I understand, full well, that a post of this nature belongs on a travel site, such as Fodor’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 editors’ can feel free to toss it in the waste basket if they choose.
I am hoping to take that one “trip of a lifetime” 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 “Lord of the Rings-thing” and New Zealand. I think the scenery (I’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 world’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 “done” Mexico, the Carribean, and “the beach/cruise thing” to death long ago. I really haven’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 “why” 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.