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As per https://judaism.stackexchange.com/, a "Topic Challenge" appearing every so often to challenge people to ask questions might be a good idea. Are you going somewhere soon? Do you have a topic you'd like to ramp up your tag badges on? Suggest a topic in the answers below, and vote them up or down, and on the weekend we may select one and make it the topic challenge.

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The Tiny Countries

  • Andorra
  • Brunei
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Malta
  • Vatican City
  • Nauru
  • Tuvalu
  • Marshall Islands
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Maldives
  • Grenada
  • St. Lucia
  • Palau
  • Seychelles
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines
  • Micronesia
  • (Don't be shy to add what I left out) – hippietrail Dec 8 '11 at 13:44
  • I really like this proposal and I'm waiting for hundreds of Liechtenstein questions! – RoflcoptrException Dec 8 '11 at 14:24
  • Don't have meta-edit privileges yet, so here are some tiny additions: Nauru, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, Maldives, Grenada, Andorra, St. Lucia, Palau, Seychelles, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Micronesia. Long long ago I played an Apple II game called Andorra...anyone remember that? – Jonathan Van Matre Dec 20 '11 at 17:20
  • I don't know the game Andorra, but I do remember the bus ride from the heat of spain into the falling snow, and eating snails in a very authentic bar. – hippietrail Dec 20 '11 at 17:25
  • I did a couple of these then decided if we were going to do it, we'd be better off just doing every blasted country. Perhaps I'll start creating events on the national days of countries around the world... – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 4:40
  • @MarkMayo +1 for the national days idea!! But I don't understand the first part of your comment at all. – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:18
  • Oh, I meant I made events for them, but there were so many of them that my mind thought it'd just be easier to go through an alphabetical list of countries, and that seemed a little pointless. National days is good tho, I might start a community wiki idea for it. – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 10:02
  • You don't need to go through them. The whole point of the suggestion was that these countries are so tiny that they can share an event for all tiny countries rather than have one separate event for each tiny country (-: – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 10:17
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World Heritage Sites

I would like to see some great questions about world heritage sites.

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Volunteering

Where can we go and do stuff like helping out on farms in Guatemala and tsunami cleanup in Japan etc...

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Boost single-use tags

How about an event where we go through our oldest tags that are only applied to a single question and think of at least one more question for each of them?

As a bonus any tags that are too hard to think of more questions for should possibly be discarded or made synonyms of broader tags that would cover them.

  • if you find some, we can do it! – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 4:39
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    Rofl and I have been hacking the API. It's fun. I believe most of us here have some coding in our backgrounds so you should try it too (-: – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:19
  • if I only had the time ;) My coding time is going into like 3 other side projects at present. Maybe over the Christmas break. – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 10:04
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    Don't worry I've taken to suggesting tools project ideas over on the Meta question about them. – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 10:35
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Long-distance train journeys

I would like to see some more great questions about traveling long distances with a train, for example the Siberian railway.

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Ambiguous place names

This will have the added benefit of helping us fix our policy of how to pick the wording for tags when there's more than one Georgia or Korea in the world.






(Please add any others you can think of, but only of course if they have something to offer tourists/travellers.)

  • not sure how to do this as an event... – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 4:32
  • How to do this as an event: Hey everybody welcome to our ambiguous place name event. So think of some names that refer to more than one travel-worthy place (or check our list) and ask good travel related questions about them! You may have to create some new tags but don't worry if you can't since our mods are also participating and can add them, rename them, and clean them up for you. Go! – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:11
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Naturism

I would like to see some great questions about naturism travel.

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River Amazon / River Nile trail

Everything about travelling down the Amazon / Nile from source to where they terminate at sea.

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Route 66

Towns and places worth visiting along US Route 66.

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Difficult Places and How To See Them


I mean genuinely difficult for the average traveler, and how to see them without breaking any laws.

For example, visitors to Lascaux are now shunted to a replica, but perhaps it is possible to visit the actual caves by volunteering in the cleanup & restoration effort?

Another example is the stairway of the Washington Monument. It was not publicized, but there were occasional tours where you could ride up on the elevator and descend via the stairs. Unfortunately, that has been discontinued owing to vandalism of the commemorative stones in the stairwell, but at the time when it was an option it would have been a candidate for this category.

Or climbing the Great Pyramid, which used to be illegal but easy to do with a bribe. In more recent years there has been a crackdown on the acceptance of these bribes owing to some climbers falling to their death. But maybe there's a way to legally climb it, complete with safety equipment? I'd sure like to know.

