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Australia: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef
Melbourne
Alice Springs, Ayres Rock, The Olgas
Northern Queensland
Western Australia
Northern Territories, Katherine Gorge, Kakadu National Park
Ningaloo Reef, Monkey Mia
Perth, Fremantle and the Pinnacles National Park.

Mexico: Baja California: the desert, a bayside town on the edge of nowhere, San Ignacio (a desert oasis), La Paz and crossing to the mainland.

La Barranca del Cobre (the copper canyon) and the Sierra Tarahumara (home to the Tarahumara Indians) A train journey from Los Mochis to Chihuahua and the stops in-between.

Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco

Guadalajara (Mexico's second largest city) and Guanajuato (built on a hilltop with streets so narrow that the city's traffic now travels underground, and also home to the strange and bizarre Museo de las Momias (museum of the mummies), 100 mummified bodies excavated from the nearby graveyard. It includes children and also the smallest mummy in the world; a foetus mummified its mother's stomach.

San Cristóbal de las Casas. In the heart of Chiapas, Indian country. Surrounded by a series of Indian villages, the inhabitants of which can be identified by their unique style of clothing.

Palenque, the Mayan ruins most famous for the Lid of Palenque on the Tomb of Pakal, the only tomb ever found in a Mayan pyramid; linking them even closer to the Ancient Egyptians.

Chetumal and Cancun on the Caribbean coast.

Merida, Chitzen Itza and Puuc Route, a series of ancient Mayan Ruins.

Taxco, a silver mining town built into a hillside. It sprawls up the hill like ivy. Its streets are narrow, steep, cobbled and full of white VW Beetles and Combis that provide the taxis and minibuses. The architecture is distinctly colonial and the entire town has been declared a national historic monument. Local laws have preserved the town as a colonial antique and old buildings have been restored and any new buildings must conform to the old in scale, size and material. Still a working silver mine, the town in unique in that it hasn't been surrounded by industrial factories. Its main source of income is tourism and the silver industry. It's the best place to buy cheap silver jewellery.

Durango, where many of Hollywood's western movies were filmed. You can visit the old sites.

The Americas: California: LA to Seattle via San Francisco via the Green Tortoise tour bus. Or LA to the Grand Canyon via Hoover Dam and Las Vegas via a small tour booked in LA. Also, Monterrey Bay area to San Diego via train though the stunning golden California landscape.

The great lakes, Toronto, Montreal, Niagara Fall and Chicago.

Whale watching on Vancouver Island.

Hawaii: A night hike across the still active Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.

Mauna Kea, the peak of which lies above the clouds where the air is so thin and clean it is one of the world's best places from which to view the stars; which is why some of the world's best observatories are situated there. Both tours were arranged at Arnott's Lodge in the town of Hilo, which has known its share of bad luck over the years: it's been hit by two devastating tidal waves, and was almost destroyed by lava flow from Kilauea that stopped just short of the town.

South America: Argentina, Buenos Aires a beautiful European-style city which much to do.

Tierra del Fuego, the end of the world. Discover a thriving community at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Visit the beautiful mountains and glaciers at the National Park, or take a 14-day trip to Antarctica from Ushuaia.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Four granite towers soar high into the icy mist and form the centrepiece for the 180,000 hectare national park abundant with sparkling lakes, hiking trails, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. It's also host to a part of the world's third largest ice field.

Bolivian Altiplano. A four-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile to Uyuni in Bolivia, across miles of stunning wilderness, through volcanic valleys and across the Salar de Uyuni, a 12,0000 square kilometre saltpan four kilometres above sea level. In the middle of this expanse of salt lies a tiny desert, cacti-laden island.

Lake Titicaca: Copacabana, the Bolivian side of the lake and also the closest point from which to take a trip out to Isla del Sol (island of the sun) whose inhabitants are Aymara Indians who farm the island totally by hand and foot. There are no machines or vehicles on the island, and the locals get around by boat or walking. Feels like going back in time.

Spain: Cabo de Gata, Europe's driest spot. It receives just 100mm of rain per year. It's a gem of places with wonderful rocky coastal walks and lovely unspoilt beaches. It's also the only place on the Costa del Sol that hasn't been developed by the region's voracious tourist industry. It's only known by the Spanish and hosts just a few small towns with hostals, pensions and holiday homes.

Basque country, possibly most famous for being the home of terrorist group ETA, fighting for independence from Spain. This area is one of incredible beauty. San Sebastian is a city of breathtaking architecture and a vibrant nightlife with the greatest concentration of bars per square metre to be found anywhere in Spain. The town is set aside low green hills and situated in a lovely half-moon bay with one of the best city beaches in Spain. The coastal drive from here to Bilbao is among some of the best in the world.

Santiago de Compostela. Lying in Galicia in Spain's forgotten corner, this wonderfully historic old town has become famous due to a rather ridiculous story. For hundreds of years people have made a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago from the Pyrenees to Santiago in order to pray at the magnificent Catedral de Apostol.

Calpe, despite being on Spain's most visited region is a low-key tourist spot on the Med coast. The most prominent feature is the Peñon de Ifach, a towering monolith that juts into the sea. Sheltered by the mountains, it's the warmest place on the Med coast there are some wonderful little villages to visit inland.

Costa Brava, a more rugged and wilder alternative to the rest of the coast.

Ireland: West Cork: Blarney, Kinsale, Clonakilty, Skibereeen, Baltimore, Bantry, Glengarriff and the Beara Peninsula (a 197-kilometre walking trail that links the entire peninsula).

County Kerry: Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula (Fungie the dolphin).

Counties Clare and Galway: Doolin, home to some of the best music in the West and gateway to Innisheer, the smallest and most fascinating of the three Aran Islands.

Connemara, Croagh Patrick, and the lovely town of Westport.

Donegal, the forgotten corner of the Irish republic: From the lush green Blue Stack Mountains in the south to the rugged, rocky Derryveagh Mountains in the north this area is a true wilderness.

Tory Island, lying nine miles off the northern coast of Donegal. I journeyed to this tiny, wind-beaten and remote island after learning that it has its very own King. As well as being the King of Tory, Patsy Dan Rogers is also a famous painter and musician.

Dundalk, the road where things go backwards. A section of road a few miles north of Dundalk with a hidden secret: if you park at the bottom of the hill, put your car in neutral and release the brake, you car will roll back up the hill.

A magic road in the Comeragh mountains: another section of road where things go backwards, this time down south in country Waterford. Also, Powers the Pot campsite, which boasts the highest house in Ireland.

County Wexford in the Sunny Southeast: home to some Ireland best beaches, and the lovely historical town of Wexford, made famous when the D-day landings from Saving Private Ryan were filmed at a nearby beach.

Slane and the Boyne Valley: which is home to three large ancient burial mounds and littered with 5000 years of Irish history.

Kilkenny: home to the famous Kilkenny beer and also a great little town with many sights to see, and much craic to be had in the pubs.

The Wicklow Gap: One of Ireland most beautiful regions. Visit Glendalough (meeting of two lakes) lying deep in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains.

Germany: Bonn, the Rhine Valley, Cologne, Munich, Heidelberg and Lake Constance.

Holland: Gouda.

France: Paris, Troyes, Reims, Loire Valley, Southwest Coast, Brittany.