What is your greatest fantasy trip?

The Trip of a Lifetime

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

My dream trip would be around the world in six months, not 90 days! I would fly to Greece, take a first class Mediterranean cruise around the Greek islands, through the Strait of Gibraltar, over to Lisbon, Portugal, then continue on the cruise ship to all elite ports of call, spending at least two days in each port to explore the area.

After tiring of being at sea, I'd like to spend a couple of weeks on a secluded beach resort in Tahiti. When bored with Tahiti (think that will ever happen?), I would fly to Spain, exploring the country that I missed when I visited years ago. I would hire a driver to drive me around while I am taking photos of the points of interest that he points out to me during the drive. I would stay at a European castle that caters to VIP travelers who want to experience life as it should be lived in a castle.

From Europe I want to fly to Australian and spend the next month or two exploring the outback and other places I missed when I spent a brief 9 days there. I want to go on another Great Barrier Reef cruise, with a guide to see everything possible underwater.

From Australia I'd like to fly to each country I have missed visiting throughout my travel career, spending at least two days in each country with an English-speaking guide.

The final leg of my journey would be back in the US, flying into San Diego and from there I would be in a luxurious motor home, with an expert driver and guide to take the full length of Route 66, stopping at every point of interest. From there I want them to drive me cross country, visiting all major sites that I have not visited. I want to meet dear friends as I traverse cross country, especially the on-line quilters I have been communicating with for years, yet never had the pleasure to meet.

My goal is to see Alaska and the 48 contiguous states that I have not visited before. I have been to Hawaii, but to only two of the islands -- Honolulu and Maui, so I would love to see the other Hawaiian islands. There are at least ten to twelve states I haven't been to yet and they are on my "bucket list", most of those are Midwestern and Northern states.

During this unbelievable, once in a lifetime, dream trip I want to document every stop with video taping, done by a professional, with a two-hour movie made from these video tapings to share with my family, friends and the world who would love to do the same thing. I would do a travel log, writing down the things I liked and disliked on this wonderful six-month journey to enable those following in my path to avoid mistakes I made and avoid things that I did not enjoy.

The most important task before lining up this journey is to find Mr. Right! Then, we can personalize this trip to suit us both. It's a once in a lifetime adventure, so this one is on my bucket list!

Now, what is your dream trip? Do you dream of any of the same wonderful things? Does your Bucket List have travel to exotic places on it? I'd love to hear about your past dream trips and the ones you have yet to take. Please post them here. Thanks, in advance, for posting.



Here are a few of my favorite places . . .

NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA

http://www.nzescape.com/attractions.html This link gives you the wide assortment of things to see and do in New Zealand.

In 1991, my sister-in-law and I went to New Zealand and Australia for a two-week, dream vacation. After five days of seeing New Zealand from a motor home, we decided to pay the change fees on our tickets and flew to Sydney for an extra two days. There are only so many sheep and one-lane bridges you can take in a week. lol New Zealand, with its beautiful countryside, fantastic glaciers and beautiful animals and birds, should be tacked on for everyone visiting Australia! We were lucky enough to catch sight of a normally, nocturnal Kiwi bird at one of the sightseeing lookouts. It was so friendly and so beautiful. No, we didn't pet it or feed it. The Kiwi is the protected national bird.

We loved our visit to both countries, but, the highlight of our trip was the Great Barrier Reef cruise out of Melbourne. Words cannot adequately describe this beautiful wonder of the world. Be sure you pack shoes to wear when you walk on the reef and go snorkeling. Pack an underwater camera for the so colorful fish and coral displays there.

The Sydney Opera House was visible from our Hilton hotel balcony -- absolutely gorgeous!

We did go shopping at a huge market there, bought our obligatory Australian sheepskin rugs, old Australian coins, wool scarves and keepsakes.

http://www.australia.com/campaigns/nationallandscapes/index.htm This site will give you some great ideas of things to include on your trip over. I will tell you this, two weeks isn't long enough to see even the best of the best!

SOUTH AFRICA


In 1985 I was given the opportunity to spend two weeks traveling across South Africa, visiting places I had only seen in the National Geographics magazines. What a beautiful country, with beautiful people! If I had to choose a country this minute to return to and explore, this would be my choice. From Johannesburg to Cape Town and everything in between, I could not name one thing to complain about! This was during the heightened problems with apartheid; however, we didn't see or experience any difficulties at all. Our visit to Zululand was an unforgettable experience that I wish everyone could replicate. it was absolutely wonderful and the homecooked meal the native tribe made for us was the best we had in the two weeks and we did not have a bad meal anywhere, so that will put it in perspective.


South African Ostrich Farm

Me with tour guide from the Ostrich farm.  Quite an experience!  Ostrich egg eating contest, ostrich racing and a huge breakfast that included ostrich eggs.  You definitely do not want TWO ostrich eggs!
Me with tour guide from the Ostrich farm. Quite an experience! Ostrich egg eating contest, ostrich racing and a huge breakfast that included ostrich eggs. You definitely do not want TWO ostrich eggs!

South African Elephant

Charging elephants are scary!  His flared ears mean that he is angry at the intrusion.  Thank goodness the Jeep was a little  faster than he was. (I was in the back seat taking this photo!)
Charging elephants are scary! His flared ears mean that he is angry at the intrusion. Thank goodness the Jeep was a little faster than he was. (I was in the back seat taking this photo!)

Boat Tour of Tampa from the Hillsborough River

The view of uptown Tampa from my son's new boat.
The view of uptown Tampa from my son's new boat.

Tampa and Clearwater Beach, FL

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