Which Country Would You Most Like To Visit, And Why?

Not a country, but send me to the Moon. Or Mars.
Failing that… hmmmm… dunno. Having a family in tow changes things. I’d stump up to go back to Turkey in a blink.

Amsterdam.
Is that a country?
Is it real?
Have I been there?

Must-see places before I die:

Madagascar – for the wildlife, ecology, etc.
India – for the spectacle
Marshall Islands – for the remoteness
Greece – for the food (and maybe a little history) and mother’s side of the family
Italy – for my father’s side of the family and to track down the cousin who still owes me money
Brazil – for Carnivale
Australia – for the Outback

Shrug-worthy (meaning I’d go if it were on the way to somewhere else):

Germany
Ireland
Sweden
Argentina
South Africa

Places I wouldn’t go even if it were all-expenses paid:

France – for the people and the culture
Any of the 'stans – for the life of me
Anywhere in the Middle East – for the religion

[quote=“jimipresley”]I’ve never been to Scotland and Ireland, the lands of my forebears. I hope that I can actualize that dream before my demise.

There are no other countries in Europe that I would give a shit to visit.

I’ve never been to South America. Would love to see Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina.[/quote]

What’s your id no, I’m putting you on the no-fly list :slight_smile: . Seriously, welcome to Ireland and bring some money with ya to give to the natives.

I’d like to visit Congo, Tanzania, Zanzibar (whatever that’s called these days), Madagascar, Brazil Amazonia, Borneo (deep), Western Australia and Queensland, Eastern Russia and Siberia, Alaska, Antartica, Silk Road, Mexico, Peru…lots of places to go. Also visit is too unclear, it’s what you do and where exactly you go in the country that counts. I pass through countries all the time on business and it’s not much fun.

[quote=“super_lucky”]Must-see places before I die:

India – for the spectacle

Places I wouldn’t go even if it were all-expenses paid:

Anywhere in the Middle East – for the religion[/quote]

You do know that there are more Muslims in India than any of the Middle East countries, don’t you? :wink:

Been there, done that! :sunglasses:

[quote=“cfimages”][quote=“super_lucky”]Must-see places before I die:

India – for the spectacle

Places I wouldn’t go even if it were all-expenses paid:

Anywhere in the Middle East – for the religion[/quote]

You do know that there are more Muslims in India than any of the Middle East countries, don’t you? :wink:[/quote]

From Wikipedia:

“As per the 2001 census, over 800 million Indians (80.5%) were Hindu. Other religious groups include Muslims (13.4%), Christians (2.3%), Sikhs (1.9%), Buddhists (0.8%), Jains (0.4%), Jews, Zoroastrians and Bahá’ís. Tribals constitute 8.1% of the population. India has the third-highest Muslim population in the world and has the highest population of Muslims for a non-Muslim majority country.”

The first and second highest are Indonesia and Pakistan.

Oooh, you guys are giving me all sorts of ideas.
Antarctica would definitely top my list, then Patagonia (yes, not a country, but whatever), Mali (Timbuktu! and desert, I love desert), Tajikstan (I’ve heard it’s the best of the stans), Papua New Guinea, India, Nepal, Bhutan… really the list could go on and on until it’s got everywhere I haven’t been yet.
I’m planning to go to Burma for CNY, so I’ll get to check that one off soon.
I have to chime in and say Iceland is awesome (and at least it’s much cheaper now) - I lived there for a year and it was the best year of my life (so far) - walking on glaciers, soaking in all-natural hot springs after a hike through the snow, northern lights, Reykjavik’s nightlife, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Yes, MT, me too.
But I’d really like to bicycle up the troll steps (troll road/troll ladder). Can you imagine?
It is on my list of things to do before my legs get too old.

trifter.com/europe/norway/experi … -you-dare/

I’d like to go everywhere. I realize, being a tourist, isn’t exactly my cup of tea, especially with 2 miniones in tow. I’d love to live in Europe, so I can see most of it easily, and live in at least one African country, maybe Kenya for the safaris and the African experience. I am not too captivated by S.America, the Husband is on his way to Cancun for a fortnight and maybe he can change my mind :laughing:
Oh and did I say China, and Myanmar, coz I’ve been there and liked that.

