” Travel intensifies the elements of a person’s nature –

both fine and toxic – making them stand out more starkly than they ever do in the safe, regulated environment of home. When I travel alone, I can give the whole mixed bag full rein, without monitoring myself, making compromises, negotiating, or even talking. I am somehow better able to tap my thoughts and feelings. It is as if the stage clears, the background music fades, and I come forward.”Susan Spano

Here’s a running tally of countries I’ve visited to date.

  • Aruba
  • Austria – Salzburg, Vienna
  • Canada – Niagara Falls, Toronto
  • Costa Rica – San José, Arenal, La Fortuna, Quepos, Manuel Antonio
  • Czech Republic – Prague, Hradec Krakove
  • England – Grantham, Exeter, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Salisbury, Sunderland, Weymouth, Winchester
  • France – Paris
  • Germany – Munich, Bad Reichenhall, Berchtesgaden, Königssee
  • Gibraltar – technically a British Overseas Territory
  • Greece – Athens, Delphi, Epidavrus, Korinth, Mycenae, Nafplio
  • Hungary – Budapest
  • Ireland – Dublin, Galway
  • Israel – Ein Gedi, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
  • Italy – Rome
  • Morocco – Tangier, Tetuan, Chefchaouen
  • Netherlands – Amsterdam, Delft, Volendam, Edam, Zaandam, Eindhoven
  • Nicaragua – Granada
  • Northern Ireland – Belfast
  • Portugal – Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Lagos
  • Puerto Rico – Caribbean island, unincorporated U.S. territory
  • Scotland – Dundee, Glasglow, Edinburgh, Inverness
  • Spain – an endless list
  • Turkey – Istanbul
  • United States – Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin
  • Vatican City – if we’re being politically correct..
  • Wales – Cardiff

2 thoughts on “wanderlust

  1. A SMART list of 2012 North American destinations. I love the word wanderlust. If I had a dollar for every book I’ve read on that general theme. ‘The Lonely Planet Story’, another good one. Tennessee, eh. Look at @crashpad. Apparently Chattanooga is cool, off the beaten path. I just Followed you on Twitter. I’m living vicariously through you travel writers. I do travel myself as well. Take care.

    -John @ThruTrain


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