Update your travel bucket list

Every year I eagerly await the New York Time’s list of places to go that year.

And, to be honest, I was surprised to see Panama topping this year’s list.

Aside from the Panama Canal and baseball, I don’t know much about this southernmost country of Central America. (I don’t even know if there’s surf!)

According to the story, Panama’s economy is booming, with high-rises and hotels filling the skyline and other visitor-friendly endeavors — like the BioMuseo, a natural history museum scheduled to open in early 2013 — are in the works.

It was a provocative addition to the list — but not strangest. Those were Oakland (No. 5) and Space (No. 20).

Anyone been to any of the places on the list? Or want to go? Or got a city that should have been on the list instead?

I really need to get a credit card with travel miles…

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4 Responses to “Update your travel bucket list”

  1. WildeOscar January 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Panama has many tax and other incentives intended to get Americans (US of A) to move there or buy second homes there. It actively courts Americans more actively than any other country on the planet. Panama City is a vibrant and exciting, if a bit crumbling, city. It can be an excellent place to travel or relocate, unless you have a problem with heat and humidity or rain. It is a very hot, wet place.

  2. matt January 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    been to the three california ones (oakland, san diego, lake tahoe) and tokyo. interesting that chatanooga, tn was on the list, as well. of the places listed, only havana really struck a chord with me. I wouldn’t mind going to sapporo in the winter, jackson hole, wy, or morocco.

  3. bumper January 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    I like that many of the places on the list are not obvious hot-spots or places that the average joe would add to his travel list. Finding the hidden gems and experiencing real local culture, not pre-packaged touristy stuff, is what makes travel worthwhile. That’s also why Chattanooga and Oakland are great picks. I wish I could comment on some of the others, but I’ll have to do a bit more traveling first.

  4. M January 12, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Hello Cat, there are sooo many places I would like to go if I had the money…..

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