Where to go in 2018? National Geographic’s editors have some suggestions. Twenty-one of them, in fact, divided equally among three categories: cities, culture, and nature.
According to the news release accompanying the 2018 Best of the World article, “The No. 1 question we get from our 9.6 million readers is, ‘Where should I go next?’ … Packed with surprise, humor and relevance, our list advances our National Geographic mission to explore, conserve and share unforgettable stories about the best of our world.”
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Whether it lives up to that rather grand billing or not, the list is an intriguing one, and certainly includes some surprising choices.
- Dublin, Ireland
- Malmo, Sweden
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- San Antonio, Texas
- Santiago, Chile
- Sydney, Australia
- Tbilisi, Georgia
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Friesland, Netherlands
- Harar, Ethiopia
- Labrador, Canada
- Oaxaca, Mexico
- Tetouan, Morocco
- Vienna, Austria
- Jordan Trail, Jordan
- Jujuy Province, Argentina
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Ruaha NP, Tanzania
- Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
Cleveland, for culture? National Geographic makes the case as follows:
Cleveland rocks: on stage in the eight theaters on Playhouse Square, at indie-music venue Beachland Ballroom, and in hip meat-lovers’ restaurants like the Black Pig and the Plum. Shop and stroll in the revived Hingetown neighborhood and Waterloo Arts District.
OK, maybe there’s a case to be made. But, as with some of the other choices on the list, it seems more geared to surprise than to impress. Which might just be a good thing if it serves to get us out of our usual where-to-go thinking rut.
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After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.