Destination Wishlist…the beginning

In the words of Veruca Salt (you know, the spoiled, bratty girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), “I want the world!” Indulge me while I dream about the top 5 places I’d love to visit “right now!”

Background showing Northern lights in the sky


You’ll have a good chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis in the Finnish Lapland from September through April. December-February are ideal (also chilly and dark). Nonetheless, here is where I want to sleep under the northern lights. 

Angkor Wat


Emerging from a dark and brutal past, Cambodia has a rapidly developing tourism industry. Siem Reap is a revitalized coastal resort town with adventure, artisans, food and it is the gateway to the temples of Angkor.

Incredible Machu Picchu


From Lima, fly to Cusco but start your high-altitude experience in the Sacred Valley. It’s a bit lower in elevation so acclimatizing will be easier here. Then, head up to Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco for a couple of days. The second part of the journey is the Peruvian Amazon—amazing for adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Big male African lion


A couple summers ago, we flew to Johannesburg on our way to Botswana and Namibia. I’d return to the latter places in a heartbeat but I’d like to explore South Africa a bit more, too. I’d make it easy with a safari in the game reserves around Kruger National Park and visit Cape Town and the Garden Route.

Amazing Greece - picturesque colorful village Assos in Kefalonia


My daughter has been dreaming of visiting Greece since she got hooked on the Percy Jackson book series a few years ago. I’d be happy to oblige her love of mythology for a few days but I’m looking forward to some island time.

What places are on the top of your list?