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?