Ever since I was little, I've had a fascination with other lands. My earliest fixation, I believe, was on Ireland (and Saint Patrick's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays!). I used to look at books on the country and read as much as I could find about it. As I grew older, my interests started to widen. Sometimes it was because of a school report, sometimes because of an unusual name, and sometimes because of stories I was told.
I feel very blessed that within the past several years, I've finally been able to fulfill my heart's desire and so some international exploring. I still haven't been to Ireland, unless you count Shannon Airport, but one day...
I'm including below some links to either worthwhile travel resources or worthwhile destinations.
- Lonely Planet - this company publishes what I consider to be the best guidebooks for anyone who wants to travel. Their range covers the entire globe, including Antarctica, and the information they give is thorough and pertinent. Absolutely essential for any traveller.
- The CIA World Factbook - a comprehensive listing of country facts, rather like an almanac. A very handy reference guide.
- The National Geographic Society has a nice resources page that includes a useful "map machine".
- Countries that I'd like to visit one day:
- And a few that I've visited but would love to see again:
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