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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‚Äôs 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.