New Year’s Resolution: See the World

I love a one-way ticket.

The trip becomes less of a vacation and more of a choose-you-own-adventure novel. The road ahead remains uncertain, and the only way home is to keep going forward.

Angela and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary in October 2018, and, less than a month after that, I will turn fifty. While I’m typically not inclined to make a big deal out of a milestone, this year seems different. As if all adventures to this point were merely practice for something greater — an adventure from which we may never return.

On our way back from Australia in 2016, I asked Angela where she wanted to go for our tenth anniversary. She threw out a few destinations on her short list, and I did the same, but everything seemed to fall short somehow. Then we hit upon the idea to circumnavigate the globe. Buy one-way tickets and ping pong ourselves all the way around the world.

We’ve been planning this for over a year now, and the list of destinations keeps growing and morphing as I find better routes or surprisingly cheap one-way tickets.

So, instead of a New Year’s resolution, this is more of a New Year’s reveal. And it’s one with which we will need your help, friends. If you have suggestions for any of the locations we plan to visit, or if you see that we are missing something special along the way, please let us know.

ATW01

Here is the proposed list of destinations in semi-chronological order:

  1. Canada
  2. Iceland
  3. Faroe Islands
  4. Scotland
  5. England
  6. Wales
  7. Portugal
  8. Azores Islands
  9. Madeira
  10. Canary Islands
  11. Spain
  12. France
  13. Monaco
  14. Italy
  15. Switzerland
  16. Liechtenstein
  17. Germany
  18. Luxembourg
  19. Netherlands
  20. Belgium
  21. Jersey
  22. Guernsey
  23. Andorra
  24. Mallorca
  25. Morocco
  26. Ceuta
  27. Melilla
  28. Tunisia
  29. Malta
  30. Sicily
  31. Austria
  32. Czechia
  33. Slovakia
  34. Hungary
  35. Denmark
  36. Norway
  37. Sweden
  38. Aland Islands
  39. Finland
  40. Russia
  41. Latvia
  42. Belarus
  43. Poland
  44. Ukraine
  45. Romania
  46. Moldova
  47. Bulgaria
  48. Croatia
  49. Slovenia
  50. San Marino
  51. Vatican City
  52. Corfu
  53. Crete
  54. Greece
  55. Macedonia
  56. Kosovo
  57. Serbia
  58. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  59. Montenegro
  60. Albania
  61. Turkey
  62. Georgia
  63. Armenia
  64. Azerbaijan
  65. Cyprus
  66. Jordan
  67. Lebanon
  68. Palestine
  69. United Arab Emirates
  70. Oman
  71. Ethiopia
  72. Uganda
  73. Rwanda
  74. Kenya
  75. Tanzania
  76. Zimbabwe
  77. Malawi
  78. Mozambique
  79. Swaziland
  80. South Africa
  81. Botswana
  82. Seychelles
  83. Maldives
  84. Sri Lanka
  85. India
  86. Nepal
  87. Malaysia
  88. Vietnam
  89. Laos
  90. Cambodia
  91. Singapore
  92. Indonesia
  93. Brunei
  94. Australia
  95. New Zealand
  96. Chile
  97. Argentina
  98. Uruguay
  99. Brazil
  100. Peru
  101. Ecuador
  102. Colombia
  103. Venezuela
  104. Aruba
  105. Jamaica
  106. Cuba
  107. Cayman Islands
  108. United States

What’s your favorite destination on the list? What must we absolutely see or do along the way?