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Monday, 6 June 2016

Question of the Month: My Next Travel Destination


Today on Question of the Month, the question we're to answer is:

"Of all the places in the world to which you haven't yet been, where would you like to go next?"

As I've recently mentioned, it's been a very long-standing dream of mine to visit every continent at least once. I was lucky as a child. My Dad was in a job that made him a lot of money. A lot. While he was in that job, he took his family to Italy and to the USA (twice). Then circumstances changed and Dad had to choose between accepting a new pay-check that was just a fraction of the old one or just outright quit. After that, the overseas travel opportunities dried up.

Earlier this year when I had an opportunity to go to Singapore - my first time overseas in ten years. And even though Singapore is - as my friend Jason describes it - Asia lite, I considered it an official completion of my fourth continent. So that leaves Africa, South America and Antarctica left to visit. If I get the chance to go overseas again, it'll be to one of those places.

But where in those places would I go? I'm huge on pop culture. I tend to want to experience whatever's most firmly in the public zeitgeist. I have a list of all the most classic books and films that I want to get through, all the music I listen to is heavily mainstream and I'm pretty sure the reason I'm so into Aussie Rules football is that everyone here into Aussie Rules. Following this logic, I want to see all the places in the world that are most entrenched in people's awareness. The place that I can think of that fills this criterion the most is Egypt. The pyramids have been around longer than recorded history and they hold many secrets. It's the only remaining ancient wonder of the world and I'm fairly certain it was voted as one of the modern wonders of the world as well. Aside from that, it has the Sphinx, the Nile and a ton of unique and fascinating history. If I got my pick of anywhere in the world, it would be there next.

This is a monthly thing! Join the email list below and we'll email you with next month's question! It's a lot of fun and often gets you thinking. I'll see you next month.



41 comments:

  1. We have the Indian mounds in Georgia. Pre-columbian mounds are actually found scattered through the Southeast and mid-western United States. They are not as well known as the pyramids. But create that same ah factor.
    I have the travel bug too. Have a good time wherever you go kiddo.

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    1. That does sound interesting, although since I've been to America twice already I'd want to visit a few more places before going back.

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  2. I am not sure what I would pick next but I am always drawn to Europe and would like to see my moms hometown of Wittenberg.

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    1. There's definitely a lot in Europe I haven't seen yet.

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  3. Antarctica would be interesting. I saw a guitarist named Henry Kaiser play live a couple years ago, and he played over film he'd taken in Antarctica. Of course, he was also into diving, which might be more interesting than the muddy camps.

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  4. Egypt would be an interesting place. A lot of history!

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    1. In particular it's a fascinating history. It's a whole extinct civilisation.

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  5. Egypt would sure be quite the spot to view. Antarctica would be far to cold for me haha

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    1. I'd deal with it just so I can say I've been there.

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  6. Egypt is an excellent choice. I've only been off my continent once, but that may be enough. I'm not a big fan of air travel.

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  7. I have been seeing references to you all morning (these days I dedicate one full day every two weeks to visiting all of my blogging friends) and I am seeing answers to your question throughout the blogosphere :) my answer is Bora Bora

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    1. That's a good idea, maybe I should do that too. Why Bora Bora?

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  8. You're like my husband...he wants to go to far away places. His dream spot is Paru. If I had to pick some place far away it would Iceland. Realistically for our budget Montana would be my pick.

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    1. Hahaha that's great. He's the wild dreamer and you're the more practical planner.

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  9. Egypt would definitely be interesting, but these days safety and security is always an issue. When I was younger and before I had any kids I was far more adventurous, but now I'm more cautious. Money is the most prohibitive factor though.

    I never grow tired of visiting places in North America though and I've been criss-crossing this great land all my life.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. There is definitely a lot to see in NA. The danger factor was the reason I didn't go with Brazil, but that will be there at some point.

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  10. Egypt has long been a dream destination of mine as well. Hope you get there one day. Singapore must have been interesting. Also on my bucket list is Venice and Malta. Greece (#1 on the list) was crossed off in 2013.

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    1. Greece is definitely a destination for me. I've been to Venice, but didn't ride on a gondola :P

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    2. No gondola ride in Venice? Good excuse to go back! ☺ Greece is magnificent and I want to go again; still so many places we didn't get to. You'd need several months, I think.

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  11. I envy your traveling. Egypt isn't at the top of my list but I wouldn't mind seeing it someday. Maybe when the area is more peaceful which probably won't happen soon.

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    1. The sad thing is I'm falling behind all my friends in terms of travel experience :P

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  12. While Egypt isn't on my list of travel destinations, it's certainly a place rich in heritage and culture. Hope you get to fulfill your goal of visiting every continent!

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    1. Thanks, I have a good feeling I'll get there one day.

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  13. I wouldn't go to Egypt or Middle East right now. Too much chaos and unrest

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. That's fair enough. Lucky for me I have no family to look after.

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  14. How horrible for your dad. I shall wave my magic wand and send you to Egypt, if you like.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. That would be lovely. Who knew it was that easy?

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  15. Africa would be a truly neat experience. I just hate hot weather. Haha

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    1. Ah I love it. But that's Australia for you ;)

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  16. I think you're right about the Pyramids. But Egypt is still in transition mode at present. But things change so quickly - get there when you can. I was lucky to see Cairo before things blew up, and with Cairene friends.

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    1. I wonder if the violence will truly dissipate within my lifetime.

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    2. These things go in waves. It's never safe to visit many places that people think nothing of. Then again, you're in Oz, so safer than most places ;)

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    3. That's refreshing, most people view Oz as a pit of dangerous animals.

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  17. Egypt would be fascinating, but if I went overseas I'd probably visit somewhere in Europe or New Zealand first.

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    1. New Zealand doesn't get enough kudos, they really have all their ducks in a row.

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  18. Egypt would be awesome. At this point, it's been so long since I've traveled that I'd take just visiting another state.

    For me personally, I avoid the typical tourist scenes because I like seeing the hole-in-the-wall stuff. The culture, the locals, what THEY like to do and see. Plus, less obnoxious American tourists (sorry on our behalf).

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    1. For what is worth, I like Americans. Even in tourist form. Most of the ones I've met know that stereotype and work hard to fix it and I'm sure I seem just as obnoxious when I travel.

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  19. I'd go to Japan. My great grandparents moved from Japan to the USA, and I've always wanted to experience the culture my roots stem from. I've been to Russia and the Dominican Republic. Both of which were great experiences. Of course, I wish I had learned more Russian before going. One little girl said я не понимаю and I was all, I know you don't understand me but I don't know how to say what I want in Russian! Spanish was a bit easier for me in the DR, though, since my mom's side speaks it and my mom used to be fluent, so more exposure.

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    1. Yeah being of Italian decent myself I have an easier time understanding Spanish and French than I do other languages.

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