Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Where Would You Travel If You Could?

With the world becoming smaller and smaller thanks to technology, travel doesn’t seem as elusive as it once did. Now, we are constrained by jobs, money and finding the time to travel. However, the world is a big place, and we are here to help show it to you! With so many different places to see- where would you go if you could go anywhere? Per the New York Times, we are going to highlight a few places around the world that have gained some notoriety. Enjoy!

At the beginning of each year, the Times Travel section suggests the best places of the globe to visit. Here are some highlights from the 2014 edition.

Downtown Los Angeles
Gone is the musty, lifeless, only-open-for-Kings-hockey-games reputation of downtown Los Angeles. While the museums in this corner of the city are thriving (the Lost Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art is nearby), the growing dynamism of downtown is the food scene.

Ecuador is famed as the home of the Galapagos, the beloved islands off the coast that feature mind-boggling wildlife—but the mainland is not slouch either. One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Ecuador has over 1,600 species of birds, 4,00 kinds of orchids, one of the largest condor shelters on the planet—and one-fifth of the country (including the Galapagos) is protected.

Nashville, Tenn.
Country music lovers have long made the pilgrimage to Nashville, but now the city has fast gained cachet among rock fans and foodies. The city’s vibrant scene is home to the Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Jeff the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet, who all play in town occasionally. And a youthquake is transforming scruffy neighborhoods like 12South and East Nashville into hipster hubs.

Five years ago, one of the planet’s most ambitious cities appeared to be dying. Crushed with debt, Dubai found its megaprojects and skyscraper scuttled or scrapped. The city went from juggernaut to joke, But now, it’s back. Economically surging, Dubai has won its bid to host World Expo 2020 and has unveiled its Tourism Vision, also for 2020, a plan to attract 20 million tourists—double the current crowd.

To read the full New York Times article, click here.

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