Where Have You Been?

United States
April 16, 2008 11:23am CST
I dont get to travel as I dont have the money for it so I want to travel virtually thru mylot. Im posting this discussion in hopes of hearing about your place you call home or a great vacation you have taken. So are you willing to share with me the best of your travels? Any pics are cool too. Me im in Minnesota USA and well its okay here but ive been here all my life so its getting boring.
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16 Apr 08
I'm in Birmingham in the UK. It is the 2nd city of the UK and full of wonderful shops, entertainment venues, parks and green spaces, and has a great vibe. The whole city is going through a period of change now, with some amazing new buildings going up and business is doing well in the city centre. We have some brilliant shopping areas, the Bull Ring being one of the best in Europe. Being in the Midlands we have great transport links with the major motorways and rail networks too, and you can reach almost anywhere in the country from Birmingham in only a few hours. I live in the suburbs, a 10 minute drive takes me into the city centre, and if I drive for 10 minutes in the opposite direction I am in the heart of the English countryside. Close to Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds, it's a great place to live.
• United States
16 Apr 08
Sounds like a very nice place to live im jelous.
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 08
Yes, traveling can be a great adventure, meeting the local people, watching the native wildlife and seeing different landscapes. One of my best trips was to New Zealand and I stopped off in French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Samoa. There I saw penguins and dolphins. I walked the amazing Abel Tasman walkaway. Another great trip I did was to Central America, where I saw sharks, sting rays and crocodiles. I climbed Mayan ruins, went caving and did much snorkeling. I have been to Israel and been to the holy city of Jerusalem, a melting put of three different religions. I liked going over to Petra the rose red ancient city in Jordan. I have been on a safari in Kenya to see wild animals and I have met the Masai Mara tribe. I saw gorgeous sandy white beaches with gently waving palm trees in the Seychelles. I have traveled through Europe and been around the world. I love to travel and hope you will be able to go off traveling soon.
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• United States
16 Apr 08
Wow you have been to many exciting places. I hope someday I get to do this stuff to im only 29 so i should have many more years to get the chance.
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16 Apr 08
Ok so I live in England in a small town, which I can imagine will be much different to you already (though I've never been to USA at all). When I was 18 I went to live in Southern Africa for a year in Namibia, in a small isolated town called Luderitz. Namibia is 92% desert, and is an amazingly gorgeous place. Also, it's a massive country with only 2 million people living there so you get such a sense of space while your there if you get me. During that time I had a couple of holidays. I travelled throughout the country, and down to South Africa and then across to Swaziland, all of which have totally different terrains. I had a great time, and then later in the year holidayed in Zambia and saw the Victoria Falls and plenty more. Now I'm living back in England and have just recently come back from hitch hiking through France, Spain and then Morocco. I met so many different people and cultures in all these places. Travelling really is priceless.
• United States
16 Apr 08
I am so jelous of you right now. I have a friend who lived in England for a few years it is much different than the USA id love to visit there some day. I bet the victoria falls are breathtaking i have seen pictures and love em.
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@jamie08 (430)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I live in Texas, lived here all my life also. The only place that i have been was to Hawaii. It is so beautiful there, i stayed in Maui for a week. I would love to go back or even live there! but i know that will never happen for me.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Hawaii is an expensive place to visit from what I hear. Id love to go but dont know that I could ever afford it.
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@jamie08 (430)
• United States
17 Apr 08
ya i went when i was like 12 my mom won a trip for 3 from her job and that was the only time i ever will be able to go lol
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
17 Apr 08
Hello minnie, from where I am, it's very tropical and certainly a hot and humid country. It is none other than Singapore, a small island but filled with a lot of population of different races and ethnic groups. If you ever come here, (you have to), you will be amazed at how clean this country is. There is a fine penalty for anyone littering almost anywhere and everywhere and that is for the need to prioritize cleanliness since our country is very small and would definitely look dirty to tourists as a first glance if not taken care of properly.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Thats good I think all counrties need to have stricter laws on littering. I hope some day mabey I will be able to visit there. Sounds very nice.
