Where Will You Go in 2011?

Every January, The New York Times publishes a list of the top places to visit in the coming year. The 2011 list was recently released: The Top 41 Places to Go in 2011.

While I have done my fair share of traveling, any travel lover knows that there’s always a next destination on the list. Of 41 places they have identified, I have only been to five (I consoled myself by admitting that the number is higher if I count countries and not exact places).

To my mother who thinks I’ve been “everywhere,” the NY Times list simply proves I have a lot more traveling to do. I mean, really, how many people can say they have skied the Bakuriani in the Republic of Georgia (or been anywhere in Estonia, for that matter)?

Both of those are just two of the many unique places on the list, which also includes camel racing in Tozeur, Tunisia and a visit to the ancient Islamic city of Tlemcen, Algeria for its year-long gala celebration. There are also destinations closer to your own backyard, such as Miami, Florida and Durham, North Carolina.

The first on the list is on my short list of five: Santiago, Chile. It struck a particular chord with me, as I’d been there only a month prior to the devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in early 2010. I’d love to go back and see how the city has recovered; yet, realistically, I know there are so many other places that I want to see and haven’t yet that I’ll spend my precious holiday time on first.

Near or far, exotic or close to home, travel is all about new experiences. Next on my list: India, where I’ll be heading in approximately two weeks (and reporting on right here thereafter).

So, where will you be going in 2011?

Sherry Stolar

Sherry's most memorable experiences have always been when she puts herself out of her comfort zone - she loves the challenge of a new place, a new culture, new people. First bitten by the travel bug during an internship with NBC at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, she then lived in London for six months, using the city as a base for exploring Europe. Following her graduation from Cornell University in 2007, she moved back to the UK and continued traveling extensively. An expired visa brought her back to the US a year later, specifically New York City, where she lasted in the hustle of the corporate world for two years before taking a leap of faith and moving across the country to Napa Valley to pursue a career in the wine industry. Currently, her day job is with a wine marketing agency, and she is also working towards a Diploma with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, from which she already holds an Advanced Certificate. In her spare time, Sherry loves to cook, specifically with vegetarian, healthy ingredients. She continues to explore new places whenever possible, even if it's something as simple as a weekend away or visiting a vineyard in the wine country she currently calls home, which she blogs about at www.coasttotoast.blogspot.com.

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