Post # 1
My partner is graduating from nursing school (he’s getting his master’s degree to be a family nurse practitioner, he’s already an RN/BSN) next year. He’s mentioned going on a nice vacation as a graduation gift. He’s getting a bit burnt out, so to keep his eye on the prize, I figured I’d get some info for him to start planning, so I can get some brochures for the top few choices. Now, I want the final choice to be HIS (b/c it’s HIM graduating and he hasn’t traveled as much as me). I want to note that my partner hasn’t traveled outside the US, other than Canada a few times and one day in Mexico.
Perhaps important details: he loves Anthony Bourdain, is an adventerous eater, we’re not much for beach vacations, no cruises, looking to travel for 6-14 days, and has long had an interest in going to Scotland. I figure if we opt for Scotland, we might as well add England and Wales on to the trip (maybe I’m selfish! But I LOVE Wales, so fun). I feel kind of bad b/c I’ve been to half of the places on the list, but it’s been a while.
If you have any options or more to say about any of the places, please please please let me know! Thanks for any and all info!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Austrailia! It’s a long flight and a once in a lifetime trip that you can rarely duplicate. China is also supposed to be pretty awesome; my FH went there just before the Olympics and thought it was the most exotic trip he had ever taken.
Post # 4
Well I’m biased but The Netherlands are my favorite place in the world so that’s my choice. And it’s actually a short train ride over to England so you can do two locations if you have the time.
Post # 5
@MsLobizon: 6-14 days isn’t long. If you do 14 days I wouldn’t even do more than 2 countries if you want the vacation to be at all relaxing. I did Paris and London in 10 days and it was too much and I did not see everything I wanted, but was still super exhausted lol. Jetlag is a bitch.
You have a lot of seemingly random choices in your poll. Have you asked him where he’d like to go? I know you said Scotland, but maybe you should just have a talk with him. Scotland isn’t exactly warm either… maybe he’d prefer somewhere warmer? Just depends I guess!
Personally I’d love to go to Italy and Greece. I’ve been to many places in Canada, US, and Europe but never to Greece or Italy.
Australia would be awesome, but not in 6 days! Even 14 days is a bit short IMO.
Post # 6
@Meowkers: That’s how i got to go to the Netherlands! Growing up, my grandmother’s close friend lived in England so I got to go visit a good amount. When I was 18/19, I went to England and tehn train rided it up all over.
@canarydiamond: I agree that it isn’t long. We’d probably only do something 6-10 days if it was close, and there’s the possibility that we could go for more time. I can’t imagine doing Paris and London in 10 days and feeling like I got to see enough. The majority of the choices are things that he’s thrown out as being interested in, and then there’s two I’d really like. I know he doesn’t require it to be warm, I’ve tried telling him going to Scotland and Wales as a kid, I’d be wearing a sweater.
Post # 7
If you only have 6-14 days, I think Australia, Myanmar and China should be nixed. It’ll eat up 2-3 days just to get there and back, and leave you with very little bang for your buck. I’ve been to all 3 of those places, and trust me – you want more time there.
I’d suggest Europe or the northern part of South America with that timeline. Some place that isn’t crazy far away, but that is very culturally interesting!
Post # 8
If he’s always wanted to go to Scotland, than I think you should go to Scotland since this trip is for him!
Post # 9
I’d want to go to Greece because my uncle is from there, BUT since you said your Fiance has always wanted to go to Scotland I say go there!
Post # 10
I’m biased but come here (Scotland)! I’d say visit Edinburgh for a few days (and maybe Glasgow if you have the time) and then get the train up to Inverness. It’s a beautiful train journey through some stunning scenery and then there are plenty of activities to do in and around Inverness (depending on the season skiing or mountain biking/hiking). We have plenty of tourists in Inverness so there are loads of lovely restaurants and places to visit. I come from Glasgow and love it, but I realise it’s not as tourist friendly as Edingburgh or Inverness.
You could get the train down to London (takes about 6 hours from Glasgow) or fly (about an hour from Glasgow or Edinburgh) but a pain to get to the airport at times. Plenty to do there! York is a lovely place to visit as is the Lake District in the north of England. I’ve never been to Wales so I can’t really help you there.
Post # 11
I have traveled to China and it was an adventure to remember! We did it in 10 days and it was fine. HOWEVER, it is not the easiest place to get around. It is somewhat difficult to navigate and hectic. Not exactly a relaxing trip, but like I said it was an adventure. My husband and I do a lot of traveling overseas and even for us it was tough. I think the same thing can be said for most of Asia.
Post # 12
@Mrs.KMM & @megz06: He has wanted to go to Scotland, but he’s mentioned almost as many times wanting to go to Japan and San Francisco (we’ve done that one)
@bikukii: If we end up going to Scotland, I will definitely have to hit you up for suggestions! This has been really helpful, especially b/c I didn’t know about the hiking (the last time i was there it was only for 3 or so days? and it was a LOT of bars). Every time I’ve been, we took the train, so I’d probably lean towards that route (and i know that my partner likes trains)
@Westitude: thank you! Definitely important to knowo it’s not the easiest to navigate. A friend of mine is from China, and I’ve debated going there w/ him when he goes again – perhaps easier to navigate that way? Will tell my guy that maybe anywhere in Asia would be better at another point
Post # 13
Personally I’d choose Greece, but for your guys it sounds like Scotland would be perfect. Plus, like you said, it will be easy to add England onto that trip. My mom and stepdad eloped to Scotland and they go back every year for their anniversary. They absolutely LOVE it. They rent a car and drive everywhere.
I am pretty well traveled, but my Fiance had never been outside of the country except for Mexico and Canada either. For our first trip abroad I let him choose most of the destinations – I thought it was only fair lol
Post # 14
I’ve been to Melbourne, Australia, and I wish I could live there, I loved it! Japan is pretty cool, too.
For you and your partner, I would recommend Scotland and England. Since he’s long had an interest in going there, now’s the chance to do it! And my sister and BIL went to England on their honeymoon and absolutely loved it. They had a fantastic time, great food, and they liked that everything was in a language they understood, lol.
Post # 15
What about Peru? Machu Picchu and amazing cuisine!
Post # 16
I would go to Austrailia, Brazil, or China!