The World’s Greatest Travelers™ know that the world is in a constant state of flux. Humans are so unpredictable, and shit happens as they say; things change and evolve into something new--for good and bad: travel trends come and go, a place’s mojo fades as quickly as it becomes the next hot spot, extraordinary events happen, generals take over, wars occur, weather wreaks havoc, volcanoes erupt, a country labels you persona non grata for some vaguely plausible reason. Whatever…
Annually we take a good hard look at the world around us, and the year ahead of us. We then assemble all the facts, check dates, analyze the weather, consult with our cadre of roving international ambassadors-at-large, and publish our, infamous to some, but essential to others, annual GO/noGO list of places to visit and experiences to partake in for the coming year—and what to avoid too! We try to be positive about travel, but gosh darn if there aren’t always a few spots that just muck it up…
A few caveats: we don’t do cruises or spas, and we are not politically correct either; fact is we're serious travelers who believe that each person should seek and understand the destinations they travel to on their own independent terms and make up their own minds about it… So, sue us, or just boycott us if we’re not politically correct enough for you!
If we’ve missed something, or feel we need to know something we don’t, please let us know what’s on your mind and why!
(last updated - 2 January 2012)
“Serious travelers want authentic, exciting and participatory adventures nowadays,” says the website, “they want to visit places that are exotic, places that are new on the horizon, and that offer them a chance to get out of their comfort zones and have a real adventure.”
The World’s Greatest Travelers™ annual 2012 Travelers GO/noGO List:
The 2012 GO List:
Colombia...is the hottest of South American hot spots with its rich colonial past, modern safe boulevards, gorgeous beaches, and 14% of the world's rainforest...see why Shakira call's it home!
Nepal...experience how magical and mysterious life used to be in this mountainous Hindu kingdom with a view of Everest...sunsets have never been so surreal!
The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia... forget the French, Italian and Mexican Rivera's, this place is hot. From Zadar to Dubrovnik you can't beat the beaches, scenery, food and nightlife...the dollar goes a long way too!
The Great American Road Trip...get off the generic Interstate and see the real America that lives along the side roads and byways, like: Route 1 along the West Coast, the Blue Ridge Parkway back East, or the Million Dollar Highway high in the Rockies.
The Global Scavenger Hunt...let’s see—it's a daring adventure, A Blind Date with the World, an around the world real-life Amazing Race-like competition—where’s the bad? The 8th annual 2012 event is scheduled to begin April 13th—visit GlobalScavengerHunt.com.
London Calling...and the Summer Olympics begin in the illustrious British city July 27th with the whole world watching—join the fun in person!
Schedule a flight onboard a brand new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner and see if getting there is once again half the fun?
Cairns, Australia...sure, see the Great Barrier Reef while you can, but double-down and catch the total eclipse that occurs there on June 6th and in good weather—because the next one isn't until 2017!)
Tallinn, Estonia...hang out in Pikk jalg, the old town's medieval city centre sipping coffee or a locally-brewed Saku as the sky turns pink and the most beautiful people in the world stroll by.
Istanbul, Turkey…our favorite city in the world circa 2012…a criminally underrated multi-cultural and exotic destination!
Past GO Lists:
The World’s Greatest Travelers™ 2011 Go List:
Ischia Island, Italy…take a hydrofoil across the Bay of Naples to the so-called Green Island, the most beautiful of Italian islands, to enjoy therapeutic hot-springs, chic laid back beaches, and limoncello.
Haiti…go to lend a hand, nothing more, nothing less—they still really need your help!
Iquitos, Peru…sure you’ve seen Machu Picchu, but the truly adventurous fall off the map at the last outpost on earth in deep Amazonia to visit jungle people’s they’ve only ever seen in documentaries.
Byblos, Lebanon… located just south of the revitalized (and safe!) city of Beirut, this entire Phoenician-era town is a World Heritage Site; enjoy the social lifestyle, the ancient souks, and romantic Lebanese seaside meals.
Chittagong, Bangladesh…isn’t it time to visit Cox's Bazar—a 100-mile long white sandy beach, explore exotic Buddhist villages along the Burmese border, and share some smiles with people that will melt your heart!
Marrakesh, Morocco…‘come on board the Marrakesh Express’ to a place far out of mind and enjoy tasty kebobs, mint tea-induced conversation, and relaxing hammams, before hitting the High Atlas Mountains trial.
Salta, Argentina…from the dense mountain jungle floor, chew coco leafs while taking the Train to the Clouds to this high Andes Argentinean town, filled with colonial architecture and a growing international flair.
Canary Islands…nestled off the coast of North Africa the Canaries enjoy the world’s best climate and is a windsurfer's Mecca, a walker's paradise, and a dancing queen’s dream, with its late, late-night club scene.
Cuenca, Ecuador…visit this colonial city truly off the beaten path to buy a handmade Panama hat in the amazing flower market before taking a rainforest trek or fishing for dinner in a tranquil nearby lake.
The World’s Greatest Travelers™ 2010 Go List:
The Winter Olympics, Vancouver, BC (12- 28 Feb)…always a great time!
Damascus, Syria…one of civilizations oldest places!
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia…forget the Riviera, this place is hot!
Havana, Cuba…before it changes too much, too soon!
Udaipur, India…magical, mystical, simply amazing!
Beirut, Lebanon…it's back and ready for action!
Basque Country, France & Spain…food, wine, relax and siesta!
World Cup, South Africa (11 June - 11 July)…a global happening!
Scotland's Highland…the sky, the expanse, they glens!
Monument Valley National Park, AZ-UT, USA…see it with snow!
Southern Chile & Argentina (11 July)…5 minute+ solar eclipse
The World’s Greatest Travelers™ 2009 Go List:
Salvador, Brazil...the ultimate tropical city.
Paris...Because it's been a while!
Cartagena, Colombia...where old meets the sea.
Scotland's Highlands...the ultimate hike.
Aurora Borealis...Isn't it time you did?
Prince Edward Island's Summer Festival...Canada's island.
NBA Finals @ Staple's Center
Live somewhere, anywhere, abroad like a local for a month.
The World’s Greatest Travelers™ 2008 Go List:
India (Southeastern Coastal area)
Ecuador still, go now!
Panama from coast to coast
Summer Olympics in China (Hmm, the jury is still out...?)
The World’s Greatest Travelers™ 2007 Go List:
Mendoza wine region, Argentina
Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada
Blarney Castle, Ireland
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Panama's Rain Forest
Amalfi Coast in the late Spring, Italy
Greenland (before it melts!)
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