The big list of travel: Where to go in 2012

More lists – for 2012 though. Here’s the round up of the best places to see and be seen: Some are about pristine, untouristed locations, others have been chosen as best-for-your-buck; and then there’s the offbeat, off-trail adventures. There’s something for everyone, local or afar, and as a special treat, I’ve added a section on great rail journeys for fellow train lovers.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2012

Voted for by a panel of inhouse travel experts, these locations were chosen based on topicality, excitement, value and what LP is calling that “special X-factor.”

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  1. Uganda
  2. Myanmar (Burma)
  3. Ukraine
  4. Jordan
  5. Denmark: Tops the ‘quality of life’ list and perceived as the coolest/happiest/best-looking place on earth, it’s that hygge factor (a sense of warmth and contentment).
  6. Bhutan
  7. Cuba
  8. New Caledonia
  9. Taiwan
  10. Switzerland

Budget Travel’s Bang-for-the-Buck Destinations for 2012

The world’s new best-value destinations including perennial, family-friendly favorites, bucket-list standbys made suddenly affordable, and overlooked underdogs ready for their turn in the global spotlight – all with an eye toward savings.

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  1. Azores
  2. Egypt
  3. San Diego, CA USA
  4. Athens, Greece
  5. Belize
  6. San Antonio, TX USA
  7. Taipai, Taiwan
  8. Poland
  9. Kansas City, MO USA
  10. Maritime Canada

Budget Travel’s 12 Best Places You’ve Never Heard of

The best secret hideaways off the grid, and out of this world for your traveling pleasure.

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  1. Lord Howe Island, Australia
  2. Saint-Sauvant, France
  3. Keahiakawelo, Lanai, Hawaii USA
  4. Sucre, Bolivia
  5. Tusheti, Georgia
  6. Eastern Antioquia, Colombia
  7. Verduno, Italy
  8. Doe Bay, WA USA
  9. Wuppertal, South Africa
  10. Namje, Nepal
  11. Buffalo, WY USA
  12. Iles de la Madeline, Senegal

National Geographic’s Traveler Must-Do Best of the World 2012

Some are exotic, some remote, some wish-list worthy, and some places have experienced a renaissance – the world’s must-travel-to destinations for 2012.

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  1. Iceland
  2. Koh Lipe, Thailand
  3. Dresden, Germany
  4. Istria, Croatia
  5. North Colombia
  6. Virunga Volcanoes
  7. Costa Brava
  8. Sonoma, CA USA
  9. Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
  10. Oman
  11. London, England UK
  12. Guatemala
  13. Sri Lanka
  14. Greece
  15. Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  16. New Zealand
  17. Panama
  18. Peru
  19. Pittsburgh, PA USA
  20. Mongolia

National Geographic’s Traveler Best Adventure Destinations for 2012

Just when it seemed impossible to find unwalked, unskiied, untrekked, un-humaned places anywhere… Cosmic happenings make a well-trodded planet feel full of new frontiers.

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  1. Ski and Snowboard Mammoth Mountain, CA USA
  2. Raft the Bruneau and Jarbidge Rivers, ID USA
  3. Mountain Bike Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4. Snorkel the Ningaloo Coast, Australia
  5. Surf Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico
  6. Climb Mustagata, China
  7. Explore Maya Culture, Belize
  8. Kayak Narragansett Bay, RI USA
  9. Hike Newfoundland, Canada
  10. Canoe the Susquehanna River Water Trail, Allegheny Mountains, PA USA

The Society of International Railway Travelers Best Train Journeys for 2012

Who can resist the lore and romance of the great transcontinental train adventure? It’s always been on my list of things to do. Here are 27 favorite rail routes.

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  1. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) // Europe
  2. Rovos Rail Pride of Africa // Africa
  3. Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express // Europe
  4. Maharajas’Express // Asia
  5. Royal Scotsman // Europe
  6. Royal Canadian Pacific // North America
  7. Eastern & Oriental Express // Asia
  8. Danube Express // Europe
  9. Deccan Odyssey // Asia
  10. Shangri-La Express // Asia
  11. Glacier Express // Europe
  12. Bergen Railway // Europe
  13. Flam Railway // Europe
  14. Bernina Express // Europe
  15. Hiram Bingham // South America
  16. Andean Explorer // South America
  17. El Transcantábrico // Europe
  18. Blue Train // Africa
  19. British Pullman // Europe
  20. Rocky Mountaineer // North America
  21. Canadian // North America
  22. Palace on Wheels // Asia
  23. Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train // Asia
  24. Al-Andalus // Europe
  25. Sunlander // Australia/New Zealand
  26. Indian Pacific // Australia/New Zealand
  27. Ghan // Australia/New Zealand

Where are you headed for R&R in 2012?

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