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There are so many incredible destinations on my "bucket list" that I want to see before I leave this earth - life is too short to never get outside your comfort zone and experience what life is like in other countries. I live in a small town (<2,000) in a rural, agricultural community in southcentral Pennsylvania. I've been to Austria/Germany three times and look forward to going back. I've also been to England, France and Switzerland, although I was a high school senior at the time and didn't have nearly the appreciation for other cultures that I have now that I am older. When I travel, I want to fully experience and appreciate what it's like to be an Austrian, German, etc. I like to pick a central location as a base for the places I want to see and the things I want to do. So far, I have always made my own travel arrangements and do not use a travel agent. I like to research a place and find out the best sites, places to stay, eat, etc. - which is why I love tripadvisor!