2010 In Review: Editor Jon Wick’s Picks, Tips, & 2011 Travel Predictions

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It comes the time of year that nearly everyone in the travel community takes a second to reflect on their past year of travels and begin to imagine the possibilities of the coming year. We’re no different at The Expeditioner. Throughout December, we are going to be publishing a series of “Year in Review” posts from each one of us. So come enjoy the ride as we relive some of the highs (and lows) of our travels, share any tips we’ve learned along the way, and find out what’s in store for world travelers and our own travels in the upcoming year.

First up, Editor Jon Wick:

2010 has been an incredible time in my life and it’s been awesome to share much of it with the Expeditioner Nation.

As for 2011, I have three pretty solid predictions:

1. I see a big England boom coming. I say this for two reasons: 1) William and Kate’s April wedding will attract monarch-loving, white-haired tourists from around the globe; and, 2) It is a great time to see and take advantage of all the upgrades to London as a result of the 2012 Olympics.

2. Qatar. I think the controversy surrounding the World Cup 2022 has brought this small Persian Gulf country into peoples’ minds and curiosities. The Middle East has been on the rise for quite some time– this may just put Qatar on the map. Bad press is still press, right?

3. TheExpeditioner.com signs a multi-million dollar movie deal with James Cameron based on the international bestseller The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World: Intrepid Tales of Awesomeness from the Open Road.

As for my own 2011 travels, I will be taking advantage of a wedding present and heading down to Austin, Texas, for my first ever visit to the Lone Star State in January. Besides that, I would like to revisit the Caribbean, which I haven’t been to since awkward family vacations when I was a chubby, pre-pubescent Midwesterner. I can’t put my finger on why, but Puerto Rico seems to intrigue me lately. Maybe it’s all this early season Montana snow (that’s not a complaint).

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