When I first saw this topic, I thought, "Man, this will be a cinch..." because if there's a topic I can converse about at great length, it's places I'd like to visit.
The Oregon coastline; Santorini, Greece; Arches National Park; Cinque Terre, Italy; Churchill, Canada; Bora Bora; the Inner Passage in Alaska; Havanna, Cuba; Glacier National Park; Iguazu Falls, Argentina; the Great Wall of China; Machu Picchu...
Seriously, the list could go on and on. Therein lies the problem. When I started my list and tried to narrow it down to only seven, that's when I realized that I had spoken too soon. Trying to narrow it down to only seven became quite a task. I mean, seriously, only seven?
So, to make the task easier, I came up with seven categories and then filled each category with a destination. Trust me, this is just a small sampling of the places I like to visit.
A Destination Within a Half Day's Drive
(6 hours or less from where I live)
I'm actually quite surprised that I haven't been to Memphis yet, due to its close proximity. I'd like visit Beale Street, eat some BBQ, and listen to some blues.
A Destination Within One Day's Drive
(10-12 hours from where I live)
St. Augustine, FL
A friend of mine once said that St. Augustine was his favorite city in the United States. After hearing that, I decided to do a little research. I think I would enjoy seeing all the Spanish colonial architecture in the oldest city in the United States. It just seems like a cool place to spend a long weekend.
A Destination That's a Plane Ride Away (or two or three) in the United States
I've heard that Hawaii is overrated, but I don't care. I still long to see it in person. I want to see black sand beaches, volcanoes, beautiful sunsets, surfers hanging ten on the North Shore, Pearl Harbor, Waimea Canyon, Diamond Head...
A Destination on a Continent that I've Never Visited
The Serengeti in Africa
This is a destination that I cannot imagine, for I know my imagination will not do it justice. I would love to see this wild landscape and all the exotic creatures who live there before they are gone.
A Destination that I've Already Visited
(But Would Like to Visit Again)
I visited Australia ten years ago. It was a fabulous experience that I remember fondly. I visited Sydney, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, held a koala, fed a kangaroo, and learned to throw a boomerang. There's one place that I desperately wanted to see while I was there, but, unfortunately, did not - Uluru. I'd like to go back to Australia, this time without thirty-some teenagers in tow, and I will make certain that a visit to Uluru happens.
A Realistic Bucket List Destination
My main reason for wanting to visit Iceland is to see the Aurora Borealis. I'd also like to see the Blue Lagoon, see some puffins, and ride an Icelandic horse. Iceland has actually been on my radar for awhile; I even blogged about it two years ago.
A "Skies the Limit" Bucket List Destination
An "Around the World Cruise"
Okay, yes, I know I'm cheating a bit here, given that most around the world cruises offer ports of call in at least 40 different locations. However, if money were not object, I seriously think this is something I would do. (FYI - an 111 day around the world cruise on Princess Cruise Line starts around $20,000 per person for an interior cabin and that doesn't include taxes, fees, and such.)
What are some destinations that you'd like to visit?
Hope this finds you having a good beginning to the work week. I hope Monday treats you kindly.
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