Julie Blumberg, Newport Beach
Next summer we plan to continue our ongoing exploration of Europe by finally heading east of Munich. We are heading to Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. We are expecting the people to be as friendly and nice as they have been in all the countries we have visited so far. There is a great value in spending enough time in each country to get to know it.
Kenneth J. Hoffer, Santa Monica
Using a refund
Our cruise on Carnival's Splendor, scheduled for next month, was canceled because of the ship fire. We decided use our refund to travel on a cruise in June to the Mediterranean, somewhere we have been aiming to visit for a long time.
Tony Miranda, Lancaster
Our first trip of the year will be to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary as well as a significant birthday. In addition to touring these cities, we will travel on the Eastern and Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore. We are looking forward to staying at the Raffles Hotel when in Singapore. This will be our first trip to Asia.
Our second trip will be with my husband's family to Fort Myers, Fla., in March to see the Boston Red Sox in spring training. We're planning to rent a house there.
Our last trip of the year will be renting a motor home and driving to Oregon. We're testing our retirement dream, which is to travel the country in a motor home. We're doing it now in small bites to see if this lifestyle suits us. We will visit the wine areas of Oregon.
L. and P. Japp, Los Angeles
Unlimited time and money: To experience extreme opposites in one vacation, I would combine two cruises — one to Antarctica (covering much of Chile and Argentina) and one to include the Amazon (covering much of Brazil). And knowing that the price to Antarctica will start at $10,000 a person (because the only travel option will be on smaller ships), this would warrant an "unlimited" source of funds. Some of the above will be accomplished with a 30-day cruise to South America early next year with additional stops on land to Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. However, no stops in Antarctica or the Amazon. The diverse beauty of the scenery (Chilean fjords and glaciers, immense water volume of Iguazu Falls and Rio's picturesque mountains and beaches) and experiencing the differing cultures of the various South American countries that will be visited was a major factor in selecting these destinations.
Dale and Barbara Joyner, Culver City
Fit for goddesses
With unlimited funds, I would go to Greece on the Goddesses Go to Greece luxury tour. I think I would melt right into the azure Aegean Sea. Delicious.
Anne Youngblood, Brentwood
It's no safari