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
17 Apr 08
Yes, you should come, sweetie when you have the means to. Take care and drink lots of water yea for your baby. ;)
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@livewyre (2455)
17 Apr 08
What a great idea...I recently started a travel blog called 'reallytraveling.com' please feel free to take a look... I was born in England and I now live in Wales so I haven't moved that far, but I have visted: France on many occassions Germany a couple of times New York twice Canada Portugal Cyprus Greece Austria Italy (briefly) Scotland Malta and Ireland... If you read my blog (which has lots of pictures) you will be able to work out the France is the place I most love to be on hoiday...
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@livewyre (2455)
17 Apr 08
montegordo beach the algarve - flags from fishing boats on the beach, just made such an attractive composition - one of my favourite photos, reminds me of battle standards or a jousting match...
This is one of my favourite photos from the beach at montegordo in the Algarve (Portugal). I just loved the way that the flags from the fishing boats were waving in the wind, it made it look like a medieval jousting tournament.. or a battle field camp in ancient Greece - maybe the Trojans waiting to lay siege...
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• United States
17 Apr 08
That is a very interesting picture I like it. Thank you for sharing. I have your site bookmarked ill have to check it out later.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Night shot of Cinderella's Castle in Disneyworld - image of Disneyworld
Well I was born in Garden Grove California, but heck don't remember much of it as my parents got divorced when I was a year and a half old, so me and my mother headed to home base, which for her was in Jackson Heights NY...then we moved to the Elmhurst area of NY...not much of a move...LOL-- so been here all my life...did go to a trip to visit relatives in Mexico...my grandfather's family was part Spanish and Mexican..but heck don't remember much of that as I was only six at the time. then my mother had us (my grandmother, mother and me) go to Montauk Point a lot out at the tip of Long Island...then she had a fixation for the Lancaster area of PA...yeesh don't ask how many years we were doing that so it got Soooooo boring...not that PA is boring but the same exact place year after year after year? I finally convinced her to go to DisneyWorld...this was when it first opened in the mid 1970s-----we kept going there year after year and I did love the Polynesian Resort..felt like you were in a bit of Hawaii or something..after 1978 I didn't travel at all anymore as that was when I started getting my panic disorder with agoraphobia crap..and weird that I did as I was the ONLY one who preferred and loved flying to Florida while my mother and grandmother who hated flying went by amtrak train...so go figure. I haven't gone traveling anywhere much since, yes still the phobia business but mainly money too Here's one of my night shots I took though while in DisneyWorld
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Its amazing what a panic disorder can do to a person. I was lucky enough to somehow get over mine for the most part. I had gotten to where I would see my car crash I was afraid to go anywhere. They medicated me and I hated the side effects so I decided a divorce would be better and beleive it or not it helped me lol. Im now better but no money too travel although im still afraid of planes and trains so we will see if I can ever get on one when I do have the money. Im just not scared to drive my car now.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Goodness minnie..I didn't know you had panic disorder....gee we phobics are getting popular...LOL...glad you can get around more though....I think my anxiety level has dropped quite a bit since my mother passed away...yikes think she was the cause of my anxiety in many ways
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Well I live in Florida. I recently go to take a mini-vacation over to Orlando where we went to Universal Studios. It was great even if it was only for a weekend. Thankfully since we went off season it wasn't too crowded. We had a lot of fun going to the theme park and getting away from the family and the house. My niece went on a lot of the rides and we had our picture taken with a bunch of different characters. We ate at Bubba Gumps (think of Forrest Gump) and the food was fantastic. It was pricey but worth it that's for sure. I would love to go back for just the food.
• United States
16 Apr 08
We have a buuba gumps here at the Mall Of America but im not a huge seafood fan so I have yet to try the place. Ours has Forest Gump and his nemch with his chocolates next to him so you have to think about that lol.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Oh they have a lot more there then seafood. I had the steak and it was great. I mean the meat was tender and juicy...makes me hungry just thinking about it. We also went there for lunch and the burger was huge. I couldn't eat it all. Outside of it they had a bench were you could sit and it had his case and the box of chocolates there so you could take a picture.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
16 Apr 08
and darn cold too. I havent any pics right now am on my laptop my puter blew the mother board and it will be 3 weeks before I get it back. But I live in Vegas where is stays pretty nice all year round oh yeah it dos freeze in the winter but dont stay reall cold long and we have the casinos and gtet alot of free concerts to go too just alot to do out here
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• United States
16 Apr 08
The free concerts and shows must be great.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 Apr 08
they are real fun
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I have lived all ove the US. My dad was in construction and we moved alot and since Ive been grown up I have continued traveling. The longest I have lived anywhere was Portland, OR. It was cold and wet and rainy but I raised three wonderful boys there. They still live there and love it. ME?? I hated it!!. I have lived in Arizona where I was born, (its great if you like HOT!!! lol I am now in Georgia. I can handle this weather much better. it is nice in the spring summer and fall and not too bad in the winter.
