I’ve had the good fortune to visit something like 20 countries on five continents, as well as visit 49 of the 50 United States. This summer, I’ll be traveling to China and Tibet, which will leave Antarctica as the only continent I haven’t visited.
This isn’t to brag (well, maybe a little bit), but even after being as many places as I have been, I realize how many more places I want to still travel to. We’ve all got our “bucket lists”, but much of mine consists of places in the world I absolutely want to travel to before I kick my own bucket.
Here’s five of mine. What are yours?
I spent a terrific two weeks in New Zealand in 2012, but unfortunately just didn’t have the time to get to do Australia well. I’d rather spend time in fewer areas than try and cram in as much as possible while traveling – otherwise it just becomes un-fun and stressful. But Australia has long been on my list. Uluru (Ayers Rock) is supposedly one of the great wonders of the world, Sydney is a rising a vibrant city, and the country produces some of the best wine in the world (Yellowtail aside). I’d love to drive the country – I prefer road trips to anything – but it may be too much to bite off?
I’m not a big sit-on-the-beach-with-an-umbrella-drink kind of guy. I tend to dislike days over 80 degrees, excessive humidity and my Irish skin always has to burn before it tans. But have you seen the pictures of this place? I can’t pass up on the idea of those crystal-clear waters and staying on those huts that are literally built over said waters. That looks like a pretty damned good experience.
On the opposite end of the travel spectrum: Specifically the aurora borealis and staying at the igloo hotel in Finland (see below). But this could be a particularly good driving trip as well. Like New Zealand, Norway, Finland and Sweden have some of the best scenery in the world, and there’s few trips I like quite as well as a car, a camera and the middle of nowhere.
Old World Wine Country
This is another driving trip I’ve envisioned a few times. Starting in Paris, then driving through Bordeaux and Burgundy on the way south to Barcelona. Wandering through the spanish countryside, then the south of France and Provence. Conclude with a swing through Tuscany and my grandfather’s home of Sicily. Drinking wine and a lot of driving – what could go wrong?
Well, I did say I only needed one more continent to round out the world, didn’t I? It is possible for a civilian to visit Antarctica. Catch a flight to Tierra Del Fuego, the southern-most point of the other six continents (and another bucket list location I unfortunately missed when in Argentina last year). Catch a boat down south. Takes about three days to get there. You get a few days to sail around and check things out, before coming back to South America. That’s an experience for a lifetime.
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