Saturday, December 10, 2011

101 in 1001 #91

Apparently I've officially been home from the US for long enough that I'm starting to think about travel again. Even though, you know, I've got no job and no money... #minordetail

So in the hopes of postponing the urge to travel for a little while, I thought I'd cross off task 91 - to make a list of 50 places I want to visit in my lifetime.

Sure, I already have my Travel Bucket List. But that's more vague "I'd like to visit [insert country here]" type stuff. This, on the other hand, is a combination of sights and cities that I want to see.

In no particular order:
1. The Northern Lights.
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2. Copenhagen, Denmark.
3. Borneo, Malaysia. Orang-utans!!
4. Zanzibar, Tanzania.
5. Abu Simbel, Egypt.
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6. Venice, Italy.
7. Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
8. Gallipoli, Turkey.
9. The Kimberley, Australia.
10. Prince Edward Island, Canada. I've been wanting to go there since I read Anne of Green Gables when I was six.
11. Xi'an, China. Home to the Terracotta Army.
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12. Delphi, Greece.
13. Tierra del Fuego, Argentina/Chile. Mostly so I can say I've been to Tierra del Fuego. But also because Patagonia is gorgeous.
14. Copan, Honduras.
15. The Orkneys, Scotland.
16. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
17. Ait Benhaddou, Morocco.
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18. Pompeii, Italy.
19. Petra, Jordan.
20. Easter Island, Chile. Because of reasons. So very many reasons.
21. Victoria Falls, Zambia.
22. St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia.
23. Kaua'i, Hawaii. Also known as Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park.
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24. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.
25. Iguazu Falls, Argentina.
26. Taj Mahal, India.
27. Luxor, Egypt.
28. San Francisco, California.
29. Transylvania, Romania.
30. The Alhambra, Spain. "Ever since I read The Tales of the Alhambra" (<-- name that BBC adaptation. I haven't actually read The Tales of the Alhambra...)
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31. Dubrovnik, Croatia.
32. St. Petersburg, Russia.
33. Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia. Because you can take wacky perspective shots.
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34. Rock hewn churches, Ethiopia.
35. The Colosseum, Italy.
36. Oaxaca, Mexico.
37. The Dordogne Valley, France. Wheeee, chateaux!
38. The Great Wall, China.
39. Santorini, Greece.
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40. The South Island, New Zealand. I couldn't narrow it down any more than that.
41. Reykjavik, Iceland.
42. The Sistine Chapel, Italy.
43. Anchorage, Alaska. And, you know, elsewhere in Alaska.
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44. The Pyramids at Giza, Egypt.
45. Giverney, France. Monet's garden.
46. Antarctica.
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47. Havana, Cuba.
48. Kilkenny, Ireland. Just the whole west coast, really.
49. Hagia Sophia, Turkey.
50. Churchill, Canada. Polar bear capital of the world!
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So there you have it. Seriously, I'd better get a job bloody soon or this is going to be impossible... *sigh*

What's on your not-to-be-missed travel list? (Also, would you guys want to read posts on adventures from past trips?? I kind of miss writing about travel shenanigans...)

K xx

12 comments:

  1. I have been planning "Northern Lights 2012" since I first heard that would be the next great solar winds way back in 2000. Too bad I'll probably have to miss it, thanks to "The 2011 Wedding Extravaganza" taking me to the Yukon about 9 months too early! That and the whole new-job-on-the-other-side-of-the-country thing...

    Also on my must-do is Easter Island - how cool are those giant heads!

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  2. I haven't been to any of those places, good work on such a comprehensive list!

    I'm curious about one thing though - you *really* didn't want to touch the monkeys in Thailand... do orang-utans bother you less?

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  3. Not counting our flight to Sydney, it's been three months since I've been on a plane! Argh! Thank goodness we're leaving tomorrow. I'm with you, I just get so restless when there are no trips confirmed! These places are great! I have a few more Pacific Island countries on my list. I hope you get to take a trip soon!

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  4. That's a great list! I loved the Neuschwanstein Castle, but the walk up and touring the outside was a lot cooler than the inside, to be honest. For the Colosseum, I recommend going first thing in the morning when it opens, before it gets too crowded. And the Sistene Chapel has the same problem - in fact, I thought I was all smart getting there early in the morning, but I still ended up waiting in line for over an hour to just get IN the Vatican, then when I finally got to the chapel, it was honestly wall-to-wall people.

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  5. so many of these places are on my list too! Awesome.

    And I'd totally be into hearing about past travel adventures.

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  6. @Isa - The giant heads are awesome. And booooooo to the wedding extravaganza getting in the way of seeing the Northern Lights. Shenanigans...
    @Kat - I didn't want to touch the monkeys because I strongly suspect they had rabies or similar. But I imagine - much like with gorillas - touching the orang-utans is frowned upon. So I'm okay with it!
    @Vanisha - have a FANTASTIC trip!!
    @Kay Bee - yeah, I foresee a LOT of queueing in my future!
    @Deidre - Excellent, permission from one person is all I needed! ;)

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  7. Reykjavik is definitely on my list of places I would love to visit, as are Copenhagen and Dubrovnik... I'd also like to see Lake Bled in Slovenia, and the Faroe Islands.

    But yes, the not-having-a-job part is the sticking point with me too... :)

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  8. great list! I've got a few of those on my own 'travel wish list' - next to be crossed off is Reykjavik in a couple of weeks (and hopefully I'll see the Northern Lights then too).

    of the places on your list, I've been to:

    Copenhagen - like the city, but my planned 4-day stay turned into a week and a half (ash cloud 2010), so I can safely say I don't feel any need to go back there....

    Venice - love this city. Just wander about and get lost...that's half the fun!

    Gallipoli - finally made it there this year (again, the ash cloud 2010). In a word: unforgettable.

    Colosseum/Sistine Chapel - I second the suggestion to go early.

    Hagia Sophia - went there this year, outside it doesn't look like much, but inside is just stunning.

    Now if only I had the money, I'd be doing a LOAD more travel....

    PS. came here via 20sb

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  9. Oh wow...I LOVE wanderlust lists!

    I have been to a few on your list...traveled the Vodka Train last year, which was one of the best things I have ever done, which ticks off a couple.

    I also lived over in Blighty for 2 years (reason I started my blog, like you, to keep people at home in touch with what I was doing and that I was still alive!), so got to tick off more with the old weekend trips to someone ace in Europe!

    Gallipoli for a Dawn Service - so, so amazing!

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  10. @smallgirl - always nice to know I'm not alone! It would be so much easier if Australia weren't so bloody far away from everywhere ever...
    @a girl from oz - Oh, man. I'm so jealous that you're going to Iceland! It looks amaaaaaaaaazing. And boo to the ash cloud resulting in extended stays!
    @Tash - I'm seriously contemplating getting my ancestry visa just so I can cross off a bunch of things in Europe without having to pay an absolute fortune in airfares every time!!

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  11. I think we need to go to Italy together because I don't have anyone else to go with and it would be SOOO much better than if I went with the Rents (minus the part where theyd pay for everything but still.)

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  12. Snap! When I got to your number 3, I matched it up with my equivalent: "Churchill, Canada - POLAR BEARS!". Which then actually turned out to be your number 50. Lots of good taste in the middle there too.

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