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1. Posted by kikay (Budding Member 37 posts) 12y

just got this book from the airport and it piqued my wanderlust. as am semi-broke at the moment and can't see myself travelling short of robbing a bank or winning the lottery, i thought having people share their have-been-to and would-like-to-go-to places will cheer me up

my places-to-visit-in-the-immediate-future list:
italy--because i love italian food and my flatmate would regale me with yummy-pizza-stories whenever i bitch about the crappy pizza over here.
india
morocco
greece
puerto rico--because i've got long-lost family over there.
brasil--caipirinha, samba, yummy brasileiro accents--need i say more?
ireland/australia/new zealand and germany--gorgeous horses!
new orleans, louisiana--mardi gras! mardi gras! oh, and the voodoo stuff is pretty interesting, too.
the dominican republic--my dominicano friend promised to take me merengue-dancing on the malecón if ever i do get to go there...
thailand
portugal and spain--love the language(s) and the architecture.
méxico--to visit my friends and bond with good 'ol jose cuervo
lake atitlan, guatemala

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Here's my list.

To do:

1. The peek of Kilimanjaro, the plains of the Serengeti and the island of Zanzibar (scheduled for Jan '05)

2. Machu Pichu / Tikal / Ankgor Wat (the ruins tour) - to see how we used to live

3. Antarctica - the most remote place on earth

4. Canadian Arctic - To explore the far north of my own country

5. Paris - The ultimate chic city.

6. St. Peterburg - So much sad history here, yet somehow so romantic. I'm hoping I'll feel like I'm in a Tolstoy novel.

7. Hong Kong - the hustle, the bustle, the smell of money

8. Deserted Island, South Pacific - I saw this one on Pilot Guides. You can get a boat to drop you off on a small deserted island and you can just chill. My only problem, how to keep the beer cold?

9. The KVLY-TV Mast in North Dakota - Built in 1963, it is 629 m (2,063 ft) tall, making it the tallest man-made thing in the world not supported by bouyancy.

10. The Petronius Platform - Built in 2000 in the Gulf of Mexico, it is 610 m (2,001 ft) tall without its spire, or 640 m (2,100 ft) with it, making it the tallest man-made thing currently standing (though 535 m (1,754 ft) of it is underwater).

I've already been to these, but I'm glad I saw:

1. Niagara Falls, Canada
2. Continential Divide, USA
3. Chechen Itza, Mexico
4. Patagonia, Chile

Sad that I missed:

1. World Trade Center
2. Warszawa Radio Mast (no longer standing, but at 646 m (2,120 ft) was the tallest man-made thing every made).

Greg

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

I've not even been travellling yet but think I'm already addicted!

Australia is the place that I have most wanted to go to since I was very little, but even though I'm going to the other side of the world in a couple of months there's still heaps of places almost on my doorstep I haven't been to- I've never even been to Scotland.

Heaps of Europe I'd like to see including Barcelona, Paris, Rome.
Went to Dublin for the first time a few weeks ago and I would like to see more of Ireland- maybe find my charming twinkly-eyed man with the beautiful accent!

If my finances ever recover from next year I'll be off again I'm sure, since there's so much of the world left to see!

I don't want to die before I've seen the best bits of all the continents.

Better start saving!!!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

Ooh, so hard! My goal for years and years was London, and I finally went on a quick three-day trip in July... I haven't really thought seriously of what my next obsession will be. Well, it's certainly worth a try, so here goes:

1) Venice
2) Vatican City (I hated the DaVinci Code, but oh, those descriptions...)
3) Flanders Fields/Juno Beach/Vimy Ridge - want to see where my Grandfather fought and where Canadian soldiers are buried
4) Lithuania - where my Grandmother is from
5) New Orleans

And places I've loved:
1) Paris
2) London
3) Auckland
4) Ronda, Spain
5) and Belfast, for a thousand reasons...

5. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 12y

Kikay: good choice with New Orleans!

My choices would be:

1. COSTA RICA!!!!!!! This is number one on my list to do
2. Belize and Panama
3. South America as a whole, in particular Argentina, the Andes, and Machu Picchu (blame it on the Motorcycle Diaries and my travel books of long ago!)
4. Armenia - my culture
5. Ethiopia - my parents birthplace
6. South Africa
7. ALL OF EUROPE

And more specifically, I want to do some themed travel:

1. The Holy Grail of Carnivals around the world - got New Orleans under my belt, can't wait to keep it moving!
2. Festivals of the world - seems to be the logical extension of the Carnivals
3. Skyscrapers - Chicago, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong

Well that's all for now... did I forget a part of the world? I think so... I also want to see the Northern Lights but that's enough for now!

6. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

My mum and dad reckon they saw the Northern Lights a couple of years ago at home in England

Perhaps it was some flashback from the 60's.

7. Posted by kikay (Budding Member 37 posts) 12y

anyone has ever been to the spanish riding school in vienna? i love horses and would love to see the lippizzaners do haute ecole dressage. and the clay horses of wiltshire would be pretty cool to see, too.

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

The inside of Gabrielle Richen's bedroom.....1,000 times....

9. Posted by kikay (Budding Member 37 posts) 12y

"Gabrielle Richen's bedroom.....1,000 times...."

james, at the risk of sounding like a complete ignoramus...who's gabrielle richen? :(

travelover, ooooh, what was new orleans like? my friend told me not to go during the summer as it's quite humid and stuff. i really would love to go see the place--not just join the mardi gras festivities--i quite like the history, architecture and food of new orleans.

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

Gabrielle Richens is a lady on TV in Australia. I don't really know who she is though as she has a British accent and I think is famous in England.