45 places to see in 2012

22 Apr

Since a) I love travel and b) would go almost anywhere at the drop of a hat, I figure it’s only appropriate to blog about this year’s New York Times’ Best Places to go 2012. Up from 31, the NYT has released 45 amazing destinations this year (released in January).

Highlights:

#1) Panama. You definitely don’t have to twist my arm to convince me Panama would be an amazing place to see. American expats and realtors are flocking there (the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in Latin America is currently under construction in Panama City), which means I’ll need to plan a trip sooner rather than later. From the article:

“Across the isthmus, on Panama’s Caribbean coast, the Bocas del Toro archipelago has become a popular stop on the backpacker circuit, with snorkeling and zip lining by day and raucous night life after dark.”

uhhh…yeah. SOLD.

#9) Lhasa, Tibet. I’ve always been intrigued by Tibetan culture, and Lhasa seems like the perfect place to go to immerse yourself. I’d love to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism as well.

#14) San Diego. I don’t know how I’ve managed to live in Oregon my whole life, been to Palm Springs/Palm Desert plenty of times, and still managed to miss San Diego. 2012, I think this is the year. Much like Portland, San Diego is known for great breweries. Unlike Portland, San Diego is also known for great beaches and shopping. Seems like an excellent way to spend a long weekend.

#36) Dubrovnik, Croatia. The first sentence from the article says it all: “The St.-Tropez of the Balkans, equal parts classic and modern.” Yep, that’s all the convincing I need. If you need a little more, the NYT elaborates better than I ever could from research alone:

“Often called the Jewel of the Adriatic, this seaside city features marble streets, Renaissance fountains and white sand beaches. “

Other highlights not mentioned above include Florence, Italy, The Maldives, and Havana, Cuba.

Next on my personal list? Thailand, Austin and Charleston. I really have a thing for wanting to see SE Asia recently. Next on my list from this list? No doubt SD would be the easiest, but I’m dying to go ev-er-y-where.

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4 Responses to “45 places to see in 2012”

  1. Anarya Andir April 22, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    It’s absolutely tempting to go everywhere in the world, isn’t it? I wish life were longer. Tibet – drool. The Maldives – drool again. And of course Croatia!!! Drool.

    And you should DEFINITELY go to S.E. Asia – you’ll never regret it – this coming from someone who lived in Cambodia for almost 3 years (wish it were longer).

  2. taylorah April 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    It’s entirely tempting- definitely a high priority for me as well. That’s fantastic you lived in Cambodia- I’ve heard nothing but amazing things from friends who have been. I’d love any tips!

    • Anarya Andir April 23, 2012 at 5:41 am #

      It’s definitely an amazing country. Though I was there when I was in kid. Had to leave the country during the coup in 1997. I haven’t been able to go back there – but it is fascinating. Of course you’d know about the Angkor Wat and all that but even Phnom Penh is lovely. I would also suggest going to Kompong Som, which has some great beaches. Well it did back then at least (when there were no tourists in sight). You’ll love it – the people are very friendly and it just feels so comfortable and welcoming (in spite of the recent violent history there).

      If you really plan on going to S.E. Asia, you could always get in touch with me and I’ll try and give you tips on the best places to go to. I also know quite a bit about Vietnam (at least the Northern, Eastern and Central parts). Too bad I haven’t travelled that extensively in Thailand, and unfortunately I haven’t been to Laos.

  3. iamatticusfinch April 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Lhasa in Tibet is indeed exciting having been named The Roof of the World. I wrote an article about it in my wordpress and the place is indeed captivating. I’d also want to go to havana. 🙂

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