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Dunit35
04-25-2006, 08:08 AM
I'm curious as to who has been overseas that didn't involve being sent overseas by the military.

1. How much money did you end up spending?
2. Where did you go?
3. Why did you go?
4. Was it worth it?
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

Thanks.

trndobrd
04-25-2006, 08:11 AM
I was an exchange in Belgium. Don't remember how much money I spent. Visited Normandy and Bagstone. Also visited Ypres, a WWI battlefield. All very moving.

epitome1170
04-25-2006, 08:16 AM
I'm curious as to who has been overseas that didn't involve being sent overseas by the military.

1. How much money did you end up spending?
2. Where did you go?
3. Why did you go?
4. Was it worth it?
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

Thanks.

I have been to Sydney a few years ago (December 2000) for my sister's wedding. She lives over there now. It is fantastic. Weather was beautiful and the people are extremely nice. Multiple times we asked people on the streets for directions and the people would walk us a half mile or more to get to the place. I will be going back sometime in the future, so yes definitely worth it.

I have also been to Hawaii and have seen Pearl Harbor, but not sure if you consider that overseas or not since it is still a state. It is beautiful too and I would love to go back there as well.

cdcox
04-25-2006, 08:18 AM
Yes, Slovinia/Italy, London, London, Edinburgh/London.

1. How much money did you end up spending?

All 4 trips were a mixture of business and pleasure, so that lessened some of the costs. Transporation paid for, some lodging, some meals. The first trip involved probably 10 days of vaction and my wife was along, so we probably went through a few thousand. The last 3 were just me on my own for a few days, so probably a few hundered of my own money each trip.

2. Where did you go?

See above.

3. Why did you go?

Business/pleasure all 4 times. Primary reason was business, but once there you might as well take advantage of it.

4. Was it worth it?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

In London I've been to the Imperial War Museum and that was worth the visit. You also hear mention of war damage from the blitz at many other sites. But no, I haven't gone to any battle fields or anything.

morphius
04-25-2006, 08:21 AM
1. How much money did you end up spending? Not a dime.
2. Where did you go? Germany and England
3. Why did you go? 1973
4. Was it worth it? I don't remember.
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places? maybe, maybe not. Not being one yet might have something to do with my lack of memory though.

Dunit35
04-25-2006, 08:23 AM
I have been to Sydney a few years ago (December 2000) for my sister's wedding. She lives over there now. It is fantastic. Weather was beautiful and the people are extremely nice. Multiple times we asked people on the streets for directions and the people would walk us a half mile or more to get to the place. I will be going back sometime in the future, so yes definitely worth it.

I have also been to Hawaii and have seen Pearl Harbor, but not sure if you consider that overseas or not since it is still a state. It is beautiful too and I would love to go back there as well.


Yeah, I'd consider it overseas.

The one place I would love to visit before I die would be Auschwitz. Pearl Harbor would also be an amazing experience as well but I have always been more into the European theater.

Donger
04-25-2006, 08:25 AM
Well, yeah. Been all over Europe since I was born and raised there. It's rather challenging to avoid WWII sites in Europe.

The wife and I honeymooned on Grand Cayman for three weeks. That was exceedingly expensive, but memorable.

MahiMike
04-25-2006, 08:31 AM
I visited Austria to see my eventual wife. Ended up selling all my posessions and moving there. Stayed 2 years and loved every minute of it. If it wasn't so damned expensive to buy a house, we'd still be there.

Whereever you go, make sure you stay long enough to get the feel of how these people live. I wouldn't recommend any kind of 7 countries in 7 days trips. Your ticket is the most expensive thing so take your time and stay awhile. 2 weeks is the ultimate minimum. 3 is even better.

MOhillbilly
04-25-2006, 08:37 AM
I'm curious as to who has been overseas that didn't involve being sent overseas by the military.

1. How much money did you end up spending?
2. Where did you go?
3. Why did you go?
4. Was it worth it?
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

Thanks.

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SLAG
04-25-2006, 08:52 AM
1. How much money did you end up spending?
I really Dont know

2. Where did you go?
I have been to Italy, Jordan, and Syria.

3. Why did you go?

Italy- Word Youth Day 2000
Jordan/Syria- To Visit Famliy

4. Was it worth it?
Oh hell yeah

5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

There is History Everywhere

Braincase
04-25-2006, 08:54 AM
I'm curious as to who has been overseas that didn't involve being sent overseas by the military.

1. How much money did you end up spending?
2. Where did you go?
3. Why did you go?
4. Was it worth it?
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

Thanks.

It was work related, but I 've been to Germany, France & Japan (Germany 5 times for work training the military)

Frankfurt, Baumholder, Kaiserslautern, Schwezingen, Heidelberg, Ramstein, Strasbourg, Okinawa

Germany is my favorite, and Japan was a disappointment due to raised threat levels at Kadina AFB ( Couldn't go anywhere without an armed escort... during the Tsunami Airlift Jan '05).

