Galata Bridge, Istanbul Turkey

Poll: Where In The World Would You Like To Travel?

Derek Everything Else 69 Comments

Galata Bridge, Istanbul Turkey
The goal of this post is simple.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, let’s say during the upcoming summer, I want to know where it is you would choose to visit.

As I’ve hinted in a previous post a couple of months ago, I’m working on organizing some informal ‘tours’ in which I will take a small group of people around a particular country. The idea is to not only explore the destination, but more importantly, to offer a hands-on introduction to independent travel. By the time the experience comes to an end, you’ll be fully confident and prepared to create your own life of travel and to hopefully sustain it for as long as you wish.

There will be more details about this project to come soon but for now, I just want to know which part of the world you want to explore most! This will help give me a better idea of where I should organize my first couple of tours.

Below you’ll find a very short poll (only two questions!) and I hope you’ll take a few seconds to participate. Even if my tour idea is not for you, please vote anyway. I think that feedback from as many people as possible will still be useful and interesting.

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*The above are destinations that I’ve both been to and that I think would be ideal for such a hands-on experience. This is why I have not listed every country I’ve visited over the years. If you have other suggestions, please let me know in the comments.

And that’s it. I appreciate you taking the time to participate and I shall share the results along with more details of this project very soon.

On a side note, it’s been a busy week of travel as I left New York City and have spent the past five days exploring some more of Istanbul. And I’ll be traveling back to Bucharest, Romania on Saturday, a city that will be my general ‘base’ for the next few months. If anyone happens to be passing through that area, please do let me know!

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Comments 69

  1. Emma Rose

    I can see in your posts that you are avoiding Croatia for some reason. You’ve been from Slovenia to Romania, everything near that nice and small European country but you have never even mentioned going there. And I think that is wrong. Croatia is “a must visit”. I have been living there for two years and I think I will be back soon. P.S. First visit there should be in summer, the coast and islands are just amazing.

    1. Earl

      Hello Emma – Actually, I am not avoiding Croatia at all and if you looked properly, you would find that I wrote a post from my short visit to Zagreb last year. Also, my previous visit to Croatia (when I went along the coast) was before I had this blog, which is why I have not written about my experiences yet. And everyone has different experiences as well, so even though I had a great time in Croatia, there are other countries that have stood out as more memorable to me. That’s just how travel goes…not everyone has the same experiences/impressions of a country 🙂

  2. Sharon

    Earl, I am so happy that I could come across your so interesting and full of useful and curious info 🙂 I can not be even closely comapred with your definition for being a permanent nomad, which I enjoy so much though 🙂 And gave my votes for the countries I wish I cud visit too, as my travel dreams so far are focused on Asia and Africa- I never been on none of these continents and am still amazed to hear that you could visit so many places! Cheers!

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  4. Claire

    BRILLIANT IDEA! I may be Malaysian but if you ever come to do a tour here (please, please, please?) I will most definitely sign up for it! It’s always intriguing to see your country through another person’s eyes 🙂 In any case, I’d LOVE to be able to go to India and Turkey and just about every country on that list 😉

    1. Earl

      Hey Claire – Haha…Malaysia would be another ideal place for such a tour 🙂 And I’m sure it would be intriguing for us to have a Malaysian join us and share their own insights on everything we see and experience. Let’s see what happens!

  5. Simon P

    Where in the world would I like to travel? This summer there is only one place that is practically a must-do. London.

    With the Olympics going on the place is going to be buzzing. You can go anywhere else at any old time but witnessing the Olympics in London is going to be special. I’ve got my ticket booked!

    1. Earl

      Hey Simon – I’m sure the Olympics will be an incredible time! Such large gatherings are not for me exactly but for those interested in such an event, you certainly can’t beat the Olympics/London combo!

    1. Earl

      Hey Cristina – Within the next month I will write another post where anyone interested in this idea can sign up and stay informed of upcoming trips. It will be wonderful to hopefully have you join!

