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Tell Collette Tours what’s stopped you from travelling to certain locations

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EllieGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 04-Mar-19 10:05:44

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Everyone loves to travel and see the world, but places on our bucket lists aren’t always easy to explore. There are considerations and potential worries about everywhere we visit from the small “Will I like the food?” to the bigger “Is it safe to visit there at the moment?”. Travel company Collette Tours are interested to find out if there are any places you’d love to travel but haven’t, and what are the things that have put you off doing so.

Here’s what Collette Tours has to say: “As the longest-running tour operator in North America, Collette has provided guided travel for 100 years. With trips to all seven continents, Collette’s guests fulfil their deepest travel aspirations in a variety of ways with travel styles that are diversified to suit every traveller’s personal style.”

So what’s worried you about places you’ve always wanted to go to? Have you always wanted to explore Japan but worry about the language barrier? Perhaps you dream of travelling around different countries but aren’t sure how to start planning? Maybe seeing the Taj Mahal is on your bucket list but you’re not sure you’ll be able to manage well in the heat? Or you’d love to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu but there’s a difficult hike to get there?

Whatever destinations you’d love to go to but there’s something that’s stopped you, please share them below and you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £300 voucher of your choice (from a list).


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grannyactivist Mon 04-Mar-19 11:05:15

I have a foster son who, some years ago, returned to live in Taiwan after spending eleven years in the UK. I was his legal guardian during his time here and he's very much part of our family (my children regard him as their brother and he lists me as his mother on his Facebook page). I would love to visit him and spend time in his country, but the cost is prohibitive. Fortunately he has been able to visit us every year since he left except for last year - and I have literally just had a message to say he's coming home to see us next week. Yippee!

M0nica Tue 05-Mar-19 08:41:30

Lets put it this way, the countries I would like to visit are Yemen, Egypt and Syria.

Do I need to say anymore?

MiniMoon Tue 05-Mar-19 09:56:06

I too would love to visit Egypt. Since I was a little girl I have had a fascination with the Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt, the Pyramids etc. I wouldn't travel there in these unsettled times either. The Holy Land is another destination that I wouldn't go to.
It is sad that these places are so dangerous to tourists.

Maybelle Tue 05-Mar-19 10:11:15

Lack of clear accessible information re wheelchair access for travellers, both during journeys and accommodation.
I have to make direct contact asking for suitability.
Always have to ask for info re special needs.
Fed up being special !

lisapop Tue 05-Mar-19 20:48:07

The only barrier I have to travelling is the safety of the country I'm visiting.

notanan2 Tue 05-Mar-19 21:01:19

"So what’s worried you about places you’ve always wanted to go to?"

Mainly I don't wanna ruin the planet for my children/grandchildren just so I get to see it for entertainment. That is stopping me particularly when it comes to long haul - the eco footprint.

Jane10 Tue 05-Mar-19 21:10:59

India has always intrigued me. However, I'm daunted by the thought of the heat and the sheer size of the country. I wouldn't know where best to go and where might be safest from a personal safety point of view but also to do with possibility of illness etc. India? Where to start?!

Thingmajig Wed 06-Mar-19 13:08:25

We loved Egypt for the great snorkelling in the Red Sea but no longer feel it's safe to visit.
There are many places we would like to go to but find limited flights from the Scottish airports and it's such a nuisance being forced down to England and coming home again (usually from Manchester) is just dreadful after a long haul flight. In saying that, finding decently times flights even to Europe is well nigh impossible sometimes ... the airlines seem to think we all like to travel in the middle of the night!!! confused

boats12 Wed 06-Mar-19 15:00:48

I would love to travel to Southern Ireland but my husband won't go. He went as a young man and loved it but felt very uneasy with the troubled times they then had and sadly it's marred his view to return.

gillyknits Wed 06-Mar-19 15:58:46

I would love to go to Australia and New Zealand but the length of flight puts me off. I can manage about five hours but have hated anything longer (13hours to HongKong)
Would probably be better if it was first or business class so I could lie down, but that is so expensive

lilihu Wed 06-Mar-19 16:59:03

I’d love to visit New Zealand but flying Economy Class all that distance makes me feel queasy! I can’t sleep in cramped seats and it’s hard to read in dim light while everyone else appears to be sleeping. If there was more leg room, I’d go in a shot, but Business and First Class travel prices are way beyond my budget.

honeymoon Wed 06-Mar-19 17:42:59

The only barrier I have to travelling is the cost - I just cannot afford it and believe that travel is for the rich!

