My Top Five Destinations Abroad

Provided I can save up enough cash and vacation days for a trip out of the country, there are a number of places around the world that I would like to visit:

China. Under Heaven is partly to blame for this one, most likely. China is a huge country and home to a significant portion of the world’s population, and it seems a little weird that I know so little about it. I’d love to spend a week or two there and visit as many of the tourist traps World Heritage Sites as I could.

France. I went to France on a choir trip my senior year of high school, but I’d like to go back now that I’m older and can have some input on my itinerary. (Just a day and a half in Paris, guys? When we were desperately jet-lagged teenagers? I fell asleep on the bus!) Honestly, I have no idea where we ended up after Paris aside from it being a pretty rural area with a castle and a bunch of bungalows and nearby-ish towns where we could sing. I’d also appreciate not getting sick this time around.

India. Home to yet another significant chunk of humanity. It’s terribly cheesy of me, but I think it’d be a ton of fun to go on one of those new-age yoga retreat thingies I see advertised all the time. Or a culinary-focused trip. This is another country where I’d love to hit as many of the World Heritage Sites as I could.

Japan. I’ve wanted to travel to Japan for ages. The shrines and the temples fascinate me, and while it’d be crazy to try to visit during Golden Week, I’d dearly love to. (The saner part of me insists that the weeks afterwards—or even early fall—would be a much better decision.) The food is as much of a draw as the metropolis of Tokyo or mountain hot springs.

United Kingdom. England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland—I want to see them all. As a bonus, this is a trip I could take without being on a tour/going with a friend that speaks another language. And as much as I could spend the entire time in the bigger cities, I think it would be awesome to strike out for the smaller towns and go bed and breakfast hopping.

Honorable Mentions: Canada, Morocco, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea, and Spain.

Experienced travelers, what are your favorite places to go abroad? Travel novices, where do you want to go?

2 thoughts on “My Top Five Destinations Abroad

  1. Um, yes. All these places. Except that I’d replace Morocco with a (politically stable) Egypt and I’d add Guatemala for all the Maya ruins. For what it’s worth, it’s relatively easy to travel in Europe even if you don’t speak the native language. Particularly in big cities, most people speak at least a little bit of English and it’s pretty easy to get by. I’ve also heard that India is fine–there are so many dialects and languages and the country is so diverse that even if you spoke one language/dialect, before you go very far it’s not very useful. Even Hindi is only useful in a very confined area. And due to England’s occupation, a lot of people in large cities and tourist traps speak English.

    Going to China and Japan, though? I’m afraid to do that without somebody that speaks.

    And if you ever make it back to France, revel in the delicious food. It’s pretty much all fantastic. The main reason I want to go back to France and Belgium is for all the food.

    1. Egypt and Guatemala would be a lot of fun. I’ve heard you can get by on English in Europe and India, though I’m sure with my luck I’d get terribly lost late at night and not be able to get any help. XD I agree with you–China and Japan with a guide/native, definitely.

      When we were in France, I lived off of baguettes, nutella, and jam. It was delightful.

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