3/3/10

Dream Destinations

It was another weekend of travel, one that's conveniently done under one roof. Or as the goodie bags say: travel the world in a New York minute. I'm talking about the New York Times Travel Show held last Saturday and Sunday at the Jacob Javits Center. Obviously, I'm drawn to travel shows just as much as I love traveling. I've been going to these shows for several years already. And every time I go, my heart rolls into tachycardia (or a fast heartbeat). This is the time when major players in the travel industry gather again and this for me means looking at prospective destinations - old and new - and getting inspired to go there.

Just looking around the huge exhibit area and I felt my itchy feet really getting itchier. Arranged according to geographic area, I roamed for free (or $15 for those who didn't get free tickets) across South and North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. There were plenty of resource people to talk to. And I never went home empty handed - there were pens, posters, DVDs, t-shirts and more brochures than I can ever manage to read. A highlight for me was attending one of the seminars: I got to listen to Arthur Frommer once again and for the first time, Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die.

Japan, Mexico, Alaska (US), South Africa

Panama, Turkey, Peru, Philippines

Greece, Brazil, Thailand, Chile

Out of the 1,000 places, Patricia Schultz talks about her
30-best destinations in the world through a slideshow

While seeing 1,000 places is a tall order for most of us in our short life time, I'll certainly want to see as much as my finances and time will allow me to. I'm keeping my fingers crossed: One of the destinations pictured above is where I'm planning to go next.

What about you, what are your dream destinations this year?

34 comments:

  1. I don't know about this year but my dream destinations are (top three) 1. Galapagos Island, 2. Machu Picchu 3. India

    2010 doesn't look like a travel year this year, although it's too soon to say for sure. I do want to do a couple of road trips.

    I haven't attended one of those travel shows. I am sure SF has this too, but maybe I'm not checking the correct resources.

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  2. My dream destinations are (i) Turkey (ii) India (iii) Spain, though realistically they probably won't materialise this year, so looks like I've got to hold on and keep dreaming :)

    p.s. Gotta love that New York Minute bag! Reminds me of The Eagles' song.

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  3. who would not want to travel the globe, dennis? =)
    i like to explore paris, venice, tokyo...
    and God willing by the end next week i'll be in one of those 3 for 30-day-all-expense-paid medical training (not leisure trip though)...
    go to my recent post now if you want a peek. hehe.. bka you have been there already, you may want to share some tips and pieces of advice. thanks!

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  4. I'm aiming to complete all 9 ASEAN countries before my birthday. Only 2 more to go! As for dream destinations... well, I have a LOOOOOONG list, so I'll stick to the realistic ones for now ;)

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  5. Makes one dream... maybe one day I do a travel around the world :-)

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  6. I dream of traveling the globe like you did. Ü

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  7. I dream of traveling the globe like you did. Ü

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  8. I dream of traveling the globe like you did. Ü

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  9. carlos6231:52:00 AM

    it seems that japan would be the most appropriate next stop for you. or turkey perhaps (though i had the impression that you went there some time ago).

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  10. Wow, it must be fascinating to listen to the author of the book herself! I have that book. =) And what's her top 30 best destinations?

    For this year? I'm intending to hit Manila (twice), Malaysia and I'm still undecided about the other one.

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  11. i thought you'll be posting your dream destinations! we're waiting after all those great places that you brought us.

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  12. wow...wow...wow... i will be going to brazil this summer löl hooray... so you are not interested to travel around europe huuh? greece and egypt are my next target =p

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  13. wow...wow...wow... i will be going to brazil this summer löl hooray... so you are not interested to travel around europe huuh? greece and egypt are my next target =p

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  14. My dream desitination will be Peru, New Zeland, and Tahiti, although I have been to Tahiti once, would definitely like to go to differernt Tahiti islands when I go back there.

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  15. The Nomadic Pinoy5:06:00 PM

    I'd like to go to Galapagos Islands too but it's way out of my budget. The Machu Picchu is definitely a must-visit and if you can, try doing the Inca Trail to make a truly more unforgettable experience.

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  16. The Nomadic Pinoy5:07:00 PM

    I've heard the Eagles before but not quite remember about a song that the bag up top reminds you of. I'd love to visit Turkey again.

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  17. The Nomadic Pinoy5:09:00 PM

    I've been to Paris but not Venice and Tokyo. An all-expense-paid trip to expensive cities is one you shouldn't miss then. Go Doc Gelo, go! I'll check your post soon.

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  18. The Nomadic Pinoy5:11:00 PM

    You're almost there Nina. Once you complete the ASEAN circuit, then you'll start hitting whatever's on your long list.

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  19. The Nomadic Pinoy5:11:00 PM

    That's the mother of all trips that I'm also dreaming about.

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  20. The Nomadic Pinoy5:12:00 PM

    There's still a lot to cover Chyng. Still a long way to go.

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  21. The Nomadic Pinoy5:14:00 PM

    I'm not sure about Japan yet but I'd want to revisit Turkey again if I have the chance.

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  22. The Nomadic Pinoy5:18:00 PM

    I didn't write down her list but I remember European cities like Paris, Prague & Florence, Asian countries like Thailand & Myanmar and African countries like Tanzania and Kenya. She talked only for an hour and she book signing after.

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  23. The Nomadic Pinoy5:19:00 PM

    There's plenty Dong but I'll be going to one or two next month - you'll find out soon.

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  24. The Nomadic Pinoy5:21:00 PM

    No, I never said I'm not interested to travel around Europe - I would certainly but not this time. The euro is still stronger than the dollar.

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  25. The Nomadic Pinoy5:25:00 PM

    NZ is also on my travel wish list but I guess I'll have to wait until I get a really long time off from work. It's one of the farthest destinations from NYC.

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  26. carlos6239:09:00 PM

    what about australia then? hehe. if travelling half the globe would sound appetizing to you...

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  27. The Nomadic Pinoy9:29:00 PM

    I didn't know it was you until I checked my stat counter! Hahaha! Caloy, kumusta na sa Oz? School has started I suppose. It really is a looong flight to Australia but I don't mind - it's the cheaper airfare that's very elusive.

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  28. carlos6239:56:00 PM

    yes den, it's me. school had started last week and i've got a gazillion of reading materials! replying to you is already a luxury. but it's a sacrifice i'm willing to do everyday. and how are you? surely digos is such a bore now that the TWO of us are not there, haha.

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  29. My dream vacation is another shot at Buluan Lake in Cotabato. It is not an earth shattering destination, probably it is now a lake that is not even worth a visit but it is dear to my heart.

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  30. Too bad, if that travel show was on-going when I would be in New York City (from the 15th to 21st this month), then I would love to go and check the places I can see. Tsk tsk tsk.

    And unfortunately, I have more pressing things I need to work on, such as my dissertation. But I am definitely giving myself a vacation once I defend this baby, so that's about a year from now. I want to visit Central America and the Asian mainland, and also Uzbekistan. I plan trips as a procrastinating device.

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  31. The Nomadic Pinoy9:54:00 PM

    You really must have spent memorable times in the lake. I've heard about this lake but mostly because of the volatile events around it.

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  32. The Nomadic Pinoy10:02:00 PM

    Hahaha, procrastinating on trips - don't we all? lol. But after your dissertation, you will have plenty of time on your hands for travel. Have fun in NYC!

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  33. it would be nice to be able to travel around the world. i guess for now, it is only a dream for me. let's see what happens next. :-)

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  34. share ur destination!! btw, love the first shot you captured - the buzz of new york.

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