For the most part I’ve been more of a hanger-on than a traveler. In fact, I can honestly say that I cannot remember many trips that have been entirely my own idea. Usually, I’ll tag along with the plans of others, or take advantage of the hospitality of a friend or of a relative who lives abroad. This isn’t to say that once I’ve committed to a trip I don’t participate in its planning. In fact I’ve created some wonderful, intensely detailed, yet highly flexible itineraries. But that’s always done after I’ve been invited by someone else.
In hindsight, I believe this is because I’ve never had a list of the places I’d like to go. In my world, if it isn’t on a list it doesn’t get done. So here I present my Travel Bucket List, by country/region. There is not much order to it—except for the first item—and it is by no means a final draft!
- United States
- South Africa
- West Bank and Israel
Italy has been on my radar since a very young age. Half of my heritage is Italian, for one thing. But even more than a genealogical adventure, I am looking forward to a cultural extravaganza when I finally get to the homeland of my forebears.
And speaking of homelands…
I’ve naturally included our beautiful United States rather prominently on the list. Like many Americans, I’ve already seen much of our country. Although I have hopped on a flight or two when heading west or south, my favorite means of domestic travel is the road trip, hands down. We sneak those in whenever possible!
As for the rest of the list, it will change from time to time, as my interests change, but for now, these countries appeal to me for many and varied reasons. For instance, while in India, I’d like to spend a week in an ashram. On the other hand, the wilderness of Patagonia will make for some spectacular photography. I’d also love to discover Iraq firsthand, a country that I’m writing about in a fictional work.
The West Bank, Israel, Syria, and Jordan will be re-visits some day. In 2000 I visited all four on a whirlwind three-week trip that also included Egypt and a long weekend in Paris! I’m still trying to process what we saw, who we met, and what we did from that trip, so a slower, more focused version is in order. I’ve already begun by seeing France and Egypt again in 2012 and 2008, respectively.
The last five countries on the list are ones that I have already experienced more than once, or for an extended time period, but to which I would happily return again and again. The people and the cultural richness of these countries are like me-magnets!
Okay, so the truth is that I’ve fallen in love with every location I’ve ever visited. Maybe the travel experience is so appealing to me that it doesn’t matter where I go…
But now I have a list!
What about your travel style? Do you just wing it? Do you have a Travel Bucket List… even if only in your head? What’s on it? Hit me up on the comments!