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I think it's more relevant what you do and where you go, not the quantity, but that's me. And I dare say I've been around. 

For instance I had been to Italy before this summer, but after doing Sardinia, Naples, Puglia, now Rimini, SM, Bologna, Rome etc. You get closer to the culture. As an example if you only have been to Rome, you don't understand the quality of the fish food in Puglia. I am writing this sitting in a bar in Lecce just arriving from Bari. Tomorrow I am heading down to S.M. Di Leuca and feel quite hyped about it. 

It's super weird being in the south of Italy only speaking a little bit of Italian and no **** around speaks English. Took me like forever to order freshly squezeed orange juice the other morning. 

I rented an apartment here from a woman through airnbn and she picked me up from the train station. Had a 25 minute talk about everything and I only understood 10% of it. Was hilarious. They love that you try though. 

And the Italian down here is not like the Italian in Rome. Completely different language. 

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Kind of agree but at the same time I'm fortunate enough to do several holidays / getaways a year so I can explore a region (which is obviously now Germany) and then hopefully tick off a new country each year

By the end of this year in the last 15 months I'll have done Morocco, nuremburg, gdansk, Scotland, Munich, halkidiki and New York, 2 New countries for me 4 New countries for my missus (and she's done NY I haven't) 

New York obviously and then Scotland aside none of the others have cost more than £400 for the 2 of us, Morocco and gdansk were less than £150 (the german cities were with friends) 

You can do both if you're lucky with the prices and know where to look

Edit - I went to Amsterdam too for my birthday so that's another "new" one, I've driven through Holland a few times

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16 hours ago, KenjiOgiwara said:

I think it's more relevant what you do and where you go, not the quantity, but that's me. And I dare say I've been around. 

For instance I had been to Italy before this summer, but after doing Sardinia, Naples, Puglia, now Rimini, SM, Bologna, Rome etc. You get closer to the culture. As an example if you only have been to Rome, you don't understand the quality of the fish food in Puglia. I am writing this sitting in a bar in Lecce just arriving from Bari. Tomorrow I am heading down to S.M. Di Leuca and feel quite hyped about it. 

It's super weird being in the south of Italy only speaking a little bit of Italian and no **** around speaks English. Took me like forever to order freshly squezeed orange juice the other morning. 

I rented an apartment here from a woman through airnbn and she picked me up from the train station. Had a 25 minute talk about everything and I only understood 10% of it. Was hilarious. They love that you try though. 

And the Italian down here is not like the Italian in Rome. Completely different language. 

Your definition of quality over quantity is based around the fish in Puglia ?  :) (i'm kidding)

I get that some people want to chill and relax  soak up the ambience  ..the telegraph have a 36 hours in Rimini article , it essentially tells you where to have breakfast , lunch and cocktails and visit a fishing market and a water fountain  ... i can sort of  understand the appeal in that but that's not for me  , once you've swum in the Adriatic in Rimini  there isn't any wow factor to keep you there so head to San Marino and get 2 countries for the price of one and then move on to Florence  

i plan my trips in advance so i know what's in a region , what appeals and what doesn't    , usually i get it right and see everything I'm interested in   ... only one I can really recall where I missed out was Amritsar  , I did the golden temple and massacre site but I'd never heard of the Wagah border ceremony so missed an opportunity there , but I'm planning to visit Pakistan at some point, so I'll do the border ceremony from the PAK side 

your airbnb encounter reminds me of my trip to  Gerogia  , the guy picked us up from the airport and brought his mum with him , we spent the entire journey talking to each other in 2 different languages without understanding a word the other said   , when we got to the apartment she'd made us home made bread and jam and some form of pickle based thing  , far better than any hotel experience

