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Dec 25, 2009 18:29 |  #1

If you had the money to go absolutely anywhere in the world, and do anything once you get there, where would you go and why?
Before you answer, keep in mind:

  • I'd like to keep it in a relatively warm location
  • I'm traveling alone, so low crime!
  • Something photography related
  • Sorry Aussies, but I'm coming down under in a few months, so that's not in the cards
  • I'm from the states, but I live in Germany and I've been all over central and some parts of eastern Europe. Central Europe is out.
  • Money is absolutely not an issue
  • I've only got 2 weeks (including travel time) to do it in
  • No way in hell I'm going back to the states.
Well? Any suggestions? I'm at a complete loss as of where to go but I need to get away from work for a few weeks. Kind of reset myself and my thoughts.

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Dec 25, 2009 18:48 |  #2

I would go to Souhteast Asia. It is the only place I have not been.


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Dec 25, 2009 19:42 |  #3

Machu Picchu. Yeah - 2 weeks to catch the changing lights.


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Dec 25, 2009 23:29 |  #4

Maccu Piccu is good, also Easter island or Galapagos.
What about Alaska? Either a cruise or a flight + tour....


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Dec 26, 2009 16:58 |  #5

South east asia sounds like a valid option. I'd like to avoid going back to north / south america, but Maccu Piccu is an option too.

Let's keep 'em coming.


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Dec 26, 2009 22:38 as a reply to  @ sk82712's post |  #6

Laos/Cambodia/Vietnam - anywhere in this triangle. Of course, it depends on what you like to shoot, but you couldn't go wrong here. Luang Prabang (Laos) can give you something like Angkor Wat (Cambodia) but isn't yet as overrun by tourists. Northern Thailand could also be good. Southern Thailand can be interesting for the water, but even more tourists than other SE Asian locales.

Hong Kong and Macau - excellent urban and South China Sea scapes. Everyone knows HK, but Macau, the sleepy ex-Portuguese colony just a 45 minute hydrofoil ride from HK, is charming when you get away from the casinos. Lots to photograph in both places.

I've always wanted to go to India to photograph.

If you're going any of these places, you can't be afraid of crowds. However, they are all reasonably safe. In addition, to make an enormous generalization, in many Asian countries people are less resistant to having their pictures taken than in Western countries (less of a sense of personal space, "individualism"?).

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Dec 28, 2009 02:20 |  #7

Money is no object? South East Asia for a while, somewhere interesting, then five days at a resort somewhere warm :)


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Dec 28, 2009 04:12 |  #8

Haha, yes money isn't an object. I just got my "4 more years in Germany" reenlistment bonus. I've already got plans to head to Australia in April, but I wanted to go somewhere in the mean time.

How much English is spoken in south east asia (Hong Kong ect ect)? I'm fluent in German, but definately no asian languages.

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Dec 28, 2009 04:35 |  #9

I've managed fine in Bali and parts of Thailand speaking only English.


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Dec 28, 2009 04:41 |  #10

India is an amazing place and English is pretty universal there.


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Dec 28, 2009 04:42 |  #11

Bali or Indonesia in General. Thailand is great also, as are parts of Malaysia.
Moving east you have New Calidonia, which was great, but is french speaking (a lot spoke english though) and Fiji etc. Which are all great as well for diving.


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Dec 28, 2009 06:46 |  #12

I reckon Dubai would be a very interesting place to visit.


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Dec 28, 2009 08:17 |  #13

blackshadow wrote in post #9274873 (external link)
I reckon Dubai would be a very interesting place to visit.

Dubai would be awesome. I've always wanted to go there. But look at it from this perspective; I'm an American in the military...In a country full of muslims. granted, not all muslims are terrorists...But...


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Dec 28, 2009 08:40 |  #14

Another vote for SE Asia.

Another option: Hawaiian islands. Pick 3, (big island, maui, kawaii) and enjoy the weather, the sites and the great photo opportunities.

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Dec 28, 2009 08:41 |  #15

Dubai is definitely an interesting option.
India would be an awesome experience I reckon, would love to go there one day :)

Good luck in the decision :D


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