Where Would You Like To Travel Essay

Imagine money and logistics are no problem.

If you could go anywhere in the world in 2013, where would you want to travel?

The Travel section published its visually arresting “The 46 Places to Go in 2013″ last weekend. Skim through the list and see if the photographs don’t inspire wanderlust, like the one of Rio de Janeiro above. Below, the top 10 destinations with thumbnail descriptions:

1. Rio de Janeiro… Because the whole world will be there in 2014.
2. Marseille, France… On the Mediterranean, art and plenty of it.
3. Nicaragua… It’s eco! And the food is good. Enough said.
4. Accra, Ghana… A buzzing metropolis ready for business, and pleasure.
5. Bhutan… A pristine Buddhist enclave opens, with care.
6. Amsterdam… A decade later, museums reopen, fancier than ever.
7. Houston… What’s big in Texas? Culture and food.
8. Rossland, British Columbia… Fasten your skis. A quiet peak joins the big leagues.
9. New Delhi… Come for the new Metro, stay for where it takes you.
10. Istanbul… Next Eurail stop: culture central.

Students: Tell us …

  • If you could go anywhere in 2013, where would you want to travel? Why there?
  • Who would you go with? What would you do there? How long would you go?
  • Is there any place on the “46 Places to Go” list that caught your interest? Why?
  • Do you think you will ever be able to take your fantasy trip, or will it just be something you can dream about?

Students 13 and older are invited to comment below. Please use only your first name. For privacy policy reasons, we will not publish student comments that include a last name.

Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older.

I’ve been asked several times why I’m planning to travel around the world; what’s a good reason to travel? Everyone has a different reason to travel. Some of many, some have few. Some have no reason at all. There’s no single reason why I should travel, so here’s my best list:

1. To get inspired.

As a graphic designer, I’m always thinking creatively. As a person, I’m always interested in understanding and seeing new things. Lots of people travel the world on a budget to “find themselves” or gain some higher truth about their being. Sure, that’d be nice. But I’m really just looking forward to discovering inspiring stories, histories, cultures & art.

2. To prove to myself that I can do it.

If I can do this, I can do anything. Maybe it’s a dangerous philosophy (and I don’t doubt that I can do it), but I’d like to come out of this RTW trip with the affirmation & knowledge that anything is possible.

3. To see and experience different cultures.

I’ve always been a reader. And sometimes a dreamer. Now I’d like to be a do-er.

4. To eat.

Food’s important. A boy’s gotta eat, right? I’ve always been a believer in experiencing the culture of a place through its food. That’s why supermarkets and grocery stores will be a stopping point as I travel around the world.

5. To meet new and interesting people.

Something I’ve figured out recently is the value of talking to strangers. Everyone’s got a story and who’s to say it’s one not worth listening to? It’s also a great way to meet like-minded individuals such as all the other travel writers & travel bloggers out there on their own big trips.

Are you planning to travel around the world? Read my summary post after I traveled around the world with $20,000 for over 15 months: How far will $20,000 take you?

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