My 10 Favorite Beaches

Beach in Benidorm, SpainThis is the 10th and final installment in my 4th Travelversary Celebration series.

I love beaches, but not for the reason most people do. I loathe beaches that are overly crowded and have a Hard Rock Cafe across the street. Hence, you wont find Waikiki or other overly popular beaches on my list. There is a good chance that most of the beaches here are places you’ve never heard of. That is because many of these are very hard to find, let alone get to. If there is a good chance I’ll be the only person there, that is my kind of beach.

There were also a surprising number of beaches which I visited for the first time in 2011 on the list: four. I’m not sure if it is just my memory or the quality of the beaches I visited. There are also a lot of beaches from Hawaii on the list.

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My 10 Favorite Experiences

Me with kids in the Solomon IslandsThis the ninth installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

This was a very hard list to assemble. I’ll be honest, if I wrote this list on a different day, I might come up with a different order or maybe different experiences altogether.

I ended up picking a list of things which I remember vividly and had and impact on me at the time I did it.

There are a fair number of adventure activities as well as some which really on mean something to me.

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My 10 Favorite Drives

This the eigth installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

This was another fun list to write. Unfortunately, I have only driven extensively in a few countries: USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. My list is, therefore, limited to the places I have driven.

That being said, I have done a LOT of driving over the last four years and even more before that. I have done over 20,000 miles of road trips in just North America since 2007 and have also driven across most of New Zealand and Australia.

There are some places which are just best seen by car. One of my goals is to do more driving in Europe so I can get to some of the more remote places which would be difficult to do by train.

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My 10 Favorite Buildings and Structures

This the seventh installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

This is by far the most fun I had putting a list together. Buildings are something I never really explicitly thought about before I set out to make the list. I have a love for big and tall things, so you will see that represented.

For the purposes of this list, I included old and new structures. I focused on either the architecture, the scale, or some other oddity. I considered buildings, airports, towers, bridges, or anything which has been made by people.

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My 10 Favorite Cuisines

This the sixth installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

All of these lists are subjective, but this is probably going to be the most subjective.

For starters, I’m not really a foodie. I’d like to think that I am, but I’m not. I don’t obsess about food. I don’t take photos of food. I don’t collect recipes.

Second, I can’t eat wheat. I have an intolerance to gluten so that means I don’t eat a lot of foods. That has a dramatic effect on what I like to eat.

Finally, I’m painting with an extremely broad brush. I am well aware that there are differences between northern and southern Indian food, or between Hunan or Szechuan cuisine.

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My 10 Favorite Nature Sites

This the fifth installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

In many ways, this list was easier than creating a list of historic places. Natural sites and national parks tend to be much larger and you have to get out of the city to experience them. Most of the sites on this list were the result of going out of my way by car or boat. The total list I had to work with was smaller.

You will also notice a reverse bias from my previous lists. My other lists leaned in favor of Asia or Europe whereas this list tilts in favor of North America. The fact is, North America, in particular, the American West, as one of the greatest diversity of great natural attractions in the world. You have stunning mountains, canyons, deserts, rain forests and some of the largest megafaunas outside of Africa.

I have left aquatic sites like the Great Barrier Reef and Palau off of the list because they were listed on the list of my 10 favorite SCUBA diving sites.

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My 10 Favorite Historical Sites

This the fourth installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

This was an extremely difficult list to compile. How do you evaluate how historic something is? Where do you put the boundries around it. Most European and Asian capitals have a very deep history, so trying to pick and choose was hard.

The list is biased towards more ancient history, which is why cities like London and Paris were left off. You will also find no American or Canadian cities on the list, even though places like Boston and Quebec City are quite historic. I have visited several archeology digs, but left those off as well because there is very little to see when you visit.

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My 10 Favorite SCUBA Sites

This the third installment in a series for my 4th Travelversay Celebration.

Of all the lists in this series, this is the one that I might be the least confident about. I’ve done a fair amount of diving (about 100 dives) but I am a far cry from some of the real professionals out there. I could see how a real dive pro could put together a list as good or better than mine without any overlap. I don’t know if these are the best diving in the world, but I liked them.

I also do not have many photos to show for this list. I’ve only taken underwater photos on a few of my dives. The cost and weight of underwater photography gear is too heavy and expensive for me to justify carrying around.

Learning to SCUBA dive is one of the best things I’ve done since I started traveling.

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