Supergranbee Wed 06-Mar-19 17:43:00

I’ve been working my way through my bucket list but had to cancel a trip to South Africa last year as my heart rate went stupidly high. Meds sent it too low & doctor said I had to cancel 😢. (Just 2 days before I was due to fly) Fortunately insured.

honeymoon Wed 06-Mar-19 17:43:57

I would love to travel to Japan or Mexico...would be a dream come true x

Marmight Wed 06-Mar-19 19:20:44

I'm up for travelling to most places except the obviously dangerous ones, of which there are quite a few (just back from Oceania, so no problem there) but I just don't want to do it alone. I need to share the experience with someone, to be able to discuss the day's events, to say 'Look, isn't that bloody amazing!' or 'How about a drink' or 'Let's climb that tower'. A temporary husband/travel partner type person would do nicely. How about a travel partner agency? grin

Annapops Wed 06-Mar-19 19:53:02

I would love to visit Egypt and see the pyramids. Alas with the uncertainty over there regarding tourist attacks I fear I may never realise my dream.

CanadianGran Wed 06-Mar-19 20:05:08

A combination of time/money have affected travel decisions. As lovely as destination weddings are, it meant our travel budget for the year were planned for places we may not have chosen on our own!
I would love to go to South Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia, but it is a long way to go1

lemongrove Wed 06-Mar-19 21:57:53

I would love to visit China, the poet Philip Larkin said the same, with the caveat of ‘if I could get there and back again in a day!’ I don’t think I would be so time limiting, but it’s such a long way to travel, and these days I am more of an armchair traveller anyway, if it’s outside Europe.
The language barrier is off putting too, and the feeling that I may give offence as customs are so different.
What fantastic scenery there, and The Great Wall, Jade Palace, terracotta warriers etc, so much to see.

Humbertbear Wed 06-Mar-19 23:20:09

Start with the Golden Triangle and add on Shiela if you can. It’s a wonderful experience.

Humbertbear Wed 06-Mar-19 23:26:27

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Elrel Thu 07-Mar-19 00:30:56

Lack of a travelling companion. I'd like to go to Orkney, Cornwall and the West of Ireland. And, oddly, Dungeness, I'm not sure why!

Lollin Thu 07-Mar-19 01:18:19

It is the cost and temperature for me that is the problem. Cannot say where as there are so many destinations that i would like to tick off.

Rowantree Thu 07-Mar-19 02:18:34

Elrel Oh, do go to Dungeness! We love it there. We have wonderful walks in the nature reserve there and it's close to Rye. No matter if you do sport a green glow afterwards.

Orkney - again, love the place. Went a few years back and going again this year fingers crossed. Cornwall is beautiful, especially the west where it's wilder. Avoid high summer, obv.

I'd love to visit Egypt but many people we know who have been report getting terrible gastroenteritis which is a big fear of mine, sooooo...... sigh...but I'd love to see the pyramids! Also China, but OH won't fly so we travel everywhere by train. So much to see in Europe meanwhile, so I'll be dead long before my wannasee list runs out - Puglia, more of Sicily, Malta, Southern Spain, Budapest, Bucharest, Denmark, Northern Germany where my father's family stayed in the summer as children, Vienna, Munich....also Fair Isle and Muckleflugga.

Rowantree Thu 07-Mar-19 02:23:54

I should have added: it's cost that stops us travelling more often. Love trains, but it is exhausting! Scared of visiting places like India because of safety issues on trains, plus the risk of illness (perceived!) Oooooh, and there's the Galapagos Islands but we couldn't go there because of OH's flying phobia. Also we probably couldn't afford it: holidays for us must be affordable rather than a total blow-out.