  • I'm sure you know but we have the adventure and extreme-tourism tags that will cover some such questions, but maybe not ones like the Washington monument one. – hippietrail Dec 20 '11 at 18:01
  • Yeah, the Pyramid example could fall under those tags, but the other two not so much. They're more about hidden places than extreeeem adventurrrrrrzzzz. :D – Jonathan Van Matre Dec 20 '11 at 18:26
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    please don't ever climb the pyramids, or any other historical monument. You'll get a great photo, but you WILL cause damage to the monument. – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 4:34
  • Event for December 31st has been created – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 4:35
  • chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/info/591/you-are-here?tab=schedule - don't forget to register for the event! – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 4:38
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    @Mark When I say safety equipment I mean safety for me and for the pyramid. The whole point of looking for legal ways to access these difficult places is to make sure that they're being visited in a responsible way. I.e. I'm looking for "white hat" travel hacks, not "black hat". – Jonathan Van Matre Dec 21 '11 at 4:44
  • Cool, it was hard to tell from your original statement, but my comment was for anyone that might read it and consider bribing as a result :) I couldn't believe how many people (where cameras were banned) would not only use their flash (causing light damage) but then reach out and touch the paintings on tunnel walls! – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 21 '11 at 4:47
  • If pyramid climbing is what you crave, I highly recommend the one in the middle of Tiranë, Albania. It seems you can damage that monument to your heart's delight. – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:22
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Pan-American Highway

I would like to see some great questions about the Pan-American Highway.

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Ecotourism

I would like to see some great questions about ecotourism.

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Couch surfing

I would like to see some more great questions about couch surfing.

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    Recommend that for tagging purposes we use a more generic term like accommodation-exchange or free-accomodation or homestay, since "'CouchSurfing' and 'CouchSurfer' are registered and unregistered service marks of CouchSurfing International." – Jonathan Van Matre Dec 20 '11 at 17:25
  • Homestay is a totally different tradition to the likes of hospitality club and couch surfing, I don't recommend overloading that term. – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:13
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Roadtrip

I would like to see some more great questions about roadtrips. We have a lot questions for Europe, but Asia or the Americas is not covered yet.

  • Australia is also a great place for road trips. I'm not sure about Asia though. I don't think it's really done in the rich countries or the developing countries for different reasons. But I'd like to be proven wrong. – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:15
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Trekking

I would like to seem some great questions about trekking.

  • You already seem like a great trekking question to me! d-; – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:14
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The Caucasus

South Caucasus

Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan

Plus the disputed territories, rebel provinces, and exclaves

Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh, Naxchivan, South Ossetia

North Caucasus

Dagestan, Ingushetia, Chechnya, etc

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Disaster tourism

I would like to see some great questions about disaster tourism.

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    You mean voyeuristic or volunteering to fix up afterwards? – hippietrail Dec 8 '11 at 13:43
  • In this case I'm rater referring to voyeuristic or to put it in a nice word education. – RoflcoptrException Dec 8 '11 at 13:46
  • Then my experience helping out in Northern Japan this summer will not be much use... – hippietrail Dec 8 '11 at 13:48
  • We can create a second topic proposal for that – RoflcoptrException Dec 8 '11 at 13:48
  • btw just to clarify I don't not really support such kind of tourism but I think it is an interesting topic to think about. – RoflcoptrException Dec 8 '11 at 20:59
  • You don't? What about visiting Chernobyl (like I did in 2008)? It opens your eyes to the dangers of human error, rushing projects and the impact we can have on our world. I'd recommend it to anyone! – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 9 '11 at 0:35
  • Yes that's exactly what I'm trying to say! – RoflcoptrException Dec 9 '11 at 6:26
  • travel.stackexchange.com/questions/4523/… isn't exactly disaster tourism, but it's related. Out of curiosity, does Hiroshima (which I haven't been to) count as disaster tourism? – Andrew Grimm Apr 12 '12 at 13:39
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I would like to see questions about Geoglyphs.

  • You mean there are more? (-: – hippietrail Dec 20 '11 at 22:31
  • I hope so. I think in China for example. – RoflcoptrException Dec 20 '11 at 22:32
  • lots more! You could even argue that the Pyramids represent the constellation of Orion... – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Dec 20 '11 at 22:42
  • Bah the pyramids are not a glyph. I guess you could expand it to stuff that might have some interpretation when viewed from the sky. – hippietrail Dec 21 '11 at 8:16

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