  6. Arctic Theory

    Excellent array of choices, if I could choose more than four I would. High on my list is the Balkans (a cheap, beautiful, historic part of Europe), and Guatemala (a cheap part of beautiful Latin America which I would consider retiring to). Either way Earl, count me in for the tour. Hopefully the tours dont sell out too quickly

  7. LozinTransit

    It seems to me that what you would be passing on is a state of mind, a way of thinking and exploring. An all-purpose approach that would be applicable for any place, developed or otherwise. That seems to be your point of difference, compared to a traditional guide. Of course you haven’t properly detailed what you’d do but thats what immediately comes to my mind.

  8. Arctic Theory

    What about Greenland? Summer is when it is tolerable, and there is no place I would rather be than Nuuk (the capital)

    1. Earl

      @Arctic Theory – I’m sure Greenland is a great destination but the idea is to take people to a country/region that I’m familiar with and I’ve never been to Greenland 🙂

  9. Jim O'Donnell

    Sounds fun! Asia is high on my list. I’ve been to Goa and Karnataka in India but that is it so Asia is very high on my bucket list. I spent 5 weeks in Turkey in the 90s and loved it so much. I cant wait to get back there.

    1. Earl

      Hey Didier – Western Europe is a lot easier for people to travel around which is why I didn’t include any countries in that region. The idea is to bring people to countries that they might not travel to on their own. But Belgium is a great destination for sure!

  10. jake

    having lived in both s. korea and presently china.. of course am in love with asia. unfortunately have left the rest of the world out of my travel plans. reading this blog makes me want to go to so many new places. earl definitely sounds like great dude and certainly would be supreme tour guide. hopefully i will make it to many of the places where he has been. travelling certainly does give us added senses of freedom and responsibility. rock on earl! u sound like pretty amazing person!

    1. Earl

      Thanks for that Jake and I’m quite confident that if you stay focused on your travel goals, you’ll visit all of the places you want to see in this world!

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    Goodness but a poll like that – offered to we who have wanderlust in our DNA, is like giving candy to a baby. Shame on you Earl! 😉

    As for me – given that I recently moved lock, stock ‘n barrel to Southeast Asia, preeeeecisely to be able to explore the whole of it at my leisure – the “continent” question was of course a no-brainer.

    But the “country/region” proved a tougher choice. Mainly ‘cuz I presently am enchanted with heading to Mongolia and alas, it’s not on your list. So I settled on Cambodia ‘cuz I’m already planning to whiz there in a couple of weeks – with Nepal a close second.

    Ah… ’tis deeee-licious just to dream about the possibilities…

    1. Earl

      Hey Dyanne – Haha…it sure is delicious 🙂 And Mongolia sounds like a great destination to me, one that I’ve always wanted to visit myself. Haven’t made it yet but perhaps soon…I’ll let you know and perhaps you’ll be headed that way too!

  12. Steve C

    What? Doesn’t anybody want to go to Timbuktu? Watching the Coup might be exciting! Maybe too exciting. Maybe next summer.

  13. Christine

    Hello again Earl!

    What a great idea! As for me, I have a long list, and my next long-term plan is Central and South America (starting before this year ends), but as far as where I want to go this summer, I am planning more around seeing people! I have many friends from when I lived and traveled abroad spread out all over the world now. I have a close friend living in Abu Dhabi, UAE (he has already visited me twice in Boston, so it is my turn), and another (both of which lived in Korea when I did) in Salalah, Oman (and still another in Kazakhstan) and I am hoping to get to visit them and a bit of that region this summer via Europe. I want to do a stop-over in London which will allow me to see friends in London, but also travel to see friends in Scotland, Ireland, and Brussels, Belgium.

