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    If money no object, your dream holiday

    Where would you wish to have a holiday if money was not a consideration?

    I have thought about this at different times and am finding that my dream vacation has changed. Now, my wish would be to visit the Arctic sometime. I found one tour of the Arctic in July and it is pricey.
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    Mine is and will always be Japan. We are going again for our 50th wedding anniversary. I want to see more of Tokyo, Takayama (my favorite little town), Kyoto, and some of the less visited areas. Will probably take another tour from Samurai Tours and combine it with more time in Tokyo or Kyoto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    Mine is and will always be Japan. We are going again for our 50th wedding anniversary. I want to see more of Tokyo, Takayama (my favorite little town), Kyoto, and some of the less visited areas. Will probably take another tour from Samurai Tours and combine it with more time in Tokyo or Kyoto.
    How do you handle the language barrier? I found few who could speak English and my Japanese is zilch. When I got lost, a young couple from Hong Kong escorted me back to my hotel. Even the wait staff had severe language difficulty understanding the menus in English. I found that I deeply respected and admired those immigrants coming into a country that speaks and writes in English alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    How do you handle the language barrier? I found few who could speak English and my Japanese is zilch. When I got lost, a young couple from Hong Kong escorted me back to my hotel. Even the wait staff had severe language difficulty understanding the menus in English. I found that I deeply respected and admired those immigrants coming into a country that speaks and writes in English alone.
    My husband had a business trip to China once, and he had hired a native Chinese as a kind of cultural guide for him. She gave him cards with his hotel address on it and other places for him to give to cab drivers. He said he felt like when he was a little kid and his mother would safety pin notes to his shirt. He said it was difficult because he couldn't even tell the difference between the men's room and the ladies room. But he did LOVE China and he wants to take me there, someday.

    As for my favorite trip: I would spend 3+ months in France in a language immersion program. It's been a real frustration for me that I took 5-6 years of French in school, and I can kind of read it with some comprehension, but speaking it--forget about it (or, as we from Joisey say: fuggedaboudit).
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    I haveAlready completed that dream. We stayed in a Scottish baronial castle for $200 per night per head. We did it twice over a ten-year period. The other piece of my dream vacation was a canal trap on the English canals and we did that, we spent a week on the Shropshire Union canal driving a canal boat. I opened and closed the locks while DH drove the boat.

    At this point in our lives I will only hire cars and a private driver to see the rest of the world. Iím not interested in the major cities of the world, Iím kind of done with big giant cities. I want to be driven around like an old fat rich American, which I am.

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    Sweetana, that so VERY interesting that you love
    japan. It is not high on my list, yet Kyoto and places like that interest me when I think about it.

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    A year in Europe going everywhere I haven’t been yet. If we go again reality will mean it’s 2 weeks.

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    1 year in a fabulous Motorhome traveling the entire lower 48 states. And when in big cities staying in a fabulous hotel suite for 3 nights to break it up.

    I'd like to eat at Diners DriveIns and Dives places as we work our way through the USA. (late breaky and early dinner).

    Oh and while we're at it, hit every NASCAR Cup Race through the season with Club seats.

    That shouldn't cost much over $15k/month.....right?

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    I'll echo what Teacher Terry said. My focus would be on small towns across Europe, plus Scandinavia and the UK. Lots of walking, including hiking the Black Forest.

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    Cruise ship all around the world

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