My favorite areas in FFXI has to be the Sarutabaruta's, Zitah, and Mhaura/Selbina. The jungles were also really nice when it rained, ****, any zone was pretty neat when it rained. I started as a taru RDM, played around with Elvaan to make a MNK, but wound up just playing my Taru. Windurst was my favorite of the starting zones, Aht Urghan became my favorite town more because of the usefulness.
I still remember my 1st trip to Mhaura as a lvl 12 taru monk. It was so thrilling because I was going through an area that could obliterate me. I didn't know about silent oils and prism powders, and even if I had, I never had the gil for it. I would spend a lot of my newb days in windy just fishing moats to make ends meat. But yea, that trip to Mhaura was epic, then I used to love to fish on the boat while it was raining. I got a travelers hat and just used it because it looked like a fishermans hat.
Also, this time around, I'd love to see all the zones capable of receiving all the different weather effects. Also, make it rain when there's a thunderstorm. So many times was I in Konschtat Highlands just farming stuff, here comes a thunderstorm, but no rain to be found. Another zone that really would have benefited from some rain and stormy weather was the dunes. Sure, it's a beachy area, but a lot of the tropical places have rain storms every now and again.
Job Levels: 75RDM, 75BRD, 75BLM, 72PLD, 61NIN, 52THF, 44WHM, 60SCH, 47BST, 52SAM 37WAR, 37SMN, 37BLU, 37DRK