A friend of mine posted a link to Facebook today on "The Top 250 Global Attractions" and because I'm a sucker for clickbait lists, I clicked.
Ok, I thought. The average score is 51/250 attractions. I simply must know whether I'm above average! (Hey, we all need a boost every now and again. I'm a terrible driver and I still struggle with liquid eyeliner. Let me have this one thing.)
Right away, I was off to a swimming start, ticking off the first 10 attractions. Yippee! I thought. I'm pretty much 20% of the way to average already!
Not until #11, the Taj Mahal, was I stymied. But I recovered, ticking off #12-18 in quick succession.
Oh, the places I traveled, at the click of a mouse! The memories that came flooding back! Hiking the Grand Canyon! That rainy day at the Acropolis! That women's day conference in the Burj Khalifa! Shopping at the Grand Bazaar!
And a select few were quite recent, too, even since starting this blog: The Milan Duomo, the Rialto Bridge and St. Marc's Basilica in Venice, Giant's Causeway. And that's not even counting all the London-based attractions that I walk by on more or less a daily basis.
The bottom line is that I scored 111/250, apparently placing me in the top 3% of respondents. Not too shabby, and definitely a little bit of an ego boost to someone who loves to travel.
It's just one list. It's all debatable. I mean, if you've been to Piccadilly Circus (#170), chances are you've also been to Trafalgar Square (#61), since they're 5 minutes apart. The same could be said of the Eiffel Tower (#3) and the Arc de Triomphe (#15), or any number of the attractions located in the same city. Heck, you could stand at the foot of the Great Pyramids of Giza (#13) and hit The Great Sphinx (#51) with a rock.
But still, don't you get just a little bit tingly thinking about all the places you haven't been yet? I mean, I've still got 139/250 to go! And that's exciting--makes me wonder which box I'll tick next.
How many have you ticked off?
P.S. My 111 so far: The Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Sign, the Colosseum, the White House, la Sagrada Familia, the Little Mermaid, the Burj al Arab hotel, the Pyramids of Giza, the Grand Canyon, the Arc de Triomphe, Times Square, the Acropolis, Tokyo Tower, the London Eye, the Empire State Building, the Forbidden City, the Burj Khalifa, the Louvre Museum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hagia Sophia, Versailles, Capitol Hill, Dubrovnik, the Tower of London, Neuschwanstein Castle, il Duomo, the Willis Tower, the Hermitage Museum, Tower Bridge, Chichen Itza, the Great Sphinx, le Sacré-Coeur, Mont St. Michel, St. Peter's Basilica, Angkor Wat, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Kremlin, the Pantheon, Trafalgar Square, the Potala Palace, the Matterhorn, St. Marc's Square, Buckingham Palace, Ellis Island, the Trevi Fountain, Rockefeller Center, Windsor Castle, the Summer Palace, the Grand Bazaar, the Great Geysir, Cappadocia, the Rijksmuseum, the Pompidou Center, Central Park, Westminster Abbey, the Lincoln Memorial, Yosemite National Park, Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Mark's Basilica, the Madrid Palace, Florence Cathedral, Las Vegas, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Rialto Bridge, Alcatraz, the Washington Monument, the Gherkin, the Pentagon, Cloud Gate, the Terracotta Warriors, the Shard, the Ponte Vecchio, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, the Spanish Steps, the Freedom Tower, Redwood National Park, the Moulin Rouge, Brighton Pier, Catherine Palace, Bath, Giant's Causeway, Chapel Bridge, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Death Valley, the British Museum, the Blue Lagoon, Oxford University, the Blue Mosque, Piccadilly Circus, Lover's Bridge, the D-Day Beaches and American Cemetery, Big Sur, the Guggenheim New York, the San Diego Zoo, the Van Gogh Museum, the Hoover Dam, the Panama Canal, le Château de Chambord, Green Park, the Tate Modern, Zion National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, the Tian Tan Buddha, and Halong Bay. Phew!