The Best 10 Travel Destinations in the world for 2011
When the new year rolls around it is always time to check out what the top travel destinations from the previous year were and what the new top 10 travel destinations are going to be. Many things can change over the course of a year and when things change so do the travel plans of those that are planning to get away. Airlines go out of business or merge making traveling to some destinations easier or harder, hotels and resorts close and open their doors in certain areas, and, of course, climate changes happen along with natural disasters. Here are the top 10 travel destinations for 2011:
10. Boracay, The Phillippines
This is a bit of a remote area that most travelers have never been to or even considered going to. However, in Boracay the beaches are absolutely beautiful and full of soft white sand. The water of the ocean is absolutely every shade of blue you could think of. The island is so small and charming that you could literally walk the length of it before breakfast. This is a great destination for relaxation and for getting away from the daily hustle and bustle.
9. Venice, Italy
Venice has been on the top destinations lists for years and rightfully so. This is a historic and magical place that everybody should travel to at some point in their life. You can take a gondola ride and enjoy coffee at Florian’s as you spend time watching other people pass by on Saint Mark’s Square. There are many beautiful churches and old buildings to enjoy and this is a true tourist destination.
8. Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn might be an area you are not very familiar with, but this is the capital of Estonia and it is well known for its’ love of song and celebration. The culture includes music, dance, and art being celebrated nearly every single day. There are Rooftop film screenings, numerous festivals, many urban games, and even guided landmark walks that you can enjoy. The year 2011 is the 20th anniversary of the Independence of Estonia, which means the festivals will be in full swing and will not just be confined to Tallinn.
7. Atlanta, GA, USA
One of the major reasons that Atlanta is a top destination is due to Southwest and Airtran merging together to form one airline. This will open up many new flights to Atlanta that will cost very little compared to the prices right now. Atlanta is also featuring the Georgia Aquarium this year with a 1.3 million gallon dolphin exhibit. The Legoland Discovery Centre will also be opening in Atlanta in the spring. Another new and interesting attraction will be the Pirate Museum full of treasures and artifact that will make its’ home near Centennial Olympic Park.
This is all on top of the already popular Atlanta Hawks, who are experiences success this year, and the Atlanta Braves. There is also an even known as Dragon Con in the fall, which is known as one of the largest Comic Conventions in the world.
Japan is slowly becoming more accessable by air and by land. This makes it much easier to travel to Japan and enjoy one of their many cultural festivals. There is a new open skies agreement between Japan and the United STates, which will make it much easier to book a flight to Japan this year. If you are a sushi lover or just facinated with the Japanese culture, then you need to look into all the new and less expensive ways you can visit Japan and the Ninja-Proof Castle this year.
5. Kinsale, Co Cork, Ireland
If you are looking for Cosmopolitan air, then Kinsale is the place for you. If you travel over to Ireland and you miss out on some of the best scenery in the entire country by not visitng Kinsale, then you really didn’t get to see Ireland. Kinsale is known for very diverse culinary delights and the fantastic sailing. This is a villiage full of fantastic restaurants, quirky shops, an old fort, The Irish ‘craic’, and most importantly welcoming bars.
The year of 2011 will mark the first full year that Curacao can be considered a nation. One of the first orders of business for Curacao is to get the Americans and the Canadians to travel and stay on the island. And why not, considering this island has very warm waters, colorful architecture, and truly has the Caribbean feel of relaxation that many travelers are looking for.
3. New York City
This year in October is the 125th birthday of the Statue of Liberty, Carnegie Hall celebrates 120 years with a gala anniversary event in the Spring, and the New York Public Library is turning 100. All this in one year, along with the normal appeal of the Big Apple. There is always a Yankees game to go enjoy or simply take a walk through Times Square. Plus who can forget that the last day of 2011 will once again be a Huge party to celebrate.
2011 also marks the 10 anniversary of the tragic 9-11 and this event will be commemorated with the opening of the National September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
2. Bay Of Fire, Tasmania
Just the name says it all, “Bay of Fire”. It sound exotic and you have probably never even heard of it. Most likely you saw Tasmania and started to think about the Tasmanian devil cartoon. However, this is one of the least discovered paradises of the world. It is off the coast of Saint Helen’s, which is a small whaling town, and is a much lesser traveled to area of Tasmania. It features crystal clear waters, clean and sandy beaches, and some very cozy little cottages that are for rent right on the shoreline. This is a true island getaway without all the commercialization and tall buildings.
1. Basque Country, France and Spain
There is so much to see in both France and Spain that it would be wrong for the Basque Country not to be the top travel destination of 2011. The best part is it will not break your bank to travel to the Basque Country and this is one of the most beautiful areas of both France and Spain. Plus since it is so close to both the countries, if you have time, you can visit many historic areas along with seeing the beauty of the Basque Countryside.