Do you watch TV travel shows? My favorites on PBS: Rick Steves, Rudy Maxa and Globe Trekker (especially when Ian Wright is the Trekker).
Conversely, I’m really not terribly interested in international travel, because of cattle-car airlines, dealing with tourism and most of all, the cost of leaving home.
Maybe, if airline seats were comfortable and had adequate leg room and there were no crowds or trinket hawkers at scenic places, I'd visit the Acropolis, the Cinque Terre or the Valley of the Kings.
The next best thing is Steve, Rudy and Ian.
Though I can’t imagine traveling as Rick Steves travels. His gig involves yakking it up with locals, conversing with strangers at B&Bs or hiring guides and then spending the day eating and talking with those guides. Lately he seems to see himself as a goodwill ambassador close to breaking out with the old Coca Cola song: "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing In Perfect Harmony". His approach is designed for TV and it's definitely not my style.
Rudy is an upscale traveller. He (or his producers) spend big bucks on four star hotels, snazzy restaurants and elegant spas (I'm most definitely not a spa guy). And Rudy shops ... expensive rugs, jewelry and clothes. Rudy has a nice deal going and it would OK travelling with him ... if he picks up the tab because I’d have to sell everything I own to travel Rudy Style.
Globe Trekker is more about frugal adventure than splashy tourism. The show has a number of hosts, some are interesting (most aren’t) but Trekker Ian Wright is amusing, making the show very entertaining. He canoes the Amazon or hikes Mount Fuji, tossing in wit, banter and rolling eyes ... he’s serious when he needs be ... and he'd be an enjoyable travel companion.
Where would I go if it didn’t cost more than a trip to Vancouver, Portland or Walla Walla?
Spain ... mainly to see Picasso’s Guernica.
New Zealand’s Milford Track
The Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands.
St. Petersburg (or if you prefer Petrograd, Leningrad)