Why I Won’t Make it ‘Round the World

Today I read a post by blogger Adventurous Kate saying that even she, the gutsy female solo traveler, has places she has no desire to visit.  It got me thinking about the whole around the world travel topic.  Yes, I want to go to exotic places, well exotic to me… but I don’t want to risk being kidnapped or eaten by animals or gagging my way through a whole vacation.  Call me crazy; I like a thrill, just not real and present danger or being sick a lot.

Safari – don’t like the thought of being maimed by something in the night (might have something to do with Girl Scout camp when Mrs. Sellers told us not to bring food and I hid candy under my pillow.  I woke up to a raccoon pushing my hair away trying to get at it.  Scared the living crap out of me and I’ve not been camping since.)

Beirut – one of my dearest friends Danny has begged us to go since 1989 and I’d love to see the “Paris of the Middle East” if I could ever get over the whole I might be kidnapped thing.  He assures us we would be safe with him, but then again one of his close friends was killed recently over political strife.   Twitter buddy @MobileLawyer didn’t seem to think it was dangerous, but who wants to kidnap and have to keep a lawyer around 24/7?  Sorry Michael, I couldn’t resist!

Most of Asia – this will probably get me completely blackballed from twitter buddy @adventurouskate and several more crazy, lovable ‘round the world travelers that I love to follow, but I have a really hard time with different food smells.  I have a seriously strong gag reflex that makes my life difficult at times.  One of my son’s lived down the hall from a Chinese student at boarding school and every time I walked up the stairs towards his room my gag reflex kicked in.  I didn’t even know why until my son told me what herbs/foods he kept and consumed in there.  Have you read about my 9+ hour flight back from Paris seated near the lavatory?  I do want to walk on The Great Wall so I will risk the food challenges some day if I can get my husband to take time off work long enough to go there.

I have so many places I am dying to see and hope to get to before I kick the bucket – now I’ve jinxed myself for sure!  Here are a few that I can think of off the top of my head:

  • Morocco
  • Sydney
  • Fiji
  • Tokyo
  • Rome
  • Spain
  • Croatia
  • Machu Picchu
  • Berlin
  • Tuscany

In case you’re wondering, “Just exactly how do you get your thrills?” – here’s a few ways:

  • Hiking solo in places new to me where I push myself out of my comfort zone.
  • Waiting on the dock for husband and son to finish Newport to Bermuda Sailboat race (nerve-wracking, but enormous celebrations and best regatta parties in the world at the end!)
  • Sitting in the co-pilot seat of small planes on day flights to beautiful islands.
  • Watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees (Game 7, 2004 was the best game of my life)
  • Discovering money in something I haven’t worn in a while.
  • Beating a *itchy opponent in tennis – revenge can be sweet, kill ’em with kindness off the court, but beat their butts on the court!
  • Riding my Vespa without a helmet.
  • Riding in the car with teenage sons right after they received their learner’s permits.
  • Finding great hotels at cheap rates right before the deadline to cancel other more expensive reservations.
  • Living vicariously through fellow travel bloggers!

  • Pat Milon
    Posted at 20:39h, 14 August Reply

    Can I go with you to Fiji? I’ll even provide the transportation.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 06:10h, 15 August Reply

      Very funny Mr. Weekend In Paris under an assumed name! The boys and I laughed so hard when this came in last night!!!!
      Yes, please take me to Fiji! Or any other city on the list.
      Jack said you must have been really bored without us last night to be reading my blog. Insult!
      Love you and missing you from NH,
      Mrs. Weekend In Paris

  • Suzy
    Posted at 13:16h, 11 August Reply

    I definitely agree that there are some places I don’t have an intense desire to visit. I think especially when you are reading travel blogs where people are telling you to go on RTWs, you can think you should be doing the same. In the end, we have to travel where we are drawn, not where we think we should go.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:12h, 12 August Reply

      Yes Suzy, you put it well, “we have to travel where we are drawn, not where we think we should go.” Good advice for us all!
      Cheers and thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

  • Kelly M.
    Posted at 11:57h, 10 August Reply

    Great honesty! There are some places I’m not interested in visiting either (Los Angeles to name one) and it’s refreshing to hear someone else say it. We all have our own travel interests and should go where we want to go; not where everyone else says we should go.

    Morocco and Croatia are at the top of my list too! I may make it to both in the next few months. 🙂

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:14h, 12 August Reply

      Hi Kelly!

      I do hope you make it to Morocco and Croatia in the next few months. Please report back how you liked them!

      So funny you mention LA because, I too, have no desire to go there. So many other places on the list (bucket) that it’s not even on my radar.


  • Michael Hodson
    Posted at 04:19h, 10 August Reply

    Kidnapping risks are just PART of the fun of Lebanon. The day before I went to the Bekaa Valley, one of the local militias actually did kidnap 6-7 Estonian bikers from the road. Was the first kidnapping of foreigners in Lebanon in over a decade. That being said…. I wouldn’t worry about safety much there at all. You stand a much worse chance of something bad happening in Boston or NYC.

    As to the lawyer comment… I will have you know that I have been an inactive member of the bar now for 3 years. And am well loved throughout the world!! Then again… not everyone knows I am a lawyer at heart. Perhaps I will have to drop that info on my next kidnappers….

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:21h, 12 August Reply

      Hi Michael!

      Ok, now all of Bekaa Valley knows you’re up for grabs!

      Train challenge – humm, maybe you’ll find some thrills onboard…just tell them all you’re a lawyer at heart and watch them try to throw you overboard! LOL!