I yearn to visit anywhere with a volcano, but OH won't go.

MaggieRoseM Thu 07-Mar-19 03:34:53

Cost is mostly what stops me travelling, though being disabled and without transport (we're waiting for the DVLA to figure out what's going on) definitely doesn't help. I'd love to go to Ireland as my family are Irish and I've yet to visit, though Wales is always on the horizon in my mind.

Oldwoman70 Thu 07-Mar-19 08:55:50

Like Marmight and Elrel I am also put off travelling due to a lack of a companion. I am happy to visit places such as the Canary Islands alone but not somewhere further afield. I know there are companies which specialise in holidays for solos but they are always much more expensive than package holidays.

If you go on a package holiday you are hit by the dreaded single supplement with the room allocated being tiny and in the worst part of the hotel - usually over the bin store!

Marmight Thu 07-Mar-19 09:25:11

So true Oldwoman. Many of the so called 'deals' are out of season and they need to fill the rooms or you are offered a room share with a total stranger. I looked at an amazing trip recently to Japanese Gardens, very expensive at around £3000, and the singles supplement was over £1900 andthey had the cheek to offer £250 off if you booked by the weekend! That's just taking the p* shock. Having said that, there are some good hols with Solos....

Missfoodlove Thu 07-Mar-19 09:40:00

More than anywhere in the world I would love to experience the sights, sounds and smells of India.
My mother in law was born there and lived a priveleged life, my son volounteered for 6 months working with the Dalit and saw the darker side of India.
At 18 this experience changed my son, he became a man with huge compassion and humility.
He said the people he met were poor beyond our comprehension but the most generous and happy people he had ever met.
My obsession with hygiene is the only thing preventing me from going.
I know it sounds shallow but I really cannot cope with dirt, it’s hard enough travelling in the UK and Europe at times but I cannot cope with the thought of being so far from home and ill.

chelseababy Thu 07-Mar-19 09:40:33

S America - but political unrest seems to be spreading - is it safe?

Grannybags Thu 07-Mar-19 10:43:02

We've just cancelled a trip to South America sad My husband couldn't have the Yellow Fever jab and we didn't want to risk going without it.

glammanana Thu 07-Mar-19 11:18:18

Mexico is on my bucket list I would just love to go my son has been when he was with the UN and said the people where so friendly and welcoming,its such a long flight and that is the only thing that is putting me off.

EllanVannin Thu 07-Mar-19 12:45:30

I saw in and around Bombay ( as it was known when I was there ) now Mumbai. I remember it being a " bit " smelly in parts but that was because there were animals in some streets/roads. I was in a hotel " Chatta---something " but was meeting up with a doctor from where I was working who'd kindly invited me to visit her family while en-route for Australia.
The architecture is outstanding with the Gateway being the most prominent feature.
I'd loved to have stayed longer but had only booked for 3 days before travelling on. People were lovely and the colourful garments struck me so when in the market I bought a couple of pairs of colourful trousers and beautiful tops for my hols in Oz. The doctor was so kind and took me in her car around the area of countryside near where her family lived, about 3/4 hours from the airport. It really was beautiful out of town and you could have been anywhere.

I only remember having two innoculations---Cholera and Hep A. about 4 or 5 weeks before travel. It was 1990.

There were some beautiful looking women and men in that country.

I would love to see Dubai airport as it is present day. Abu Dhabi was one airport I'd admired years ago with its ceiling made up of thousands/millions of pieces of coloured mosaics. Magnificent, but I wasn't allowed to photograph it at the time as there were armed guards all over the place. It will probably have all changed now. Doha too.
Favourite airport was Singapore as even back in the 90's it was classed as the best, now I believe it still is.
Pudong airport ( Shanghai ) was a comparatively new airport in the late 90's but another amazing place for a stopover.

