The #1 place on my list of dream destinations (that I haven't visited) is Ladakh (in the Indian Himalayas).
Also some others (that unfortunately may be too dangerous right now IMHO): like Pakistan (especially the North), Iran, Yemen, & Syria.
Would love to go on another safari in Africa (it's so exciting, you never know what you'll see).
Would also like to visit Antartica but I'm afraid I'd get seasick for all those days on the boat.
This Summer I'm thinking of driving out thru the northwestern usa and then to Vancouver and then thru BC and back east thru canada.
They are my top 4, probably throw in South Africa, Jordan and Egypt as places i'll be upset if i haven't visited when i'm lying on my death bed.
wow, just reading all of the replies to this thread has seriously given me a case of the travel bug!!
there are so many places i would love to see and so many things i would love to do, so here are just a few:
~ travel to Iceland and drive on it's one main road around the ENTIRE country!!
~ go bungee jumping in New Zealand, and travel around Australia while i'm in the region...!! (maybe try surfing?!)
~ hike parts of the Great Wall of China!
~ take the Trans-Siberian Express across Russia, Mongolia, China and other parts of Asia...! (the vodka train!!)
~ Hike to the top of a mountain... it doesn't matter what mountain, or where it is, I just want that feeling of self-satisfaction and accomplishment that i actually DID it! (perhaps Kilimanjaro? i've heard lots of stories about it now, and i seem to be captured in its essence...)
~ take a road trip from Canada, down through the States, to Mexico!
~ visit South America... i've heard wonderful stories about it and would love to experience it for myself...!
~ go to Indonesia and get a taste of the culture... it seems so rich with spirituality!!
the list could go on and on, couldn't it? i originally came on this site thinking it would cure my travel bug, but so far, all it's done is feed it!
trust me, im definately NOT complaining! Happy travels!
This thread has annoyed me a little because my list of 4 countries is in danger of going up to about 30. The vodka train sounds like a good idea.
Nobody else up for Namibia then, i'm surprised at that
Apart from all of the adventurous places I would like to go to - and there is a list a mile long - I would really really like to go to Lapland to see Santa for Christmas! Call me a big kid but I think it would be just magical!
St. Helena is my #1, Tristan da Cunha as a side trip as well.
The rest of my list includes the Trans Siberian - whole thing, i've already done chunks - which is my longest held dream, North Korea before it opens up and China, but all should hopefully have been completed by the end of this year.
Nobody else up for Namibia then, i'm surprised at that
I am. Namibia is very high in my list (along with Madagascar and Ethiopia), but they are looking like a year or two away.
After that i'm just left with Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbad, New Zealand and Portugal (just because it irks be that i've somehow never made it there, the only continental European country i haven't) of my must, must see's. But lots of otehr places i'd love to visit &/or go back to and see in more detail or different parts
GregW, is that island you speak of South of Hawaii about 600 KM? If it is I know the one you speak of, there is an interesting murder mystery surrounding it... I really want to go there! If you want to sail there ever let me know!
Here is my list so far:
- Geographic North Pole
- Geographic South Pole
- Sail Across the Pacific Ocean
- Sail Across the Atlantic Ocean
- Cirlce the globe using only land and water based craft
I cant really list countries because I want to see them all!
Since I first looked at the globe I have a huge fascination with the arctic, and this never changed, so lots of my travelling dreams are situated up north. I also have a passion for remote islands and desolate places.
The "places I hope to visit once" list :
- Greenland (mainly capital Nuuk and northernmost outlets Qanaaq and Siorapaluk)
- Nunavut/Arctic Canadian Archipelahgo (mainly Resolute and Ellesmere Island, with the world's northernmost national park and Alert on top of the isle, a military post and northernmost settlement in the world)
- Norway and Spitsbergen/Svalbard
- Franz Joseph Land and Arctic Russia (e.g. Dikson)
- Mongolia (both Ulaan Bator and the deserted inland)
- Hong Kong (sparkling mix of eastern mystery and western life)
- the Middle-East and Israel
- Alaska (up to the US' northernmost tip, the town of Barrow)
- St-Helena and the worlds most remote populated island, Tristan Da Cunha
- Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas
- Tierra del Fuego (including southernmost places Ushuaia, Puerto Williams and Puerto Toro)
- Fiji Islands
- Pitcairn Islands (world's smallest democracy)
When it comes to cities the next ones are on the list:
- Ulan Bator
I do realise though that I will be extremely lucky if I can realise even 5% of it in life, remote places = expensive travels
I also hope to work in at least some different corners of Europe or even outside of it a while. Ireland is a very nice first foreign country to work in, but next time I'd like some more differences with my native Belgium.
Hey Tsunami, i wouldn't bother with the Falklands. The landscape is very uninteresting, and there is nothing to do there (i spent 4 months there). Out of interest, what are your reasons for wanting to go there.
Well, basically the remoteness. Like I said, the polar areas have fascinated me a lot since the first day I got interested in the outside world, and Falklands are quite close to Antarctica, one of the closest places you can get.
Also, I've seen reports on everyday life in Port Stanley, and it looks very fascinating. It's like time stood still for years, and such thing fascinates me a lot. Also, how people deal with the isolation and remoteness is of great interest to me.
Did you work there, or did you just go there on a holiday ? Do you know if there's any decent job opportunities for foreigners ? Have you got any online pics uploaded from Port Stanley ?
sorry for the many questions, but it's very interesting talking to someone who's been there.