40 Places I Want To See Before I Die

Baguio City, Philippines - Twins in Baguio
@margaux08 (1094)
Philippines
February 15, 2009 9:50am CST
While having my hair done @ a parlor yesterday, I read a magazine article about 1000 places that need to be seen before one dies. Some places were truly captivating. As soon as I reached home, I started to list all places I wanted to see before I die. There was a weird feeling since the last thing I want to discuss is about death - particularly my death! But I guess since the "D" word is inevitable, so I have my list, though many times shorter that 1000. Here are some of the places I want to see before I die:Locally: 1. Boracay Beach 2. Dakkak Beach 3. Cebu 4. Puerto Galera (But hopefully this April as we celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary my family will go there! Yehey!!!) 5. Vigan, Ilocos Sur 6. Palawan 7. Pearl Farm,Davao 8. Banawe Rice Terraces Gee! I never knew I still have A LOT to see here in my country! Now, for other places, here are my choices: 9. India - where the movie "CITY of JOY" was shot 10. Japan - though my hubby already went there so many times. i like to see the cherry blossoms 11. China - where the Great Wall of China is located 12. Bali, Indonesia 13. Thailand 14. Nepal 15. Korea 16. HongKong Disney Land 17. Where the Blue Danube is located 18. The mountains of Austria where the Von Trap family set their feet 19. Germany- particularly the concentration camps 20. Holy Land 21. Switzerland 22. Greece - everything about Greece!!! 23. Rome, Italy! 24. Some parts in France 25. England 26. New Zealand 27. Sweden 28. Columbia 29. Spain 30. Venezuela 31. The Big Apple 32. Chicago, IL 33. Blues Springs, Missouri where David Cook lived, 34. Las Vegas 35. Hawaii 36. Australia 37. Monaco 38. South Africa 39. Any beaches where I can swim with the dolphins or even with the whales if that is possible 40. A day with my mom just holding her, embracing her, tell stories with her...just enjoying my time alone with my mom. Thank you for sharing your list too!
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14 responses
@skyblue (1300)
• India
15 Feb 09
Hi..i am from india Here are too many places in india you can visit like Taj mahal,Lal Kella etc. and too many beautiful city like Kolkata, Mumbai, Amritsar,Dehradun etc. I want to go at Canada Swizarland Mayami London Las Vegus Madrid Cambridge Univercity
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
Oh yes! Why haven't I thought of that? Taj Majal!!! My father loves travel so much and he moved me to love traveling as well. He already went ot India for some Business conference. He was introduced to some customs in your place and he was fascinated. With his stories alone, plus the "City of joy" movie and the "Heroes" TV Series... I just love your country.
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@skyblue (1300)
• India
21 Feb 09
Thanks Dear...... Thanks for your reply.. Next time..when ever you visit to india..please inform me
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
Thanks skyblue... I hope it is that easy... with all the financial budget and all. But saving a penny a day makes a difference, who knows? Happy myLotting!
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
16 Feb 09
Yeah, I have heard about this list of 1000 places. In fact, there is a documentary made based on the list on Discovery Channel. I never really got the chance to follow the series. But I would catch it when ever I can. Some of the places they been to are really exotic looking. You would never in your dreams ever know that they exist until we see the show. Very interesting. Hmm... coming out with a list of my own? Well, I will see if I can tonite when I get home after work!
@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
Hi ahgong, I'm still waiting for your list. I know you have a pretty good list about your own travel destinations. Make it 100 though, coz I've been waiting for 7 days now... (just kidding...)
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
23 Feb 09
ha ha ha ha ha... I have not really gotten around to getting my list done. But I do have a list of goals I want to achieve this year. http://gnmdoubletomillion.blogspot.com/2008/12/visual-board.html Does that count? Anyways, I am still thinking about the travel places. Only two on my list right now. Hong Kong and Japan. As to where exactly, it will take some time to list them now definitely.
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
27 Feb 09
Hi ahgong! I've checked the website. It's cool! Nice car! I've read "The Secret" book as well. More power! you can do it, friend!
