If you could go anywhere, where would it be?

I have quite an astonishing story coming up in the future about a friend of mine who may be going on the trip of a lifetime.

And as you all know, I just got back from quite a trip myself.

I wouldn’t call myself well travelled but I’ve been around. New York, L.A., Portugal, many of the requisite tropical islands. Thinking of this trip to Thailand made me consider where else I’d like to go if given the chance.

I never even would have thought of Turkey if my mother hadn’t mentioned it but now I definitely want to go.

I was never all that interested in going to Australia or New Zealand until I started to get a lot of readers from that area of the world who opened my eyes to it.

So the other night I sat on the couch, flipped through some travel magazines and thought about my travel list.


So how about helping fill in that number 10 spot.

If you could go anywhere where would it be? Either back to somewhere you’ve already been and loved or somewhere you’d like to go. And you’re not allowed to say bed. Bed would be the most popular answer for everyone so it’s best just to eliminate it as an option.

Have a good weekend.



  1. SusanR says:

    Japan? Unique. Beautiful. People are very nice.

  2. Barbie says:

    Don’t even have to think about that. It’s Bora Bora…..(not your number 10 just somewhere “I” want to go) so your # 6 ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. KiwiKat says:

    I can help you plan your Kiwi visit! ๐Ÿ˜€ What about South America – say Peru for Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca (yeah, I snorgle each time I hear that place name) and then down to Rio for carnival…

  4. Mary says:

    My dream is to go to Italy and Greece, all the amazing architecture and art would be amazing to see in person.

  5. Jessica says:

    Bora Bora is my #1 so I have to say my #2 is Holland. I want to see the Tulip fields in full bloom! What can I say I’m a sucker for beautiful flowers.

  6. Stacey Vass says:

    You must see Prague. It is a great city, coming from someone who has done the south of France and Spain, Germany and Switzerland.

  7. Amanda says:

    New York City!
    Portland OR!

  8. Brenda says:

    Spain! Go and watch the running of the bulls! People, Food and scenery was great there too!
    Or Hawaii? Very beautiful in a different way.

  9. Jean in BC says:

    Road trip across Canada! There are lots of interesting places to visit in our home country!

  10. Stephbo says:

    Morocco and Egypt

  11. Sera says:

    I don’t know what order these are in but: Japan, Spain, Portugal, bora bora & Tahiti, Turks and Caicos.

    I’ve been to Paris but I want to see more of France. I’ve been to Venice but I want to see more of Italy. I’ve been to the north island of New Zealand but I want to go to the South Island and return to the north North island – So beautiful.

    And I really do love hanalei bay in Kauai. But really, it think I just need a tropical vacation. It’s been a long long time. And I love boogie boarding. It’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever experienced.

  12. Kathline says:

    Santorini and Crete – after reading about how they do up Easter, I knew I had to go and during that time of year.

  13. It would have to the the South of France, Italy, and Croatia! My favorite TV show is International House Hunters and those are the places that I am drawn to! So your #10 should be Croatia! It’s gorgeous and right on the sea with mostly outdoor living!

  14. Chris says:


  15. kate-v says:

    i would like to visit gardens where ever they are in the world – a world garden tour would be my dream, but at this time of year I would go to the Atlanta Botanical garden as most if their orchids are supposed to be blooming now. And I would like to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the shawl and cape woven sewn and embroidered from the web material collected from the golden orb spider – I believe that museum is in London, England — those might be of interest to rate your #10

    • Jennifer says:

      kate-v, I don’t even know you, but I’d like to join you on your world garden tour. Please add LotusLand in Santa Barbara, California to your list. It’s a private garden and costs not a little, but it’s amazing!

      • kate-v says:

        Oh, Jennifer, thank you – we’ll have great fun! I have read about Lotus land and everything sounds wonderful – it is now officially on the itinerary for the World Garden Tour.

  16. Pati Gulat says:

    Izmir,Turkey with a side trip to Istanbul…lived in Izmir and have since visited.More magnificent thumb you can even imagine…It has my heart. <3

  17. Pati Gulat says:

    THAN you can even imagine…stupid phone….lol

  18. Susie Heller says:

    Go to bed early…… Really I would love to visit England for weeks. I could meet and wed
    a Handsome rich romantic Duke in some fabulous castle. With lots of wonderful kind servants to do all the things I do not want to do …like cooking, cleaning toilets, dusting, mowing the yard…..sigh. But then I would have to divorce my husband…..but one never knows….

  19. Karen says:

    Southwestern USA. Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Bryce National park. With a side trip to Yosemite. I would love to stay at the National Park Lodges. All are gorgeous.

    • Debbie says:

      Karen, when I was thirteen, my parents needed me away for the summer as they were getting a divorce (though I didn’t know that until I came home). They sent me on a two month cross country teen trip. I went to the places you mentioned, and to this day I remember being there. That trip gave me a love for travel, though I must admit camping isn’t my favorite way.

      Anyway, my thought was that a great way for an adult to see the USA is to be a counselor on a cross-country teen tour. I still remember fondly the counselors on that trip. (And my mom married a wonderful man the year after I was married. He is a true grandfather to my children.)

    • Karen P says:

      That was going to be my suggestion too! My husband and I honeymooned for 3 weeks in Utah and I haven’t seen anything as beautiful since. Absolutely gorgeous!

