I wish I had more time to explore the places that I visit, but I suppose that's the eternal problem with travel--if you have the money, time is in short supply, and vice versa. I don't think I really got started traveling internationally much until my 3rd year in college when I spent a year in Switzerland, and then a semester in Santiago, Chile. At the time my goal was to learn a new language every year, and for about 2 years, I was on a pretty good track (I know French, Spanish, and can fudge my way through German). I have also learned a bit of Bahasa Indonesia, and have tried with varying degrees of success to learn Italian, Russian, and Arabic. These days, much of my travel is for work, but I manage to squeeze in personal time and side trips to make it personally worthwhile. Otherwise, it seems like such a waste to fly half way around the world and spend all the time in meetings.
My Favorite Places:
Otago, NZ; Bay of Islands, NZ; Graubunden, CH; Death Valley, CA; Paris.