Places I won’t ever visit but think are amazing

I would love to see every interesting place on earth, but for a variety of reasons, that won’t happen. In order they are: I won’t live for ever, I don’t have a money tree, and as an American I’m restricted from some places.

1. Afghanistan

I’m pretty sure I won’t make it here before I die. Even if I tried I think my mother would do everything to keep me from going. I guess it’s a parent’s job to worry and protect her kids, no matter their age.  But why would I want to visit, even if I could? Afghanistan is called the Country of Thirty Thousand Villages because every village, every province can be completely different from the one down the road, both in terms of social customs and political structures. It’s a tribal society with a long history of lasting through foreign military (Great Britain, Soviet Union, and the United States are the latest). Even its rugged, cold mountains hold a certain charm.

Tribal and religious leaders in southern Afghanistan

Tribal and religious leaders in southern Afghanistan

Afghanistan collage, from left to right: 1. Band-e Amir National Park in Bamyan province, 2. The Salang Pass in Parwan province, 3. Korengal Valley in Kunar province, 4. Kajaki Dam in Helmand province.

Afghanistan collage, from left to right: 1. Band-e Amir National Park in Bamyan province, 2. The Salang Pass in Parwan province, 3. Korengal Valley in Kunar province, 4. Kajaki Dam in Helmand province.

2. North Korea

Americans can, actually, visit North Korea with scheduled tours, but it’s not exactly… advised. North Korea is fascinating to me, as a social science and communications student because, well, it’s North Korea. I want to meet these people. I want to see the totalitarian government and learn about how people live without contact from the outside world.

Pyongyang

Pyongyang

Bowing to the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, photograph by J.A. de Roo

Bowing to the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, photograph by J.A. de Roo

3. Croatia/Montenegro

Dubrovnik is used in the TV show The Game of Thrones, so that’s enough reason for many people to want to visit these Balkan countries. I want to visit because it looks beautiful. Croatia is still recovering economically and psychologically from the war following the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and Montenegro is faring only slightly better. Montenegro is a remote, mountainous country that was unable to have an airport at the capital city because there wasn’t a space level enough for an airstrip.

Budva, a tourist attraction in Montenegro, photographed by Bratislav Tabaš

Budva, a tourist attraction in Montenegro, photographed by Bratislav Tabaš

 

The old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia

4. Antarctica

I mean, really, how many people can say they’ve taken a vacation to the South Pole? That right there is enough reason to go, I think.  But I don’t exactly do well in the cold, so I’ll just look at photos instead.

blue ice covering Lake Fryxell, in the Transantarctic Mountains

blue ice covering Lake Fryxell, in the Transantarctic Mountains

5. Easter Islands

Those haunting faces. Islands in the Pacific. Remnants of ancient, indigenous people. Tropical waters. It sounds like paradise. The reason I probably won’t ever go is because it’s very expensive to get to paradise. In 1995, UNESCO named the island a world heritage site for the stone monuments, moai, by the Rapa Nui people.

Rapa-Nui-Landscape

  Island landscape, by Bjorn Torrissen

Rapa-Nui

6. What is in Uzbekistan  anyway?

Uzbekistan1

Shakh-i Zindeh mosque, Samarkand.

I’m very curious of these isolated ex-Soviet satellites. I really know very little, compared to my classmates and colleagues about anything beyond the West, and a trip to Urkmenistan or one of those -stan countries sounds like a hands-on way to learn what exactly goes on in that corner of the world.

Uzbekistan

Tashkent, a large city in Uzbekistan

Where would you like to go if you had unlimited resources and time?

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