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@Wordplay (239)
• Canada
16 Feb 09
"1000 Places to See Before You Die" is a very good book. Or at least what I have read of it. The lady at the bookstore was giving me funny looks so I had to eventually put it down and move on. I guess I will have to buy myself a copy. One thing I have noticed though, is that most of the people who have responded so far have listed entire countries or cities. The book, however, breaks it down into specific sites, attractions or events. I suppose if you break it down that way then 1000 places may doable after all. That being said, I have my own "Bucket List" of things to see and do before my time on this earth expires: 1) New York City--I want to do the whole tourist thing: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, dinner at Tavern on the Green, FAO Schwartz and buy myself something at Tiffany's while I'm at it. 2) England--all of it, as much as I can take in during one visit. I want to know the land of my ancestors. London is a must; Stonehenge is a given, but I also want to explore the countryside that inspired the great authors and poets. 3) Australia--again, as much as I can take in. It is a big country so repeat visits will likely be necessary. I'm willing to make that sacrifice. 4) Walt Disney World--I have to take the kids there at least once before they grow up. 5) Paris--ah, the dining, the fashion, the museums...I have seen it in movies so many times it seems familiar. I want to experience it in person. 6) The Great Pyramids in Egypt--I have been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian culture since I was very young. I want to see the Sphynx and stand among the ruins that are thousands of years old. 7) Japan--a country with a rich and fascinating culture...traditional tea ceremonies, kabuki theater, Hello Kitty... 8) Machu Picchu, Peru--another ancient city with a fascinating history 9) San Francisco--this city always looks so beautiful in movies. I can't imagine myself not loving it. 10) Vancouver--although I lived here for five years as a child, I know it has changed dramatically since then. I want to see what has changed, what stayed the same and take my children to see where I grew up. 11) Dubai--one of the most over-the-top cities in the world. I believe that Dubai is becoming the next Las Vegas. I'm sure I will have to see this place to believe it! 12) Las Vegas--speaking of over-the-top I can't pass up "Sin City" 13) Belgium--they make chocolates there. Do I need another reason? 14) Buenos Aires, Argentina--if I want to learn to tango, this is the place! 15) China--I want to see the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Terra Cotta Warriors near Xian. 16) Costa Rica--I have a friend who visited and loved it so much she decided to move there. 17) Russia--I want to see Moscow and travel the Trans Siberian Railway 18) Mount Rushmore--amazing to think about, but probably even more impressive in person. 19) Tanzania--home of the Serengeti, Mount Kilamanjaro and other sites that people associate with Africa. 20) Hawaii--lush tropical beauty and Magnum PI. What more could I ask for in paradise? 21) Mexico--not just self-contained all-inclusive resorts either--I want to experience the culture and the history. I want to see Mayan pyramids, witness an active volcano and buy silver jewellery from the silversmiths at Taxco. 22) Holland--years ago I had a pen pal from Holland who send me several travel books with glossy colour photos. I have been captivated ever since. 23) New Zealand--I'm sure it is as beautiful as it looks 24) Canada's East Coast--for all the places I have lived in throughout Canada, I have never been east of Ottawa. I must change that. 25) Vermont/New Hampshire--stunning scenery, the Ben & Jerry's factory and an area known as "Antique Alley". I'm going shopping! 26) Switzerland--Another beautiful Eurpoean country that makes chocolate. Of course I must go! 27) The Grand Canyon--one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world 28) The Atlantis Resort at the Bahamas--I have heard this place is incredible. 29) Florence, Italy--so steeped in history, I'm sure the whole city could be considered a museum 30) Hong Kong--a unique blend of Eastern and Western traditions. 31) Washington DC--there is a lot to see here but I especially want to visit the Smithsonian 32) The French Riviera/Monaco--I want to soak up the sun where all the Parisians go for their vacations. 33) The ruins of Pompeii--the excavated ruins offer a snapshot of life in a Roman village in the 1st century 34) Hershey, Pennsylvania--it's all about the chocolate! 35) A cruise to the Antarctic--just to say I've been to the bottom of the world! I'm sure I could add more to the list but I think that's a good start for now. I'd better start saving my money! I have places to go and things to do.
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
I'm sure you will be adding more here since you are so fascinated with traveling as well. We have the same choices there. And I love your choice like the Hershey in PA and Belgium. What a sweet tooth you probably got there! I wish you save more money to support your travels. These are all fantastic places! Happy myLotting!
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@Wordplay (239)
• Canada
22 Feb 09
Thank you! I enjoyed reading your list, too. And yes, we seem do have many of the same choices. I wouldn't say I have a sweet tooth so much as a chocolate tooth. Candies, I can take them or leave them but I can't imagine life without chocolate. The richer, the darker the better. So any destination famous for fine chocolate must be included in my list. Like you, I'm sure my list could grow much, much longer. The ones I listed are just for starters. But if I can manage to at least complete my list before I die then I will be happy. Good luck with your accomplishing your travel goals!
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@kiran8 (15319)
• Mangalore, India
15 Feb 09
This is an interesting discussion ! One can actually go on about the places one likes to visit, because there are so many interesting places on our planet. I would like to visit the following places .. 1, First of all I would like to tour every corner of my own country - India 2,Austria 3,China and the Great wall , Beijing, Shanghai 4,Andamans 5, Seychelles 6, Brazil and the Amazonian region 7, Machu picchu 8,Switzerland 9,Nepal 10,Sri lanka 11,Greece 12,Israel 13,Petra 14, Japan 15,Hawaai 16,Devon and Ireland 17,Paris 18,Italy 19,Spain 20,Himalayan region In fact i would like to almost every country in the world !
