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. 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!

  2. Jean Thomson says:

    Japan, India, Morocco…

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!

  6. marilyn says:

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

  7. Shauna says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Karen says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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 [email protected]

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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 :D

    • 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.

  21. Suzanne @ Le Farm says:

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. Indira says:

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

  25. Bees_and_Queues says:

    Newfoundland, of course.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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*

  30. 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

  31. 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)

  32. 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!

  33. 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….

  34. Pati Gulat says:

    THAN you can even imagine…stupid phone….lol

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. Chris says:


  38. Christie Thomas says:

    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!

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. Stephbo says:

    Morocco and Egypt

  42. Jean in BC says:

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

  43. 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.

  44. Amanda says:

    New York City!
    Portland OR!

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. Mary says:

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

  48. KiwiKat says:

    I can help you plan your Kiwi visit! :D 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…

  49. 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 :)

  50. SusanR says:

    Japan? Unique. Beautiful. People are very nice.

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