If I ever had the good fortune to take a final trip to Oz, I'd stop off at Dubai to break the journey just to see how the other half

Miep1 Thu 07-Mar-19 13:39:30

I'd give my left arm to return to Istanbul where I lived for quite a few years. I'd take my best friend with me as she desperately wants to feed all the cats! The price of travel these days prohibits us going however and the fact that I am in a wheelchair doesn't make things easier, sadly. I'm afraid my dream will remain unfulfilled

52bright Thu 07-Mar-19 14:39:31

DH ad I love to go on tours now that we are a bit older. We see a lot and don't have to drive. However I wish there were more tours done at a slower pace so that we weren't always moving on. If a holiday is 2 weeks long it would suit us best to stay 4 or 5 nights in 3 places rather than being moved on every night or 2. That way we could see some places under our own steam as well as following a tour guide about and have the odd day's rest around a pool. If there were places to see within a 50 mile radius of the hotel day tours could be arranged maybe on a pay as you go basis so those wanting extra sights get them and those wanting to explore individually or rest can.

GeminiJen Thu 07-Mar-19 14:56:00

Unless there was specific advice from the Foreign Office against travel, nothing would prevent me from travelling to a country I really wanted to visit. Before going to University I spent a year in Africa with VSO and I can honestly say it changed my life. Since then, I’ve travelled far and wide, including to those countries people have already mentioned as potentially unsafe.....such as Israel, Egypt, Istanbul....After all, if you’re concerned about attacks on tourists, would you also avoid London? And yes, India is hot...and I did experience more than a touch of Delhi belly....but so worth it for the magnificence of the Taj Mahal, the intricate architecture of the Amber Fort, the hospitality of the people. Travelling by bus in Cuba, staying with locals and providing much needed currency. And the wonders of the Galápagos....China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and more...all sources of marvellous memories to share with the grandchildren .....Many of these trips were solo travel, incidentally.......In my experience, it’s so much easier to meet people and really experience the country’s culture and hidden places.

McGilchrist41 Thu 07-Mar-19 15:00:19

We did my husbands, “bucket list” before he passed away, so I have been most places I wanted to visit but not China. I would love to go but just not sure now whether my arthritis would let me do that long journey or, would I have to be carried off the flight and do I really want to do it alone?

weather Thu 07-Mar-19 17:18:30

My husband would love to visit Canada to see our son and his family in Prince Edward Island. I have been 3 times but not for a few years now. We had our flights booked for his wedding 16 years ago and decided to use Saga insurance instead of our usual one for Europe as my husband had had 2 DVT's and was on warfarin and we thought Saga would be better for us for world wide as we were in our late 50's.
We declared all the medical conditions and they sent us the confirmation letter and price...we then had to change the dates and received another confirmation letter. As the deposit was much less than the insurance we left paying for a few weeks..
Then just as we were leaving for Gatwick for a holiday to Slovenia I rang to say I was just putting the cheque in the post and checking the amount was still the same. There then followed a hasty "you have to speak to our doctor" who then told us we couldn't have the insurance after all.
I then tried immediately to insurance with our usual one who said "You have just been refused insurance" so they were unable to insure us for Canada.
Having no more time to spare as we were leaving to catch the flight to Slovenia I then had to cancel the Canada flights and not only lost the deposit but we were then unable to attend our son's wedding.
I did feel this was wrong of Saga to do this having had the confirmation in writing twice.
So of course this is why we are reluctant to book again in case an insurance company changes its mind but we would dearly love to visit our family in Canada together.

EllanVannin Thu 07-Mar-19 18:05:24

Weather, if you produced a letter to the insurance from your husband's GP saying he was okay to fly you could at least have had your deposit back.

Lollin Thu 07-Mar-19 20:47:37

shock weather I've never used that face before on here but am genuinely shocked how absolutely awful !

Chewbacca Thu 07-Mar-19 22:28:40

I'd love to visit Pamukale, Ephesus and Cappadocia in Turkey again but my OH is disabled and, although he could manage the flights, he couldn't manage the touring once we'd arrived in Turkey. If there was a way for all the internal travel arrangements to be set up for him, it would be lovely to go again. <wistful emoticon>

mumofmadboys Fri 08-Mar-19 06:41:23

My DH is a reluctant traveller. I would love to visit China, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Harris27 Fri 08-Mar-19 07:03:42

If would love to go to Australia to see my niece and her family but can't do long haul have breathing problems and circulation. I have lots of photos from her and she visits every couple of years. My wildest dream was to travel on the orient express its been a yearning for years but alas the funds don't match the dreams!

