I’ve been in Europe for the past few weeks, which is why I haven’t posted here lately, but I’m finally back home, nice and jet lagged. The pic above is one I took when I spent a few days in a small town in rural Sicily.
On this trip, I was able to cross off five more cities/regions on my list of travel cities. Years ago I made a list of cities, all over the world, that I wanted to visit. When I say “visit,” I don’t mean go there, look around for a day, and vanish off to the next city. I actually want to spend a decent amount of time in a city when I visit it. An entire week is ideal, five days is okay, and three days is minimally acceptable only if I have no other choice.
I started out with something like 110-120 cities on my list. Today I’m down to 68 left I haven’t visited yet. I think it’s best to set travel goals in terms of cities instead of countries, since setting a goal to “visit X number of countries” doesn’t make any sense to me. If you visit New York and that’s it, have you really visited the USA? If you visit Shanghai and that’s it, have you really visited China? If you visit Sydney and that’s it, have you really visited Australia?
In all cases the answer is no. So I strongly suggest that you set your travel goals/plans around cities, or at least small regions (like islands), rather than countries. Just my opinion. If you were curious as to which cities are still on my travel list, they are listed below. These are cities I have not visited yet but plan to at some point. They’re broken out by three priority levels, listed alphabetically.
High Priority Cities – These are cities I’m very excited to visit and will visit very soon, well before the rest.
Cabo San Lucas
Rio de Janerio
Mid Priority Cities – These are cities I excited about visiting but not quite as much as the ones listed above.
Cairo (pyramids at Giza)
Glasgow or Edinburgh
Hangzhou (near Shanghai)
New Delhi (Taj Mahal)
Suzhou (near Shanghai)
Tianjin (near Beijing)
Lower Priority Cities – I want to visit these, but these are more “when I get around to it” cities that are not high on the list
Ho Chi Minh City
If a city is not listed on any of these lists, that means I have no plans to ever go there. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever go there; I’m just not planning on it at the moment.
Scheduling this stuff out is difficult, since in addition to these cities, I also will be re-visiting my favorite cities regularly (Like Shanghai, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, etc). My current plan (subject to change) for 2017 will be to re-visit China and Paris, and visit Dubai. Starting in 2018, my South American “find a city to move to” adventure begins, and I will be visiting cities in southern South America from 2018 – 2020 to find one I like enough to live in.
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