Morocco is an exercise in extremes; find the beauty in both ends of the spectrum. Learn to wrap a turban. Sand board down a dune in the Sahara. Feast on tajines. Barter in a souk in Marrakech.
Follow wild camels in the Outback. Wake up before dawn on the search for wild platypus. Explore Kangaroo Island… because it’s KANGAROO ISLAND.
Scale Fox Glacier and learn what ‘crampons’ are. Put on a hard hat and go spelunking under a twinkling sky of glowworms. Find a kiwi. Smell the Rotorua hot springs before you see them. Behold the awesomeness of stuffed possum dioramas at Opossum World.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, you are one saucy minx. Samba into the wee hours with a caipirinha in hand. Putt-putt off the coast for a tropical island getaway. Search out street art. Lunch at the Copacabana. BE the girl from Ipanema and go walking.
Bike through rice paddies on an old Schwinn. Watch the traditional kecak dance by candlelight. Learn about karma from a Balinese Hindu. Drink civet poop coffee.
Learn about the circle of life in The Galapagos. Swim with sea lions. Hike on the moon. Go in search of giant tortoises.
Indulge in gelato. LOTS of gelato. Get a holy stamp from the Vatican post office. Hike Cinque Terre at dawn with a fresh-baked sfogliatelle.
Skip through the gardens of Versailles. Eat Marie Antoinette cake. Sip bubbly in a champagne cave. Watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle under the stars. Perfect your haughtiest stare.
Visit a cork forest. Drink vintage port in Porto. Ride a trolley through Lisbon. Hunt for street art in the winding alleys of the Alfama. Sleep in a castle.
Plunge churros into steaming chocolate. Celebrate the organic madness of Gaudi. EAT TAPAS. Learn to appreciate architecture, even if you never have before.
Brave the leeches to hike through Borneo. Chillax on a beach in Langkawi. Stare up at the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. And above all, try cendol, the oddly delicious condensed milk & grass jelly dessert.
Explore the Mayan ruins… but leave your fear of heights at home. Avoid bandidos on a road trip to Tikal, Guatemala. Canoe down the Macal. Get swarmed by iguanas.
Bike along the coast. Go trapeze-ing in Oakland. Take a road trip up Pacific Coast Highway. Climb dinosaurs in the desert. Ski in shorts. Realize why Californians are so darn happy all the time.
Take a surfing lesson. Walk down the blue ballast cobblestones of San Juan. Drink rum like a pirate.
Eat beignets & gumbo. Second-line at Gospel Brunch. Get temp tattoos on a swamp tour. Listen to sweet, sweet jazz at Preservation Hall. Consider quitting your job to play washboard in a jug band.
New York City
Stroll the Highline Park. Become a food snob. Tour the United Nations. Sled on a trash can lid in Central Park. Hunt for street art. Master the subway. Earn thighs of steel in a fifth-floor walk-up. Escape the concrete jungle with a weekend trip to the country.
Play shuffleboard on an Alaskan cruise. Watch the Hubbard Glacier calve.
Pick apples in fall. Learn to love snow. Lots and lots of snow. Gather picnicking supplies from Zingerman’s. Behold the spectacle of a U of Michigan football game.
Behold the glory of the Merlion. Channel Rudyard Kipling with a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel. Hit a hawker center. Catch the view from the Marina Sands. Try vile durian fruit. Try to keep vile durian fruit from coming back up.
Take a real live Jungle Cruise. WIth real live hippos. Cry in front of Mandela’s cell at Robben Island. Watch the African countryside roll by from a train car. Get stared down by a teenage elephant. Get lost in the wild.
Stroll. Stuff yourself on low-country cuisine. Go to the Gin Joint. Ponder history at Drayton Hall plantation. Adopt a drawl. Visit the stunningly gorgeous Magnolia Cemetery.
Make a pilgrimage to the birthplace of bluegrass. Visit Dollywood. Channel Elvis in Graceland. Eat BBQ & peach cobbler in Memphis. See Isaac Hayes’ supahfly Caddy at Stax Records.
Pour tea in the Boston Harbor while wearing a colonial hat. Forget maple syrup- eat Vermont cheese. Tour the first prison in the US with Steve Buscemi. Follow the fall foliage. Ponder how Ben Franklin got all that stuff done.
Hop aboard a houseboat. See the bookcase that hid Anne Frank. Brave Amsterdam’s Red Light district. Sip genever. Cruise the canals. Finally understand the beauty of Belgian waffles.
Pet a wild llama. Survive the journey there. Drink a pisco sour. Take a moment to savor the magic of the ruins. Behold history.
Dig into poutine. Play Parisian on the cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal. Taste test bagels atop Mont-Royal.
Take the ferry to Vancouver Island. Watch the sun set at the edge of the earth. Find wild orcas off the coast.
Indulge in delightfully British tea & scones- pinkies up. Marvel at the inconceivable history of Westminster Abbey. Order fish & chips at a pub. Explore a Christmas Market. Call out to the Queen at Buckin’am Palace.
Drink wine slushies on the Austin wine trail. Eat the BEST BBQ EVER in a gas station. Find blue bonnets in bloom.
Look a T-Rex in the mouth at the Smithsonian. Make like Forrest & Jenny at the Washington Monument. Sit under the stars at the WWII Memorial. Eat a Georgetown cupcake.
Eat at all the food trucks. Discover your favorite craft brewery. Discover your favorite cup of joe. Get lost in Powell’s Bookstore. Get hit on by a homeless man. YES.
Hike the temple trail in Takayama. Enjoy a cat & a latte at one of Japan’s famous cat cafes. Spend a few hours in a blinging, banging Tokyo arcade. Soak nude in a steamy onsen. Visit the Fish Market at dawn. Stay in a capsule hotel. Whiz by Mt Fuji in a bullet train.
Switzerland might be my favorite place I never knew I wanted to go. Cows wearing cowbells? The threat of meeting a yeti on a snowy mountain pass? Mind-blowing views? What’s not to love in the land of fondue and deliciously efficient public transportation?
Iceland is the sort of place that makes you want to believe in fairies. With landscapes this dramatic, fairies aren’t a huge leap. Soak in a hot spring. Zip alongside icebergs. Search for puffins- and maybe even eat one for dinner. Believe in the magic.
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