04 January, 2012

Top 3 Travel Destinations for 2012

Happy New Year to all my fellow travel lovers! For me, this time of year marks the start of excitement about where I would like to travel to in the next twelve months. I've been reading a lot of articles about the top ten places to visit in 2012, and I decided to make my own list of places I'd love to visit. There are very good reasons for my three choices, and to add a little variety, I've chosen an ideal weekend break, a long haul destination, and a sunshine option with a difference. Hopefully there's something in here for everyone!

The weekend break: Venice
Archive of the tourist board of Venice
Scientists no longer argue about whether the water in Venice is rising, and it's heartbreaking to think that this classic destination is sinking. As well as the stunning architecture, Venice has several big events that are worth booking a trip around. the Carnival takes place in February/early March, and Easter is also a festive time, and marks the start of the high season in Venice.

Archive of the tourist board of Venice
Tip: The climate in Venice changes dramatically throughout the year, and weather; festivals, and the high water (acqua alta) that Venice is so famous for, should all be considered.

The long haul destination: Japan
©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO
It goes without saying that Japan had a rough 2011, with the devastating earthquake and tsunami. It has a reputation for being expensive, but in Tokyo it's possible to find simple guesthouses from 3000 Japanese yen. So not only is travelling to the country a good thing to do, but it also makes financial sense. This year could be the perfect time to visit a fascinating country that is trying to get back on its feet.

©Tokyo Midtown Management Co., Ltd./©JNTO
Tip: Many attractions are free, or cheap - the Tokyo National Museum is a fifth of the cost of the Tower of London.

The sunshine option: Belize
Photo courtesy of Belize Tourism Board

The English-speaking nation of Belize has been called Mother Nature's best kept secret. It is home to the world's second-largest barrier reef; spectacular tropical forests, and magnificent Mayan temples. So, why visit in 2012? Well this year, the dollar appreciated 1.3 per cent against the native currency, and it's predicted to remain less costly for visitors throughout 2012.

Photo courtesy of Belize Tourism Board

Tip: Head South to the less-touristy Placencia Peninsula - think sandy beaches and clear lagoons.

Where do you fancy travelling to in 2012? Let me know your thoughts.

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