50 Cities to See Before You Die According to a Random Stranger
The Huffington Post had an article titled “The Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime” that made the rounds on Facebook. Of course the link makes you curious and you click over to see how many of these cities-you-must-see that you’ve been to. (I’ve made it to 12.) And then you lament that you haven’t made it to a large chunk of the list. Which makes you depressed enough to eat an entire carton of butter pecan ice cream.
Yet with the spoon midway between the container and your mouth, you suddenly remember that marveling is all in the eye of the beholder and there are plenty of places that didn’t make this list that deserve to be seen and experienced.
For instance, if you came to America and only saw the cities that made the list: San Francisco, Las Vegas, and New York, you would have a fairly limited view of life in the states. Where I live has nothing in common with San Francisco, Las Vegas, or New York. Don’t you think someone visiting the US should see some farmland? Or a small town? Or a beach town? Head into the mountains? Tour the Bayou? While all are nice cities, they’re a somewhat depressing landing ground to experience America. It reminds me of my cousins’ friends who knew America via 90210 and assumed that was an accurate portrayal of American teens.
And then I started realizing that while Florence was fine, I really loved picking a random town like San Gimignano and taking two buses to get there in order to get a better sense of Tuscany. Because, sure, Florence is part of that, but if I had stopped at Florence rather than heading out to Poggibonsi, I’m not sure I would have seen the most interesting parts of the area. I would have just seen the most popular. And popular and interesting aren’t usually the same thing.
Which makes me guess that the rest of Huffington Post’s list is a bunch of bullshit too. Just big, popular places that are common tourist destinations. Not that there is anything wrong with tourist destinations — I mean, Washington, D.C. is a tourist destination — but I would hate to let someone else construct my travel bucket list.
So what is my bucket list? I mean, where do I want to go? Because it feels like I should have a personal travel bucket list.
This is what I have so far, though I made it countries or large areas for the most part instead of cities since I would need to do more research to figure out where I want to go specifically:
- Azores (this one is left over from a childhood desire to visit the picture on a page in my National Geographic book)
- Bora Bora
I seem to be heavy on islands. I like water.
What is on your personal travel bucket list?