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• United States
20 Apr 08
Glad you found somewhere you like so much now.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 08
I am from the Philippines and have gone travelling some part of my life.i lived in Bulacan where good food is a norm and people are known for heroism.We had Barasoain church where our first constitution was written.Biaknabato cave was where Emilio aguinaldo and other soldiers hid from their enemies during American regime. The cave now is a part of a park.I had first year college in Cebu where Magellan was killed by Lapulapu when he tried to colonize the Philippines.Cebu is now known to be the queen city of southern philippines.It has good beaches, falls, and hotels.I love shopping handicrafts there.I had med school in Cavite where the shrine where Emilio Aguinald0 used to live is found.It also has the beautiful tagaytay city where the breathtaking view of taal volcano is found.You will enjoy the fruits being sold and the horseback riding
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• United States
20 Apr 08
You know alot oabout where you visit that is great sounds like some lovely places.
@GardenGerty (102593)
• United States
19 Apr 08
During my first marriage I went out on the big truck with hubby once. We went to twenty-six states in twenty one days, some of them twice. I was fortunate to have friends who would keep my kids. I do not really count that as going anywhere as there was never time to look around. In the early part of my first marriage we lived in San Diego area, and also visited the Grand Canyon. In my second marriage we have done more vacationing, and are much more in debt. We have been to San Diego, as a trip for my kids before they left home, and to the Giant Meteor Crater in Arizona, and the Grand Canyon. We drove with my son and a family friend to the Four Corners area of New Mexico for a wedding. It was a thirty six hour trip. On our way through Colorado it looked as if the Elk would jump from the side of the road into our car. On our honey moon we went to San Antonio. We frequently visit Oklahoma City. We have done the business prospect thing,where you meet and here a sales pitch at a motel dinner and gone to Topeka, our state capitol,to do it, and saw the capitol building. I have been to the birthplace of John Glen, the St. Louis Arch, a chestnut roast in Columbia, Missouri. I have been to New Hampshire, Vermont, New York. I have been to Rhode Island.I have been as far north as the very northern part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. South to Tijuana, Mexico. I have been to the Seattle area and beyond a ways, with seven teenagers. One of my jobs sent me as a presenter to Toronto, Canada to the National Association of Early Childhood Educators. I guess I have gotten to go a lot of places, as i have gotten older. Wherever you go, enjoy your life.
• United States
19 Apr 08
wow you HAVE been to many places you are lucky.
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@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Buon giorno bellisima Minnie! As an American, my first suggestion is to explore our own country first. It can take some time as America is a very large place. It took me many years. I have an extensive travel history. My journeys have taken me to over 40 wonderful countries. I do have some tales to tell and do so at a couple different places on the web. You can find my blog - ┬┐Where the Heck are You? - at this link: http://wheretheheckareyou.blogspot.com I also have written a series of articles on another site and you can find them listed at the following link: http://mrbill.gather.com/viewSubTag.jsp?memberGrpName=mrbill&tagName=where%20the%20heck%20are%20you Here is one of my favourites about the South Pacific island of Rartonga: ┬┐Where the Heck are You? - Crossing Te Rua Manga http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977057349&grpId=3659174697246289&nav=Groupspace Drop me a note here and let me know what you think!
