I am very excited to start off our Travel Tuesday Blog! I will now be blogging about all things travel on Tuesdays. Zip up your carry on, grab your passport, lather on that sunblock, and don't miss your flight... we're getting ready to travel!
I thought it would be best to get everyone in a traveling state of mind by starting of with the top travel destinations for 2011. A new year brings new reasons to explore the world. And if the world is your oyster, why not seek out the pearls? The top destinations are scattered all around the world. The list includes metropolitan cities as well as new countries. Here are a few that made the cut:
New York City
The beautiful and historic city is always a popular tourist attraction. Along with its 8.4 million residents, New York City has great entertainment, but the reason to visit the big apple this year is because 2011 marks special anniversaries throughout the city. The Statue of Liberty turns 125 years old in October, Carnegie Hall celebrates 120 years with gala anniversary events in spring, and the New York Public Library turns 100. Also, the city will commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11 with the opening of the National September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
It's not every day the world gets a new country. But 2011 will mark Curacao's first full year as an autonomous nation within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, adding a new chapter to the island's rich history. Among its first orders of business is making itself more accessible to Americans and Canadians. So be on the lookout for more flights and hotel rooms that will put the island's warm waters and colorful architecture a little closer to visitors in need of a dose of upscale Caribbean relaxation. New offerings include Continental airline service from Newark and a new Hyatt Regency set to open in April.
Easier access by air and land, plus cultural festivities make 2011 a great year to visit Japan. A new Open Skies agreement between Japan and the U.S. means increased collaboration on flight booking and schedules among airlines. Already, Tokyo's Haneda Airport has opened up to U.S. airlines for the first time ever, giving travelers more central airlift to the city; and nearby Tokyo Narita has boosted capacity in preparation for more visitors. Within Japan, newly extended bullet train routes connect to destinations such as Aomori, known for its late spring cherry blossoms and host of Japan's largest summer festival, and Kyushu, home to historic sites such as a castle with Ninja-proof walls.
Others that should be on your list are: Turku, Finland, New Zealand, Atlanta, Tallinn, Estonia, Delhi, Gettysburg, and Astoria, Oregon.
So brush up on your Japanese and/or Finnish and get packing.
Where are YOU planning to travel in 2011?