TwiceAsNice Fri 08-Mar-19 09:17:50

There are many places outside of Europe I would still like to travel too but Im afraid funds don’t allow, too expensive

B9exchange Fri 08-Mar-19 09:27:29

For us too, cost is the only prohibitive. In a few years it will be health issues, inevitably, but for now if we could afford it we would go anywhere. (Just rule out overnight flights, can't sleep sitting up, can't afford flat beds, and takes a week to recover after one!)

mbody Fri 08-Mar-19 10:24:47

To see the northern lights would be my choice. One day!!!

moleswife Fri 08-Mar-19 10:36:17

I have always dreamed of an African safari to see its wildlife - especially elephants - but the thought of putting my feet into my boots in the early morning to find a scorpion or deadly spider there is rather off-putting - or have I just been watching too many old films?

Greygoose Fri 08-Mar-19 10:51:53

Id love to go to Japan, but travelling alone and the long haul has put me off. So a partner and business class would be perfect. I'd write a review on my blog to encourage over 60 singles to travel!

Psalmody Fri 08-Mar-19 10:52:07

Ever since reading Essie Summer's wonderfully funny romances set in New Zealand, with her marvellous description of the beauty and natural world there I have longed to visit. Lack of funds then health issues had put a spanner in the works, and now we have 2 puppies who would be challenging to get care for, yet I still long to see and experience the beauty of the islands.

Annaram1 Fri 08-Mar-19 11:02:14

moleswife Yes you have been watching too many films. Even in England I always kick my shoes about before putting them on, then shake them out. Keep a nice jam jar handy so you can catch anything which comes out (unlikely, but always be prepared.) My friend nearby put on her shoes without checking and got stung by a wasp on the toe. Good luck.

I'd love to go to Peru to see the Macchu Pichu, and am not afraid of the distance. At the moment funds are a bit limited.

JonFlorrie Fri 08-Mar-19 11:12:48

I would love to return to Aden (Yemen) where I lived as an Air Force child, but present wartime circumstances make that impossible. Tourism would help the economy there so much when things are settled.
Iceland is a place I have always wanted to visit; William Morris got so much inspiration from the country! How would I get about though - the landscape looks so vast and rocky. Would there be a language barrier? Is it cold there? Are the daylight hours long or short? Such a puzzle yet I still feel a draw to the place.

Warmthlover Fri 08-Mar-19 11:26:40

India. Fascinating cultures and landscapes, colours and monuments - and who with an ounce of heart wouldn’t want to see the expression of love and remembrance that is the Taj Mahal (preferably alone with my lover and by moonlight, as we’re in the realms of wish fulfilment here!) but, oh, the food! The prospect of curries and chilli doesn’t thrill, to say the least. However, I’m teaching myself to cook using spices and fresh red chillies, so perhaps one day my palate could cope with a visit to India!

Annewilko Fri 08-Mar-19 11:32:22

I would like to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Various circumstances have stopped me in the past, financial, time, partner didn't "fancy it". Now, I'm not sure if I could physically manage.

wallers5 Fri 08-Mar-19 11:42:10

Cape Town SA because of the robberies & violence. I would love to go. I was there when I was 2 & haven’t been back since. Would love to see the Vineyards too & so much more.

Tergly Fri 08-Mar-19 11:48:54

I would love to visit Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas. Affordability would be a problem but I would worry about the risk of possible illness being so far away. But would still probably do it if I had the opportunity.

Nana66 Fri 08-Mar-19 12:00:15

I'd love to do part of the Camino de Santiago but I'm not sure that I'm fit enough and I haven't persuaded any family member to accompany me!

LuckyFour Fri 08-Mar-19 12:18:47

My DH and I love travelling and have been fortunate enough to go to many countries. We are keen to go to Southern Italy, the more remote part. We were thinking about Sicily too, but a friend went last year and was appalled at the amount of litter everywhere and rubbish in the streets. She said it was really dreadful and wouldn't recommend going there. I was surprised at this.