Saw a number of historical locales, as I'm a castle fan. Visited Bergen Belsen... that will send shivers down your spine.

StcChief
04-25-2006, 08:56 AM
1. How much money did you end up spending?
2. Where did you go?
3. Why did you go?
4. Was it worth it?
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

1. Work related. Airfare hotel free, $300
2. London,England Berlin,DE
3. Work related, site seeing
4. Yes but I wasn't there long enough
5. If you call Berlin sites Brandonberg Gate, Riechstag, museums, Berlin wall stuff, WWII related

trndobrd
04-25-2006, 09:01 AM
Well, yeah. Been all over Europe since I was born and raised there. It's rather challenging to avoid WWII sites in Europe.

The wife and I honeymooned on Grand Cayman for three weeks. That was exceedingly expensive, but memorable.


This thread has just become worthless without pics.

NewChief
04-25-2006, 09:03 AM
I'm curious as to who has been overseas that didn't involve being sent overseas by the military.

1. How much money did you end up spending?
2. Where did you go?
3. Why did you go?
4. Was it worth it?
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

Thanks.

1. While I was there, I spent maybe $1000 in two months. That being said, I had taken care of my Eurail, plane tix and the like before I went. I also lived like a dirt bag, sleeping on beaches, railway stations, or wherever when I couldn't afford a hostel. I ate basically bread and water many days.

2. I stayed at L'Abri in England for about three weeks, which is like a Christian study commune. You work for four hours a day and study for four hours a day. The cost is like $15 a day, and it covers all meals and room and board. I also lived with a girl I met there in London for a week, then traveled to Greece via France and Italy where I stayed for three weeks.

3. I went as a reward for finishing my undergraduate. My parents sent me to L'abri for the first month to study Frances Schaeffer and Christianity. The second month was mine to do as I wanted.

4. Absolutely. It was a fantastic experience.

5. I'm not a big history buff in that sense. I like culture (hanging out with people) more than history.

HarryParatestes
04-25-2006, 09:05 AM
Korea.....a tour in the Army there


Work : Japan, Germany, Panama, Hondourus, UK, Guam, Alaska, Hawaii

( Alaska and Hawaii are considered over-seas by DoD )

Was drunk during it all..dont remember many of the details.

Donger
04-25-2006, 09:22 AM
This thread has just become worthless without pics.

Sorry, I'm not going to share those. Although I did spring for something that my wife had always wanted to do: ride a horse in the surf bareback, extremely bareback. The movie is fantastic. I use it to blackmail her whenever I want something.

I love the Internet.

BigMeatballDave
04-25-2006, 09:28 AM
I lived in Aschaffenburg, Germany when my dad was in the Army. I was only 4, so I don't remember much.

BucEyedPea
04-25-2006, 09:43 AM
1. How much money did you end up spending?
Ain't your business.

2. Where did you go?
Europe - I will say cheaply done as a college student...backpacking, youth hostels and cheap hotels:
London (landed so just a few days),
Holland,
France (Paris,Brittany,Provence, Riviera)
Spain,
Switzerland,
Monoco... got sick and had to come home after 5 weeks (cutting me short on Germany, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Scotland and England. Supposed to be a total of 3 summer months)

Bermuda 2x
Canada
Greek Isles
Egypt
England (all over this time)
Bahamas ( this past Sept vacation)

3. Why did you go?

Eer? I wanted to.
One was a honeymoon

4. Was it worth it?
Absolutely!
Hope to do more.

5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

Well I saw the bombed-out,charred cathedral in Coventry England which has been left as a WWII ruin.
Anne Frank house in Amsterdam...was awesome and sad at same time.
Heiniken factory?

Other than that...I made a point to visit Karl Marx's grave in London, just so I could spit on it! :D

Thanks.

You're welcome!

htismaqe
04-25-2006, 09:55 AM
I lived in Schorndorf Germany for the last half of 1995 while I attended college on a program scholarship.

I don't know how much I spent, but it wasn't much because we stayed mostly at Hostels and rode on the Eilzug.

I visited hundreds of militarily significant sites in Europe, but the most striking were the Gedechtniss camps at Dachau and Auschwitz. I visited over 30 castles, including the palace at Ludwigsburg (huge castle of Duke Otto, rivals Versailles) and the lone remaining castle from the Romance era, which is in Heidelberg.

Phobia
04-25-2006, 09:56 AM
Sorry, I'm not going to share those. Although I did spring for something that my wife had always wanted to do: ride a horse in the surf bareback, extremely bareback. The movie is fantastic. I use it to blackmail her whenever I want something.

I love the Internet.

My lawyer said there was no way you could ever release that footage legally.

