10 Popular Destinations for 2012

There are thousands of fantastic locations to travel to throughout the world. Depending upon one’s interests and personal choices, the destinations may vary but these 10 are regarded to be some of the most popular throughout the next year.

London England

1. London, England

London has always been a popular destination for world travellers. However, it’ll likely be more popular than ever next summer since it’s hosting the Summer Olympic Games. In addition, 2012 also marks theQueen’s diamond jubilee. All of the usual sites and attractions will still be on show, such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and the Parliament Buildings etc.

2. The Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

If you’re interested in seeing Maya pyramids that are over 1,500 years old then this is the place to be. The Yucatan Peninsula is quite different most of Mexico both culturally and geographically. It’s a beautiful and peaceful area where people can safely get away and relax. The region has a rich history and is filled with spectacular beaches, coastline, and crystal-clear waters.

3. Ghana, Africa

If you’ve never traveled to Africa before, you may want to head to Ghana for your first visit to the continent. Ghana is quite stable and offers some wonderful sites such as castles, forts, and national parks. Elmina Castle is one of the most popular attractions as it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The scenery and wildlife are amazing, the food and weather are great and the people are friendly.

4. Fukuoka, Japan

The Japanese city of Fukuoka is a modern marvel as it hopes to eventually be the first city in the world to be powered by hydrogen. It’s also a friendly city with some beautiful park areas and offers excellent shopping choices as well as some marvellous authentic Japanese dining establishments.

5. Beirut, Lebanon

It might be surprising to see a Middle East destination as a popular tourist spot, but Beirut is often referred to as the Paris of the Middle East. The climate is wonderful and the historic Mediterranean city is quite cosmopolitan. The nightlife is quite vibrant and there are plenty of cafes to sit and people watch during the daytime. The Beirut Balloon offers excellent views of the city and its surroundings.

6. Curacao

This former Dutch colony lies off of the Venezuelan coast. The Dutch architecture offers some colourful buildings and it’s quite a trendy location. The small island also draws rave reviews for its beaches and snorkelling. The famous blue liqueur of the same name is also made here out of the bitter oranges that are found in Curacao.

7. Chongqing, China

During World War I, Chongqing served as the capital city of China. This makes it one of the nation’s most interesting, historical, and cultural locations. The city is an ideal spot to learn about Chinese life and culture and to try out some authentic cuisine. You can also hop on a cruise ship here if you’d like to take a scenic trip up the famous Yangtze River.

8. Girona, Spain

The fabulous city of Girona offers some of Spain’s best architecture and cultural attractions. It’s a smaller version of Barcelona, meaning it’s not as busy, but has many of the same types of interesting attractions to offer. The local wine and food is also exceptional in this charming destination.

9. The Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada

This natural wonder on Canada’s east coast is famous for its tides. The bay has the highest tides in the world and they rise and fall dramatically about every six hours see. It’s an amazing natural phenomenon and the local surroundings are quite spectacular.

10. Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Kansas City features numerous world-class sites, including the only national World War I museum. Next to Rome, Kansas City is believed to be home to the largest number of water fountains on the globe. There’s plenty to do here for people of all ages and interests.

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