I understand, full well, that a post of this nature belongs on a travel site, such as Fodorâ€™s, but I have become so impressed with the folks here at BC, I thought I would float this balloon and see if anyone cares to comment. The editorsâ€™ can feel free to toss it in the waste basket if they choose.
I am hoping to take that one â€śtrip of a lifetimeâ€ť this fall. I spent two weeks in London a couple years back and enjoyed it thoroughly. That was a trip of a lifetime. I am looking for the trip. I have considered many places. First, I thought of doing the â€śLord of the Rings-thingâ€ť and New Zealand. I think the scenery (Iâ€™m big into scenery) would be stunning. Then, I considered A week in Australia and a week in N.Z. I guess the only misgivings I have is the hugeness of the terrain and getting about to see it all - or the best parts of it - in so short a time.
My thoughts also drifted to south African (not necessarily the country but the region). Big game safari, photo ops, and the like. However, with the worldâ€™s relatively negative outlook on Americans right now, I have reservations. China - Hong Kong, Beijing, and maybe a pop-over to Japan would be interesting as well.
I have also given, as part of my inclusive list, the Italy-Greece combo. It would be great to see these ancient civilizations and all the treasures they hold. I have â€śdoneâ€ť Mexico, the Carribean, and â€śthe beach/cruise thingâ€ť to death long ago. I really havenâ€™t thought seriously about South America.
I have come to trust and enjoy the well-traveled, culturally-diverse and intelligent folks at BC so I thought I would ask here first. If you could spend two weeks in any part of the world (other than the comfort of your own sofa; I know that has its own attraction), where would you spend it? The â€śwhyâ€ť would also be appreciated but I am just looking for opinions here from people I know to be knowledgeable. I am not a widely-traveled sort and London was my first trans-oceanic vacation. I will be traveling solo, am in fair physical condition, and am over 50.
Again, I apologize for cluttering up BC with this personal drivel, but I wanted to see if anyone could give me some ideas for a October-ish (kids back in school, parents not traveling, etc.) sojourn outside the country. Thank you, in advance for, any help.