Donger
04-25-2006, 09:57 AM
My lawyer said there was no way you could ever release that footage legally.

And?

Phobia
04-25-2006, 09:58 AM
And my wife and I would appreciate it if you kept it as part of your private collection.

Donger
04-25-2006, 10:01 AM
And my wife and I would appreciate it if you kept it as part of your private collection.

What does your wife have to do with it?

Anyhoo, I'd never let it get out, but my wife doesn't know that.

Rain Man
04-25-2006, 10:02 AM
I love travel. Love it, love it, love it. I really like traveling. I wish I could do more.

A. 1989 - France, India, and Nepal (vacation)
B. 1992 - Korea and Hong Kong (grad school internship)
C. 1998 - Australia (vacation)
D. 2001 - Egypt, and one night in Germany on the way through (vacation)
E. 2002 - France and England (vacation)
F. 2006 - France (freebie vacation if I escort my in-laws)
G. 2007 - Amazon River cruise in Peru, Colombia, and Brazil (planned vacation - 50% chance of happening)

1. How much money did you end up spending?

A - a little more than $5,000 for just me
B - N/A (got a stipend)
C - about $2,500 (free airline tickets) for just me
D - about $2,500 (mostly free airline tickets for me and my wife)
E - about $3,500 for me and my wife
F - roughly free
G - probably will be about $5,000 for just me (wife doesn't want to go)

2. Where did you go?

See above

3. Why did you go?

A - Escapism from boring life
B - Chance for a free trip
C - Got a big tax refund, sounded fun
D - Wanted a vacation, had friends who lived in Cairo who are good at setting up tours
E - Really cheap tickets, needed a little getaway
F - Free
G - Haven't been to South America yet

4. Was it worth it?

A - Heck, yeah. Best thing I've ever done. India is an amazing and indescribable place, and Nepal is gorgeous. It was a very, very difficult place to travel, though.
B - Yeah. It was very difficult at the time because I was the only westerner around, and I had no money, so I kind of had to go native with no preparation beforehand
C - Heck, yeah. Easy trip, too.
D - Heck, yeah. This is my best travel deal overall. Amazing place, and cheap as all get out. It cost me about the same to do ten days in Egypt as it would to do ten days in Disney World. It's easy travel, too.
E - Heck, yeah. Nice romantic getaway with the wife. Paris is more interesting than London, in my opinion, but London has some way cool stuff, too.
F - It's free, but I'm not sure how my in-laws travel. There's risk and reward potential.
G - We'll see.

5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

Not specifically for that purpose. I did see the Genghis Khan Memorial in Korea, though.

I'm a WWII buff, but from a tour perspective I think there are a lot of other attractions that outshine the vast majority of WWII stuff. The pyramids, Versailles, the Taj Mahal, the salt water crocs in Darwin, and other stuff are more gripping to me. (The crocs didn't actually grip me, just to be clear.)

Phobia
04-25-2006, 10:03 AM
What does your wife have to do with it?

Anyhoo, I'd never let it get out, but my wife doesn't know that.

My wife doesn't want anonymous people ogling my freakishly large penis on some random internet site.

Donger
04-25-2006, 10:05 AM
My wife doesn't want anonymous people ogling my freakishly large penis on some random internet site.

And yet you keep gooedipus around.

Strange.

Rain Man
04-25-2006, 10:19 AM
My top ten places I want to go next:

1. Amazon - Hopefully, I'll check this off my list soon.
2. Mali - I really want to visit Timbuktu, just so I can say I've been there.
3. Italy - Never been there for some reason
4. Kenya - Want to see those great lumbering herds of ligers.
5. China - Great Wall, maybe Xian. It would have to include Mongolia, just so I can say I've been there.
6. Tahiti - The Marquesas would be nice. Somewhere unspoiled
7. Cuba - But only before it converts to a big tourist place after Castro finally dies.
8. Turkey - This place would be cool. I've read that there are more Roman ruins in Turkey than in Italy. Tons of history and interesting natural things.
9. Trans-Siberian Railroad - I'd like to do a rail trip from St. Petersburg all the way to the end.
10. Antarctica - I need to set foot on it to get all seven continents, though frankly I'm not particularly drawn to it. Gotta do it, though.

I've put together in the past a full list of the top 100 places I'd like to visit, but it's depressing since I know I'll have to push to even finish the top ten.

Phobia
04-25-2006, 10:20 AM
Okay, I'm through talking about my penis - but not before one parting shot. I haven't been overseas but my freakishly large penis has been to 7 continents depending on which direction I was pointing at the moment of arousal.

Rain Man
04-25-2006, 10:21 AM
I...I thought that was the Eiffel Tower.

Dunit35
04-25-2006, 10:29 AM
Okay, I'm through talking about my penis - but not before one parting shot. I haven't been overseas but my freakishly large penis has been to 7 continents depending on which direction I was pointing at the moment of arousal.

