Every January I wait for it, the New York Times’ list of places to visit.
It’s a quick list of cities around the world that are worth traveling to, and I often browse the list during the year as my little escape from deadlines and weekly staff meetings.
Every year I try to pick at least one place on the list to visit. Last year I went to two — Tokyo and Costa Rica. (Space — and yes, it made the list — was out of my price range.)
So this year’s list was just released and on it are 46 must-visit destinations around the globe.
A few standouts that I’m considering: Nicaragua (great surf), Amsterdam (a friend lives there), Singapore and Bangkok (they’ve been on my short list for years), New Zealand (Hawaiian Airlines is starting its route there this year), Washington D.C. (during spring break), and Ireland (just because).
Already been to No. 16 — the Big Island — I can cross that off my list.
Look over the list.
Any fantasy trips you’re taking right now?
I’d vote for Amsterdam. Cool old city with a modern vibe. A big plus is that all of the major museums will be open completely by the end of April. Awesome seeing all that famous art up close.If you go by May, you can take a day trip and see the big tulip show. + great indonesian food. Surprisingly steaks are good too.
And I have a friend who lives there now! Free room and board!
I really want to go to Peru! A friend of mine went a couple years ago and said the Mayan ruins are amazing! My dad is going to Costa Rica and Bali. He loves Bali… If you ever need to know info for there he has a lot! He went twice last year for surf/vacation.
COSTA RICA — that was a lot of fun. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know much about the country before I went this past summer, and I was blown away. Great place. But yes, Peru is HIGH on my list.
Inca ruins, maybe even Tiwanaku or Moche before the Inca, but definitely not Maya in Peru. The Maya built their cities and religious centers a thousand years earlier in Belize, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, all in North America and a long way from Peru.
May all your travel dreams come true! My list for this year is Scotland, HNL, and Greece.
When are you coming to town? Soon, right?
Yes, will know for sure in about a week!
I want to travel to many many places I wouldn’t know where to start. My travels has a lot to do with cost, if I don’t have the money I won’t put myself in debt my using plastic or borrowing money. I’m debt free now and want to stay that way. But Japan is always on my list every year even though I been there many times. Korea,China, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Greece are some of the places I would like to go.
Debt-free is the way to go. It was the best feeling to NOT pay monthly car payments! But you had an awesome time in Japan, according to your Facebook photos! Greece would be cool, too. That’s on my list, too. (Man, I shoulda been a flight attendant!)
Portugal looks interesting, off that list. the depressed economy will make it more affordable and I’ve heard, the food is awesome.
the couple of african entries kind of make me nervous, though.
I’ve heard that if you like Spain, you’ll love Portugal. It’s similar — and cheaper.
Plus, I gotta see where my ancestors are from! 🙂
I’ve been to Houston/Washington D.C. several times. Let me know if you visit Houston or D.C.!
Oslo, Paris, and Amsterdam, okay, all of Europe really, has been on my list FOREVER and I’ve recently added South America and Africa.
This year, I’m keeping it local. Chicago (again), Jersey (yearly visit) and New Orleans (first time) along with those other random roadtrips (maybe roadtrip to Jackson Hole Wyoming?) I always take. Next year, a 3-4 week visit to Japan! ^_^ How did you like Tokyo?
I can’t believe I haven’t been to DC. I just read an article in T+L about it, too. Really piqued my interest all the more!
Hey, I’ll be in Chicago, too! When you going?
Oh, and Tokyo is a ton of fun. It’s a big city with lots to do (and eat). But you gotta leave the urban core to get a real sense of Japan. Where else you planning to go while there?
I plan on visiting Chicago sometime around May/June. I’ve been there before, but only for a short weekend and feel like I didn’t really get a taste of the city. I’m visiting a friend there this time so that should be more fun. =)
I have no idea! I want to explore all of Japan!
CAT: Please continue your trips…I like the pix and adventures as I vicariously enjoy them in the comfort of my abode and bathroom! I like bathroom pix too!
I hardly drink water too! I don’t know what my aversion is….What did help me to consume a little more though is to carry around that big dorky Tiger bottle (the one they sell at Longs and Marukai) – It keeps water ice cold for days! Really, I shouldn’t know that cause I should be drinking it all in one day but… baby steps!
I’ve been to about half the places on the list. In June, I’m going to Xania, Crete, in Greece. I’ve been there several times over the past 30 years. The north coast of Crete is my favorite place on earth, each city and town having its own unique character, plus the Samaria Gorge is one excellent hike.