The Top 10 Destinations in the World in 2013

Let’s face it, we all love lists! Compilations of the 10 fastest this, or 10 most expensive or exclusive that appear to exert a magnetic draw on our collective curiosity that has to be satiated! I cam across the following list just today and what amuses me about it is that it claims to indicate the 10 top travel destinations in the world as voted for by Facebook users. How could that be when we’re just six weeks into the new year? Do they actually mean the top 10 travel destinations of 2012? Also, I’ve never even heard of the top destination and I travel quite a lot. Indeed, I would bet that most people have never heard of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve googled it and looked as some of the images of it and it does look like a magical place alright and no doubt I’ll get to visit it at some stage as I’ve never been to that particular country but come on, how many people actually voted for this place out of the subset of people who have traveled to loads of other places? What were the criteria by which these top 10 destination were chosen (four of which I have been to!) and what singled them out for special mention.

Lists are great things and as I say, we all love them — myself included — but I’ve got to say that one needs to take them with a pinch of salt. Again, that’s not to say that in this instance the finalists don’t deserve their places in the hallowed top ten but I think you will possibly be surprised by who (or more accurately where) is in it.

OK, enough! Stop teasing us. Where’s the b****y list?

Here you go:

Top 10 travel places for 2013 according to Facebook

  • Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Granada, Spain
  • Penticton, British Columbia
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Copacabana, Bolivia
  • Hoi An, Vietnam
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