VIP Backpackers travel picks for 2012

Okay so it’s that time of year when you need to start planning out your travel for the new year.

There’s no excuse really to get out your diary and start thinking about where you should go. So with that in mind here’s five locations we think would be worth a stop over in 2012.

Here are three destinations featured from the top picks in the January 2012 newsletter.


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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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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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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Read all 10 top picks in the January 2012 newsletter.


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