I was so happy to hear last week that Today Show host Matt Lauer will be packing his bags once again and embarking on an around the world trip for five days during the week of November 7. For anyone not familiar, Where in the World is Matt Lauer is a segment of the Today Show where Lauer travels abroad, each day to a different destination. The destinations are never revealed until the morning of (not even Lauer’s associates on the show know), although clues are given each day for the next destination. Lauer first did the feature in 1998 and in subsequent years, he has visited a total of 44 destinations. Sadly, I have only been to three of his 44 (Buenos Aires, Paris, and Rome). He’s of course done a lot of extremely exotic locales (Bhutan, Mt. Everest, and the Seychelles), as well as destinations the average individual who, without the backing of network television would never be able to visit (the Brittania oil platform off the coast of Scotland and the USS Theodore Roosevelt which was in the Ionian Sea when he visited.
If I’m not able to physically travel somewhere, I love living vicariously through others. I always felt a bit of excitement when I was younger right before the Today Show came on at 7 in the morning, wondering where Lauer had traveled to. The best destinations were always the ones where, right when the program begins, the camera just shows him, but then once the clues are gone over again, the camera pans out and lo and behold, there is the Taj Mahal or the Great Wall behind him.
The other day I went through the list of the 44 destinations and although he’s been to a ton of the big ones (Egypt, Machu Picchu, Venice) there are still ones he hasn’t, so I’m desperately hoping the five locations I’ve listed below are ones he’ll make it to (not to mention it would be incredibly neat if any of my conjectures were right):
- Anywhere in Vietnam. It is on my bucket list and I am dying to visit.
- Guatemala, specifically the Mayan ruins of Tikal.
- The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The idea of being able to swim with uninhibited sea lions sounds like an incredible experience.
- Seville, Spain. Not extremely exotic but the only destination in Spain he’s visited was Bilbao in the Basque country, so I feel a visit to Spain’s Andalusian region is long overdue.
- Israel, it looks like a beautiful country.