Where do you want to go? Do you have a list?

Lots can be said about lists – good and bad. Your list can become a chain if you let it. Or it can be all good fun. Here’s New York Times’ list of its receommended 53 places to go in 2008.

Do I agree with the selection? Well, nearly half the destinations are in the Americas, as opposed to only two in the Australia/South Pacific region. Also, two Miami beaches are featured as separate destinations(!) But this is a US publication, and emphasising close-to-home destinations is better for the environment, I suppose. However, I much prefer Sydney’s Bondi and Manly beaches to Miami’s two.

Also, if this list is anything to go by, Africa should see an influx of American tourists in 2008. 10 African destinations are featured, some of them among my fave countries in the world.

Of the 53, I’ve been to Buenos Aires, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Lombok, London, Malaga, Malawi, Mauritius, Miami (both beaches), Mozambique, Munich, Namibia, New York, Prague, Rimini, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Lucia, Tunisia and Tuscany. Also, I’m in Oslo most every day, so it’s fun to see that featured.

The remaining 31 are all tempting in their own way. Easter Island, Libya, Vietnam and Iran are all high on my soon-to-see list. The Northwest passage sounds very exciting. But Detroit? I may have to take a closer look.

Sylt


Image by Erich Westendarp

A close-to-home destination to explore is Sylt, just a wee bit south of here. I’ve only ever seen Sylt on a map and never given it much thought. All of a sudden, I want to go to this windy German North Sea island.

Where do you want to go in 2008?