 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, tonyh29 said:

i plan my trips in advance so i know what's in a region , what appeals and what doesn't    , usually i get it right and see everything I'm interested in   ... only one I can really recall where I missed out was Amritsar  , I did the golden temple and massacre site but I'd never heard of the Wagah border ceremony so missed an opportunity there , but I'm planning to visit Pakistan at some point, so I'll do the border ceremony from the PAK side 

and me, I think that's one of the main reasons I like holidays and travelling, the planning of it builds up anticipation, im currently sat planning a 5 day drive around the highlands for next week, went to Greece earlier this year for a bargain "relaxing" beach holiday, my first in 8 years, after 2 days we were bored so drove 4 hours inland to meteora 

as for amristar, I thought you could do it from Brum with Turkmenistan airlines and try and get the layover in Ashgabat which is supposedly very hard to get approved by them, that as a holiday really interests me

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7 minutes ago, villa4europe said:

as for amristar, I thought you could do it from Brum with Turkmenistan airlines and try and get the layover in Ashgabat which is supposedly very hard to get approved by them, that as a holiday really interests me

they are currently grounded and not allowed to fly within the EU

I was planning on going to Turkmenistan in the summer with my son  to go see the gas grater  and this kinda scuppered things a bit  , only real way at present is via Turkey and it eats into about 2 and a bit days of the trip

I think a visa is easy enough , i found a  travel agent that would do it for me   ... they seem to want to escort you everywhere and give the impression it compulsory , but I think you are free to come and go as you please

Edit - thinking about it , the ban was due to end on 1st Sept but haven't checked if thats the case  ..it was originally 1st June so could be one of these never ending dates !!

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UK

France

Spain

Italy

Belgium

Netherlands

Germany

Czech Republic

Poland

Slovakia

Hungary

Croatia

Slovenia

South Korea

Vietnam

Cambodia

Thailand

Laos

China

Mongolia

Ukraine

Sweden

Brazil

Greece

Turkey

Japan

Portugal

Iceland

Israel

Lithuania

Latvia

United States

Ireland

Denmark

Austria

Finland

Estonia

South Africa

 

That puts me on 38.  Expect to at least add Canada and Norway next year with the latter becoming my 40th.  They'll be partying in the streets of Oslo with that honour I'm sure.

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20 minutes ago, Wainy316 said:

They'll be partying in the streets of Oslo with that honour I'm sure.

not with the price of beer over there   :)

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Ireland

England

Wales

Northern Ireland

Germany 

Netherlands 

Spain

Czech 

Slovakia

Norway

Sweden

Denmark

Croatia

Poland

Austria

Italy

Vatican

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Just added 2 last week so I'll make my first list here:

 

Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Egypt
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Laos
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Singapore
Slovakia
Spain
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
United States of America
Uruguay
Vatican City
Vietnam

= 45 (48)

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5 hours ago, fightoffyour said:

Armenia

I was quite impressed with Armenia ,  the town centre was quite lively bar wise  .. we drove to Yerevan from Tbilisi  , did you do the same ?

the Wings of  Tatev via Mt Aarat (views) was a decent day out even if it did involve about 30 more monasteries than i need to see .

Spent a day at lake Sevan as well , had a few beers and then asked about lunch , bar owner picked up his rod caught us a couple of fish and knocked them up on a BBQ 

blotted somewhat when we visited the WW 2 museum and the guide asked us if England was involved in WW2  !!!

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4 hours ago, tonyh29 said:

I was quite impressed with Armenia ,  the town centre was quite lively bar wise  .. we drove to Yerevan from Tbilisi  , did you do the same ?

the Wings of  Tatev via Mt Aarat (views) was a decent day out even if it did involve about 30 more monasteries than i need to see .

Spent a day at lake Sevan as well , had a few beers and then asked about lunch , bar owner picked up his rod caught us a couple of fish and knocked them up on a BBQ 

blotted somewhat when we visited the WW 2 museum and the guide asked us if England was involved in WW2  !!!

Not to Yerevan unfortunately, just a day trip tour from Tbilisi and back. Pretty cool nonetheless. I imagine it looks the same now as it did in the 1950s.

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