I know, I just got back from a trip, but it’s always fun to think of the next vacation. I firmly believe that it’s better to spend money on experiences rather than things, so I value traveling and try to do it as much as I can… work- and bank-account-willing, of course.
This week, the DC Trifecta (Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?!) chose “trips” as its Friday 5 Link-Up theme. In keeping with that theme, here are…
I went to Paris in college and then more recently with my husband, and it’s easily my favorite city in the world (so far). I love the food, the history, the culture–and even the people. (Yes, really!) I love that when I go there, people think I’m a local and ask me for directions. (Again, yes, really!) If given the opportunity, I would live there, so of course I have to go there again before I croak.
4. Rafting on Idaho’s Salmon River
I really, really, really want to go with my family on a week-long rafting trip of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Known as the River of No Return, it’s desolate and gorgeous. Plus, this may be the only way I can get my kids to detach from their iPads. And I love river-rafting.
3. New Orleans
If I were a city, I would be New Orleans. I’m loud, complicated, and a little dangerous (in a good way!), and I’m all about food. I’ve visited it several times, plan to go several times more, and think everyone should visit it.
2. Hong Kong
My mom is from Hong Kong, and I’ve been twice. My husband and I plan to take the kids as soon as they’re able to handle a 13+ hour trans-Pacific flight. So, in other words, not any time soon.
Hong Kong is an incredibly dense, cacophonous, and interesting city, a blend of Chinese and British influences, and everyone should go visit it at least once in their lifetimes.
Especially if you like Cantonese food like I do.
1. New York
I can’t believe I have only 3 international places on my list, but I’m ending my list of must-sees with NYC. I’ve been fascinated by New York since I was a kid thanks to reading books like The Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (both set in the city), and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting multiple times. Every time I go to New York I experience something new.
The last time I went, that new experience was running the New York City Marathon.
The vibrancy and constant movement of NYC really suit me. I can never get enough of the restaurants, museums, and shopping. I’ll say it, even if it’s a cliche: I love New York! And I don’t think I’m alone, because it’s a must-see for many international travelers.
What are some trips you want to take before you die? Where wouldn’t you be caught dead visiting?