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I Traveled to 60 Countries in One Year—Here's Where I'd Recommend

It's a scenario many have dreamed about but never dared turn into reality: Stacie Flinner and her husband, David, ended their lease, put their possessions in storage, and embarked on a bucket list adventure around the world. The duo saw more countries in just over a year than many see in their lifetime. They soaked up the sun in Greece, stalked cheetahs in South Africa, and marveled at ornate palaces in India.

"I'm an interior decorator and love entertaining at home, so I anticipated being homesick, but David and I were both surprised by how quickly we found our groove and really liked being on the road," Flinner tells us. When asked why they didn't consider multiple shorter trips, like most do, the true romance emerges. "I am an old soul, and there's a romance to long voyages that I just couldn't conjure during shorter trips. I love the great voyages of the last few centuries when ladies traveled with trunks and transportation was slower—by boat, by train—and it could take months to reach a destination."

Thankfully, the pair didn't have to spend months in transit—in just one year, they zigzagged the globe, visiting no less than 60 countries. Now that the adventure has come to an end, we tapped Flinner to find out about her favorites. Of the jaw-dropping destinations they visited, which are the ones they're eager to return to? Here's what she told us.