As journalists, my coworkers and I tend to seek out the novel and unexplored. As reporter Laura Bly puts it, “My favorite place is the next place.” Plus I’ll never make it to the Century Club if I keep going back to the same countries and cities.
That being said, there usually are a few destinations where I’d happily return again and again. We were talking about this in the office today so I came up with my list when I came home.
1. Rome. A lifetime is not enough. Sigh. (not to mention, the Pantheon is my favorite building in the world).
2. Sanibel Island, Fla. It’s where I vacationed on holidays from high school on, where my parents bought their second home and where I got married (well, close enough – technically, the ceremony took place on adjoining Captiva Island). As soon as I walk through the Ft. Myers airport, I start to relax. When I get to the Gulf of Mexico, I’m almost comatose. I go here to sleep and read and watch the waves. Rejuvinating.
3. New Orleans. The music, the food, the memories. Mardi Gras or Jazzfest, every year I feel the need to go to at least one. Laissez le bon temps roule.
4. Costa Rica. The 10 days I spent on this country’s Caribbean coast last year only whet my appetite to explore the rest of the country. Pura Vida!
5. United Kingdom. London calling, indeed. Yep, I’m an Anglophile. Maybe it’s all those bios of Stuart and Tudor kings I studied, or maybe it’s the Shakespeare plays and Austen novels I read. From the Scottish highlands to the Welsh wildlands, I’ve taken notes on much of this small island – and I know there’s still more to see.
So that’s my list – what’s yours?