France as a 17 year old kid doesn't hold in my memories as well as some of my home-grown adventures.

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mengelag
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Having lived in Alberta since 2001. I will say that its beauty is unrivalled!

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I'm gonna guess you were in Banff or K-Country in those photos?

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mengelag
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Waiparous area, pretty well K country. About 40 mins from Cochrane down the Forestry Trunk Rd.

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It's been forever since I was down that way. Last time I was I was in my 88 S-10 Blazer. And I blew the transmission out of that one back in 2004.

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I am so disappointed as my wife had made a lot of plans and planning into a trip to Ireland for my 50th as I am part Irish and my ancestors came over to America due to the over population of the prisons in Irland. LOL not really something to be proud of but that is how we ended up here. As far as I know our family still had a pub over there as my Great grand mother had pictures of it and also our coat of arms. SO this was to be a huge present to me from my wife and she spent a good year planning the whole trip then..........well we all know.................COVID hits and locks the world down and shut those plans down. We tried to reschedule as much as we could bu **bleep** was still so locked down later in the year that we ended up canceling everything and I want to say that even some of the places we were going to say shut down due to the lock downs. It was really bad there as we had looked and you were limited to so many meters of your home and if you were found outside that area the fines were harsh. Anyways I am looking to get to go sometime in the future and enjoy everything you did.