If you are like me and you have been blessed to travel, then there are some cities you have visited and your trips are wonderful memories. But there are some cities which you will probably never see in your lifetime. That doesn’t stop you from wishing you could visit. Those “wished for” cities end up on your bucket list or in my case a “dream travel bucket list”. Some people may actually one day get to visit the places on their bucket list. But as for me, physical traveling is no longer an option for personal reasons. Therefore, my travel is accomplished using television or the Internet to take me to those places on my dream travel bucket list. Below are the top 3 cities on my list.
1) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2) Melbourne, Australia
3) Paris, France
I often like to compare my picks with official lists published by organizations that are in the travel business who are “in the know”.
Why Toronto, Ontario, Canada is On My List
TripSavvy is an award-winning travel site and many people rely on their information and advice which is written by experts and not by anonymous reviewers. According to this site Toronto, Ontario, Canada is Number 1 on the list (dated November 2019) of the Top 10 cities to visit in Canada.
How did I choose this city? It had nothing to do with recommendations from travel professionals or reviews by people who had visited the city. You might think it’s silly but there is a television show called “Murdoch Mysteries” and it was the first detective series I ever watched where the setting was in Canada. From episode 1 of the first season when the main character introduced himself as “Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary”, I made up my mind to add Toronto to my dream travel bucket list. Because the series was set in the 19th century and the characters were so interesting and diverse, it peaked my interest. I wanted to visit a city in a country in North America, that was similar to the United States of America, with diverse peoples, and yet different.
Yes! A decision to travel to a real place was based on a fictional TV show. Haven’t you ever wished to go some place because you read about it in a book? For me, it was a TV program instead of a book.
Why Melbourne, Australia is On My List
Much like TripSavvy, Trip Advisor is also a respected site that people consult for travel tips. Trip Advisor includes Melbourne, Australia on its 2019 list of top cities to visit in Australia. It’s not Number 1. It’s Number 4. Eh! Good enough!
How did I choose this city? Thanks to streaming sites like Netflix, I get more exposure to foreign (i.e. non-American) TV programs. As I mentioned in the first paragraph of this article, I am physically unable to travel. What I did not mention is that I heart detective crime-solving mystery TV shows. When I go to places I have never been, it’s either via the Internet or a travel channel or … a really cool detective mystery series. Australia ended up on my list because of two (2) detective series: The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. The main character in the first series is a doctor who is also a police surgeon; and it is set in the 1950s in a town named Ballarat, which is near to Melbourne. The main character in the second series is an independent woman who is a private detective living in 1920s Melbourne. Both shows are fascinating and introduced me to life in Australia, albeit it wasn’t life during the 21st century.
Why Paris, France is On My List
The question is not why Paris, France is on my list. The question is why isn’t the City of Love on everybody’s list? You don’t need a travel professional to recommend this city. Who doesn’t want to go to Paris? Once again, it was another television show that convinced me. But this time it was an American TV comedy show. “Rhoda” was a sitcom series that was very popular in the 70s. The main character was a Jewish woman whose lifestyle did not meet the approval of her Jewish family. So she moved from Minneapolis and made her home in New York City. In one particular episode, Rhoda was down in the dumps and wanted to do something she had never done to make herself happy. In other words, she had a bucket list. She wrote each thing she wanted to do on separate pieces of paper and put them in a hat or a bowl. Whatever was written on the scrap of paper she pulled out of the hat was what she was going to do! Guess what she pulled out of the hat? On the piece of paper was written: “Fly to Paris for a day.” That’s how Paris, France ended up on my dream travel bucket list.