My 2013 Travel Resolutions

Instead of resolving to exercise more, lose weight or quit smoking in 2013, why not make some travo-lutions instead? Here are some of the places I’m vowing to see over the next 12 months.

Barbuda

Antigua’s sleepy little sister scores big points with me. The reason: Low Bay, where 17 continuous miles of ivory sand are at the disposal of guests staying at the 62-square-mile island’s only resort, Lighthouse Bay. It’ll be just me, a few frigate birds and a frosty Wadadli. Bliss.

Dominica

I’m not a nature girl. I like my hotels plush and my air-conditioning on full-blast, and you’ll never find me in Birkenstocks. Yet I’m curious about the emerald gem they call the Nature Island. It just might have something to do with two  eco resorts there that have piqued my interest: Jungle Bay, where I can see myself sipping a glass of red wine on the veranda of a hardwood cottage  on stilts. And Secret Bay, where they’ve spared no expense bringing luxurious villas and five-star service to the forest. That’s the kind of eco experience I can get behind.

Switzerland

I blame Wham! Ever since I saw the  video for their 1984 hit Last Christmas (which I’m not even sure was shot in Switzerland) I’ve wanted to grab my sweetie and retreat to an alpine destination where we’ll stay in a log cabin, play in the snow and snuggle up in front of a roaring fire.

Tokyo

I can’t think of anywhere more different to the places I’ve already been than Tokyo. Gazillions of people (most not much taller than I am), city lights, exotic (to me) food, shopping galore, and a language I don’t have a hope in hell of understanding. It’ll all be foreign with a capital F. Bring it on!

India

My sub-continental lust began at the movies, specifically Monsoon Wedding, and Deepa Mehta’s trilogy Fire, Earth and Water. (If you haven’t seen any of these films,  Netflix ‘em now!) I’m enchanted by the Indian color sensibility (any country where they routinely combine yellow, pink and orange is my kinda place) and the food (roti, curry, raita …. yum!). Factor in my insatiable lust for sari fabric, nose rings and armfuls of bangles and it’s a wonder that it’s taken me so long to get there.

Where do you want to go next year?

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  1. Actually, there’s another (older) resort on the island of Barbuda – Coco Point Lodge – http://cocopoint.com/

    I’ve been there twice with my wife and some friends, and it’s absolutely wonderful.

    • JetSetSarah says:

      Oooh, thanks for the tip, Sam. I’d never heard of Coco Point before but I’m definitely adding it to my must-see-on-Barbuda list! Happy travels!

  2. JetSetSarah says:

    Denise: I’m so jealous of your India jaunt. You better post photos! Sharra: I’ve never seen Niagara Falls either. Maybe we can find a race nearby and use that as an excuse! Jackie: Anytime! Traveling in twos only doubles the fun!

  3. Denise Shearer says:

    Ok, I am off to India, Kochi Jan. 16th really excited! Preparing myself for the din of humanity that will hit me once off the plane. Excited about the burst of color, taste buds overload and filling my eyes and memory with everything in my visual surrounding. Yoga, good food, and culture and colour what more can I ask for!

  4. Sharra Phillips says:

    I like absolutely Love this idea. Canada, I want to see the Niagra Falls, and the Mediteranean are on my list for this year. Barbuda, Tokyo and India are on my Bucket list though…

  5. Take me with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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