To coincide with the launch of my new Travelogue book, Planes, Trains and Sinking Boats I am going to briefly write about my 100 must see places. I won’t call this a bucket list as I only travel to places I really want to see, crossing off a list of locations just doesn’t do it justice and doesn’t fit in with my philosophy of life or travel. There are some obvious places on my list and lots of places that might leave you wondering what I was smoking when I wrote it.
The list itself is based on one that I drew up when I was 20, nearly 20 years ago. I have been to quite a few of the places and many more not on the list but the majority of these places remain dreams as yet unfulfilled.
If your home city or country isn’t listed anywhere, don’t worry its just my personal preferences and it is impossible to fit everywhere into 100 places. I could list 100 places in London that I haven’t been to but want to see, let alone the whole world.
Also you wont find any beach holidays, theme-parks or resorts on my list. When I travel, I definitely don’t want to see or hear any English, American, Australian and unless in their countries, preferably no German, Russian or Japanese either. I don’t want to eat anything but local food or travel and spend time with anyone but the locals unless of course I meet you in the middle of nowhere and you’re trying to get away from it all as well. I’ll always treasure those moments with people from the other side of the planet when we meet at a desert junction or run-down train station.
Finally, I don’t really do modern. Dubai and Beijing might be cool but it’s not for me. Comfort is not a necessity and if it takes me away from normal local life then it is to be avoided at all costs.
If you have been to any of these places, let us know what you thought about them in the comments below or if you have any suggestions of your own.
100 The Giants Causeway a unique geological structure on the coast of Northern Ireland.
99 The Bayeux Tapestry. Not too far from the D-Day beaches lies the pretty little town of Bayeux. It has some nice narrow shopping streets an old cathedral and of course the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
98 Copenhagen. Capital of Denmark and full of museums and culture. What wasn’t on my list when I drew it up because it wasn’t built then is the Oresund Bridge which connects Denmark to Sweden. As a big fan of Scandinavian TV drama The Bridge, I reserve the right to “tak” this onto my Copenhagen entry.
97 The Baltic States. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have been on my to-see list since they gained independence from the Soviet Union. Off the radar for most travellers but their unique culture and history make them well worth a visit.
96 Athens. Home to the ancient Greeks and modern ones too. The Pantheon has to be worth going to if nowhere else which as a history buff is definitely not the case for me.
95 Wellington This small but funky city is the capital of New Zealand and also conveniently a good starting point of those who wish to visit Middle-Earth.
94 Victoria Falls Like its small cousin at Niagara, Victoria Falls spans two countries but this one is much bigger and less touristy. Imagine hearing the roar of the water for miles before you reach the bridge and see this.
93 Gallipoli. Famously the site of one of the worst moments of WW1 and the doomed attempt to capture Istanbul and end the war early. Also lots of old history nearby too.
92 The Shetlands. Mainland Britain is surrounded by islands but few are more isolated than the Shetlands. At a similar latitude to Alaska and Siberia and with some of the Neolithic buildings over 6,000 years old. The fact that the Shetlands lie closer to half a dozen capital cities before London is highlighted by their annual Up Helly Aa Viking festival.
91 Edinburgh. Capital of Scotland and full of fine buildings and history.
Remember, I am running a competition to win a copy of my new travelogue Planes, Trains & Sinking Boats. The book is available on Kindle from all the Amazon UK USA sites and will very shortly be available on the Apple iTunes iBookshelf for use with iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads. A paperback copy is for sale at Lulu and going to be available very soon on Amazon and the bigger bookstores in a few weeks time but is available now from the publisher’s website.
The reader who can guess what is number 1 on my list will receive a free signed paperback copy of Planes, Trains and Sinking Boats. If no-one can guess number 1 then the person whose guess is highest on my list will receive a free e-book. Send me an email with your guess or leave a guess in the comments below.
For the next 100 days anyone who follows my blog and purchases either Let Me Help or Planes, Trains and Sinking Boats on Amazon Kindle or in E-book format from Lulu or iTunes iBooks then I will send you a free E-book of the other title, just email me a screen dump proof of purchase.
Also, anyone who purchases a paperback copy of Let Me Help in the next 100 days and sends me proof of purchase I will send a free e-book format book to you. I would ask that if you buy Let Me Help, you buy it from either Lulu or the more expensive copy on Amazon as the cheaper copy provides me with no royalties as the Publisher has now closed.