My husband, a Vietnam War veteran, has recently expressed a longing to revisit the countries and Air Force bases where he was stationed from 1967 to 1971. He often talks about his time in the service and loves to tell stories (some sad, some happy) about his F-4 crew mates who served with him at Yokota Air Base in Japan and Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Several former Vietnam-era vets we know have made trips to Vietnam and Southeast Asia and have told us the trip was cathartic and life-changing. I feel that visiting these countries and sites would be a wonderful experience for us. While in the service, he also flew with a flight crew to Australia and New Zealand; those destinations have been on our "wish list" for a long time.
Marcia Israel, Agoura Hills
Handing down the continental experience
Where: Venice, Italy; Paris and Lucerne, Switzerland
Why: Grandchildren (8-year-old twin girls and a 10-year-old boy) have been told stories about these cities since early ages. Grandpop wants to make the dream come true. We will be a group of seven: Grandpop, Grandmom, our son and his wife, and their three children — two weeks in late June.
Vincent Bruno, Santa Monica
A European itinerary
Plan to travel to Europe and cruise either Europe or Mediterranean (Italy and Spain)
Betty Brennan, Sherman Oaks
Hiking throuth the Swiss Alps
We're living our vacation dream in 2011. We are planning on a two-week walking expedition through the Swiss Alps with Sherpa Expeditions (http://www.sherpa-walking-holidays.co.uk/). This trip appears to offer everything we look for in a vacation: activity, scenery and independence, with a little support thrown in by the tour company to keep things simple.
We'll be flying into Zurich and taking a train to Engelberg, where our walking tour begins. We'll cover about 100 miles and thousands of feet in elevation change over 13 days, with our luggage, a hot dinner and a soft bed awaiting us each night.
Tamara Reddy, Brea
Make mine Mediterranean!
I would take a Mediterranean Cruise with my husband of more than 50 years. If the L.A. Times is giving one away, put my name in!
Otherwise, I have a trip planned in January to a place I've never been, Costa Rica, with my family. We're going on a 10-day Caravan Tour. This should be quite an adventure for all of us.
Claire Knodell, Oceanside
The pull of India is irresistible. Every positive aspect of travel exists — the sights within the cities, the streets, the myriad faces. It's steeped in colorful traditions, and it seduces and transforms the traveler.