  20. Cathy says:

    I wasn’t well-traveled either until well into adulthood. I have been to a few fun places, beautiful places, interesting places. Where would I like to go next? Alaska is on my list, specifically Denali Park, Prince Edward Island, Mackinac Island, and my heart belongs to Italy. Specifically the Cinque Terra—seriously Karen, Tuscany is where everybody goes . Go off the beaten path and walk from one small-town to another and you will never forget it. Towns were they don’t allow cars but once a week & the views of the sea are amazing. You will rub elbows with the grapes growing on terraced vineyards and think to yourself …”they did this by hand”. Take cat treats with you. There’s a place to rest have a snack, feed the cats that live there and continue on your journey.
    (I also want to return to Paris because my sweet Babu left my camera in the Paris airport)

  21. Liesl Joubert says:

    Cape Town, South Africa.
    You would LOVE it here. And it ticks all your boxes (history, food, design, wildlife, nature, sightseeing, safari, tranquillity)
    Google Images: Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Design Capital 2014, Cape Winelands, Cape Point

  22. Kim says:

    OMG my head just exploded! I want to travel THE WORLD! Everything on your list plus the Seychelles, Iceland, Spain, Southeast Asia and more of Canada and the US. I’m planning a trip to Turkey (Istanbul, Goreme for sure plus ?) for Easter…but now I’ll have to look at what’s up on Crete and Santorini at that time of year based on Kathline’s comment.

    • Pati Gulat says:

      YOU WILL LOVE ISTANBUL !!! PLEASE make time to cruise the Bosphorus…the ride is wonderful and they will stop at little fishing villages along the way where the street food is TOO DIE FOR ! Topkapi Palace, Hagi Sophia, the Blue Mosque…And the Grand Bazaar !!! Also make sure to get yourself a hotel room that has access to a terrace on the top of the building. Breakfast on the terrace at sunrise is surreal….Oh man….now I wanna go back !!!!! But then I always have…been there twice and lived there once, in Izmir, right on the beautiful blue Aegean…. *SIGH*

  23. dana says:

    Venice and one of the places they go on The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. One of the romantic islands with the open air hotels & rooms that drop right off into the ocean.

  24. Greece or Japan – i’m looking at these two and thinking “opposite!” heh, but either place would be memorable for food, sightseeing, and interesting culture.

    Alaska, by the way? Totally YES. I worked on a cruise ship years ago, Alaska Sightseeing was the name of the company – and SE Alaska is by far the most beautiful area on earth that I’ve ever seen. You have to do all the little things like helicopter flights onto glaciers and into the high lakes, take small boats up to glaciers and through the super shallow channels (such water and wildlife you can not believe), and even spend a weekend on their ferrys, camping out under the stars on deck – unless you come at the right time so there isn’t a nighttime at all…..I realize that was a run-on sentence, but can’t help it. Such magic.

    • Lisa E says:

      Coffeewitholiver, an Alaskan cruise is going to be my retirement gift to me. What is the best time of year to go?

      • I was there from April through the end of September, and the whole time was wonderful. If you aim for June/July, however, you are more likely to have short and tee-shirt weather! I spent the majority of my time in SE Alaska – going into many of the shallow bays and byways – magic.

  25. Amie Mason says:

    Right now I would just be happy to go back to Bali. Relaxing by the pool in my villa, drinking cocktails and getting massages. Oh yeah!

    If you ever do come to Oz your welcome to crash at my pad! Check out this site – seriously thinking of listing our place for a home swap! https://www.behomm.com/hello.html

    • Denise says:

      Agree with you – Bali is the most amazing place I’ve ever been to! I’d like to go to South Africa and Chile/Argentina/Brazil

  26. Bees_and_Queues says:

    Newfoundland, of course.

  27. Indira says:

    To Norvay, primarly to see The Norvegian Atlantic Road!!! Crazy place!!! And to ride on it by bike!!!

  28. Ev says:

    The Galapagos Islands instead of Bora Bora, then the rest of your list. Have already been to Key West (lived their while husband in Air Force. Wouldn’t mind going back either! Lots of snorkeling off Munroe County Beach, many moons ago. Florida was fun, but lived in Destin for awhile, will stay in Ohio!

  29. Merrilee says:

    What fun. Love your list and all the suggestions. Considering I’m leaving for Guyana in less than 24 hours I’m going with the voters for South America! I’ haven’t been before so I’ll let you know in a week what amazing things to see, haha.

  30. Aruba sounds nice right now…a constant 80 degs and sunny.
    (Make it an all inclusive resort!)

  31. magali says:

    My top two right now are Italy and Costa Rica. The latter is any biologist’s dream! You raise monarchs so I am sure you would love to discover the wildlife Costa Rica has ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Karen says:

      I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica. Even before it was “Costa Rica!!”. Now that it’s all touristy, I worried it was all touristy, lol. But honestly I’ve wanted to go for years because it seems like it has everything!

      • toekneetoni says:

        a friend who is a world traveler (has hit several destinations in every continent, save Antartica) says Costa Rica is her fave destination. To her it beat Dubai, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, etc. There are still some unspoiled places. My vote for #10 is Costa Rica. Go soon!

      • Brittany says:

        We just booked a trip to Costa Rica! We had the same thought about the tourism issues, but Spirit airlines does this crazy fantastic deal on airfare during the “green season” (aka the non-touristy, rainy season) and we really couldn’t pass up on it. We live in the tropics though, so I’m not sure how much of a deal it is coming from Canada.

