Phil Keoghan is an amazing Kiwi. He hosts and co-produces The Amazing Race which has been literally running for 12 years, and in honor of the new season, Phil was asked to list his favorite travel destinations. Of the people I know, Phil is the one who has been around the world most. He’s seen things most people on the planet will never experience in their lifetimes, and what a success he has made out of sharing it with the world. In the spirit of travel, here are a selection of his top picks. As the happiness equation values experiences over materials, remember that “travel is the only thing you can buy that can make you richer”. Here are four of his locations I’ve tried and three I plan to:

1. Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands
“Rising 3,000 feet out of the Aeolian Sea, Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. I once took a chef to the top of the volcano for a five-star dinner that he cooked using the heat of the volcano.”

4. Ginnie Springs, Florida
“If you love water and water sports, put this place on your list. Crystal clear freshwater springs located in dense woodlands, the water at a constant 72 degrees year round.”

6. Maui, Hawaii
“When I think of Hawaii I always think of Jurrasic Park and the lush jungles along the Hana Highway. As far as drives go, this one is hard to beat.”

7. Iquique, Chile
“I first visited Iquique, Chile, in the ‘90s to do my solo paragliding certification. Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama desert this is a flying mecca.”

9. Cinque Terre, Italy
“This is Italy at its finest. Five traditional villages along the rugged coast line of the Italian Riviera. Plus the wine and food are an equal match for the spectacular scenery.”

11. New Chums Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
“Consistently voted one of the world’s top beaches. It takes about 30 minutes to walk around the rugged coast line and a climb through the native New Zealand bush before you are rewarded with this spectacular national treasure.”

14. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
“Spending four years in Canada as a kid I had the privilege of driving across country with my parents in a Volkswagen camper van. One of those adventures included visiting every national park in North America and this park is the one I remember the most.”

18. Istanbul, Turkey
“Istanbul is the gateway between East and West, filled with spectacular mosques and inviting bath houses. If you are a foodie, this city is full of flavor. During one of my visits I made the crazy decision to swim one mile across the Bosphorus from Asia to Europe just so I could say I’ve done it.”

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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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