Traveling

Travel IconTraveling isn’t one of my passions per se, but it is something that I enjoy doing periodically. I enjoy experiencing new places: the cultures, the foods, the languages, the people, the sights, the smells (usually) and more. To me getting there is just as much fun and interesting as being there, EXCEPT if I’m flying. For me, flying is the the worst way to travel, unless I need to get somewhere rather quickly or to go overseas. I prefer ground travel over air travel except when absolutely necessary. And whenever possible, I prefer driving over buses or trains. There are all kinds of interesting things to stop, see and experience on the way to the destination, provided you have the time to do so. If you fly, you automatically miss them.

Guided tours are ok, but you’re on the tour guide’s agenda and not your own.  You can’t stop to look at or photograph something interesting along the way whenever you want. You can’t always shop where you want. You can’t always eat where you want. For example, I was on a tour in Jerusalem, Israel. It was on a Saturday, the Sabbath. So the Jewish market was closed, but the Arab market was open. We were whisked through the Arab market, not allowed to stop, look around and shop. A missed opportunity to take in the culture, sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the shopping plaza. All because we were on the tour guide’s agenda.

Anyway, I’ll be writing a series of blog posts highlighting places I’ve been fortunate to visit. I’ll include some photos I took if I have any and can find them. I know I have some slides too. I just need to find a way to digitize them. Along the way, I’ll also write about some places I want to visit; some I’ve visited before, some I’ve never seen at all.

Below are several maps. They indicate places I’ve visited, lived and want to see. The places I’ve marked that I want to see aren’t necessarily the only places I want to visit, but they are the places I most want to visit.

You can click each map for a larger view.

United States

Eventually, I’d like to visit every state (revisiting many of them to see more of what they have to offer).

  • States where I’ve lived (including USAF Basic Training and USAF Technical Training)
  • States I’ve visited (Michigan was a stopover on a flight, unfortunately there was no time to do any exploration)
  • I’ve also visited Washington D.C.

USA Map

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

  • Countries I’ve visited
  • Countries I want to visit

Europe Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle East

  • Countries I’ve visited
  • Countries I want to visit

Middle East Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia

  • Countries I’ve visited
  • Countries I want to visit

Asia Map

 

 

 

 

 

Central America

  • Countries I’ve visited
  • Countries I want to visit

Central America Map

 

 

 

 

South America

  • Countries I’ve visited
  • Countries I want to visit

South America Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

Map coming soon.

  • Countries I’ve visited
  • Countries I want to visit

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