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VIP NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2012

VIP DESTINATION: 2012 TOP DESTINATIONS

Abandoned car, Australia - www.visitedplanet.comThere's never a bad time to start planning out your wish list of travel destinations but the start of the year is the ideal time. With that in mind we've made a list of some top destinations we think you should add to your 2012 must sees. From New Zealand and Australia to Japan, Europe and the United States; these places should excite, tantalise and entertain you in your travels around the world. Happy adventures!

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Kyoto | Las Vegas | London | Cairns | Wanaka | Toronto | Amalfi Coast | Hong Kong | Buenos Aires | Kununurra
 

KYOTO, JAPAN

Okay so Tokyo might be off limits still at present but that doesn't mean you can't go to Kyoto. It's almost 400 kilometres away and one of the most interesting cities in Japan, thanks to a rich history in which it was once the imperial capital. It is of course replete with Geisha, renowned for its beauty in Autumn when the trees turn to gold and crimson and filled with various UNESCO World Heritage listed treasures. So get on over to Japan, enjoy Kyoto and help the people and economy get on their feet in 2012.

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LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES

Las Vegas - www.visitedplanet.comFor Australians travel to the United States remains a good prospect in 2012 with the Aussie dollar still buying at parity more or less with its U.S counterpart. For fun times, great night life, plenty of excitement and the chance to be a high roller, Las Vegas offers plenty for the intrepid backpacker. Wile away the night hours at the many casinos and nightclubs and enjoy day trips to places like the Grand Canyon. A fabulous place at any time of year.

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LONDON, ENGLAND

Big Ben, London - www.visitedplanet.comLondon is gearing up for a mammoth year in 2012 with the Summer Olympics running there in July and August and all the associated events with it. Combined with Wimbledon in June and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations there's going to be plenty happening in the capital all year. It's something not to be missed!

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CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

You can't beat the tropical paradise that is Cairns as part of your Australian sojourn. Cairns offers everything you would expect from this part of the world: coral reef, big fish, diving, snorkelling, crocs, island wonders, rainforest and adventure. If you put this place on your travel itinerary in 2012 you won't be disappointed.

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WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND

Lake Wanaka - www.visitedplanet.comIf you're keen to support south island tourism but want to steer well clear of Christchurch then consider a visit to Wanaka. Not only does Wanaka have the incredible natural beauty of more popular places like Queenstown to the south, but it's perfect to visit at any time of year. That means hiking and mountain biking in summer, skiing and snow boarding in winter plus other activities at other times such as wine tasting, canoeing on the lake and touring local towns.

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TORONTO, CANADA

Canada's largest city should be on your travel map should you make it to this part of North America. Why? Well it's cosmopolitan, international and one of the world's most livable cities. Here you'll find media, arts, films, museums, shopping and more. Here you could spot a celebrity, shop at one of the most popular malls in the world, climb one of the world's highest free standing structures, eat in one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in the world, see one of any major seven major league sports ... the list goes on and on. Trust us, you'll have fun in Toronto!

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AMALFI COAST, ITALY

Amalfi Coast - www.visitedplanet.comWith the Italian economy in some disarray it's a good time to go and spend your Euro on cappucinos and gelatis. One of the most idyllic stretches in the country is the Amalfi Coast that encompasses areas such as Naples, the islands of Ischia and Capri, and Sorrento and Positano. The mainland and islands are home to stunning villas with equally gorgeous seascapes, wonderful walking opportunities and all the fresh produce of the region such as wine and seafood. For the true bella vita of Italy you have to see the Amalfi Coast.

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HONG KONG

Hong Kong skyline - www.visitedplanet.comAhhh... Hong Kong. If you haven't experienced Hongkers you need to. Think exotic markets, old sampans, fishing villages, amazing views, hustle and bustle and modernity mixed with age old China and you've got one of the most interesting centres of commerce, industry and history in Asia. Stay in the depths of Kowloon enjoying the bird and fish markets, wander over to Lantau island to see the huge Buddha and make sure you climb Victoria Peak for the views. So much to see...

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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

There are plenty of reasons you might go to Buenos Aires and tango is just one of them. That's right this is where tango music and dance happen so go along to learn. That's not the only thing of rich cultural value in the Argentinian capital. There's sort of an old world feel here with the European architecture. There's good shopping in designer boutiques, funky markets, wonderful cuisine, passionate football matches and plenty of nightlife. In other words plenty to rave about so put this on your 2012 itinerary.

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KUNUNURRA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Boab tree - www.visitedplanet.comThe Kimberley region in the northern part of Western Australia gives you a glimpse of what much of the nation must once have looked like - isolated, rugged and beautiful. Kununurra is the gateway to this region that is peppered with gorges, amazing sandstone formations, 4wd tracks and more.

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