2024 Travel Plans

Do you ever have friends or acquantances who ask....'why would you go there' or 'why would you do that'

We have had that said to us at least four times about our recent trip to Morocco. Have had the same comment about other countries that may not be on their radar. We have spent 6 winters in Thailand/SE Asia. We hope to go this winter and I have no doubt that some of the exact same people will ask that question as they have every other time.

My response is always the same. Why not? Probably because I was brought up that way. Glass half full, focus on reasons why to do something vs why not to do, etc and to to jump at an opportunity. Stretch even if you are not confident of your ability to succeed.

I believe that it is a generational thing. People of our adult children's age never seem to ask that question. Rather, they want to know details, how did it go, what did you like, should we go, etc.
 
Do you ever have friends or acquantances who ask....'why would you go there' or 'why would you do that'

We have had that said to us at least four times about our recent trip to Morocco. Have had the same comment about other countries that may not be on their radar. We have spent 6 winters in Thailand/SE Asia. We hope to go this winter and I have no doubt that some of the exact same people will ask that question as they have every other time.

My response is always the same. Why not? Probably because I was brought up that way. Glass half full, focus on reasons why to do something vs why not to do, etc and to to jump at an opportunity. Stretch even if you are not confident of your ability to succeed.

I believe that it is a generational thing. People of our adult children's age never seem to ask that question. Rather, they want to know details, how did it go, what did you like, should we go, etc.
I'm interested in the why of returning often, like your 6 winters in SE Asia. As a former military dependent who spent most of my formative years outside the US, I have enjoyed visits to many countries. But not many would I return to again and again, so I'm interested in the draw of Thailand? Good weather/food/people apparently, but what else keeps pulling you back?
 
Clark Howard suggests finding the bargain places and times and then figure out why you want to go there. I’m currently doing that with a relatively ignored state right here in the USA.

After seeing photos of Morocco taken by friends I completely understand why they want to go there. Fascinating!
 
I'm interested in the why of returning often, like your 6 winters in SE Asia. As a former military dependent who spent most of my formative years outside the US, I have enjoyed visits to many countries. But not many would I return to again and again, so I'm interested in the draw of Thailand? Good weather/food/people apparently, but what else keeps pulling you back?
We use it as a base. We have gone north to Cambodia and Vietnam. South to Malaysia by train and van or by ferry via Langkawi. Then Penang, sometimes KL. We spend time on the mainland and do some island hopping.

We have combined it with flying into Singapore, then Philippines, and end up in Thailand. Also used the area as a base to fly to Australia for a month or so from Krabi, Thailand or KL, Malaysia.

Much better than being at home in the cold snowy winter for two or three months!

Some of our friends have been spending winters in the same place in Mexico, Palm Springs, Arizona, Florida, and Hawaii, etc. They own or rent the same place year after year! Not our preference. We considered buying a winter home or condo. Our preference is to spend time in warm places that were on our respective bucket lists instead.
 
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Clark Howard suggests finding the bargain places and times and then figure out why you want to go there. I’m currently doing that with a relatively ignored state right here in the USA.

After seeing photos of Morocco taken by friends I completely understand why they want to go there. Fascinating!
We have done the same on occasion. Albania and/or Bulgaria are on ourradar for the next time we go to Greece/Turkey.
 
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We have done the same on occasion. Albania and/or Bulgaria are on ourradar for the next time we go to Greece/Turkey.
I was in Bulgaria about a decade ago. It was just opening up to tourism. The big issue was language as most of the interesting places only had signage in Bulgarian. Most people who worked in those places only spoke Bulgarian. But, there were signs in most major cities showing happy youngsters saying “English for my future”, with the name and phone number of a school below.
 
I was in Bulgaria about a decade ago. It was just opening up to tourism. The big issue was language as most of the interesting places only had signage in Bulgarian. Most people who worked in those places only spoke Bulgarian. But, there were signs in most major cities showing happy youngsters saying “English for my future”, with the name and phone number of a school below.
We were in Hong Kong on business in 1984. We decided to do a short 7 day tour to mainland China. Spent a day in Guilin. I can only imagine how different it is today. We escaped our guide one afternoon and paid a farmer to take us to a local village in his cart. Some of the locals brought their children out to see us....we only learned later that the probable reason was that 2 of the four of us had blonde hair. No one other than our Gov't guide spoke English. Food was awful.
 
We’re thinking about a road trip to the Ohio Valley later this month, going to visit a cousin celebrating a special event. It’s an opportunity to visit a couple of museums mentioned in this thread Specialty Museums in the US

I’m considering 2, the Air Force Museum and the Ford Innovation museum. Maybe also the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although it may be too much.
The USAF museum at Wright-Patterson is huge and can take several days if you get involved with each exhibit. I've been there three times and haven't quite finished it...
 
We were in Hong Kong on business in 1984. We decided to do a short 7 day tour to mainland China. Spent a day in Guilin. I can only imagine how different it is today. We escaped our guide one afternoon and paid a farmer to take us to a local village in his cart. Some of the locals brought their children out to see us....we only learned later that the probable reason was that 2 of the four of us had blonde hair. No one other than our Gov't guide spoke English. Food was awful.
I'm kinda surprised the food was "awful"...
 
We were in Hong Kong on business in 1984. I can only imagine how different it is today.
The bolded part is partly why we are in a hurry to travel earlier rather than later. We noticed once things change, they tend to be lost forever.
 
The bolded part is partly why we are in a hurry to travel earlier rather than later. We noticed once things change, they tend to be lost forever.
This is exactly how we felt after we spent a month in Vietnam a few years ago. It is changing so quickly.

We did not get to see all that we wanted to so we are hoping to get back soon for a few more weeks.
 
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