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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:02 AM   #1
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10th anniversay trip planning - $10K anywhere in the world - where should we go?

We're trying to figure out where to go for our 10th Anniversary trip this fall. We usually go to Cancun, Riveriera Maya, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, etc. at Thanksgiving. This year we want to step it up a bit instead of just more of the same.

#1 priority is it has to be WARM, like swimsuit weather for most of the day. Ideally, we would like to find somewhere that offers scenic outdoor activities like hiking / backpacking, rafting, kayaking, etc. in addition to staying on some kind of higher end resort. I don't want to have nothing to do except sit on the beach for a week straight. But I don't want to be walking 10 miles a day every day either. Doing something like backpacking across Europe is of no interest.

I don't really watch the news, but I've been told that there are a lot of areas in the world that Americans are not welcome, and its downright not safe to be there, at least not without a private escort / interpreter.

We were originally thinking Fiji, but it looks like that might lacking in the "things to do" department. We were also thinking about Australia.

Any help?
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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costa rica

I've been and it was cool, pretty awesome scenery (landscape and women), topless beaches, cheap drinks, great food, etc.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:11 AM   #3
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costa rica

I've been and it was cool, pretty awesome scenery (landscape and women), topless beaches, cheap drinks, great food, etc.
We were just there in November 2012 for over a week. We enjoyed it and will definitely be back, but not for this trip.

We rafted into http://www.pacuarelodge.com and stayed there for 3 nights. Then rafted out, drove across the country, and stayed at www.westinplayaconchal.com for a week.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:17 AM   #4
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I really like the Cook islands(same travel time to fiji), there was maybe not as much to do as you may want on any island nation. I went there a few years ago and went to a couple islands, mostly snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and good history/sight seeing, but very relaxed with an up north feel, 5 stars everywhere, the people were really nice. We rented scooters cause the biggest isalnd we went to was 13 miles around. I thought it was a good mix of having things to do and being able to relax. Cost was way better than Fiji as we had private beach front bungloesat each resort we stayed at for 2 weeks, with flight and expenses we spent under $10,000 easily. If you to know more feel free to ask anything, I can give good recomendations.

I have also thought New Zeland as a great next place to go and you might want to look there as it sounds like it my have everyting you want as long as you dont mind staying in diffrent places over your trip.

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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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Flint is beautiful that time of year. Be sure to check out the men's club and the machine shop, my two favorites
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:43 AM   #6
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We did a family trip for 4 for about your price on O'ahu and Hawaii.

4 Days in Waikiki beach and had plenty of beach time, and took the time to visit Perl Harbor. This was high end resort style beach time. Food, some shopping etc.

Then we flew to Hilo and drove to a house just outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where we hiked and explored the park for 5 days. The house was about 45 minutes from Hilo and 15 minutes from the park. For us this was the high point for the family. We normally did a short 2 hour hike, get back to the car have lunch, and then a second 2 hour hike... then back to civilization for dinner. Once back to the house we soaked in the hot tub until bedtime.

The last 4 days were spent in Kona on the big island. This was more beach time. We had a condo in a large resort. We had pool and the ocean beach time.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:55 AM   #8
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I really like the Cook islands(smae travel time to fiji), there was maybe not as much to do as you may want on any island nation. I went there a few years ago and went to a couple islands, mosnt snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and good history/sight seeing, but very relaxed with an up north feel, 5 stars everywhere, the people were really nice. We rented scooters cause the bigest isalnd we went to was 13 miles around. I thought it was a good mix of having things to do and being able to relax. Cost was way better than Fiji as we had private beach front bungloesat each resort we stayed at for 2 weeks, with flight and expenses we spent under $10,000 easily. If you to know more feel free to ask anything, I can give good recomendations.

I have also thought New Zeland as a great next place to go and you might want to look there as it sounds like it my have everyting you want as long as you dont mind staying in diffrent places over your trip.

What does mosnt mean?
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #9
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What does mosnt mean?
probably the same thing as smae
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:11 AM   #10
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:17 AM   #11
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http://www.phuket.com/island/
This

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http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/e...alaysia-334981

If you do go to Malaysia, I can probably get you hooked up to get on the trials of the Rainforest Challenge (not sure how much the wife will like it but you can have her hike if she wants lol )

http://www.motorsport.com/offroad/ne...llenge-430272/
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:19 AM   #12
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San Juan P.R. seemed like a great place. We boarded a cruise ship there so our stay was short, but someday we are going back and going to spend some time there.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:25 AM   #13
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San Juan P.R. seemed like a great place. We boarded a cruise ship there so our stay was short, but someday we are going back and going to spend some time there.
We'll be there next week. One of the stops on our cruise.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:31 AM   #14
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If you've already been to places around the Caribbean a few times I'd suggest going to Spain. The coast is great and has some of the best beaches I've ever been to, especially if you can get to Ibiza, Mellorca, or Menorca for a day or two. When you are not lounging around the beaches there are some great historic sites to visit and some awesome hiking is available too.

Grenada and the Alhambra are a great destination, Madrid is much more interesting (and less expensive) than Barcelona, and there are castles everywhere. If you like seafood, Spain has some of the best of that as well.

You don't have to do the backpacking across Europe thing... rent a car or take the trains. Spain is pretty cheap compared to the rest of Western Europe.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 08:38 AM   #15
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fixed, spelling and grammer go out the door when I am typing in a blog :D
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Old February 7th, 2013, 09:14 AM   #16
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I hate traveling internationally, but, I would choose one of the three following places.

New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii.

Hawaii was awesome, has all of your criteria. Plus no international bullshit.
Australia looks cool as fukc .
New Zealand I have had a few freinds make trips there and they had a riot.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 09:15 AM   #17
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Old February 7th, 2013, 09:42 AM   #18
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I hate traveling internationally, but, I would choose one of the three following places.

New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii.

Hawaii was awesome, has all of your criteria. Plus no international bullshit.
Australia looks cool as fukc .
New Zealand I have had a few freinds make trips there and they had a riot.
Girl from work went to New Zealand a couple years ago and timed it with the earthquake perfectly. Spent the week trying to find basic necessities and transportation. Other than that she had a great time.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 09:48 AM   #19
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My family went to Hawaii a couple years ago and had a blast. We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiin Village on Waikiki Beach for 3 days. While on Oahu, we did an island tour by bus, which included a stop at Pearl Harbor and the Dole factory. The tour was all day and we were wore out, but very impressed with everything that was packed into the tour. Then we took an island hopper flight and stayed on Kauai for 7 days in a condo in Princeville near Hanalei Bay. We did a helicopter tour, river tour, traditional luau, and all the touristy stuff. We all had a great time. The main cost of the trip was the air fare because we had a timeshare that covered the condo.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 12:11 PM   #20
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Have you considered Singapore?

Spent a couple summers there working, loved it!
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