He Said/She Said FAQ: What is Your Favorite Place?

He Said/She Said FAQ: What is Your Favorite Place?

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Answering the questions we’re most often asked, every three weeks we’ll answer a FAQ to share what people want to know when they find out we’ve been traveling for over two years…

NEXT QUESTION ON 4/24: What do you miss most from home?

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE?

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HE SAID…

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Downtown Tokyo is just like a deserted beach in the Philippines.  It really is.  The sound of the waves on the beach and palm trees swaying is exactly like a rush-hour Tokyo train.  Same as hiking through the Himalayas is just like a protest in Cairo.  These are the things I want to say to people who ask me this question.  Do they really think I can compare hundreds of places in dozens of countries as disparate as Myanmar, Australia and Argentina?

I don’t have a favorite place.  This is the problem with traveling too much.  I’ve seen enough to know that countries are too different to compare.  Even within a country it’s hard to compare.  How do you compare Disney World with Yellowstone?  Which is better New York or Boston?  (Just kidding, that was a trick question…we know for a fact it’s New York!)  Really though, there are different flavors for different tastes.  I am certain that heaven for one is hell for another.

North Korea…my favorite place?

When confronted with this question I try to get to the person’s point…what is it they want to know?  Do they want to know what I think about their country?  (hint: only say something positive).  Do they want to know where they should go?  Do they want to know about beaches, foods, or cities?  I try to talk to them to understand what they want to find out about and share that.  If I can’t, I just say North Korea…it always gets the conversation going…

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SHE SAID…

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I am indecisive by nature, so when constantly asked what is my favorite place I have a hard time coming up with an answer.  I appreciate the question and people’s interest in my travels, but it’s just an impossible question to answer.  We’ve been to hundreds of cities in over 30 countries on 7 continents, which makes the search for an answer all the more complicated. Every place I’ve been has been my favorite for something.

The epic street art in Brazil made it one of my favorite places on the trip.

New Zealand is my favorite place for organized hiking, Brazil is my favorite place for street art and Cambodia’s Angor Wat was my favorite ruins.  I could go on listing my favorite places if you have the time, but I’m sure we would both tire of this exercise quickly.  The thing is I haven’t found any places in the world that I didn’t like.

I seem to lack superlatives to describe all the incredible places I’ve been.  During a recent conversation with my parents I was going on about how gorgeous Patagonia is, to which my Dad replied  you’re going to have to find some new adjectives.  He reminded me that I often describe where ever I am as amazing!  I guess that’s my answer, whatever new place I am currently exploring is my favorite.

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» Kate Cunha :
Apr 3, 2013

I think they’re asking more about the connection you may feel to a particular place. I think that everyone has a second home out there somewhere, and if they haven’t found it yet, they simply haven’t traveled enough! For example, if I were to answer that question, I’d say my heart stayed in Argentina, with Cambodia following up a close second. Sure, I loved elements of Lao and have great memories from deserted Ecuadorian beaches. I’ve run into great places all over the world. But the above two countries really stole my heart and felt like home, and so have become “favorites” in my book. Think ahead. Where might you someday return, perhaps again and again if possible?

LOCAVORista @ LivingIF Reply:

Kate, thanks for the comment. It is a hard question to answer, but I see where your coming from and a few places come to mind. Tasmania was the first place on the trip that I really felt I could move to. Hobart was such a cute little town and I loved the location right on the water. I don’t know if I could live in Myanmar, but there is something really special about that country. The nicest people I’ve ever met in my life were from Myanmar. I continue to fall in love with cities all over the world, but those two places do stand out. Hope you are enjoying your current location with your adorable little girl!

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