Top 10 places to visit before I die

All good flâneurs have a “bucket list” of places they’d like to visit before they die. Here’s mine:

  1. South of France – I’ve been to Paris, and even to Brittany, but I’d love to see more of France, including the wine country and the Basque region

    Photo by Trey Ratcliff, Stuck In Customs

    “South of France” (photo by Trey Ratcliff, Stuck In Customs)

  2. Spain – On a related note, I’d love to visit Spain’s tapas bars and see Gaudí and Dalí’s works up close
  3. Italy – Who doesn’t want to visit the birthplace of pizza, the Renaissance, and the concept la vita e bella?
  4. Iceland – Home to Björk, hot springs and the increasingly mythical polar ice caps, I’d want to stay in an ice hotel

    "Epic Iceland" (photo by Trey Ratcliff, Stuck In Customs)

    “Epic Iceland” (photo by Trey Ratcliff, Stuck In Customs)

  5. Bora Bora – This is thanks to my husband, who is a big fan of Gauguin
  6. Thailand – Buddhist temples and spicy Thai food? Yes, please.
  7. New Zealand – Cooler than Australia, adjacent to Tazmania, off the beaten path
  8. India – Sacred cows and elephants, and a chance to appreciate my relative wealth (despite my poverty by American standards)

    "Halls of India" (photo by Trey Ratcliff, Stuck In Customs)

    “Halls of India” (photo by Trey Ratcliff, Stuck In Customs)

  9. Japan – Cherry blossoms in bloom, an ancient tea ceremony, hot springs and relaxation
  10. Ireland – I’ve been to the UK, but I’ve only seen England thus far; time spent hiking the Emerald Isles and waiting for sheep to cross the road would be time well spent

That’s my list. What’s yours?

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 places to visit before I die

  1. To be fair, there were ice hotels in Canada, too, but I never visited one while I lived there. I am still into Iceland, though, for its extreme climate and remote aspects. I think it (oddly enough) has a lot in common with Japan, which is why I want to visit both!

  2. Japan would be on my list as would Australia, Chile, and Israel. Lots of places to visit and unfortunately, at least it seems, so little time to visit them.

    By the way, the tapas I had in the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona were the best food I’ve ever had in my life.

  3. I will have to add the market to my Spain “to do” list, Tom!

    I do agree: so many places to go, so little time. Which is why my next post will be about eliminating obstacles to traveling. :)

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