I've Been Everywhere, Man
You know that song - "I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere" What you may not know is that the song was originally sung by a man named Geoff Mack in 1959 – and it was all about destinations in Australia. Johnny Cash changed the list to destinations in North and South America – mostly the United States. Guess what? I would have to change the list too! In truth, I’ve only been to 25 of the 92 places that Johnny lists in the song. I really haven’t seen much of the United States. I’ve lived in four states and traveled to several others – but really not as many as you might imagine. I have, however, been to 53 of the 202 countries in the world! That’s 26% of all the (current) countries on this planet. I’ve lived in five of those countries. But there is still so much to see! I want to visit all seven continents – like my father before me. So a trip to Antarctica is definitely on my list. I’ve always wanted to see the pyramids – so Egypt is a must. I want to see the Terra Cotta Soldiers in China. I’d love to see the baobab trees in Madagascar. I hear Krakow is fabulous – so I’ve added Poland to my list. Street food in Singapore sounds fabulous! Thailand has always intrigued me, so I’d love to visit. I have my eye on a river cruise of the Mekong…so add Vietnam and Cambodia. And I’d love to see the great migration in Kenya. This isn’t the full list of every place I want to go – but it’s a start. There are so many things to consider when making a travel wish list: Your available time, your budget, and your ability to do the activities included are just the tip of the iceberg. So figuring out where to go and when is a big job. I challenge you to make YOUR travel wish list. Include all the places that sound interesting. Then go back and list the ones you would really like to visit. Finally, narrow that list down to your absolute must-sees. Then put those into priority order. Whenever it’s time to plan your next holiday, ask yourself if the destination is fulfilling a dream…or just killing time. Maybe it’s time to focus your travel so you can go everywhere, man.