My Incidental or Planned Destinations – Places I’ve Visited


My destinations, incidental or planned, include so far 4 continents; 12 countries and 12 US States.  It is not that impressive, considering that it took me almost half a century to get to all of these places.  But it is one of my dreams come true.

When I was a senior in high school, someone asked me what I would like to do in my life.  Not as a career, just because.  I wanted to explore the world, to wander through known and unknown places.  This is a list of all of the places I got to so far.

I plan on seeing a lot more.

Destinations:  Europe

I was born and raised in Eastern Europe, in beautiful Transylvania, part of present-day Romania.  You would think that I’ve visited most of Europe, but in the communist era, when I was growing up, we were not allowed to cross the border.  Except on special occasions, when we could visit another Easter block country.  That’s how I ended up in East Germany.  For the rest of Europe, I had to wait.

Destinations: Prague. Check Republic
Prague. Check Republic


Destinations: North America:

Almost by accident, only because I never say no to an opportunity to travel, I ended up in the US.  I landed in New York, lived in New Jersey for about a year, then visited the Wild West and since both I and my new husband fell in love with it, we moved here.  Not exactly to the Wild West, we still had to work for a living, so we chose Phoenix, AZ, as a home base.  It proved to be a great base, for trips all over the world. We do have an international airport, it makes a difference.

  • Phoenix. The Sonoran Desert
    Phoenix. The Sonoran Desert

    United States

ArizonaColoradoNew MexicoUtah; California; Oregon; Washington; Florida; New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Hawaii




  • Destinations: Canada. Banff National Park
    Destinations: Canada. Banff National Park



British Columbia




Destinations: Mexico. Calakmul, Campeche
Mexico. Calakmul, Campeche
  • Mexico

Quintana Roo;




Baja California

Destinations: Central America

We made it to Costa Rica a few years ago, and explored some of this Central American country with our then ten-year-old daughter.

Destinations: Costa Rica. La Paz Butterfly Garden
Costa Rica. La Paz Butterfly Garden

Costa Rica





Destinations: Australia

When my husband had to travel for work, he also happened to get an opportunity to go to Australia.  With two young kids and a nine-month-old baby in tow, I joined him.  We spent two weeks there, since he was able to take a few days off after his work journey.


Some of our best destinations anywhere are National Parks. I hiked through 39 National Parks in the US and Canada.

In the US:

Destinations: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, AZ
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument


  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • Casa Grande National Monument
  • Chiricahua National Monument
  • Coronado National Monument
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Navajo National Monument aka Betatakin
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument

Destinations: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Joshua Tree National Park


  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park




Destinations: Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park


  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Mesa Verde National Park




Destinations: Chaco. Elevated Kiva at Chetro Ketl
Destinations: Chaco. Elevated Kiva at Chetro Ketl

New Mexico:

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park



Crater Lake NP
Crater Lake National Park (c) Jeff Fromm


  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
  • Oregon Caves National Monument




  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Edgar Alan Poe National Historic Site

Destinations: Bryce National Park.
Bryce National Park. View from Bryce Point


  • ArchesNational Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Zion National Park


Destinations: Mt. Rainier National National Park, Washington
Mt. Rainier National Park


Destinations: Canada. Banff National Park
Destinations: Canada. Banff National Park

In Canada:





Our favorite destination is Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.  Here, I climbed pyramids and wandered through ruins of in 24 Ancient Maya Sites.

Destinations: Muyil. Quintana Roo
Muyil. Quintana Roo

In Quintana Roo:

Destinations: Chichen Itza. The Pyramid of Kukulcan. 2017
Pyramid of Kukulcan. Chichen Itza. 2017

In Yucatan:

Destinations: Calakmul. On top of a Pyramid
Destination: Calakmul. On top of a Pyramid

In Campeche: