The New York Times offered an intriguing list of the places to visit in 2012. Go to the link to read their teasers, as just presenting the list is quite long here for the blog.
It is always interesting to read someone’s list of places you should visit.This one has quite a bit of diversity. It includes places on each continent. Major cities as well as smaller towns are offered. Beach places and ski meccas.
One thing that almost all have in common is that they are out of the way places, or known places where the reporter was suggesting some unusual experience.
1. Panama Go for the canal. Stay for everything else.
The Canal is being modernized so if you want to see it as it was first built, now is the time. The country’s economy is booming; new hotels and museum are being built.
2. Helsinki, Finland
Design. Design. Design. Aesthetics fuel a new cool. Design and culture will keep you busy.
3. Myanmar Back on the tourist map after being off-limits for years. A favorite for years because of the cultural treasures and wonderful beaches, many people opted to boycott because of the totalitarian regime. The election process has been improving, so ethical travelers can feel better about exploring this land. Eco-tourism has been developed to help support local economies.
4. London The Olympics! The Queen! Charles Dickens turns 200!
Last year’s tragedy means more room for tourists. 7. Tanzania
Coming into its own as an upscale safari destination.
8. Chilean Patagonia Proof that adventure doesn’t have to mean roughing it. 9. Lhasa, Tibet
New luxury hotels bring respite — and controversy.
The Cuban capital is once again within Americans’ reach.
New cultural venues add a dash of the sacred and profane.
Zaha Hadid takes on a Scottish waterfront.
13. Puebla, Mexico
International mole festival. Need we say more?
14. San Diego
With breweries and brewpubs, a sunny heaven for suds lovers.
15. Halong Bay, Vietnam
New ways to visit a natural wonder in Southeast Asia.
A Renaissance city gets a contemporary kick.
17. St. Vincent
A new resort may put this Caribbean island on the map.
18. Moganshan, China
Luxury in the former mountain hideaway of Shanghai gangsters.
- Could England’s second city be first in food?
A new Indian biennale will make its debut in this coastal state.
22. Paraty, Brazil
Putting Brazil’s Costa Verde on the cultural map.
23. Koh Rong, CambodiaA string of islands recalls an undiscovered Asian paradise.
Modern art spruces up Austria’s imperial capital.
25. Chattanooga, TennesseeA city stages a comeback fueled by artists and retailers.
26. Dakhla, Morocco In Morocco’s south, an arty hideaway.
27. Maldives A cushy place for hard-core surfers? Here it is.
28. Malacca, MalaysiaA World Heritage site ramps up its tourism options.
34. UkraineVirginal beaches and czarist palaces — at Old World prices.
38. JordanNew flights and a new modernist airport ease the way for visitors.
40. Montpellier, FranceFrance’s eighth-largest city is dressing up in designer style.
43. Lodz, PolandThe Hollywood of Poland reclaims its industrial past.
45. Portovenere, ItalyStepping in while the Cinque Terre rebuilds.
GET OUT THERE….SOMEWHERE…THERE IS A LOT TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE!!!!