The destinations

A handful of plane tickets

2 days until departure
Rye, New York

Deciding where to stop on a trip around the world involves a whole lot more than pointing a finger at a spinning globe or chucking a couple of darts at a wall map. In reality, selecting destinations is almost a complex algorithm – although one that doesn’t require a Kaplan GMAT course to solve. (Thankfully.)

I started by drawing up a list of places that I’d long wanted to see but had never had the chance to. There was the exotic (Tahiti), the adventurous (Iceland) and the urban (Tokyo). With almost two notebook pages filled with destinations, it was time to start whittling the list down. Far-flung locales, like South Africa, were knocked off since 80 days of travel didn’t allow for many long-distance flights. Larger countries that would be impossible to give justice to in a couple of days, like India, got scratched off next. Then, those that would present difficult language barriers (South Korea) or demolish my budget (Moscow) hit the cutting room floor.

When all was said and done, I’d narrowed it to fourteen countries. Here’s the run down:

  • Morocco
  • Spain
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Vietnam

I’ll have around a week in each, which isn’t much time to cut through the t-shirt shops and tourist traps and really dig to the bottom of a place and understand what it is that makes it tick. But it sure won’t be a bad place to start.

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