Wow. I was more referring to what your eyes have seen not what your penis has viewed.

BucEyedPea
04-25-2006, 10:30 AM
My top ten places I want to go next:

1. Amazon - Hopefully, I'll check this off my list soon.
2. Mali - I really want to visit Timbuktu, just so I can say I've been there.
3. Italy - Never been there for some reason
4. Kenya - Want to see those great lumbering herds of ligers.
5. China - Great Wall, maybe Xian. It would have to include Mongolia, just so I can say I've been there.
6. Tahiti - The Marquesas would be nice. Somewhere unspoiled
7. Cuba - But only before it converts to a big tourist place after Castro finally dies.
8. Turkey - This place would be cool. I've read that there are more Roman ruins in Turkey than in Italy. Tons of history and interesting natural things.
9. Trans-Siberian Railroad - I'd like to do a rail trip from St. Petersburg all the way to the end.
10. Antarctica - I need to set foot on it to get all seven continents, though frankly I'm not particularly drawn to it. Gotta do it, though.

I've put together in the past a full list of the top 100 places I'd like to visit, but it's depressing since I know I'll have to push to even finish the top ten.

You're just like me...once I get my life put back together more, I'd like to go to a lot of those places ( minus Cuba & Turkey). Italy I have all mapped out for a whole month including cooking and art classes, be nice to stay in a Tuscan villa...see Italian Lakes.

I wanted to go to Bali this past summer(switched to Bahamas closer to home) but they had those terrorist explosions.

Thinkin' Thailand now. I heard some hotels will even assign you to your very own Thai Love Prince.

Dunit35
04-25-2006, 10:32 AM
I lived in Schorndorf Germany for the last half of 1995 while I attended college on a program scholarship.

I don't know how much I spent, but it wasn't much because we stayed mostly at Hostels and rode on the Eilzug.

I visited hundreds of militarily significant sites in Europe, but the most striking were the Gedechtniss camps at Dachau and Auschwitz. I visited over 30 castles, including the palace at Ludwigsburg (huge castle of Duke Otto, rivals Versailles) and the lone remaining castle from the Romance era, which is in Heidelberg.


I guess I don't know what Gedechtniss means? I'm guessing that means death/concentration camp?

elvomito
04-25-2006, 10:32 AM
I'm curious as to who has been overseas that didn't involve being sent overseas by the military.

1. How much money did you end up spending?
2. Where did you go?
3. Why did you go?
4. Was it worth it?
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?

Thanks.
1. less than $3000
2. AUS
3. great barrier reef, fun, etc
4. yep... 25hrs of flyin is tough though
5. saw a lot of WWI and II stuff that i didn't know was there

Donger
04-25-2006, 10:33 AM
heard some hotels will even assign you to your very own Thai Love Prince.

Do those come in girl?

elvomito
04-25-2006, 10:34 AM
....Thinkin' Thailand now. I heard some hotels will even assign you to your very own Thai Love Princess.a lot of them do... you get all day massage and whatever else for around $50USD!
edit: oh damn

Dunit35
04-25-2006, 10:34 AM
Well I saw the bombed-out,charred cathedral in Coventry England which has been left as a WWII ruin.
Anne Frank house in Amsterdam...was awesome and sad at same time.
Heiniken factory?

Other than that...I made a point to visit Karl Marx's grave in London, just so I could spit on it! :D

You're welcome!


That would be pretty interesting to see.

BucEyedPea
04-25-2006, 10:36 AM
a lot of them do... you get all day massage and whatever else for around $50USD!
edit: oh damn


I love massage. I get at least one every month here from a blind man.( safest way).Only $60 but that's all it comes with. But that's okay.

Rain Man
04-25-2006, 10:39 AM
If I was single and immune to AIDS, Thailand would definitely be in my top ten.

Inspector
04-25-2006, 01:00 PM
I'm curious as to who has been overseas that didn't involve being sent overseas by the military.

1. How much money did you end up spending?
[FONT=comic sans ms]Can't remember. It was a long time ago. Actually, it was a long, long time ago.
2. Where did you go?
[FONT=comic sans ms]London, Paris, Rome, Athens
3. Why did you go?
[FONT=comic sans ms]Vacation
4. Was it worth it?
[FONT=comic sans ms]Yeah, I guess.
5. Have you ever been overseas to view any WWII historical places?
[FONT=comic sans ms]I saw some WW2 historical places, but that wasn't my purpose. Just wanted to check out Europe.

Thanks.
[FONT=comic sans ms]You're welcome!

R&GHomer
04-25-2006, 01:26 PM
England, Germany, Korea, Iraq, Canada, Hawaii and Japan. Was drunk most of the time back then

specially Korea.... Spent every penny I made on partying. Booze and woman... Great year.