I keep having dreams of a town I'm travelling through where all the dwellings are underground and can only be entered by climbing down a well. I need to go there. F*** the physical world I need to know why I created this place.
First things first . Have you really discovered the United States . We don't have crumbling ruins of yesteryear or little hill top towns but we do have arguably the most amazing scenery ,mountains and lakes in the world . If you hunger for different cultures and better food then I suggest a trip to Italy . Rome, Venice ,Florence and other cities are unique . The Dolomite Alps are as spectacular as our Tetons . I worked in Northern Italy for six months and have never had so many laughs or frustrations . The weathewr is pretty good too.
My three favorite countries in the whole world (and I've been to 27, including the one I live in) are New Zealand, Nepal and Laos.
New Zealand gorgeous in so many unique ways, the light at 5pm is surreal and the people are absolutely fantastic. But most importantly, there is something special about New Zealand that you won't ever be able to put your finger on (at least I haven't been able to), but that you miss when you leave.
I love Nepal for many of the same reasons that I love New Zealand. The reason it is second is that the "something special" isn't quite there. But it is gorgeous and the people are fabulous.
I visited Laos in 2006 and I am told it has changed a lot since I was there, but I still keep it on my list. Again, for the beauty and the wonderful people I met along the way. At the time, it was also off the backpacker trail (except for Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang), so that made for some pretty awesome adventures!
Liechtenstein would be interesting. It is the last, surviving German-speaking monarchy (unless you count Luxembourg where German is one of the three languages spoken). Except that Liechtensteiners also speak Alemannic, a local form of German (except that some Liechtensteiners speak yet another form).
It's also interesting and curious topographically. On the one hand it is very mountainous, with Alpine peaks. On the other, parts of Liechtenstein are susceptible to flooding, since the Rhine River flows along its western border.
It would be very interesting to 'get the vibes' from this remarkable, small land.
If you could go anywhere in the world with free airfare and $5000 to spend, where would you go?You can only spend a week there and you have to use some of that money on hotels. Where have you always wanted to...