It seems cliche to say that you can learn so much about another country or culture if you go there yourself, but it’s true. There are little nuances that are hard to convey in words and pictures unless you go there yourself. Not only that, depictions of certain countries in the news and media aren’t always giving you the full picture of that place and to be there yourself makes you realize you don’t actually know the big picture until you’re standing right there. You should also see places for yourself because photographs don’t always convey the place it’s showing. Sure it looks like it, but sometimes a building or a landscape is so much more grander (or less so) if you go to see it yourself. In essence, people should go see something and make their own conclusions.
The bad thing is that traveling is expensive. A plane ticket overseas can cost around a thousand dollars or more and even more to get around, buy room and board and food that you need to eat to survive. And yet, we all dream about these exotic lands and long to set foot in the locations that we read about or see in movies and pictures.
If I was inhibited by money, these are the overseas places that I’d like to go to (and by overseas, I mean places that don’t include America):
- Costa Rica.
Some of these places have literary significance. For example, I want to go to Romania because that’s the country that held the infamous Vlad the Imapler and inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Plus their castles look amazing. Other places I want to go because I studied Spanish and I’d like to practice my rudimentary Spanish skills to fluent speakers like in Costa Rica or Spain. And finally, there are places with historical significance. I’m really into World War II history and the Holocaust in particular, so to be able to go to Poland and see Auschwitz where so many people suffered and died would be heart wrenching and put the war into perspective and reality for me. And of course there’s places I’d like to go just because, like Wales and Scotland, though I’d like to see the infamous Lake Loch Ness where a certain monster is supposed to live.
What are some places you’d like to go and visit and why?