Favorite country to visit?

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Just read one of the trending discussions today (What is your LEAST favorite country that you've visited and why?) and it prompted me to ask where your favorite destinations to travel have been? Currently planning a vacation and insight would be valuable. Targeting a cheap Asian country, other than that, I am clueless as to where I want to go.

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Oct 29, 2019

My favorite country to travel to is Italy. Great food, beautiful language and architecture. Going to Rome was a great experience for me.

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Oct 29, 2019

That's not exactly in Asia...

Oct 29, 2019

Read OP's post again

Oct 29, 2019

Yeah sorry I know it's off topic but it is my favorite country to visit and I had such a great time I felt like recommending it.

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Oct 29, 2019

Check out Japan - great sights, awesome food, friendly folk, reasonable prices, and great weather if you time it right

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Oct 30, 2019

Japan is awesome. If you're into skiing Hokkaido is insane so can go in the winter. Osaka is very underrated IMO.

Nov 4, 2019

Would highly recommend, in addition to Tokyo, spending time in one or more of: Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Yokohama

Nov 10, 2019

Second that. I travelled by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima to Kyoto to Tokyo. One of my most memorable 2 weeks. I travelled in early August, there was a typhoon coming from the south and the museums in Kyoto were closed one day. But it didn't directly hit the city.

Nov 5, 2019

Timing is important, there is a typhoon every 2 weeks or so. Lived through 2 when I was there, quite an experience lol

Oct 29, 2019

I can tell you that Dubai is overrated

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Oct 30, 2019

Favorite country worldwide would be Sweden, fyi I'm not too much on sight seeing big cities since I've lived in them all my life so the chill Swedish vibes were pleasant for me.

For Asia, Thailand/Vietnam are popular and common favorites but that said, it's cheap and hence sketchy. If you're willing to spend a bit more then check out Japan/Korea.

Oct 30, 2019

Few things beat the Swedish and Norwegian archipelago during summer!

Oct 30, 2019

Would the cheaper/sketchier route (Thailand/Vietnam) be more fun than the Japan/Korea route? In terms of debauchery

Oct 30, 2019

I guess, if you got caught by the police in the 2 groups of countries you could pay some sum and get away in the sketchier places but not with Japan/Korea. But you could still indulge in pleasure in Japan/Korea although it'll be more difficult and pricier.

Oct 30, 2019

Argentina - Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Patagonia, Mar del Plata, Iguazu Falls. At the current exchange rate, you can have a Michelin star 4-course meal for $30.

Oct 30, 2019

That might have been years ago, but now they are very quick to adjust pricing- I was there in January and while cheap it wasn't what it used to be. Went to Don Julio and it was $100 for two, shared a steak and some apps with a few drinks.

Oct 30, 2019

I'm a big fan of Morocco, Italy, Hungary, Poland, and Jordan.

Nov 4, 2019

Second Poland. Although I might have some reservation too, since I have a very good friend who's Polish and he told me I've only been to the good part (Warsaw and Krakow)

Hungary --- not so much.

Nov 4, 2019

Florida

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Nov 4, 2019

Out of SBs so consider this one haha

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Nov 5, 2019

Hong Kong, once the protests calm down. I loved that place. So much to do, Lan Kwai Fong is the most fun nightlife experience of my life. Lan Kwai Fong is basically two streets where everyone is drinking outside and having a good time, and then at some point in the night, people go out to the bars and clubs, which stay open until the sun comes up.

Hong Kong has lots of internationals to hang out with at horse racing. Great good, the best dim sum in the world. A real urban jungle, with probably the best public transit in the world as well, or second only to Japan.

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Nov 6, 2019

LKF is the shit. Second HK when protests are gone.

Nov 6, 2019

Landed in HK about 2 hours ago and I can tel that I'm going to love it. Can tell it actually has a culture

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Nov 10, 2019

Just got back after my 4 day trip. Can confirm - HK is a great place. Exceeded my expectations with the mix of city and nature and the protests were not inhibiting. I think that from a tourism perspective, the protests are being over blown. Not to say they do not distrupt things or have a large presence, but if you're putting off HK because of the protests, dont.

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Nov 10, 2019

Yeah makes sense. I have a lot of friends who live there and they've mostly said they don't even notice the protests.

Nov 10, 2019

I'd disagree, you should go to HK right now and get a great discount on everything. The hotels are super cheap (cheaper than renting an apartment in some cases) because no tourists are coming. Very dynamic and wonderful place, don't be a pussy it's not Iraq, you're way safer in a HK with protests (also totally overblown according to my friends there) than in Chicago or St Louis.

Nov 5, 2019

Sri Lanka is hands-down the best place I've ever visited. I've been very fortunate in my life to have travelled a lot (~40 countries), and it seems that everywhere has at least some touristy/westernized feel to it, but Sri Lanka is the exception. Due to their recently-ended civil war, the country has not been able to develop their tourism industry as much as other areas in the region, which makes it feel very much "off-the-beaten-path" in a fantastic way.

I did a tour of the interior and then part of the southwestern coastline, skipped Colombo altogether to have more time for the interesting places like Kandy, Galle, and Sigiriya. I will say that a downside is simply how difficult it was to travel (the roads are often in disrepair and you have to hire a driver), and I wouldn't go with young children since it's a less comfortable place than they may be used to, but it is still my favorite place to visit. The people are all extraordinarily friendly, unlike any other culture I've encountered anywhere else.

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Nov 10, 2019

Perfect timing on this. Was deciding between Sri Lanka and a few other places for a trip in two weeks and this sealed the deal

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Nov 6, 2019

Panama is pretty underrated. Pretty easy to get to (never more than 1 connection), great and cheap food, nice people, amazing nature and some really cool sights to visit around the country.

Nov 6, 2019

Costa Rica

Nov 10, 2019

The Ukraine. Great all year round!

Nov 10, 2019
Brewdy Juuliani:

The Ukraine. Great all year round!

Why do people keep putting "the" in front of Ukraine?

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Nov 10, 2019
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