        I’d also recommend Greece. It’s the best.

  32. Megan says:

    For you? Canyon lands of the western U.S. (Northern AZ and Southern Utah) by car. And Japan.
    And my beautiful, funky city of Asheville, NC.
    For me? Canada! And Alaska.

  33. Kimberly says:

    Germany. My father had planned this trip to take The family to show them where he had grown-up. He passed away before he could do that, but we have his notes and itinerary and we are hoping to make that happen this year

    • Jean in BC says:

      that sounds like a wonderful holiday!

    • Diana says:

      Hi Kimberly,
      germany has so many nice places. Must see Dresden or Schwerin.
      Sorry for your dad! Where did he come from? If you need help planning a journey to my country, let me know. Love from Germany

      • kimberly says:

        he was born in Kiel, right there on the Baltic.there’s photos of him as a toddler standing on the rocks on the beach. Germany is just so beautiful. i am OCD, so the hard part will be to just enjoy the moments and not obsess over every little detail. LOL

        • Diana says:

          Kiel is a small, nice City. From my hometown about 3-4H to drive.
          If you`d like to have contact to me write to ana-schubert@arcor.de

          For those who are not interested, you have never seen this message:o) It will distroy itselve in 3…2….1…booommmm

  34. Carol says:

    Mongolia! My husband went for business and he said it was amazing and his pictures r awesome. Or, Dubai. My sister has been living there for 18 years! It’s pretty cool too.

  35. Rebecca says:

    It’s hard to just pick one! Malaysia (or Seychelles) for diving, Nepal for trekking (runner up: Peru) and Iceland, I’ve heard is beautiful! There’s just too many places I really want to visit…

  36. ktr says:

    My suggestion is to go to the BWCAW in northern Minnesota and Canada. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been. No motorized boats, just you and nature. You have to canoe and portage your way in but the farther in you go the fewer people you see. Oh and the stars – I have never seen the stars the way they look there – they are so clear it’s amazing how many stars you can see.

  37. Karen says:

    I would love to travel by train across Europe. I guess I’ve watched too many old movies.

  38. Ruth says:

    You already know what I am going to say, but we don’t want the number 10 spot. Numero uno…. Jamaica, West Indies. Move over Australia….

    Call it a sightseeing-food/eating-nature-history/old things-and-more trip since you could conceivably find yourself in a different world whenever you cross a parish border.

  39. I always wanted to go to Australia to dive the Great Barrier Reef. Until I found out they had underwater snakes. And I’d love to see Petra but I’m sure they have nasty snakes living in the rocks; ditto Egypt, and the archaelogical digs of Amelia Peabody. So I moved from Ontario to PEI, one of my dream places, and scaled down my travel dreams to Newfoundland and Iles de la Madeline. Phobias can be very limiting.

  40. Karen too says:

    For me — an trip to Tuscany to eat! For others — the Gem Lakes in northern Saskatchewan. Sapphire, Opal, and the others are not accessible by boat, only by canoe and portage. Clear water to the bottom and stocked with the most amazing trout you’ll ever catch, they make for most satisfying canoe trip.

  41. Beth says:

    Here’s how to get #3 done! http://chrissquire.ca/culinary-tours-in-tuscany/ This guy used to own a restaurant in London (ON) where we live, and he now does private cooking “lessons” at a specialty kitchen store downtown. The lessons include you sitting on a stool with 9 of your newest friends, and watching him cook amazing meals while you drink as much wine as you can handle without falling off the stool. No, you don’t actually cook… you just drink and eat his amazing meal. His Tuscany tours are likely filled with just as much amazing food and dry wit that you’ll immediately want to move in with him, but he safe-guards that by coming back to London every Autumn.

    I am in no way connected to this guy… just want someone to go on the trip with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Deb says:

    Hawaii was my favorite place and I’ve been everywhere. It has everything in 1-9 (except for old things) plus much more. It has every climate and every geographical area in miniature. They speak English and there’s no hassle with conversions of money or electricity. It is an amazing and exotic place that feels like home.

  43. Shauna says:

    For our honeymoon, we went to Italy for 3 weeks. The first week was spent at a cooking school in Tuscany called Torre del Tartufo – yes, a truffle farm (look it up, you’ll want to go too). It was great fun and we met some wonderful people who spent some day trips with and after checking out, we all went to Florence together and went out to dinner. Italy by far has been the best place I’ve ever visited. We started in Rome, went as far North as Verenna (on Lake Como) and down South to the Amalfi Coast. Pompeii was amazing. I would go back to Italy in an instant, there is still much to see and eat.

    I’ve been to Moorea, island near Bora Bora – now that’s tranquil. To the point of busy for people who have a hard time relaxing – wink wink. I’ve heard that Bora Bora is ever so slightly more ‘energetic’ for lack of a better word.

    My husband’s favorite place in the whole wide world is New Zealand. He loves to hike and apparently, it’s astonishly beautiful there.

    I’ve been to France, but not enough to give any good tips.

    Spain was cool, but I wasn’t a fan of Madrid. Grenada was my favorite place – amazing Moroccan style architecture. And, an out of the place that’s an old Monastery built among 100’s of waterfalls where you can walk through all the gardens and behind a waterfall – you can even stay there. We did for one night. It’s called Monasterio de Piedra.

    I’d also like to go back to Tenby, Wales. My father was born there and it’s a sleepy little fishing town on the ocean that’s just quaint and beautiful.

