I often preach to people about making sure they’re finding awesome places to visit every year. After all, time flies. Before I realized it, 40 snuck up on me and there’s all these places I haven’t even visited yet. I also mention the math of enjoying travel and it goes something like this:
The average life expectancy of someone living in the United States is just shy of 80 years old. Interestingly, my country of origin doesn’t even rank in the top 30 according to the WHO and Wikipedia. Residents of Monaco live almost 10 years longer on average, so they get more time to enjoy the world!
It’s safe to say that most people have concrete memories from the time they’re 5 years old. I have some from younger than that, but just trying to arrive at a safe average. If you lived to 80 years old and took 2 trips a year, that would be 150 trips. But, you’re likely not too much in control of your travel until you graduate high school and you’re likely to visit some places more than once.
Let’s say that you’re going to have time to enjoy 100 destinations in your lifetime. You might be able to boost that number by taking cruises or planning day trips to some destinations. And, your health or desire to visit some places more than others could drag that number down significantly.
These are intended to track the “average” traveler, not the folks who, like me, would take off at the drop of a hat if they found a reasonable fare to, well, pretty much anywhere.
Help me build the list of 100 places to go before you die. I know there are plenty of these lists out there, but this one will be ours. Well, maybe a bit more mine than ours since I get editorial control. 🙂
Submit as few or as many places to visit and feel free to add the “why”.
I’m sure I’ll find quite a few folks to tweet a coffee to as a result of great answers here. I’ll post updates to the list here and there, sort of a work in progress.
And, to get us started, I’ll throw out a handful:
Rome (essentially the capital of the world in a different time)
Venice will always hold a special place in my heart
Panama, if only to take a trip through the canal.
Taormina, Sicily for some orange gelato and a bit of World War II history.
London. Tea with the Queen, of course.
Paris. Every husband should take his wife there once. Every father should take his daughter there once as well.
Las Vegas. Maybe not to gamble, but definitely to eat and drink.