SunnySusie Fri 08-Mar-19 12:32:24

Top of my wish list would be India, but every time I have been on the point of arranging a holiday, I have chickened out through worry about getting ill. Particularly Delhi belly or worse. The other thing that puts me off most holidays is the fact that tours seem to cover immense distances and require a lot of very short stays in hotels. In reality this means a lot of time in coaches and lack of sleep. It always takes me a night or two to settle in a hotel before I can get a good nights rest. I never go on holidays which require a single night in a hotel before moving on. I would be very happy to visit just three or four places for longer periods of time.

knickas63 Fri 08-Mar-19 12:55:23

My main reason for not visiting a country is fear of not being welcome/physical safety. I would dearly love to visit Egypt and Tunisia. I have visited Turkey, and would love to go back - but that is now also causing some thought.

Proseccomimama Fri 08-Mar-19 13:02:53

Just starting to feel better after a long illness and haven't managed to go outside my city since 2014 (previously a keen traveller) so health has stopped me until now but hoping to venture somewhere (anywhere) not too far this year.

Venus Fri 08-Mar-19 13:05:14

I would love to visit Guadalope where Death in Paradise is filmed. It is a difficult place to travel to from the U.K. so haven't plucked up the courage to link flights, plus the cost of getting there. Also, now my husband has passed away, I have to find a companion who wants to go too.

lizzypopbottle Fri 08-Mar-19 13:12:37

I take issue with the apparently unequivocal statement , "Everyone loves to travel and see the world..."

I have no desire to travel abroad and I can see the world (and help save the world) by viewing its wonders via screens in my home, rather than racking up air miles and the pollution they cause.

Ta da!

Disclaimer: It's fair enough to visit family in far flung corners so no trolling please...

Annamaria0 Fri 08-Mar-19 13:18:25

The cost, and complicated dog- and chickens-sitting arrangements. We have two dogs, which add significantly to the expense.

Elizabeth180 Fri 08-Mar-19 13:37:10

I would love to visit the real India and my hubby has always wanted to visit Canada. The main reason for not visiting is finance - especially for Canada, but I'm a little worried about getting dell belly in India!

DotMH1901 Fri 08-Mar-19 13:37:38

I would love to go and visit my daughter in law and son and family in the USA. Every time I save up to go the money is needed elsewhere!

NotSpaghetti Fri 08-Mar-19 13:43:57

If money was no object I would travel more, and more slowly. Nothing has stopped me - only time and cash.

susiesioux Fri 08-Mar-19 14:18:29

Venice, i have wanted to go since my boyfriend at the time went when i was 15 (I'm 58)

susiesioux Fri 08-Mar-19 14:19:23

Venice, ive wanted to go since i was 15 (i'm 58)

Grannyknot Fri 08-Mar-19 14:39:04

(wallers5 - we have just come back from a month spent in Cape Town and felt perfectly safe, no sign of robberies and/or violence. Everything works in the Cape, people are happy and friendly. There are homeless people on the streets in the built up areas, but they are not aggressive, just hungry. sad Cape Town is heaving with tourists at this time of year, many of whom are from the UK).

If I had followed the advice from the Government website re avoiding certain places "to the letter" - I'd have missed out on Turkey and also on Egypt.

What deters me from travel? The way most airlines jam people into the tiniest space possible. Air travel - unless one can afford Business Class - is just awful for the most part.

Where I'd like to go? Australia and New Zealand. We've never been as it just seems so far away ...

sarahellenwhitney Fri 08-Mar-19 14:45:53

I visited east Africa many years ago and out of all other destinations I have visited for me this was the most beautiful part of the world with its scenery and wild life I have ever experienced The aircraft took us over Mount Kilimanjaro, such a wonderful sight, and to see the abundance of wild life that came into action from the noise of aircraft engines was spectacular. If I had my time all over again Kilimanjaro would not be just a vision from an aircraft but one I could touch and feel.

