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  •  I know. It's really sad too. (1+ / 0-)
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    To be fair here at the beginning of my comment, most Americans could never afford to travel abroad.

    Having said that, I wish we could send a lot more people oversees - especially young Republicans - after graduating high school or during college (if they attend).

    I'm acutally sitting here laughing at the realization that Europe and Australia are the only inhabitated continents I haven't been to, though I want to go badly. I've visited most of South and Central America, including Cuba (which should be really high on anyone's list if you get the chance), South Africa, South Korea, and Isreal.

    I want to visit Europe so badly though. Closest I've been to anything like it was a wonderful several week stay in Ville Quebec (I know, I know...).

    Pionta Guinness, le do thoil!

    by surfbird007 on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 09:27:00 AM PST

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    •  Not an entirely accurate statement that (0+ / 0-)

      "most Americans could never afford to travel abroad" as many that say they cannot will spend more going to Vegas or some such place than I've spent on some damn good travel in Europe. At least before the current economic disaster many "Americans" did afford trips that cost more than they could have managed in Europe or the Americas.

      Yeah, you can break the bank if you insist on staying at the big international chains. In my business travel days I sometimes enjoyed those big Hiltons and such but often found myself arriving suddenly without reservations and into little local family owned hotels that were far more enjoyable--and less expensive. I also hit a couple of really memorable Fawlty Towers kind of places, mainly in England too, that still bring retrospective laughter. The apparently rice filled pillow in a garret room in one of Plymouth's grand old hotels--I managed a room at the Holiday Inn--after two nights was a bit uncomfortable at the time and now brings chuckles. Damn! The memory of the bath down the hall where I found the tub looking like a shedding black bear had just bathed still brings a laugh!

      In personal travel I have found that I can stay in Paris or Rome comfortably for about the same that I would spend at any of our Atlantic beach towns. In fact I had reason to check out the hotel I used in Paris a few years ago to see if it had gone ballistic in cost. Nope, nice little place in a great neighborhood with fine eating all around with an after tax rate that was less than I paid for a run down Best Western hotel with horrible food all around this fall off season at a nearby beach. By taking advantage of the admittedly less frequent flight bargains it is still possible to do a week in Europe cheaper than it would cost me to do the same in Vegas or other U.S. cities requiring a long flight. The dollar's weakness makes it more difficult. It is by no means impossible.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 09:58:16 AM PST

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