10 - Iceland/Greenland
The scenery on these islands is absolutely breathtaking. I love watching nature documentaries and I've seen some of the amazing ice forms and natural wonders they have and I'd just love to visit.
9 - Alaska
I love the wilderness, hiking, camping, kayaking, etc. I don't think I'd much want to go during winter, but during their spring/summer I would love to visit some of the mountains and bays and just see the beautiful places they have, so remote and untouched.
8 - Hawaii
Wildlife! I'm rather a sucker for it, and they have it all! Beaches, forests, mountains. It is just a beautiful place, I know, and I would love to get to tour around focusing on the native culture and biodiversity they have there.
7 - The Grand Canyon
My mom went on a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon when she was in college and I've grown up looking at her photo album and hearing stories. I'd love to go myself one day and do a backpacking trip and see all the natural wonders, especially if I could have my own personal geologist to explain all the rock formations and history to me!
6 - The Amazon
A little known fact about me is that I like to collect insects. I'd call myself an amateur entomologist. I don't really do it anymore, I enjoy seeing them flying about more than I do in a box, but when I was younger I loved collecting them. Insects are such gorgeous, fascinating, complicated little creatures, and I would dearly love to go to the Amazon where they exist in such numbers and diversity. I actually considered majoring in entomology in college and becoming a researcher.
5 - Australia
Oh goodness, nothing needs to be said here! Australia is just amazing! (New Zealand too) and there is too much gorgeous landscape and wildlife to see to even list it all. Though...I would be nervous...most things in Australia can kill you, haha!
4 - Thailand
Thailand's history and culture are absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. I always loved The King and I when I was a kid, and beyond that simply their wildlife (and butterflies!) would be worth it alone. It seems like an amazing place to spend a few months.
3 - Egypt
I've always loved ancient Egyptian history and culture, it was my favorite subject in history class. When I lived in the Middle East during college to study Arabic, I wanted to go to Egypt, but even then it wasn't very safe, especially not for an American woman traveling by herself. But I've always wanted to go and see all the great monuments, the pyramids, the temples, Luxor, everything!! It would be a dream come true.
2 - Syria
Cheating slightly here, since I lived in Syria during college, and is part of why I want to go back, because I know what a beautiful, fascinating, wonderful place it is. But I can't, and most of the wonderful places and people I knew back then are dead and gone. Aleppo, one of my favorite cities, is mostly rubble now. My friends I knew are dead or fled. It makes me cry to even think about what is happening over there, and I wish more people would pay attention and care. We are all people, it doesn't matter what we believe or what country we are from. Nobody, no family, no community, no country should have to go through what they are going through. Please pray for the situation in Syria, for its poor people and its future. I wish I could go back. My heart is breaking...
1 - Qingdao
I lived in Qingdown during college, and actually got to see part of the 2008 olympics! China is an amazing place, and I love it to death. Its people are so kind and welcoming, the food is great, the culture is beautiful and fascinating. The pollution is rather terrible, but hey, you can't have everything in life. I hope for great things for the Chinese people in the future. I hope the government continues to progress further toward freedom and democracy and I look forward to going back there some day to see my friends.