  • Adventurous Kate
    Posted at 20:27h, 09 August Reply

    Ohhh, but you’d love Asia! The food smells aren’t bad at all! Just wait until you go to Thailand or Vietnam! Don’t let a Chinese student at your son’s school put you off the whole region! Wow, I am really craving a $1 giant fruit shake right now…and a coconut…

    It’s okay to have stuff that you will and won’t do, and believe me — I won’t hold it against you! 😉

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 21:22h, 09 August Reply

      Hi Kate!

      You’ll appreciate that when I read your comment I thought you wrote, “I am really craving a $1 giant fruit snake right now…” I think after reading and seeing you drink snake blood during your travels has “stuck with me” and it was subliminal. LOL!

      Reading your blog was like watching a movie – most of it was just amazingly beautiful – places and people with a great heroine to cheer for. Some of it was frightening (you almost drowning, being in weird places, the black eye), but like rubbernecking along the southeast expressway in Boston, I could not stop reading! I am too old and pampered to have your adventure as a whole, but you inspire me to reach new heights in personal travel and to put myself out of my comfort zone.

      Thanks for keeping up with my adventures Kate and for taking the time to comment on my blog post.


    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:23h, 12 August Reply

      Hi Kate!

      Want to go to the region…husband can’t take so much time off to go with me, but maybe someday. My other son’s roommate is Taiwanese and I love most of SEA, just not all its funky food smells. I will conquer this Kate! I will get there one day, but in the meantime, I am loving reading and gagging my way through your posts!


  • Debbie Beardsley
    Posted at 12:23h, 09 August Reply

    Very interesting look at why RTW travel isn’t for everyone. I am not sure how far around the world I will get but I will get out there! I will go on a Safari but it will need to be a more upscale adventure than not. After waking up to cockroaches in my hair on Bora Bora I don’t do bugs 🙂

    Teenage driving is an adventure but not for the faint of heart! I discovered muscles I didn’t know I had when my son first got his permit. The stress of driving with him was too much!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 12:27h, 09 August Reply

      Hi Debbie!

      Ewww bugs! Hate ’em!

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets scared being co-pilot to teenage drivers.

      Thanks so much for reading my post and taking the time to comment!


  • Will
    Posted at 10:47h, 09 August Reply

    After a weekend outing to Chiclayo, Peru, my wife commented that “travel isn’t a contract” the context of her comment may have been different, but I think the comment applies to your situation as well. Just because you choose to travel doesn’t obligate you to go everywhere, though if there’s a way to get over the gag reflex thing….well, Asia….so rich and wonderful

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 11:11h, 09 August Reply

      I like the way you put this, yes, no contract!

      Here’s hoping I get over the gag reflex!


  • laurahartson
    Posted at 10:05h, 09 August Reply

    i would love to go to all these places!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 11:13h, 09 August Reply

      I know, right? Here’s hoping we make it to at least some of them!


  • Turner
    Posted at 09:03h, 09 August Reply

    Actually, I don’t think I have anything on my no-fly list. Obviously, in some areas prone to civil unrest it’d be nice to wait until things settle down.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:21h, 09 August Reply

      You are much braver than I! Glad to hear from a fearless world traveler!

  • Christine Myles
    Posted at 08:15h, 09 August Reply

    Hi Priscilla:

    I can positively vouch for Croatia….Dubrovnik and Medjugorje, Mostar and the whole Dalmation Coast…food is good too. Beautiful and reminds me a little of Greece.

    Love, Christine

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:21h, 09 August Reply

      Ahhh Croatia – it has eluded me thus far, but you are making my yearning to go there all the stronger!


  • Victoria
    Posted at 08:10h, 09 August Reply

    Stumbled across this via twitter …

    Safari is so not something to be missed. You’re in a vehicle the entire time and the camps and resorts are completely fenced in—trust me, where I went on the Maasai Mara, it was entirely safe and worth every penny we spent (including the $450 for a sunrise balloon ride). We did get out to have lunch on the savanna but any guide worth their salt—and they all are—knows where’s safe and how to set up so that you’re far more likely to choke on a pretzel than be eaten by a lion. Cross my heart.

    And there’s really nothing more gorgeous than watching a cheetah wake up and stretch in the sunlight, or seeing lion cubs wrestle on a river bank.

    – victoria

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:19h, 09 August Reply

      So glad you stumbled upon this post. Hope you will keep reading as I go through my travels – mostly to Paris, of course!
      You are brave – admire that in a traveler!

  • Live2Travel
    Posted at 06:47h, 09 August Reply

    Sydney – loooooog flight but worth every minute. Three trips to visit friends and wine regions. Gorgeous and people are wonderful.
    Rome – less than 24 hours there but amazing; to make return trip
    Spain – wine regions again. Could’t get enough of tapas. Guggenheim in Bilbao will blow you away.
    Tuscany – many trips, and language is easier than French. Wineries and food are wonderful.
    Paris and Provence – often pushes other trips to “next time.”. Can’t get enough.
    Greece – intriguing, feel the history, need a guide to fully absorb (and interpret language)
    Travel – just go!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:19h, 09 August Reply

      Love these tips! Keep ’em coming!
      You’ve been to some amazing places and I can’t wait to go too!

  • Sally
    Posted at 06:27h, 09 August Reply

    I, too, have a list of places I’d really rather not go. Any place that would add “being kidnapped” to my itinerary is definitely out. Although I would really like to do a safari — but maybe a safari that doesn’t include animals that like to kill people. Can you go on a safari that only has things like giraffes and antelopes? I could be down with that.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 06:43h, 09 August Reply

      Hi Sally,

      Aww, you’re sweet and funny!

      Sign me up for the safari with only the giraffes and antelopes!

      Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and comment.


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