Tuesday, January 22

Places to go

The New York Times recently published a list of 46 places to go in 2013.

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What I like about the list: While some of the recommended locations are travel staples (Isn't Ireland on every travel list?), many of the suggestions are off the tourist-beaten path.

It's rare that I come across a Places-To-See! list on which I've seen so very few of the places.

46 Places to Go in 2013
  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. Marseille, France
  3. Nicaragua
  4. Accra, Ghana
  5. Bhutan
  6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  7. Houston, TX, United States
  8. Rossland, BC, Canada
  9. New Delhi, India
  10. Istanbul, Turkey
  11. Singapore
  12. Montenegro
  13. White Salmon River, WA, United States
  14. Hvar, Croatia
  15. Mongolia
  16. The Big Island, HI, United States
  17. Philippines
  18. Vernazza, Italy
  19. The Kimberley, Australia
  20. Ningxia, China
  21. The Adirondacks, NY, United States
  22. Oslo, Norway
  23. Constantia, South Africa
  24. Lithuania
  25. Burgos, Spain
  26. Lens, France
  27. Changbaishan, China
  28. Porto, Portugal
  29. Puerto Rico
  30. Koh Phangan, Thailand
  31. Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
  32. Jackson Hole, WY, United States
  33. Bangkok, Thailand
  34. The Jeseniky, Czech Republic
  35. Waiheke, New Zealand
  36. Yucatan, Mexico
  37. Charlevoix, Quebec
  38. Pecs, Hungary
  39. Republic of Congo
  40. Ireland
  41. Getaria, Spain
  42. Mergui Islands, Myanmar
  43. The Falkland Islands
  44. Washington, DC, United States
  45. Casablanca, Morocco
  46. Paris, France

What I dislike about the list: I've added country information for each destination, but the original list is a confusing mix-and-match of cities and countries, regions and specific locations. For example, the Kimberley region in Australia is bigger than Germany, while White Salmon River seems an oddly exact choice on a list that includes such broad travel destinations as Nicaragua and Mongolia.

Nevertheless, it's thought-provoking catalogue of travel destinations.

Would I have included Bhutan on my travel bucket list before reading the Times?
Perhaps not...
Then again, I wouldn't have picked Houston, either.

Completing the list: Out of the 46 selected destinations, my somewhat anemic tally is 2.5
(DC, Puerto Rico, and a drive-by of Jackson Hole)

How many of these places have you visited?
How many are on your travel bucket list?
What location(s) would you add to the list?

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