Now that we’ve toasted to 2012, it’s that time of year where we can’t help but think of new beginnings and making ‘resolutions.’ This year, instead of (or in addition to) the usual promises to live healthier or be nicer, etc., why not make a travel resolution?

Maybe you’ve been meaning to visit a family member or Sigma Kappa sister who lives in another state or you’re looking to spend your two weeks vacation somewhere new and different. There are so many ways to make a promise to yourself to expand your horizons or least get out of the usual routine through travel, both near and far from home.

My resolution is to try to get to at least one place (that I haven’t already been to) on Frommer’s Top Destinations 2012 list in the next year. Check out what made the list and maybe one of these places could inspire you to get out of town too.

I’m the first to admit that there were many places I had never heard of and some places just aren’t feasible this year, but the list has something for everyone – whether you want to stay closer to home or jump across the globe, sit on a beach or soak up a different culture.

At the very least, the list is a dream for internet searching and you just may find yourself learning a thing or two about a different corner of the world.

I’ve linked all the destinations to their related tourism site (some look more developed than others!) for more information. For the complete article from Frommer’s, go here.


Check out the view! From

The United States



Can't you see yourself on this beach in Curacao? From

The Americas (outside of the US)




Discover the Northern Lights in Tromso. From





Imagine walking through a park of Cherry Blossoms in Fukuoka. From

Asia and Australia


 So, what’s your travel resolution for 2012? 





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11 Responses to New Year, New Trip!

  1. Teri says:

    My goal is to join the European Alumnae Chapter for their annual meeting in London. Perhaps while I’m there, I can visit Greenwich, as suggested above!

  2. Kate Fodera says:

    That sounds incredible Teri! I’m hoping to head to Chicago some point soon :)

    • Alisa Jordan Alisa Jordan says:

      Chicago is my new home (since August)- so far it’s proving to be a great city! Great restaurants, bars, museums, and scenic spots. Hope you have a great time.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I’ve got a conference in Hawaii in October. Great excuse to make a first visit!

  4. Crystal says:

    I’m gonna shoot for Curacao for a beachy trip, but will gladly join Teri in London for the European Alumnae Chapter meeting (especially since I’m an officer in that group!). See you there!

    • Alisa Jordan Alisa Jordan says:

      Curacao definitely caught my eye when I was investigating this list. It looks incredible and a really interesting mix of Caribbean and European flavors. Maybe we can have an annual meeting there one year!

  5. Courtney Hannah says:

    My husband and I are hoping to do DC for the cherry blossoms. I have never been and would love to see and smell them! If anyone has advice I would love to hear it. The Smokey Mountains are beautiful especially in Spring and Fall.

    • Alisa Jordan Alisa Jordan says:

      I grew up not too far from DC and still have friends in the area. The cherry blossoms are a crowded time in DC, but very beautiful. Have a great trip!

  6. Janah says:

    Sounds like a super fun list to tackle! My travels will include a move back to the West Coast hopefully soon and a family Christmas reunion in Rome. Cheers for a happy 2012!

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