@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
Hi kiran, It's nice knowing that you are also a travel enthusiast like me! Yup! Given the budget and the time to travel, I will definitely tour around the word....
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@maximax8 (30107)
• United Kingdom
15 Feb 09
That was a lovely magazine for you to look at. I am sure it took the author a while to think of 1000 places that need to be seen before ones. I really love to travel and there are many places on my travel wish list. Here are some of the places that I would love to see before I die: 1. Vancouver, the Rocky Mountains and Prince Edward Island in Canada 2. Tobago 3. Grenada 4. Cuba 5. Bay Islands in Honduras 6. Leon, Granada and the Corn Islands in Nicaragua 7. Costa Rica 8. San Blas Islands in Panama 9. Cartagena de Indies in Colombia 10.Angel Falls in Venezuela 11.Galapagos Islands 12.Machu Picchu in Peru 13.Rio de Janeiro in Brazil 14.Chile 15.Argentina 16.Madagascar 17.Namibia 18.Victoria Falls in Zambia 19.Mauritius 20.Cape Verde Islands 21.Iceland 22.Cyprus 23.Luxor, Aswan and the pyramids in Egypt 24.Taj Mahal in India 25.Island hopping in the Philippines 26.Island hopping in Thailand 27.Kyoto in Japan 28.Vietnam 29.China 30.Russia 31.Mongolia 32.Tonga 33.Gambia 34.Morocco 35.Syria 36.Lebanon 37.Korea 38.Taiwan 39.Nepal 40.St Helena Island
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Hi maximax, My eyes are still full with the images of these places. I can't sleep at all since I'm so awed by these places!!! And thank you for adding the islands here in the Philippines. Every year, my hubby and I make it a point to travel within the country and enjoy the beautiful sceneries. Last year, on our 9th Wedding Anniversary, we took our twin daughters in Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. This year though, since it's gonna be our 10th, we wanted to make it special so though it will really stretch our budget, we wanted the kids to try Puerto Galera Island.
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@uicbear (1902)
• United States
15 Feb 09
That's a great list and I hope you start taking care a couple of those as soon as you can! When I was younger, I never really had much interest in going to see other places in the world. But as I get older it is becoming much more of an interest. I would love to go to Ireland, see the ancient ruins in Italy and Greece, go and see the castles in England, France and Scotland.... There are just so many things I'd like to see. First though I should see some of the wonders in the US, like the Grand Canyon. On a personal note, I live in Chicago and think it's a really great place to be.
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Thank you, uicbear! I think traveling is a rewarding experience and you can gain much more in learning with traveling than anything being offered inside the classroom. I have seen movies shot in Chicago and read novels from your state and I got interested. I hope, before I close my eyes, I will be able to step on Chicago streets, wandering around with my twin daughters.... Thanks again!
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@LaurenInLA (2271)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I've been to New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas and Hawaii and I hope that you will get to go sometime as each one of them is a fabulous place in its' own right. Please add Laguna Beach or Malibu in Southern California and you will see all of the dolphins that you would like to see. I'm not sure about swimming with the whales but we do have a lot of whale watching trips off of our coast. So many places on your list appeal to me. I would like to visit Italy, France (probably more the countryside although I suppose that everyone must see Paris), england, Australia and Monaco. I also would love to visit the Atlantic Maritime provinces of Canada, particularly Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy region. I think that I would like to visit Alaska again as well. I think that I will throw New Zealnad on to the list as long as I'm dreaming. One of the great places on the 1000 places list is the Ice Hotel. There's one in Canada and one in Europe I believe. The entire hotel is built each year out of ice. Of course when the weather warms it melts so each year it is quite unique. Quite expensive but what an experience. I hope that you get to travel to every one of the places on your list.
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Wow! You must travel a lot!! Will add your suggestions, don't worry. Thanks for this great info, my mind can't type anymore as i am googling the images of these you've just mentioned! Thanks so much!!!
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@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
15 Feb 09
well i probably cant think of 40 off the top of my head but i would have to say: Prince Edward Island, Canada (again) Halifax, Nova Scotia (again) Vancouver, British Columbia Montreal, Quebec New York City (and a bunch of museums there) Washington, DC (the smithsonian!) England (to see where past relatives have lived) Hungary " Germany " Ireland (because i have seen the countryside in pics) China " France (paris and surrounding areas) maybe Florida too
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
Hi cher, Just looking at the pictures of the places on your list made me want to earn more so that I can see these places actually! I'm sure these places will never cease to amaze me. Thanks!