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• United States
17 Apr 08
wow you have really been too alot of places im jelous. Im working on exploring the US but money tends to make it hard. Im still working on your links slowly thanks for sharing.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I would like to travel more than I am able and would love to see the 50 states but am not sure that it will happen. I went to Myrtle Beach with my family several years ago. There were over 30 of us who rented 3 condos in the same building only a block from the ocean and it was fantastic. I was able to take 3 of my children and my granddaughter........my son chose to stay at home. We went as a family after my mother passed away and thought that it would be a wonderful thing to do with part of the money that she had left to us and it was well worth it. I have 5 siblings and the 6 of us had a marvelous time with our children and were able to spend time together and enjoy the ocean and warm weather. I also went to Washington, DC many years ago and thought that the sights there were wonderful. I'm not sure that I would be so awed as an adult, although I really wasn't a child, but a young adult when I went.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
I would love to visit all 50 states also but thats a big goal. I bet that family trip was great what a good idea to do witht the money.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I'm living in Western NY and its ok..I'm from Southern Ontario Canada and have been to numerous places there but the best being Toronto, Niagara Falls (my stomping grounds), "cottage country" (Fenelon, Bobcaygen etc) and Elora Gorge which is where I went camping a few yrs back and loved it....I've also been to Texas, Florida, California (LOVE IT), PA, MA, Ohio, St.Lucia and Jamacia....Obviously St.Lucia and Jamaica are wonderful places to visit...Been to Jamaica a few times and would love to go back to St.Lucia..California was fun too..lots to do and see...PA and Ohio are states that we have family in so of course I enjoy going there...Florida was alright..that was long ago though..MA was alright too especially going to Salem...
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Jamacia is of course one of those dream places id like to visit.
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• Australia
17 Apr 08
So far I have been to Hawaii, Bali, Thailand, Hong Kong and China. Bali would have to be my favourite place out of the current list - great food, friendly locals and brillant shopping, and absolutly fantastic beaches. The locals take great pride in the area, as they know that their economy relies on tourists, so everything is kept really pristine. In the next two years, I'm hoping to add Egypt, Rome, Italy and Spain to my list of places I've visited.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Sounds like youve had alot of fun. I have heard many times Bali is great im adding that to my list of places I want to visit for sure.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
17 Apr 08
I have been to different places... and if you look at my first few discussion... i uploaded some pics that i took when i was still working abroad... and even when i went to Malaysia for a short visit... I hope you can travel the US and even the world in the future... it is such a rewarding experience... the people that you will meet and the great places you will see is something to treasure...
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Im hoping I get to experience that someday soon.
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• China
17 Apr 08
I am working in Suzhou of China which was described as "in heaven we have paradise, on earth we have Suzhou and Hangzhou"by a famous poet in Song dynasty and now has going through tremendious changes with modern buildings and multi-national companies set up. We are all a bit boring of the places we have lived for ages and long to travel to see the outside. I did not take so much trips although id like to due to my tight work,i have even been to Forbidden City, Tian An'men Square and Great Wall in Beijing, Beihai in Guangxi province where i saw the dolphins...my trip to Moutain Huang was the best of my trips. i wish you could take more trips to the world in the future if you get any chances and i think it will be good for you.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Me and a friend have always wanted to visit chine she and her husband are trying to get stationed there as they both love China. Thank you for sharing.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I have been to Arizona four times....Florida twice....Hawaii once....the Bahama's once...las vegas once....The Netherland, Belgium and Germany once....and various other places that my kids are stationed! Plus a few minor trips like The dells.....Nashville.....St. Louis....etc. LOL...where ever my kids go I go too....and being in Minnesota is not a bad thing. Every time I fly back into the cities I start to cry! It's such a beautiful place to live!
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• United States
16 Apr 08
Its not bad but after 29 years you get bored I dont want to move just visit other places but i got many years left to get that chance.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I live in Nebraska I have lived here all my life. I went to Disneyland when I was about 15 my cousin won a free trip there and I went with it was alot of fun. My highschool took a trip to Lake of The Ozarks when I was a senior in highschool I did not really enjoy that trip much. When I was little my parents took me to Santa Claus workshop in Colorado Springs that will be a memory I will always have it was so much fun. I wish I could afford to take my kids. I have also been to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun in Kansas City and I went to Las Vegas to a wedding when I was 17 Vegas is not much fun if you are not 21 though.
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• United States
16 Apr 08
Free trip to Disneyland how do I win one of those lol. I imagine Vegas isnt alot of fun when underage im not a gambler but even some of the shows and stuff are in the casinos so what do you really get to do that would suck.
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