It's here! This year The New York Times puts Panama in at #1 on the list of the 45 Places to go in 2012. I'm pleased to see, at #2, one of my most recent and favorite destinations - Helsinki! Helisinki happens to be World Design Capital for 2012, as appointed by The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Not only is Helsinki one of the most welcoming places that I have ever visited, it is also one of the most progressive and forward-thinking.
The first African country on the list is one of my country's neighbors, Tanzania (#7). Two Californian cities - Oakland (#5) and San Diego (#14) - make the top 15. Thanks to Mr. Richard Branson and the fine folks at Virgin Galactic, Space is the #20 place to go in 2012.
I'm pleased to see a much more eclectic mix on this year's list. Who wants to join me in the Maldives? Here's hoping!
New York Times Slideshow: Where to Go in 2012