As a travel educator and content creator, I’ve been to a lot of places. The main question I get from others at our presentations or at cocktail parties is, “where is the best place you’ve ever been?”. It’s an impossible question, akin to “which of your kids is your favorite?” A question I like to ask back is “Where would YOU like to go?” Once I find what the dream destinations are for my audience, then I can share my experiences with those destinations, or who I know that can help them experience what makes the place special. (click on any photo below for more about each destination)
If I‘m pressed, my own personal favorite travel destinations are those where I can have an active experience observing nature and wildlife in a remote location. A safari in Botswana, kayaking the inside passage in Alaska, snorkeling with sharks and sea lions in the Southern Pacific or bumping along in polar rover to see polar bears in Arctic Canada, all qualify as “favorites” and were extraordinary trips for me.
But when I consider the amazing local guides and people we have met in so many places and how they enriched and enlivened the destination, even in seemingly ordinary places, I realize “favorite” or “best” has more to do with the people we meet than the places we go.
The National Park Ranger who led our bike tour in Mohacs, Hungary shared his passion for protecting the stork and told the story of how the stork is a leading indicator for the health of all life along the river, including the humans who live along the Danube. Meeting ordinary families walking their dogs (and tiny ponies!) along the bike path allowed us to get up close to local families, as well as the famous Hungarian storks. It felt like having one without the other would have been hollow. Would I tell people to run out and go to Mohacs, Hungary? Is it on anyone’e top 10? Probably not, and yet, I had one of my “favorite” travel experiences there because of the people and the animals!
So, where would you like to go? It’s a question that encompasses the questions; what would you like to DO, and who you would like to meet? Cities and culture? Beaches and night clubs? A quiet chair by a lake? One thing to consider is if a destination that is a “favorite” on social media or on top ten lists will really be a match for you! There are so many “bests”, listed because they have excellent marketing budgets and promotion on social media. I sometimes say there are destinations that “everybody goes, because everybody goes”. Whether it’s right for you depends on knowing what you like, and not just following the hoard to whatever destinations turn up on Instagram most often! That’s what we at Go See It Travel have always tried to share with readers and the folks who attend out presentations.
We’d love to hear from you about your favorite destinations. Please comment below! If you’d like to research a destination, just put it in the search bar and see if we have photos and stories about your “favorite” place or your next adventure!
We will be taking a short break from posting new content on the blog for several weeks, while we attend to several family matters, including a major move. You’ll still see us sharing some “reruns” and we will still be presenting publicly and providing content to our partners, but we won’t be traveling until the New Year, when we will have lots more to share!
What’s Coming Up in 2019
Snow Birds of Southeast FL
Zumba Charter Cruise- A photo essay of the “Motion on the Ocean”
Go See It Travel Tackles Disney World with tips for survival!
One of the Worlds Biggest Ships- Harmony of the Seas
River Cruise In Vietnam and Cambodia
Whales of Baja
Photos From Our 2018 Travels click on any photo to see more!