Albangirl14 Fri 08-Mar-19 14:51:39

I would like to go on a cruise but am afraid of being travel sick .

moggie Fri 08-Mar-19 15:23:45

New Zealand to visit my family especially my great nephew

Itsmyfirstrodeo Fri 08-Mar-19 16:23:34

Hitting the nail on the head with Machu Picchu there. That's on the bucket list, along with the Great wall of China, the Pyramids, Japan, New Zealand, Niagara falls, pretty much anywhere with any outstanding beauty or monuments
The list goes on but they are my favourites.
What prohibits us is the same old chestnut, money and the lack of grin

jacalpad Fri 08-Mar-19 16:26:08

I would love t visit Scotland in the summer, but am worried about the midges at that time of year!

cathisherwood Fri 08-Mar-19 16:33:44

There are a number of countries I would visit if I felt more comfortable with their human right regine. These countries include China and Russia. The difficulties and expense of getting visas also puts me off.

chorkie Fri 08-Mar-19 16:40:12

I'd love to travel to America or Canada to experience a Native American Indian Pow-Wow, but I'm sure non Native Americans would not be allowed entrance to such a wonderful event.

Isobelw Fri 08-Mar-19 16:43:23

I would like to visit the Silk Road and the “Stans” but worry about the political stability of these countries

gran1 Fri 08-Mar-19 16:45:13

The Middle East but security matters make it impossible

Annaram1 Fri 08-Mar-19 18:21:45

Albangirl Ever heard of travel pills?

seemercloud Fri 08-Mar-19 18:51:56

Madeira, but I've been told the plane has to brake very hard on landing because the runway is short. Scary!

dahlia08 Fri 08-Mar-19 19:00:31

I would love to go to India, Singapore. We were going, booked and paid but then my husband fell ill. Couldn’t go and lost everything. I would nice to win and go. Thank you.

Angel17 Fri 08-Mar-19 19:24:20

Would like to go on a holiday with a guide, but tried one and found the group too large. Some people straggled and one even got left behind and it was hard to hear what the tour leader and guides were saying unless you were really close to them. When we were given comfort breaks it took ages to get served coffee etc. and hardly any time left to drink it. Perhaps unlucky with our choice of travel company/ destination.

Jovis Fri 08-Mar-19 20:02:41

Embarrassingly, my main problem is the proximity of toilets that limits my travel choices. Old age has few consolations...

moxeyns Fri 08-Mar-19 20:17:14

The archaeological sites in Iraq - and the political climate there!

Candelle Fri 08-Mar-19 20:34:42

I would love to visit South Africa, particularly in our winter. However... the security and safety aspects completely put me off. Friends have been and were told by hotel staff that it was not safe to leave the hotel after dusk and even during the day time it was safer to call a cab and not walk...

For a safer place, New Zealand and Argentina both look amazing......

lolarabbit Sat 09-Mar-19 08:04:44

Would love to visit Machu Pichu but worried about my capacity to cope with the altitude - I was affected just going to the top of Mount Teide in Tenerife so maybe it's not for me. Pity! Otherwise, not much puts me off from travelling although I would like to be able to afford to go business class for a more comfortable experience on long haul flights.

AlexG Sat 09-Mar-19 13:14:53

I would love to see polar bears at the North Pole and if it was the right season, see whales too. Not likely to manage this trip due to the cost, but I can dream

cookiemonster66 Sat 09-Mar-19 13:18:05

I would love to go to the Maldives, and stay in a bungalow over the sea, dream holiday, but the older I have got, the thought of long distance travel on planes in cramped seats, the energy of queuing at airports really puts me off. Really wish I did it when I was younger and more able.

jocork Sat 09-Mar-19 13:42:05

My husband and I were planning to go to Jordan including a visit to Petra. I struggle with the heat so we'd planned to book for a winter holiday. Just as we were about to book we found out I was pregnant with our first child. In order to have been able to fly we'd have had to go somewhat earlier in the year when it would have been pretty hot but not only that but the travel into Petra was on horseback - not exactly ideal when pregnant when I'd only ever been on a horse once before! I'd also discovered that my morning sickness was worse when it was hot weather so we went to the travel agent and asked where we could go that was cool. We went to Iceland that summer. I've still not been to Petra, although (now ex) husband went on a charity cycle ride across Jordan without me so went there. If I am to go now I'll need to find a travelling companion - and the money!