    Though I have traveled extensively on my own and normally turn my nose up at anything that even remotely resembles a tour, I certainly doubt you would be a typical tour guide with the regular list of sites. Also, though I traveled alone and found great freedom in making my plans at my pace, some of the best times I had doing so were actually with other travelers, whether for a dinner, a day, a week or a month. I am still in touch with many people I met while traveling alone and really enjoyed their company. With all of that said, I would have to consider a tour with you and other like-minded travelers were you to do one in a place and time that worked for me.

    As to where that would be? Oddly enough two places I have wanted to see for YEARS that I would prefer to have a travel companion (or several) are India and Turkey, both of which seem to be on your list of faves. The knowledge and passion you have for those places would have to make you a wonderful guide for those of us who haven’t been. Also on your list interest to me are parts of Eastern Europe. The whole region is on my ‘list’ and I have yet to step foot in even one of the countries there.

    I see Guatemala got the least amount of votes, which is really too bad. I lived in Antigua, studying Spanish for about 5 months and it is a wonderful and beautiful place to be. The people are so friendly and hospitable. I will go back there one day! I will look for more info on your blog as you make your plans and if I can’t join, I am sure our paths will likely cross one day. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Travel safe & happy,
    Christine (TravelDish)

    1. Earl

      Hey Christine – The aim of the ‘tour’ is definitely to be as little tour-like as possible! We certainly won’t be wearing stickers with our names on them and we certainly won’t be taking tour buses or anything like that. And both India and Turkey are indeed great places for such an experience and I get excited just thinking about the possibilities in those two countries!

      And looks like you have a wonderful summer of travel ahead of you 🙂

    1. Earl

      Hey Daphne – Shame we missed each other but I’m happy you’re heading there! It’s a difficult city to leave so we’ll see how long you end up staying 🙂 I don’t have a ‘things to do’ post for Istanbul yet but I am working on one about my personal favorite places in the city. Hopefully I’ll have that finished in the next couple of weeks.

  14. TravelingFirefighter

    Great idea Earl. Better hurry though as I’m leaving my career of 20 yrs. behind me at the end of this year to start my travels and would be interested in this informal “tour” before I get street smart on my own. Thailand and Phillipines are first, then India (subject to change). Keep up the good work!

    1. Earl

      @TravelingFirefighter – I’ll definitely be ready by them…I’m hoping to have the first tour up and running at the end of the summer! Will be great to have you join one of them and it does seem like it would be ideal timing considering the new (and exciting) direction you’ll soon be heading in!

    1. Christine

      Hi Kelly! I loved Vietnam! It was my favorite Asian country I visited (others being Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, living in Korea for 3 years and a visit to Beijing to climb the Great Wall of China). It was also my favorite place for food. One of my favorite locations was an unexpected surprise. I intended to stay for a couple of days and ended up being there for a week–Hoi An. It is a short drive from Danang and I highly recommend it! What are your plans?

    2. Earl

      Hey Kelly – Vietnam is definitely a rewarding destination but when I went, everything just happened to go wrong for me (buses broke down, bridges collapsed and we were stranded, small motorbike accident, etc.) and so I didn’t stay too long in the end. It happens every now and then but it certainly has nothing to do with the country and culture…I just got tired and decided to move on at the time. I really should go back there for another try!

  15. Colleen Conway

    Love this idea!! I’m planning to set out no later than Christmas 2013 for no less than 3 years I hope. Starting the “detanglement” process 🙂

    1. Earl

      Hey Colleen – And that process can be quite enjoyable! Every step, even the smallest ones, that you take towards your goals should widen the smile and get you even more excited about your upcoming travels!

  16. Adam Mayfield

    I made sure to cast my vote! While I didn’t vote for Asia, if you haven’t been I HIGHLY suggest you go. Making plans to go back hopefully soon for more of a living type of situation. Cheers all!

