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What a difficult question!
If you know me, I could much easier tell you five places I would just rather not go back to, but honestly trying to whittle down the ones I would was completely baffling. Can I pick continents? I certainly have five continents I would return to.
I love a safari! I definitely want to do more. One of my favorite places in southern Africa was Chobe National Park in Botswana. I would definitely go back there! We rented a 4X4 and drove from the top to the bottom of the country making so many wildlife spots in between. I can’t even begin to think how many different animals and birds we viewed. It was amazing! I would love to go back to this beautiful country and explore even deeper and maybe get to meet the people. I didn’t really do this last time, but I have memories of these brightly dressed women waiting for a bus or a ride on the side of the road. Beautiful!
I don’t know why, really but Easter Island is such a mystery, an enigma. We flew there on a whim from Santiago one year and absolutely fell in love with it. We only spent four days, and I would say we did a very good job of seeing the island, but I would still go back. I would love to take more time there, contemplating, walking, photographing.
Okay, so again this is a continent. The only time I’ve been in South America, we did a quick trip to see some highlights in Peru, Chile, and the Galapagos. We didn’t spend nearly enough time in any of those countries, let alone exploring the other wonderful countries that are there.
When I was in 4th grade, I did a report on the Incas, so it was a dream come true to go to Macchu Pichu and Sachsayhuaman as well as the other Incan sites we visited. Like Easter Island, though, we did not spend near enough time there. I love the small cities in Peru; I love the Spanish spoken there (I could understand it perfectly for some reason); I loved the “differentness” of it; I just loved it!
Jim and I often talk about South America and trying to live there for at least a year. We’re not sure, but I think we’d like to live in Argentina or Chile. Any thoughts?
So many people have been telling these last few years what a great destination Croatia was. I believed them, but honestly could any place really be that fantastic? Um, yes! I was blown away with love for this country. We completely enjoyed the people, the food, as well as the amazing white-stoned piazzas of the old Venetian cities. It is a gorgeous place, and we didn’t even go swimming! We’re not even beach people. Can you believe it?
In western Europe, tourists are so abundant that unless you get off the beaten track, way off, you don’t find as many opportunities to talk to the people. We found the people in Croatia to be more than friendly, happy to draw us in, give us advice, and just smile and laugh with us. You know we love that!
Croatia is the easiest one for us to get to on my list, so I’m sure we’ll be going there more and more in the next few years…still plenty to see!
If you’ve gotten to know me at all, you know I’m more of a rural, village, out-of-the-way traveler than big city traveler. Because of this, and because of the people I love, love, loved Mongolia. Jim and I visited there with a couple of friends, and we frequently talk about our next visit. The country is vast, with few roads and less infra-structure. I love it!
Where would you want to travel back to again and again? What sirens call to you?
Thanks to Phoebe for proposing I write this post.