Home :: Travel Destinations
If you're relatively sure of where you want to go, use the thumbnails below to navigate to the continent that tempts you most. You'll find a variety of things - specific travel guides for women, stories of my own travels, memories... this isn't a traditional destinations section but one stuffed with history and observations and anecdotes.
But if you don't know where you're going yet... skip the thumbnails and keep reading.
Choosing the best travel destination is hard work.
Imagine having to decide between going to Madrid and Milan, Malaysia and Mexico...
How on earth do you make up your mind?
Of course it's part art (flair, instinct, desire, dreams) and part science (budgets, visas, distance, time...)
But knowing that doesn't really help.
Here's what does: QUESTIONS.
Each time I can't decide, I ask myself questions that help narrow choices down and eliminate confusion.
It's not always obvious.
Usually, it's because you want to visit a destination - a country, a region, a city.
But your travels can be about many other things:
Understanding your motivations and your desires will help in your decision.
Are you more of a culture vulture, with museums and history in your future?
You can't go wrong with places like Italy, Egypt, Greece, India or Peru
Or perhaps you're drawn to the mystical...
To secret places like Mamoiada in Sardinia
Maybe you're an inveterate shopper
The world is full of fabulous markets - here are my top 7
A festival junkie?
Then it's Rio for the Carneval, Hong Kong for the Dragon Boat races, New Orleans for Mardi Gras...
A wine lover?
That will get you to France, California, Chile, Australia, Italy...
A food tour fanatic
This is one of my favorites! I've tried them Istanbul, in New York... - and then there's this amazing food market in Lyon... and these in Madrid. I could go on. And if you're hooked on coffee, there's a visit waiting for you in Colombia's coffee triangle.
Do you want to see some unforgettable building sites?
The Colosseum in Rome? The pyramids of Egypt or Mexico or Central America?
What about being sporty - sailing, biking, hiking...
Now that's not (at all) me but - there are few places you CAN'T indulge in your sporting passions. An up and coming adventure sports destination? Albania!
Are you looking for female-specific information about a destination?
Don't miss my Guides for the Independent Woman: So far, I've got them for Italy, Florence, Milan, Brazil, Morocco, South Africa, Argentina, Portugal, China, Australia, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan and Cuba.
Maybe you're a mountain girl...
You could follow in Birgit's footsteps and climb Kilimanjaro, or walk around the Mont Blanc or, more like me, play it safe with a visit to a lower-altitude ski resort like Charmey in Switzerland
Would you prefer going off the beaten track?
Try spending a week in Sri Lanka
What about something on the beaten track?
It's not hard to find top 10 lists online - I even have one!
If you like to follow in the footsteps of great explorers...
You can follow the footsteps of great explorers like Freya Stark or Alexandra David-Neel or Marco Polo
Maybe you're the really adventurous type?
Your travel destinations could be Central Asia, Iran, Inner Mongolia - or why not one of the world's unrecognized countries?
And if adventure isn't enough...
You'll always have the world's dangerous places - though I wouldn't encourage you to put yourself in danger...
If you're a lover of nature and the environment...
The lemurs of Madgascar, the gorillas of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the whales and dolphins of British Columbia or the magic of Lake Song Kul in Kyrgyzstan
Would you like to explore a specific region?
Try Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, Central America, the Andes, North Africa, the Baltics - you can organize a circuit and never have to backtrack
Or maybe travel across continents to many countries?
There's Cape to Cairo, Bangkok to Hanoi, the Panamericana or the Silk Road, London to Istanbul, Beijing to Moscow, the Trans-Siberian... (I'm partial to long journeys!)
You might be curious about the New Europe...
Budapest, Prague, the Baltic States, Albania, or even Moscow.
I'll stop with the questions now - your head must be reeling but if nothing else, you now have too many ideas rather than not enough.
You should be well on your way to choosing where to go.
Of course you could do it the fun way and just throw a dart on a map - and see what happens!