    There are so many places I’d like to see (Germany is on the list, France again…), but I honestly can’t imagine any of them beating Italy. I know it was my honeymoon, but it was truly the perfect trip. And, I even got sick that first week because I don’t handle time change well.

  44. Shauna says:

    OH, Costa Rica. I’ve only heard great things about that place. That is definitely on my list.

  45. marilyn says:

    italy,greece,ireland,hawaii,newfoundland,new zealand,switzerland,franceetc,etc

  46. jaine gayer says:

    Ahhhh, where to begin. You must see the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone here in the USA for their breathtaking beauty. Drive the California coastal highway too.
    Then the UK especially Ireland and Scotland for their rustic beauty.
    But so far my all time favorite, even better than Paris, is Prague. Just go! Bon Voyage!!!

  47. Alice says:

    Ecuador for the hummingbirds and eco-lodges. Food is wonderful (tropical fruits for ever meal) too!

    • I second this! I just returned from my third trip there. We had it good because we stayed with our exchange student daughter (1993-94 school year) who is from there. Nothing like traveling with a native Ecuadorian! The hummingbirds (and other birds) are AMAZING. And the flowers and plants, and the climate, and the fruit (as you said). Simply a beautiful place. Next time, we’re going to the Galapagos!

  48. Tara says:

    I’m also casting my vote for the southwestern US – my granddad took me on a month long trip by car out there when I was a young girl and just recently went on the exact same trip with my husband last year so that he could experience the awesomeness of it all – it’s breathtaking!

  49. Jean Thomson says:

    Japan, India, Morocco…

  50. Alison says:

    Armenia for any of the many monasteries, but would love to see the rock-cut monasteries of Garni-Geghard, and also Etchmiadzin Cathedral – the oldest church in the world. It was originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator as a vaulted basilica in 301-303. Next up – Scotland to see where my grandparents came from and to do some genealogy. I adored Peru, the people are fantastic, and Machu Picchu is incredible. Have fun, Karen, no matter where you decide to go!

  51. Well I can definitely answer that for my hubby, Octoberfest. Me, not so much, although I do like a good beer every now and then. Right now I would pick Saskatoon if they were snow free, but they aren’t. So I am going to say Ecuador. I don’t know why, but it just sounds fun saying it…. Ecuador!

  52. kristin says:

    Galapagos Islands are where I would go. I’ve always dreamt of that place!

  53. Meg says:

    The galapagos islands are on my bucket list, alot with Africa.
    I’ve been to Sonoma, CA, but I would never take it off my list, one of my favorite places to explore food, wine,and agriculture.

  54. Jan says:

    If I could fly first class, I would love to visit New Zealand and Australia! I’d also love to visit Italy and Greece to see all the historical sites and to enjoy the food and wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Norway, Hawaii, New Zealand, Netherlands,
    oh, you should really try Newfoundland! Or even Nova Scotia.

  56. Arlene says:

    Pittsburgh. Hands down. My 10-year-old son smashed an Andy Warhol ceramic piece in the Andy Warhol Museum Gift Shop on our family trip last summer so we had to leave ASAP before I could even see the exhibits. I need to go back. I would go solo. Bon voyage, Karen!

  57. Melissa in North Carolina says:


  58. Cristina Belfort says:

    I advise you not to come to Brasil, it is becoming too violent in touristic cities. Many brazilians dream about retiring and go away… I’m included.

  59. Susan S says:

    A cruise around Newfoundland/Labrador where you visit the outports, meet the people and learn about Canadian history. This is definitely on my bucket list.

  60. Kristin says:

    I would love to go and visit the Maldive Islands before climate change and rising sea waters totally flood them out and they disappear forever.

  61. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Seriously. Ask anyone who’s been there about it. Crazy cool.

  62. Pam says:

    I would love to go to the Galรกpagos Islands. I have been thinking about it for 5 years so maybe it’s time to plan.

  63. Marti says:

    Cuba. Cuba. Cuba. NOW before the door opens wide.



    And New Zealand for a week, then Australia for a week.

    Notice Turkey isn’t on there? That’s because I’ve been to Israel and Egypt. And I know the truth about Mediterranean touring and single women. And here is that (not well kept) secret that I learned in Israel and Egypt: Just say NO.

    • toekneetoni says:

      Marti, why Cuba? i’m curious.
      and I totally agree with you re: Egypt. been there and didn’t go solo, but without a male in my group. you have to be on your guard.

      • Marti says:

        I want to go “before the door opens.” I am fascinated by things as they areโ€ฆ before they hit their stride in tourism, when you can still get a sense of who lives there.

        As for the Middle Eastโ€ฆit’s not even with a man. You need to be married, with a big ring and preferably children. The harassment is endemic; it’s part of their culture. If you aren’t married and you visit Egypt, they consider “every woman who come to Egypt without husband, want something from an Egyptian maaaaaahhhhnn.” They spit that out, verbatim, in your face about 5 times daily. Made me wonder if it’s taught in school, because I heard exactly that so consistently. It’s also in how they treat you. I’m amazed their tourism industry was as good as it was. But I wouldn’t go there without an actual husband. Horrible place.

        • Pati Gulat says:

          When I was single and in Turkey, nobody ever bothered me. I learned the language enough to get around well so maybe that’s why. I found that it was a MARVELOUS place !!! Simply MARVELOUS !!