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@tudors (1556)
• China
15 Feb 09
woo, long long list. I'm in China, though I'm not from Beijing city. The Great Wall is the most impressive attraction I believe among many places in Beijing. The moment you stand on it, the feeling is so complex that it is beyong my humble word.
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@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Hi tudors, Thanks for the response. I am always fascinated by the Great Wall of China and I know how words cannot describe that wonder.
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• China
16 Feb 09
I want to visit some places too ,but not the wishes beforing die,that's the wishes for my marriage. Yunnan (china ),Hawaii,New Zealand ,it is said a garden city! Although it is economic crisis, I decide to visit one of them. Enjoy life!
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@mimpi1911 (25474)
• India
21 Feb 09
Lovely! I am glad that you shared this Margaux! And it feels great when it mentions, The City of Joy, which is my City and where the film was shot! You are most welcome to my city anyday. You will be surprised to know that I have traveled very little as yet and wish to cover the treasures of nature that my country blesses us with. It would be stupidity not to unravel those glorious monuments and beautiful hills, Himalayas, Sea and the deserts. And then. I would like to travel untrodden lands.I love natural beauties and more virgin and undissected it is I find it more appealing. And only to come back to my mom's heavenly abode - that's the best of all.
@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
Hi Mimpi, As with all of your comments, I truly appreciate your sincerity. We're on the same page to be in our mom's warmest embrace. Especially in my case that my mom is alreayd in an advanced stage of Alzheimer. She doesn't know us nor recognize us at all. The only person whom she can talk to is my father whom she loves so much until now. I can see it in her eyes...
@mimpi1911 (25474)
• India
27 Feb 09
I am sorry to hear that dear. Give her as much as love as possible, its so terrible living Alzheimers! Hugs.
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
I would like to tour my own country first before going further, but since I'm abroad i might be giving my list here in not particular order: 1.) Boracay,Philippines - I like to enjoy the sea and see the white sand beaches. 2.) Pearl farm, Davao - i've seen a picture of a friend going here and it was really beautiful with lots of colorful peacock. 3.) Sagada Mountain- It's in far north, mountain province and i wanted to see this wonderful place with how native people bury their loved ones in a different way. 4.) Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy- I only see this on movies and pictures, how i like to see it in reality. 5.) Taj Mahal, India- I am now in India but haven't visited this place yet. 6.) Eifel Tower, Paris- The romantic place Paris. I would also like to visit this some day. 7.) Stonehenge- Like most people do tour this site, i wonder how it was built. 8.) Rio de Janeiro- I wanted to see the big statue of Jesus Christ there. 9.) The Great Wall of China- One of the ancient wonders of the world. 10.) Egypt- The pyramids of Egypt and the Great Sphinx is one of the tourist spots in the world. 11.) Israel- The Christian pilgrimage center where i really dreamed of visiting one day to see the places where Jesus been and more. 12.) Hongkong, Disneyland- Since Hongkong is just near our country, i would like to visit this great site soon. 13.) Switzerland- I like to see the beautiful flowers here and taste the swizz cheese 14.) The Statue of Liberty- I like to see this great statue that has been built for years. 15.) Singapore- I like to visit the ocean world in Singapore and explore it's city. 16.) Bangkok, Thailand- The food is great here and they have great beaches too. 17.) Australia- to see the famous theater and to visit my auntie. 18.) Maldives- A nice place also for a beach. 19.) Hawaii- For surfing. 20.) South Korea- To taste some Korean foods. 21.) Japan- No other than to taste Sushi. 22.) Africa- To see the nature and the wild animals there. 23.) Darjeeling- To taste the tea they produce. 24.) Turkey- To see the once called Persia. 25.) Dubai- To see the great hotel that was built there. I will include some more , some other day.
@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
Hi there strawberrychocodahi, So you're a Filipina currently residing in India? Am I right? You have interesting choices there! Taj Majal wa not on my list originally but India is. I am really hoping to go there one of these days... Some choices you have there that I also love: Egypt - for the pyramids; Jerusalem - Holy Place; Dubai - especially after watching Claudine Barreto's movie, LOL! Please do include some more, whenever you wish. I know other places will be as interesting as these... Thank you!
16 Feb 09
I am very into traveling. I think everyone should have their own personal list based on what they like, and try to see as many places from that list as possible.
@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
There are lots of places i'd like to see before i die: 1. Coron, Palawan 2. Panglao, Bohol 3. Vigan, Ilocos Sur 4. Batanes 5. Cebu 6. Malaysia 7. Singapore 8. Sydney, Australia 9. Paris, France 10. New Zealand(I'd like to visit my favorite aunt) 11. Maldives 12. Carribean 13. Italy 14. Greece 15. Germany 16. Switzerland 17. Las Vegas, USA 18. Hawaii 19. Canada 20. Tokyo, Japan etc...