During the whole Eat, Pray, Love hysteria going on this year (I really need to read the book and see what all the drama is about!) I stumbled across this poll on my Facebook news feed.
Come on, Facebook users. Out of 181,064 of you, only 16,295.76 would choose India? (Why yes, I do own a calculator). Personally, I’ve been having a little love affair with the idea of India lately so maybe I’m seeing things with rose-colored glasses. I suppose there is the pollution, the overcrowding and the famous Delhi Belly. But BALI?! Only 23,538.32 of you want to go to Bali?! What of the unbeatable beaches, the fantastic coral reefs, the world-class surfing, the mystical culture, the wild nightlife?
I now have proof, I’m in the Facebook minority when it comes to travel preferences. But you know what? That’s just fine with me. I’m sure Italy is lovely, it just doesn’t call to me like the energetic coastline of Goa or the wild forests of Ubud. I know there’s the great wine and pizza and some lady with a great villa under the (Tuscan) sun, but I just don’t feel the draw that makes Italy the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world. I guess that makes more space on the beach in Goa for me.