  64. karol says:

    There are too many places I haven’t seen in the US to really want to go out of my own country. I would love to visit every single National Park in the states, that’s a bucket list for sure, but if I had the option to go anywhere in the world, it would be Bora Bora. A one way ticket. I’d send postcards as often as I could so everyone would be jealous. And I’d lay in the warm sun all day and say “screw you skin cancer”, cuz that’s how I roll.

  65. Laura Bee says:

    Tough question! Your list is a great one! I have done #3 in 2000 and part one of #9 in 1994 haha. We were in Italy a bit further north, travelling for hubby’s work as a chef with 5 other chefs & their spouses and one single guy. Such an experience. We got there late at night which is when they eat there anyways. Went to a small restaurant and ordered everything on the menu. Bologna, Parma, Genoa, Portofino & more. Seeing the process of making Parma Ham & Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese & eating copious amounts of each was memorable.

    My trip to Ireland was when I was still single and still drinking & those stories should not be shared on a public forum.

    To answer your question….after completing the Great Britan trip as a family (hubby has Aunts in England)…Costa Rica. We have discussed selling the house, maxing out the credit cards & lines of credit & moving there. He will open a food hut on a beach somewhere and I’ll make crafts to sell to the tourists while our daughter grows up in the sun. It’s a very rough plan. Still some kinks to be worked out. I have a bit of a problem with never coming back to Canada.
    Such a beautiful place though.
    I still have everything west of Thunder Bay to explore. Wouild love to take the train to the West Coast one day.

  66. Michelle says:

    I’d like to tour islands in the Bahamas region (Abaco, Eleuthra and smaller ones ) and the Cayman Islands….My mother grew up the child of missionaries who traipsed all over that region before most of them even had electricity. I’d like to take in all the scenery she saw as a child, of course if won’t be unspoilt as it was then.

  67. Rhonda SmartyPants says:

    Since #8 is Hemingway’s Key West Tour followed by #9 Ireland/Scotland/UK – the drink alone from both, not to mention the food from #9 will demand that trip #10 will be — drum roll — The Mayo Clinic – for a liver transplant and general overhaul. Let us know so we can send flowers.

  68. Jamieson says:

    Key West is one of my favourite relaxation vacation spots – I’ve been 3 times now including New Year’s Eve. Driving all over Costa Rica and the Australian coast without set destinations were my favourite trips thus far.
    So I recommend Costa Rica for your #10 as you’ve not yet been.
    I’d like to add Maldives to my list, before it’s underwater.

  69. Mary Werner says:

    My daughter has been to many different countries but loved China the best as it seemed “other worldly” but I haven’t been out of the US and my trip would be Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. I have wanted to go there since I saw pictures in Nat Geo when I was 6 – over 60 years ago so if it is still there someday, I would like to visit. That or Hawaii for the views and flowers.

  70. Janet says:

    New Mexico. I love everything about that state, and the sunsets are spectacular.

  71. Irene says:

    Being a South African Greek, I cordially invite you to both my beautiful Africa, and the gorgeous Greek isles. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Places I’d like to go?
    Madagascar, where the wildlife there can be found nowhere else, and is seriously weird!
    A trip down the Amazon river, while there is still jungle left. ๐Ÿ™

  72. Gypsy says:

    The moon:-)

  73. Lauren says:

    Eygpt! Alexandria, specifically ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Robin says:

    St Thomas

  75. Call Me Patty says:

    #2 and #3 for me. A dream of a lifetime and then I’d go to Antarctica.

  76. kelliblue says:

    10. Japan. In the Spring. During cherry blossom time. Magical. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My own bucket list nearly mirrors your exactly. But first I have to make it a point to get out of the border of the US of A sometime in my life before I start thinking about flying over the pond. ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe I should start with Toronto, eh?

  77. Jake says:

    For me it would have to be Paris, when in England a couple of years ago I had planned to visit and for some reason it didn’t happen. ๐Ÿ™

  78. Auntiepatch says:

    My grandmother’s father came over from Ireland in the 1890’s. So I’d like to see Ireland.

  79. Marcia Milanoski says:

    here’s a suggestion for a shorter trip/weekend or long weekend. I recently moved to Chicago and I feel like I’m on vacation every day. Sure, this winter has been rough, but when it warms up, a trip here is unbeatable. If you like architecture, there are many walking or river tours that are fantastic. The double decker tours are fantastic for first time visitors and give you a great overview and allow you to get off/on at various stops. Many fantastic restaurants, bars, museums, zoos, parks and gardens, music venues, theaters and shopping. Easy to get around on public transportation and also public bikes and a great trail along Lake Michigan. Really something for everyone…So, if you want a quick get away come here!

  80. Patti says:

    All these countries sound so exciting and exotic but it makes me tired just thinking about the logistics of getting there, although Australia would be my dream vacation. And Israel to see the holy sights.

  81. Kim McM says:

    Finland, in the summer. My grandmother’s parents came from Finland, so I’d like to go explore my roots. Plus, I love Scandinavian design, so I’d definitely visit places known for that, such as Ittala and Marimekko.

  82. Jeanne says:

    One of my trips of a lifetime is only 1/3 complete – it was interrupted for a family illness, then life took over, sigh. That is our year exploration of Australia, living in a caravan (trailer), we did the much inhabited west down to southwest but need to do southeast through to northwestโ€ฆanother sigh, one day!

