I'm keeping this vague to allow for a broad variety of responses.
I haven't really traveled anywhere, because I had too little money and too many responsibilities. For reasons I won't explain, now I have lots of money and no responsibilities.
If you were me, where would you go? What would you bring? What would you do?
Keeping this as open-ended as possible.
Lucky you... are your time and money infinite, or do they just come in considerable amounts?
In the former case I'd just go and see where I'd end up; in the latter, I'd first decide how long I wanted my money to last, then draw up some sketchy itinerary of the countries/regions I want to visit, and then just go and see what happens. Bear in mind that flying saves time, but costs money and burdens the environment, so imho it's better not to fly, or do as little flying as possible.
Buy a few novels written by foreign authors, some magazines, a few guidebooks, check internet photo sites (starting with TP of course); it can all help to give you some inspiration.
One important thing I forgot; TAKE IT SLOWLY. I never understood why travellers frantically chase one another around the globe, without really taking in life around them, just eager to cross another top-destination, country, highlight or landmark off their little list. That kind of travelling cannot benefit anyone, except for airlines and the wrong end of the tourist industry. The beautiful experiences of travelling usually aren't the ones where you have to fight your way through a herd of day-trippers to get a quick glimpse of this and that glacier, church or waterfall; it is in the little things, the people you meet (both locals and fellow travellers), the food you're served in that obscure cantina, the local undocumented ceremonies and memorial days...
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 1, 2006, at 12:40 AM by bentivogli ]
Start with Brazil's calm and relaxing spots.
4. Morro de São Paulo
There's the of Rio de Janeiro which is beautiful and urban, but at the same time it offers you splendid views of beaches.
Florianópolis down south is a must also.
If money is not a problem then you should think about going to switzerland or scandanavia or japan - the places people don't go because it breaks the bank.
You lucky dog. Well, I'd say that only you can answer your own questions. Spend some time brainstorming what it is that you want to see. What period of history interests you, what kind of climate do you like, what type of culture are you most curious about? If it were me, I'd be in South America because I've never traveled there before. I'd keep a travel journal or blog to record my impressions as I went along. I'd toss out my cell phone and use my Onesuite account if I needed to call someone. I'd see Machu Pichu (sp?) and trek through the Amazon and eat the food and hear the music of Brazil.
But that's just me. Try to idealize your perfect scenario, and then plan out what it takes to realize it.
With plenty of money and time, i think i would get a round the world plane ticket. I think they are valid, for a year. So i would go, for the year.
I would bring as little as possible. I would buy clothes and throw away the old ones, when mine become too old, or i move to a different climate. Maybe i would carry a lonely planet book or 2, with me and some sun cream and a couple of books, in English, to read, when i am just sitting around.
I'd do a tour of Europe, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Korea and China. And I'd bring my cat along and we'll make damn sure he gets into the cabin as well. And maybe travel first-class on SQ!
if I would be you (if it is true what you posted)I would not need any advice for where to go,I would just close my eyes and point at the world map,and then I would find out how to go to this place,and then..........
sorry if I have the feeling that you are a day dreamer.....
go on with it,it wont do any harm,most of us are day dreamers....
planing a trip around the world...meeting the most exiting people..
nothing wrong with it.
right now there is the privat yacht of one the microsoft people at the town pear,so what?
It makes my life not better at all,maby they give to the Island like last time one of this unforgettible fireworks,or for me the "hono"r of doing a repair to there helicoptor cover....
Dreaming is something wonderfull,endless,go on,
Marlis(if I stop dreaming,then....)