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thala beach from the lodgeI’m silly.

Like really silly.

When people are dreaming about their never ending getaways that graze tropical coasts on picture-perfect beaches — the ones that have hammocks strung between two random palm trees where you can lounge and fall to sleep with the gentle noise of lightly crashing waves in the background — I’m doing the exact opposite.

I think most travelers have their dream trips planned out — y’know, the ones that they would do if money were never an object. Well, I do, too.

Where would you go, right now, if money weren’t an issue?

I was asked this question while roaming around in Queensland a month ago. I paused. Obviously, if money weren’t an issue, I would go EVERYWHERE (well most places), but to answer the question of “right now”…

I would go to Russia… and Uzbekistan… and Georgia… and to all countries of the former USSR! Actually, you could say that I’d be doing Katie’s trip right now!

What the hell is wrong with me?!

But, it’s true. I have no other aspiration at this moment (except for circumnavigating Australia in a 4WD) than to spend a more in-depth period of time in the countries of the former Soviet Union. First up is Kyrgyzstan, and Russia is soon to follow in the spring. I’ve got plans to attempt the Russian language again, cross an item off my experience list, and research a topic further for a book I want to write.

But that’s me! How about you?

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28 Responses to When Money’s Not an Object

  1. Kelsey October 17, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    My answer is pretty much the same. I’d love to visit the former Soviet republics and Central Asia, along with Mongolia, far western China, and the Himalayas.

  2. Brooke October 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I’d road trip the Baltics, myself. (I hear you need more conversational Russian than the “please” and “thank you” that I know…) I was in Riga 3 years ago and SOOOO intrigued….. 🙂

    (mind you, 40 degree wet Seattle is making me long for sunny beaches, too…….)

    • Amanda Kendle October 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

      Yes go the Baltics!! I had a few weeks starting from the top of Estonia down to the bottom of Lithuania and everything was just fascinating! A very intriguing area of the world.

  3. Graeme October 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I would have to say Antarctica. Only because it is the one continent I have yet to step foot on, (I don’t even like the cold, so will probably step on it for a sec, take a photo and then high-tail it back to a beach in Sydney!).

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      Haha, yes I’m’ sure Antarctica would make me want the beach, too!

  4. Amanda Kendle October 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Oh what a lovely question to think about on a Monday morning … I have lots of ideas (and like you, they don’t involve hammocks and palm trees) but the one that your post made me think of was to travel all the way around the Black Sea. There are some fascinating spots there (well for me!) in former USSR territory plus the bonus of Istanbul too, a city I feel I’ve been very remiss for never visiting!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:18 am #

      Heading to Istanbul next week – will let you know how it goes 😉

  5. Jon @ Tentworld October 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    That is the same as me. Aside from scooting around Australia in a 4WD for some reason I cannot get a trip to Russia out of my head. For the moment, this is my main focus.

    However, for a long time I have wanted to fly into China, and tour my way across Mongolia and Russia to fly out of Germany. I’m addicted to Germany, I think any time I fly anywhere near Europe I have to visit Germany. Especially Munich.

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:19 am #

      Good trip! I’ll be doing the trans-mongolian train come May next year and will hit China, Mongolia and Russia in the process 🙂

  6. Alouise October 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    I know it’s not too exotic but I’d like to take a giant road trip throughout Canada and the US. Of course winter is coming, so if I had to go somewhere right now I’d pick somewhere a little warmer like Australia and New Zealand.

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      I think Canada and the US can be exotic if you go to the right places 🙂

  7. Bobbi Lee Hitchon October 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    India. For a long time. Some beaches and hammocks, but also a bit of spirituality and city food!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      India is a good one. I definitely want to go and be able to spend no less than 6 months there.

  8. Linds October 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I would love to go to the Galapagos and travel around the western coast of South America. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I took my first Spanish class, but it’s going to have to wait a bit–at least until I’m back on that side of the world! Visiting the former USSR countries sounds fascinating too!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Ooh the Galapagos would be magical!

  9. Monica (@thetravelhack) October 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    My boyfriend and I have this conversation all the time. Actually we have it twice every week when he plays the lottery! First of all I’d go somewhere close to the uk so I could take all my friends and family with me. After that I’d go to India. I’ve always wanted to go to India and my plans wouldn’t change whether I had £1000 or £100,000.

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      Haha, it’s a fun conversation to have! 🙂 India is a good one!

  10. Katie October 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Thanks for the shout out! You know you’re welcome to meet up with me any time. 🙂

    For me, if money was no object, I would truly take my time with my “Soviet Sojourn” and spend more time taking language classes and volunteering along the way. I’m already finding I have to pick and choose among things I’d love to do because I know the money will run out at some point.

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:24 am #

      No worries 🙂 And yes, I should be in Kyrgyzstan again around late April to mid-May and again in mid-June. We’re putting the final touches on the Trans-Mongolian schedule (whew) which will be happening in the middle of that.

  11. JoAnna October 18, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    My ideal trip right now wouldn’t be on a beach, and, in fact, I’d be inclined to go somewhere where I could be super active. High on my list right now is cycling around Ireland.

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      Wow if only I *wanted* to go somewhere to be super active… I would be so proud of myself 🙂 We’ll see how I feel though after I get my hip re-aligned and leg issues dealt with — might be ready for a bit more activity in my life.

  12. Nicole October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    I’d just want to do extreme sports/adventure tourism anywhere. White water rafting, sky diving, etc. I feel like that’s the priciest type of tourism though. :/ Hoping to skydive somewhere along the gold coast this year though!

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      You can skydive just about anywhere in Australia 😉 Good luck!

  13. Rebecca October 19, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I have kind of the opposite problem! Not that money is no object, but when you work a 9-5 job in the US, vacation time is limited. But because of that, I usually go all out for the time I do have!

    And my list for next summer keeps growing by the week, I just need to start narrowing it down.

    -Hong Kong/Taiwan
    -Banff/Lake Louise
    -Costa Rica
    -Channel Islands/Wales

    And if I had more then 2 weeks:

    -South Africa, etc
    -Argentina/Antarctica

    • Brooke October 20, 2011 at 10:29 am #

      Aw, I wish I could give you more time!

  14. Jeremy Branham October 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I just asked this question to a number of people a few days ago. Funny that you would pick Russia! The first place I ever visited was Estonia so that part of the world is memorable for me as well. It’s been years since I have been but would love to go back again!

  15. Annie October 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Now that I’m in Australia I would have to say that I’d like to give this country a real chance and see as much as I can! I hope I can at least get a start on that while I’m here this year!

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