    To add to your list, I would want to make it to Prague and Budapest, then on to Germany and Belgium – call it a beer and culture trip! (b)

  83. AbracaDebra says:

    Barcelona! I have been there twice on transtlantic cruises and hope to return! Their 1992 Summer Olympic rings still stand, without a lighting problem! Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and other buildings and designs are seen throughout the city and are amazing! Canada’s Frank Gehry contributed the massive Barcelona Fish which sits on the shore of the Mediterranean! There are sections of the city that are new, some old and many areas of antiquities (really, really old!) The Barcelona Fish is not alone on the beach! There is a big tall metal box sculpture on the beach that is fascinating! The dialect of Spanish used in Barcelona is Catalan which, in olden times included a ‘lisp’ because the King lisped! That King is dead now so some may dispute this! Barcelona is an amazing city, culture and destination and is highly recommended

  84. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Paris France..no doubt about it..after that..there are so many beautiful places right here in the US that I would love to visit!

  85. Pam W says:

    I was really fortunate to grow up in the Southwest, and so lucky to have a mother that loved to take road trips so I echo all the recommendations to explore the deserts and canyons. Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, Monument Valley, Sedona…. too many beautiful places to list! It is really some of the most amazing scenery anywhere. Places I’d love to visit when I have a whole lot more money: Alaska, New Zealand, Chile, and Cuba. Places I’d love to return: Scotland (so beautiful!), Barcelona (gorgeous architecture!), Venice (I thought it would be too touristy but I just adored it). I also visited Kenya a couple years ago and I highly recommend it. Seeing wildlife like leopards, lions, and elephants living in their natural habitat instead of at a zoo was so cool. And the country was beautiful, too! Still one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited was Easter Island, with the giant stone moai heads. I needed a break from my stressful job so I decided to go to the most remote inhabited island on earth. ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. Allyson says:

    When I studied overseas I traveled Europe quite a bit, but one of my trips was cancelled, so I missed Vienna, Prague, and Munich. I’ve always wanted to go back to see what I couldn’t then.

    I also agree with Morocco.

    My goal in college was to set foot on every continent. A big dream.

    And even though I’ve been before, I would do Paris again. Always, Paris. I spoke fluent Italian when I lived overseas and thought I would love Italy so much more than France, but something about Paris captured me.

  87. Ms Ellen Derry says:

    My personal first choice is Australia for all the weird flora & fauna…. But my second choice, and maybe your tenth – England – for the history and to see the settings of the many English books I have read.

  88. Manisha says:

    New Orleans. Just got back and had a great trip. We stayed in the French Quarter which put us in the middle of everything but also allowed us to get around the rest of the City. No tours. Just wander, eat and sleep. Great city, great good, great people!

  89. Emily says:

    Fun post! It was great reading all the comments.

    My #1 is Antarctica. Because it’s so different from everywhere else on the planet. I’m a photographer and getting the chance to see and photograph the landscape and wildlife would be amazing. I do intend to make it there at some point in my life.

    Also, like the comments above: New Orleans, Norwegian fjords, Iceland, Morocco, Maldives, Greece, Galapagos, Madagascar, Ecuador (new on the list – heard it was just as awesome and less touristy than Costa Rica). Also Oregon. But I’m hoping to move there soon, so I don’t know if that counts.

    I highly recommend New Zealand and Ireland. Everyone is very friendly and the landscape is beautiful in both places. The history that’s a part of everyday life in Ireland is amazing to someone like me who grew up in California. Neolithic ruins with sheep grazing around them, 5th century church ruins and graveyards scattered throughout the modern towns. The Book of Kells was cool but a bit of a tourist circus when we went. There was 1 page open per day, it’s behind glass, and you’re in a huge crowd / line of other people who have also been waiting hours to see it, so you just need to take a look and move on.

    I also enjoyed Key West and Nassau but it was 15 years ago and I was only there for a few days, so I don’t know how much has changed.

    I live in Hawaii, and I do recommend it. There is SO MUCH packed into a small space. 13 years after moving here I am still exploring new waterfalls, beaches, trails, etc. The food is good and the people are friendly. There is not too much wildlife but if you are interested in history, there is plenty to learn about Hawaiian culture.

  90. Sally says:

    I have been a lot of places and I have some faves that I want to go back to. They are….

    High budget: Lake Lucerne, Switzerland and the Scottish Highlands (adding in the Isle of Skye)
    Low budget: Old Quebec City by rail (VIA One is cool) and drive through the finger lakes to Mystic, Conn. 9 hour picturesque low stress drive.
    Not done yet: Bali

    Unfortunately Basil Cottage renos have pull all travel on hold for now. Sigh.

  91. Amie says:

    Central Iceland.
    Petra in Jordan.
    Cambodia and Angkor Wat.
    South Africa.

  92. Maggie Andrew says:

    Hi karen, I’ve travelled a lot as I used to work for an airline then I lived as an ex pat in Houston for 4 years with my husband’s job, best cities in the works to my mind are NEW YORK, LONDON, GLASGOW AND EDINBURGH, best food is anywhere in ITALY, most beautiful places I’ve been to, VENICE, JERUSALEM, ISTANBUL! PARIS! RIO DE JANIRO, but the p,ace which surprised me the most for scenery, lovely people and rest food was CAMBODIA x

  93. Maggie Andrew says:

    Oops Karen forgot, Prague, Krakow and Berlin all amazing cites x

  94. Jennifer says:

    California’s central coast, especially Big Sur. It’s wild, has twisty car-sick inducing roads, little local motels and restaurants, artsy attitude, some accessible beaches (but not the sun-bathing kind, the ocean is too cold). Highway 1, central California, south of Monterey. That’s your #10.