[quote=“maoman”]Kyrgyzstan because it’s apparently beautiful and far off the beaten path.

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I’m with Maoman on this one. I’ve heard great things about Kyrgyzstan, including the ability to do week-long horse riding treks or wild cycling excursions.

Central Asia is where I feel things are most out of the beaten track at the moment. When I went to Xinjiang a couple of months ago I was really struck by the natural beauty and by how the culture there is so different to anywhere else in the world. I’d really like to experience more of that without running the risk of bumping into Chinese tour buses at the most popular spots.

Shame that to get to Kyrgyzstan from Taipei you need to get a connecting flight from Moscow, Beijing or London. Shame also that there was an outbreak of ethnic violence earlier this year.

I put this up on my blog a year ago when I moved to asia. I’ve already backpacked most of the Pacific Crest Trail, took several trips thru the American Southwest and traveled to Peru and Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands). My 3+ years in Asia should cross 3 of these off my list.

[color=#FF0000]1) The Himalayas – Nepal/Tibet - March 2012[/color]
2) Patagonia – Argentina/Chile
3) New Zealand
[color=#FF0000]4) Southeast Asia - THIS WINTER[/color]
5) Alaska
6) Mt Kilimanjaro and Victoria Falls – Kenya/Tanzania
[color=#FF0000]7) Lake Baikal and Siberia - tentatively summer 2013 (and Mongolia)[/color]
8) Great Barrier Reef
9) The Great Pyramids of Egypt - probably off the list if I updated it
10) Scandanavia – after all I’m almost a quarter Viking
HM – Antarctica

Zimbabwe! For the Victoria Falls mostly.

Vietnam, to spend a little money in a nation which my own country unjustly went to war with. (Christ! I wouldn’t write that on the white-board and try to explain the grammar). Lots of amazing landscapes, from the pics I’ve seen. Visiting would be cool. Living there for a year might be better. Need to do more research first, though.

Italy- I just want to make love to an Italian woman in Italian, bicycle through Tuscany, stay in some seaside fishing towns, and drive around standing up through the sun-roof of a car waving to everyone like the pope.
I want to visit Rome when I’m good and old with my wheel chair, colostomy bag and 19 year-old Indonesian “nurse” to push me around.

New Zealand-I’ve been a few times but would like a crack at her on a motorcycle- camping out and hunting.

India-On motorcycle and train

Afghanistan to Pakistan-By horse would be awesome, would love to hunt there too.

Argentina-Ride out and camp in the Pampas, eat steak from the fire with a knife.

Fiji-would love to paddle board, fish and camp from island to island.

Russia and Ukraine by train

Tibet and Nepal-trekking

I’d better get busy! :thumbsup:

[quote=“twonavels”]Zimbabwe! For the Victoria Falls mostly.

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Hey, if you want to see the falls, go to Zambia. Day trip tourists can walk across the border to either side of the falls using just a passport (no visa last time I was there), or bungy jump off the middle of the border bridge. Zambia is so much nicer than Zim these days, plus you avoid the dictator. Flights to Cape Town and then to Zambia exist, or come via Europe (Rome to Accra, for example, then connect to Zambia).

Africa is beautiful.

My own, right about now. Spring/early summer in South Africa is glorious, and the December/January holidays are about to start - that means plenty of outdoor and beach time with friends, barbecuing and late sunsets.

Also, Greek, Portugal (Madeira) and Spain, any country in South America, New Zealand and Australia. And America, to see how those people in the movies really live :stuck_out_tongue:

Don’t come visit Seattle now. We’re thoroughly iced over and it’s supposed to drop to -11C tonight. No hopes of melting out until Thursday and then it’s a “maybe”.

Here’s the big intersection closest to my house:

And here’s the big intersection up the hill from HTC America (you can see why I didn’t even try to get to work today)… :

Can’t wait to come back to balmy Taipei in January… :roflmao:

Tibet- I’ve been but the place is so huge and varied it would take a lifetime to see it all. By Tibet I mean what the Tibetans refer to as Tibet, not the shrunken Chinese Tibet.
Iceland- Also for the scenery.
India- The culture.
Italy- Food and art.
I also wouldn’t mind having several months free to see all the festivals I want to see and hike all the trails I want to hike in Taiwan.