The French Laundry in Yountville, California is one of the…
The start of a new year is a time when travel writers and magazines will often make lists of “must-visit” places for the new year. Sometimes, these lists only feature “up and coming” places, highlighting the fact that they are largely (or at least partially) undiscovered and a good place to possibly experience local culture, good hotel deals and cheap airfare. Sometimes these places are less traveled for a reason, since the political atmosphere or high crime rate is a valid reason for travelers to keep their distance. Sometimes, the places featured on these lists are renowned for their natural beauty in “it won’t last!” sort of way. Me, I love lists for new ideas of where to go, but I would like there to be the possibility that I might actually go there in the next year without needing a tremendous amount of bravery, planning, time or cash.
In light of that, I really enjoyed the New York Time’s list of 43 Places to Go in 2013. The list included a little something for everyone, both near (Houston – for the restaurants and its developing style) and far (New Delhi – for the restaurants and its developing style), remote (Congo – for the safari) and really remote (Mongolia – if you don’t want to interact with too many people), new (Ningxia China – uncharted wine country) and classic (Paris – enough said). All the places honestly sound interesting.
The only problem with the list is that it is just too long for a list of recommendations on where to travel. Even if I had the funds, no bills and no obligations, I doubt that I would be able to visit 46 vastly different places in one year with enough time to spend in each one to adequately enjoy them all! Maybe someday I’ll have the chance to try, but I’ll aim for a more manaegable number – like five – for now. Who knows – one might even be on the list!
NYT’s Top 10 (of 46) Places To Go in 2013
- Rio de Janiero
- Accra, Ghana
- Houston, Texas
- Rossland, British Colombia
- New Delhi
The full list – and many more details – can be read here.