    I have never been across the Atlantic, so my #1 is England/Scotland/Ireland. I’ll work on the rest after I manage #1. I keep seeing river tours advertised while watching Downton Abbey — are they as good as they sound?

  95. Kristi Honey says:

    I’ve travelled a lot for work as well – have to agree with Maggie above – one of my favourites is Italy (I’ve been a few times- by far one of my favourite girl’s trips was renting an apartment for a week in Positano, renting a car out of Rome and visiting all the sites – amazing cooking classes in the town as well – lmk if you want details). Machu Piccu is incredible – one of my favourites too- check out mountain lodges of Peru. It is the best way to hike the Inca Trail! http://mountainlodgesofperu.com My hubby and I did Rio last year – that was pretty cool – Ipanema is the place to be. You can’t go wrong with Paris, or the South of France. Germany, Switzerland, Austria, etc are all pretty easy to navigate with a GPS and rental car to travel on a budget. Cairo and Dubai are incredible but obviously I’d avoid Cairo right now.

    The one place that I have visited that I would never go again, and the reason I share my comments, is Turkey! I worked in Istanbul and was not comfortable as a female travelling alone. As I attempted to illustrate – I’m a pretty well travelled gal, but won’t go back to Turkey. It’s not that the sites aren’t beautiful – the food, the sun, the turkish bath was to die for. If you decide to visit (and it is beautiful) I’d recommend an organized tour.

  96. Kristi Honey says:

    BTW – I’ve done #8 and #9 and these are both really awesome too! The Hemmingway Tour is incredible – love how the cats footprints are everywhere in the cement. Amazing! Good picks!

  97. Cheryl says:

    On your way to Europe, go to Iceland. It’s a phenomenally beautiful country with incredible vistas around every corner. Icelandair allows for free stopovers too ๐Ÿ™‚ A visit to The Blue Lagoon is worth it alone!

  98. Martha says:

    Read Mona Simpson’s book “Anywhere but Here.” Wanderlust will get you nowhere if you don’t know where you want to go.

  99. Jill says:

    I think about going back to Venice, Italy everyday.
    I’d like to go to India with my daughter.
    Pretty much anywhere. I’m ready.

  100. theresa says:

    I am really into knitting so I want to go to Iceland and Scandinavia and the Shetland Islands and Ireland, I want to go to Prague very badly too as well as Austria. I would very much like to see New Zealand but the long flight from Seattle seems intimidating. Japan was okay but I am not into hot humid weather.

  101. Naomi says:

    Iceland for stunning scenery and living folklore.

  102. Mike says:

    I’d do France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, and Colombia as cycling destinations, to ride the famous roads and mountain passes.

    Maybe Germany to see the history of my favorite authors.

    And space because it’s space.

  103. Patricia says:

    Australia, definitely Australia!!!

  104. Mindy says:

    I dunno, Portland, Oregon doesn’t suck. ;0)

  105. Willa May says:

    Nothing is more BEAUTIFUL than NORWAY

  106. Christine says:

    Tierra del Fuego Argentina, it’s the end of the world, how does it not win?! We have planned to go for years and pesky friends have been everywhere else!!! It will happen… PS they have penguins, yeah, penguins

  107. TRISH W says:

    VANCOUVER ISLAND…..come in the ugly Ontario winter and garden or golf at Christmas time!!

  108. Fifi says:

    Egypt….to see the pyramids…..and ride a camel…and get spit on by a camel, maybe its good luck or something !

  109. tara says:

    I’d love to see Petra, especially if I could gallop there on a horse like Indiana Jones. That would be ace. Also Angkor Wat, Cambodia. I’d like to go to Scandinavia and see the Northern lights, and to spend a month travelling Italy in a convertible, because everywhere in Italy has amazing things to see, and incredible food to eat. Also Japan, I’d like to study with an artist or potter there for a few months. China, because the landscapes really look like they do in those ink paintings…
    But instead, I am off to LA this month!

  110. Mary says:

    What about Capri? Any comments?

  111. BGrigg says:

    You’ve listed many of my wanna-go destinations already, so I’ll add Egypt, Rio de Janeiro, Peru and the Czech Republic.

    My son just returned from 3 months in New Zealand. He says it was an amazing place. Kind of like BC and Hawaii mushed together.

  112. Wendy says:

    So I am not a world traveller, but I’ve been to a few places.

    I’ve never been to PEI. That’s on my bucket list, and I know that’s in Canada, but it’s where I’m dying to go. Anne lived in her green gable and all.

    I have lived in Newfoundland (St. John’s) for 2 years in my twenties. How about that for your tenth?
    I’ve also been to The Queen Charlotte Islands and Nelson, B.C. I highly recommend them.

    I love living in Canada, and see many travel opportunities right here. No passport necessary.

  113. Natalie says:

    Mexico! Great place…great beaches.

  114. Morocco should be your #10 – you would love Morocco.

  115. Debbie says:

    Israel. It is the seat of a number of world religions and overflowing with history. There is everything from the Stations of the Cross, to the Kotel, to the city of Tel Aviv, to the beautiful Negev, to the resort of Eilat. From there, one can see the amazing ruins of Petra in Jordan. The food is fresh and delicious. It is an incredible experience no matter your religious (or lack of) beliefs. Wow, I sound like a travel agent – but I’m not! I love history!

