Best 2012 Destinations: National Geographic Finds Something for Everyone

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If you are planning your next international trip, it will likely be a 2012 event. In anticipation, National Geographic Traveler magazine has tapped twenty destinations as Best of the World 2012. There’s something for everyone, and they all hold promise for improving mind, body and spirit for those who make the trip. You can visit the picture gallery online to be inspired. I took the liberty of classifying the destinations as a way to highlight and summarize the experiences that await you. It’s a terrific list.

Hitting Healthy Travel Blog Themes
Colombia–Ciudad Perdida:  Hiking
Greece–Kardamili:  Slow Tourism
Panama– Coiba National Park:  Eco-tourism
Peru –Lima:  Mistura food festival
Rwanda/Congo–Virunga:  Volcanoes
Sri Lanka– Nuwara Eliya:  New UNESCO World Heritage site

Rebirth
Germany—Dresden:  Historic city center rebuilt
Northern Ireland—Belfast:  Titanic quarter
United States—Pittsburgh: Sustainable design

Over the Top?
Croatia—Istria:  Romance
Oman—Muscat:  Luxury
Thailand—Koh Lipe:  Island paradise

Cultural Discoveries
Guatemala—Chichicastenango:  Mayan
Spain—Girona:  Catalan 

Rugged Outdoors
Iceland—Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Primeval
Mongolia—Hovsgol:  Recreational taiga
New Zealand—Rotorua:  Geothermal

Familiar But Special
Canada—Muskoka: Lake cottages
United Kingdom—London: Olympics
United States—Sonoma: More than wine

Have you visited any of these locations? Are there any destinations you would recommend?

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