GeminiJen Sat 09-Mar-19 14:42:11

I'd love to visit Bhutan, travelling with a small group. I've read so much about this small Kingdom, all of which makes me long to experience it before it becomes touristy. What stops me? So far, the saving hard grin

Lazigirl Sat 09-Mar-19 14:59:08

I can't tolerate heat so tend to holiday in the cooler months. I love Islamic architecture and ancient cities and in the past have traveled to Damascus, Aleppo and Palmyra, spending Christmas in Syria, and am sad that these beautiful places and people have been devastated by war. I also love Turkish cities, but don't feel quite so comfortable going to Istanbul anymore. Iran is still on my wish list.

shahedc Sat 09-Mar-19 15:06:41

We were planning a trip to visit friends in Syria just weeks before the war began

MamaCaz Sat 09-Mar-19 22:10:02

I would love to visit Mexico. As a way of improving my Spanish, I have watched a lot of TV series made in that country, and some of the scenery looks absolutely stunning.
However, safety issues would be a huge concern for me, as the sort of places I would want to visit would be well away from the major tourist resorts, and probably too dangerous.

duncanbrown Sat 09-Mar-19 23:22:30

There is always something more to see in this country and that has stopped me going overseas.

sharmck Sun 10-Mar-19 07:11:28

There are so many places I would love to go: Japan, Nicaragua/Pananma, Galapagos, Canada, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa....sadly it's mostly the cost which is prohibitive and then safety - either safety usually in terms of increased fears of terrorism or personal violence - or difficult getting travel insurance which would make healthcare safe as my OH as ongoing health problems. Usually more expensive arrangements eg a guide or different ways of travel can help with the safety but that comes at a cost. However we are trying to travel as much as we can.

wendycl Sun 10-Mar-19 12:06:37

Two barriers for me - one is safety and the foreign office advice for the country -if its not safe I'm not going! and the other is distance/flight time in cramped conditions.

goldengirl Sun 10-Mar-19 12:10:45

The lack of toilets due to a medical condition which often requires a visit urgently. There are lots of places I'd like to visit in the UK but so many public toilets have closed and the lack of information is not adequate. I'm always concerned that the toilet maps may be out of date. It would be good to have acknowledgement of facilities on brochures too - some do, some don't. Some eateries don't have them either in spite of the fact there are tables and chairs provided to sit at!

That said, before my condition took hold, I've been lucky to visit many countries abroad - but it's the UK I'd like to explore now

M0nica Sun 10-Mar-19 16:49:27

No, travel sickness pills are not the answer if you get sea sick. They certainly make it more bearable, but a cruise where you were on travel sickness pills the whole time would not be enjoyable.

I am prone to travel sickness and we did do a Norwegian coast cruise, Hurtigruten, so we really were hugging the coast, and protected from the worst of the weather by the islands, but I missed the best Northern lights show because I had had to take sea sickness pills and was feeling very sleepy and groggy as a result and on other days when I took them I still ended missing meals and sleeping a lot

M0nica Sun 10-Mar-19 16:55:33

My great hate when travelling is airports. Not flying, I am quite happy with that but big airports, the lighting, air quality, airport shops, which are all horrible and overpriced. the whole experience is really unpleasant.

In recent years we have travelled by train. We have been to Switzerland, Germany. Spain and France. I travelled to Marseille in January. Left St Pancras at 10.30, arrived in Marseille around 5.30, with one change of train. We could see the varying landscape as we travelled across France, the seats were more comfortable and roomy than you find on trains in the UK. We had a hotel near the station and by 6.30 were sitting in a restaurant having a leisurely dinner.

Jani31 Sun 10-Mar-19 17:09:17

Angel Falls in Venezuela is the only place left to see on my 50 year old list of 'To Do' places. With the given troubles at the moment, that is never going to happen. I have though ticked Taj Mahal at long last in February x