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

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?


About The Author

Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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  1. Yup, National Graphic magazine always come up with great resource and tip for travellers. Really enjoy reading the magazine.

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