Zion National ParkDespite having our plans pretty well set for spending our sabbatical time in Indonesia I have dreams and desires of visiting other places as well.  Let’s face it, there are plenty of cool destinations in the world that look totally kick ass.  This is my travel destination hit list.  These are not all the places I want to visit one day but they are the ones that I’ve had on my mind for quite some time and have cast a spell on me for whatever reason.  So here they are in no particular order.


Two words here: Angkor Wat.  I’ve seen incredible photos of this temple and I’ve always had this desire to go and photograph it in my own way. We also have friends who live in Cambodia and run a Church there that does work in some of the small villages around Phnom Penh and we’d love to go help out in any way we can; get out into the countryside and really get a taste of Cambodia.


Almost everyone I know has been to Thailand and raves about it.  I keep hearing about the people, the beaches, the parties and the food.  I really want to go just to experience what everyone is talking about. Plus have you seen photos of some of those islands like Ko Samui?  Talk about a fantasy.  My camera cries out to go there.  I’ve also wanted to go and experience and photograph the floating markets.


I’ve been fascinated with Malaysia ever since transiting through the airport in Kuala Lumpur.  First off the airport there is quite nice and I figure any country with a welcoming airport must be a place worth checking out.  The language spoken in Malaysia is Malay which is very similar to Indonesian so my language skills will be of some benefit.  I also hear that the beaches are world class.  I’d also love to climb Mount Kinabulu; the tallest peak in Southeast Asia.


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page – Saint Augustine

China is a huge country and one could spend a lifetime exploring it and not see all of it.  To spend a few months here exploring and photographing would be a dream come true.  I’d love to see the Great Wall and travel the Beijing-Lhasa Express which traverses 2,500 miles of country through permafrost and towering mountain passes reaching an elevation of 16,640 feet.  I do believe it is the worlds highest train.

Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan is a landlocked kingdom located at the eastern end of the Himalayas.  I’d really like to go explore their largest national park which is Jigme Dorji.  The park covers all 3 climate zones of Bhutan and ranges in elevation from 1400 to 7000 meters.  If I could get a photo of a snow leopard or a barking deer my dream will have been accomplished.


Who hasn’t wanted to go to Kathmandu?  My chief desire to travel to Nepal is to be able to photograph the mountainous region along the border with China. I better start working out now so I can make it at those higher elevations.  I don’t think I am up for climbing Mount Everest but I bet I can find equally impressive peaks to photograph from.

New Zealand

Ever since seeing the Lord of the Rings movies I’ve had this desire to see New Zealand and hopefully bump into a hobbit or two.  One thing that I think would be cool would be to complete the great walks of New Zealand.  These are 9 premier walks throughout the country and through some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer.  Sounds like a great way to see and photograph New Zealand.


I’ve got a few friends from Cameroon and everything they have told me about the country makes me want to book a flight today.  From the friendly people to the food and the beautiful colors and clothing, I think it would be a fun place to hang out with my friends.  About the only thing I wouldn’t look forward to is getting a yellow fever vaccination which apparently is required for entry.


Yeah, I know what you are thinking.  Here I’ve listed all these International locations and then I throw Utah into the mix.  Well, I’ve been to Utah once before to experience Zion National Park and loved it.  I spent a week camping out in the back country enjoying the beauty and solitude of the park.  I definitely want to go back and not only hike the back country of Zion again but also see Arches and Canyonlands National Park.  The geography of this area is just incredible. 


I have one reason to visit Lebanon…falafels.  Seriously though, after seeing Anthony Bourdain do a “No Reservations” episode in Lebanon I knew I had to go and check the place out.  I’d love to just do a total food tour of Lebanon and eat my way through the country, one falafel at a time.

OK, those are my top dream destinations.  What are some of your top dream destinations?

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