  116. Natika says:

    oooh… so difficult to decide!

    1) The bits of Canada I haven’t seen, specifically Newfoundland for everything, the Yukon for the aurora, Churchill for the polar bears and Baffin Island or other NWT area to camp in an igloo and go dog sledding. I also would love to visit Alert if that were possible.

    2) Italy – all of it

    3) Actually I’d pretty much like to see most of Europe. I wouldn’t even mind returning to France for a third time.

    4) Costa Rica because my bestest friends just moved there.

    5) When I retire and have time to take my time, I’d like to visit China and revisit India.

    If I had to recommend a place I’ve been, it would probably be Vietnam (north and central areas) or a combo of Vietnam with a side trip to Cambodia. Very nice and interesting part of the world.

    Also, Japan (where I live) is easy to get around and not anywhere near as expensive as it’s reputation would lead you to believe. Get the rail pass. Visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Himeji at the least.

    France – no complaints! Awesome food and wine and atmostphere and art.

    Egypt – only go with a tour. Right now is probably not a good time.

    India – only for the really adventurous.

    Also, if you have just a short time, I rather like Montreal and Quebec city. New Orleans in the US was also fun.

  117. Diane S says:

    Take the Sound of Music tour! Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland! Or…Greece would be nice. Or an African Safari would be exciting.

  118. Krista says:

    I’m going to Germany for the first time with my sister, her gf, and my mother for her 60th birthday this year. My husband is jealous because he has never been out of the country, so we are going to Iceland. I am a bit more excited for Iceland, which is somewhere that I’ve never considered going to before.

  119. rktrixy says:

    The ancestry tour would be great: for me it would be Holland, Norway, England and Ireland. For him it would be Spain, Ireland, and the Cherokee nation.

    I need to be in Venice. And to go back to London. And to spend a week in Paris, at least, attending the flea markets.

    He wants to tour major battle sites of WWII. I could go for that, as well.

    I love the idea of a trek through the desert on Camelback. But that’s one of those journeys that probably sounds cooler than it actually is?

  120. Kelly says:

    Well, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux area are well worth exploring in France, as is Alsace. The coastline of the ex-Yugoslavia was my globe trotting granny’s pick as the most beautiful place she’d ever been and she went pretty much everywhere. The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is absolutely spectacular and you’ve got to eat cod tongues in St john’s or you just haven’t lived. Charleston South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Richmond Virgina are all gorgeous with antebellum plantations and even some dating back to the 1600s. Fascinating places, good restaurants, gorgeous gardens and nice climate as long as you don’t go in the dead of summer. Drive the Blue Ridge parkway and see Jefferson’s Monticello. South Africa is supposed to have some of the nicest scenery in the world, plus the chance to go out and see all the animals. Morocco is wonderful. As far as I’m concerned, why stop at top 10! I’d keep travelling.

  121. Joy says:

    Definitely Belize! Beautiful, exotic, snorkeling, scuba diving, caving… We honeymooned there (nothing says honeymoon like rapelling into thin air 300′ down into a sink hole or dodging suicide beetles while crawling back into caves to see the Mayan artifacts and petrified remains of human sacrifices). Nothing makes you feel more alive than “Indiana Jones” style adventure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  122. Jay says:

    I’d go to Iceland to watch the Aurora Borealis ( you could combine your trip to Alaska to achieve the same)
    Although I live in the UK I grew up in Dundas. In the 16 years I lived there my parents saw the Northern Lights twice.
    The first time I was 2 and didn’t see them.
    The second time I was about 13 and so deeply asleep that although they took he outside to see them I have no memory of it aside from Mum saying, “No, look UP!”
    The following morning I wept as I realised what I’d missed. I’m 44 and have never again seen the aurora

  123. Ana the Hated (@ParrotTalkBack) says:

    My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Iceland this year. We’ve been saving and scouring for travel deals for almost a year. It’s absolutely breath-taking if you believe the pictures. And it just seems so different to everything else.

    And one day, I’d love to hang out in Tokyo!

  124. Dana says:

    I’ve been to Costa Rica twice, had such great experiences, i also loved visiting the island of Dominica in the Caribbean…quiet, small island with lots of lush nature and adventure oriented opportunities and the chance to be up close and personal with the local freindly people and culture. 2 spots i would definitley recommend visiting, i would love to visit the South Pacific, Fiji, Tahiti…backpack in europe, Thailand…a sailing trip…oh i’m just in the zone now haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. Terrie says:

    Plan to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Africa this year. It was not my idea. But the safari afterwards was my idea as well as the beach on Zanzibar after the safari. If I don’t die on the mountain that is.

  126. Amanda says:

    India. Always wanted to go and see the cities, countryside, temples, markets, etc. Would love to do humanitarian work there.

  127. Peggy says:

    Karpathos, Greece, Barcelona , Spain.

  128. JamieK says:

    You’ve got to come to Dallas/Fort Worth woman!! And bring a box of those maple cookies with you. Thank you.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Texas is on the list, just not the BIG trip list. Texas is actually attainable, lol. I shall eat maple cookies until then. ~ karen!

  129. Debbie says:

    Just returned from the Galapagos Islands…first trip on the bucket list. Unbelievable! You must add it to your list! Would love to travel to Antarctica and Africa.

  130. Patty Martin says:

    Croatia & Montenegro!

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