I've been travelling for 34 years now, one of the last of the Overland travellers (Kathmandu to London) and even then got stranded in Afghanistan in 1979 and had to fly to Istanbul. Have seen and experienced the enormous changes wrought by mass tourism which started to take off in the mid 80s and reaches ever-increasing peaks each year. Was a backpacker for 20 years but in the last 10 years or so due to living overseas in well-paid jobs have been able to also experience top-end luxury and boutique travel. Have travelled in all 6 major continents and lived in three of them - Africa, Asia, Australia. I was lucky enough to experience some countries before the hordes descended - Nepal in the late 70s, Vietnam and Laos (both of which I lived in for a number of years) in the early to mid 90s. But unlike some "old hands", I am not at all elitist about my travel. The whole world is changing at a rapid pace. Even the country of my birth, Australia. So I continue to visit countries like Nepal, Laos and Vietnam, not harking back to some lost golden age. The golden age is now because we have the great good fortune to be able to afford to travel the globe when half the planet doesn't get enough to eat each day! (I work in development). I have still never lost my passion for travel and am happy with the label of "travel junkie". I just love the diversity of this planet, geographically, culturally, etc. For me, a large part of the joy I experience from travel is "difference". Travel is a pleasure, certainly, a joy even, but it is also an educational experience for me. I mostly prepare avidly for my trips, reading widely (not just history and other non-fiction texts; literature provides some of the most wonderful insights into another country and culture), trying to learn at least a few words of the language. I plan to continue traveling until I drop. This year I have some new long-cherished ambitions on the agenda: Iran in April and the Trans-Siberian in Aug/Sep.
Tikal, Machu Picchu, Luxor, Hampi, Angkor Wat, Bagan, Simatai- Great Wall, Petra, Salar de Uyuni, Kimberly (Aust), Cappadocia,New Zealand, Venice,fjords of Norway, Tiger's Nest, Kidepo, Kabul Gorge