I'm an American fortunate to have an international career that has allowed frequent travel and residence abroad. I love to travel, especially longer trips where I can "settle in" to a place and enjoy it like a local. I've been to a lot of countries, starting with Ecuador as a high school exchange student. That country perhaps inspired a love of mountains. Here's a list of the countries I've been to, or major regions within countries:
EcuadorYou can't beat the snow capped peaks and high mountains of the Andes. A wonderful, complicated country to live in or travel to.
ColombiaMy travels here are quite limited -- only to Las Lajas, right across the border from Ecuador
BoliviaOnce I read that one can go skiing here, I had to go]]
[[Costa Ric]a Nice place. I spent a summer here while in college
The NetherlandsI'd like to go back here, was only in Amsterdam for a few days
Hong KongReminds me of New York only bigger -- virtually everything is a skyscraper. Very easy to travel around, bigger in terms of land area than you expect, and inexpensive if you like Cantonese food.
New ZealandMy favorite. Very friendly people and traveler-friendly in general
AustraliaAgain, two trips here, mostly around Sydney. Liked what a saw. Will be back.
United StatesMy homeland. The most unique states which I have visited, without a doubt, are Hawaii and Utah. No mistaking it when you are in those states. I'm from the Northeast, and once took a bus trip across the country. I'm also very familiar with Tiffin Ohio.
I love reading and editing Wikitravel and it usually is the first source I turn to when considering travel to a new place. I think it's especially useful for off-the-beaten-path locations and modes of travel.
Here's places I'm planning to go to, or would like to go to: