When it comes to desired destinations for travelers, you likely know the drill. Paris, Rome, New York, London, Bangkok, etc. But what about destinations a bit off the beaten path? The best way to figure out those locations are by asking a range of extremely seasoned travelers who have already visited the most popular spots.

Santorini windmill


Carnival in Saint John's USVI

Carnival in Saint John’s USVI

Over the last couple weeks, I asked several seasoned travelers the following question:

What destination (country or city) is at the top of your list of most desired places to visit, and why?

Below are their responses….

Ian Ord – Where Sidewalks End (Oh Hey World advisor)

I’d have to say Myanmar is on the top of my travel radar at the moment. It’s started getting a lot of heavy tourist traffic in recent years, and I’d like to visit it while it’s tourism is still in it’s infancy.

Nick Loper – ShoeSniper

Way too many! If I had to pick just one, I would probably go with Thailand in general and Chiang Mai specifically. Everyone I know who’s gone raves about it and seems to be especially popular among like-minded Internet entrepreneurs.

Leslie Forman – LeslieForman.com

I’d love to visit Cuba. I’m fascinated by the politics and mixed economy of the place, and I think that it’s a country that will change dramatically in the next ten years or so. I want to stay in family-run guesthouses and ride in impeccably-maintained 50s-era cars. I’d like to sip mojitos and chat with everyone.

Alana Morgan – Paper Planes

I never seem to have a solid reason for wanting to visit a place. For me it’s less about specific sites, cities and activities and more about a feeling that I get for a place and can’t explain.  I would love to go to Morocco or Turkey.  I don’t know much about either but for some reason have always been drawn to the art, architecture and mystery those places hold for me.

Barret Caldwell – Bearly Home

Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island are at the top of my list right now….I’m determined to make it up there come April or May as it warms up…I want to see whales/lighthouses/eat seafood/and get lost on a whirlwind drive around the coast of Canada’s Maritimes.

As for me? I constantly go back and forth between South Africa and China. My best friend will tell you I’ve been talking about China since senior year of college. The economic activity over there is mind-blowing (at least from afar), and I want to see the next world superpower from the inside before the country is totally commercialized. My interest in South Africa has been a combination of the sheer natural beauty of Capetown – people I’ve talked to say it’s the most beautiful city in the world, gaining a better understanding Apartheid (& movies like Invictus), and the fact that my old boss at Zillow, David Gibbons, now lives there. If I had to pick one, I’d go with South Africa.

What destination is at the top of your list? Are you already planning the trip?

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