Is There Anywhere You Wouldn’t Want to Travel To?

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I’ve probably been thinking about this post ever since I learned that Bobby Flay doesn’t like lentils.

While that may not instantly trigger in your mind the idea for a blog post about travel, I remember thinking, “He’s a chef – he’s not allowed to not like lentils.”

But of course chefs have their likes and dislikes. While we expect regular people to love and hate certain food items, we typically hold chefs to a higher standard, relying on them to show us the versatility of the celeriac, the beauty of Brussels sprouts, or the depth of flavor of a plate of liver and onions.

The idea for this post came to me again today when I saw Pam Mandel tweet about her recent trip to Antarctica. Even when I was in college at American University learning from renowned and enthusiastic Antarctica specialist Dr. Jack Child or reading about Andrew Evans’ now legendary Bus to Antarctica adventure, I admit to having only a mild interest in visiting the 7th continent at the bottom of the earth.

I feel guilty that the idea of Antarctica does not light a travel spark in me, much in the same way I feel guilty that foie gras just doesn’t send me into throes of gustatory elation. Can I write about travel and not want to visit Antarctica – or anywhere else for that matter?

I realize that this may be a naive stance. Yet, at the same time, I know that my travel days are finite and it is doubtful I will visit every continent, let alone every country or major city. Why not go back for seconds on a place that I do like, getting better acquainted with its streets, people, nature? Berlin, Brazil, and San Francisco are just a few of the destinations I’d like to taste again.

Is there anywhere that you wouldn’t want to travel to or somewhere that just doesn’t thrill you? If you’re a travel writer, would you admit as much? I’d love to have your feedback in the comments or via Twitter.

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  1. For me personally, South East Asia is just the region I don’t feel a particular rush to explore. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I grew up there? I just can’t seem to get excited about it.

    I think it’s completely fine not to want to visit a specific country/region, to go back for seconds to places that you do like — life is short — why do things you don’t want to do just to prove a point? Don’t you think?

  2. Jill,

    I think there is this quest among travelers – and especially travel writers – to see as many places as possible. I do agree that more experiences shape a person. But I am also a traveler who likes to linger.

    I’ve had the pleasure of living abroad in four different countries, and I love that I have a special intimacy and understanding of them. I truly feel guilty about not wanting to visit a few places in the world. It’s narrow-minded, I suppose. But, as it is with food, you like what you like.

    Thanks for the comment!


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