    1. Earl

      Hey Jeremy – I think that it will get more love eventually but it’s still so unknown to most people. And don’t worry, if I do lead a tour there, I will make everyone sign a contract that states they will not tell anyone else about this destination 🙂

  17. Brenda Gardner

    I chose these locations because they are somewhere I would actually consider living. But Columbia is cool too. It’s the cost of a plane ticket too.

    1. Earl

      Hey Brenda – The plane ticket is of course an added expense but using certain methods can reduce the cost and in the end, when you average it out over the course of your trip, it can be quite a reasonable expense.

    1. Someday I'll Be There - Mina

      Thats so cool to read, never seen any of the travelers THAT excited about Egypt 😀 let me know when you’re in the region, would love to finally find some one who can talk about travel! (my friends get bored so quickly when I start imagining my travel plans :P)

    2. Earl

      Hey Jaime – I have been to Egypt although I don’t know it as well as I do a place like India. But I loved my time there and can certainly see why you are having trouble staying away for too long!

    1. Earl

      Hey A – That is the wonderful city of Istanbul, where I am right now for a week. And you’re right, this certainly is an awesome place to explore!

  18. Greg

    Just curious. But is there any reason you have never visited Israel? Israelis are huge backpackers themselves and are very open to newcomers. I don’t think I have to tell you all the ancient sites and battlegrounds they have to offer.

    1. Earl

      Hey Greg – There’s no real reason I haven’t visited Israel. I’d love to go but just haven’t made it there yet. At the moment, with my passport full of stamps from all of its neighboring countries, I think I’ll have to wait until I get a new passport.

    1. Earl

      @SoloFemaleNomad – Those seem to be two excellent options as well, although I have not been to either of them so I wouldn’t be comfortable taking others there. But I do want to visit both of them at some point soon!

    1. T.W. Anderson

      I absolutely loved Colombia last year; I was only in Bogota for a few months, but I’ll be going back later this year with a friend (we just talked over dinner last night about shooting for September) for some more research and to check out some new places/go hiking. I would highly suggest anyone who wants to come to South America to put it high on their list 🙂 The people are incredible, the food is amazing and the scenery is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. My 9 hour bus-ride from Bogota to Manizales still stands out as one of the most precious views I have racked up over the past 13+ years of traveling. Unbelievably lush.

      And then there’s salsa. Hands down…Colombia = epic 🙂

  19. T.W. Anderson

    Also, there is a writer I know who lives in Bucharest and I could put you in contact with him if you end up wanting to look for something to do with locals. He’s married to a Romanian woman.

    1. Earl

      Hey T.W. – I’m always looking to meet new people so that would be great to be put in touch with the writer your know in Bucharest!

          1. T.W. Anderson

            No worries; despite all my time in Bulgaria, I didn’t spent much time in Romania; instead, I was in Turkey, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, mostly sticking to Bulgaria out of all the years in the region, so I don’t now much about Romania. My friend should hopefully be able to give you some local information since you will be spending so much time in the region.

            Have fun! Beautiful part of the world, for sure.

  20. T.W. Anderson

    Voted 🙂

    If you end up wanting to spend more time in Bulgaria, let me know. I’ve got a lot of information for the country, as well as some local connections should you head to Sofia for any length of time.

    As far as my own plans go…I’m keen on more South America presently. I see myself in the region until around 2017/2018, at which point I’ll probably head over to Asia for the next leg of my journey. I’ve seen a lot of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe over the past 8 years, and while I plan on going back to Bulgaria if only to set up a small vineyard at some point in the next half dozen years or so, I don’t plan on ever living there as a nomad again…more of just “one of many places I’ll repeat visit at least once a year”.

    I’ve only scratched the surface down here. Cancun has been great for me over the past year and a half, and Bogota was epic for the time I was there last year, but there’s a lot more ground to cover 🙂

  21. Tamara

    This sounds GREAT! It will be amazing for the people it works out for to get to learn from you. I plan on heading out this Summer, finalizing getting my house up for rent now, maybe I’ll see you around lol 😀

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