Places to go in 2014 not too far from home

An article in the the New York Times on Jan. 12 was titled “52 Places to Go in 2014.”

It prompted daydreaming of riding the luxury Tren Crucero train through Latacunga, Ecuador, and spotting a few of their 1,600 birds species and 4,000 varieties of orchids. The decision might get gut-wrenching — to have to decide between Taiwan’s 70-mile Kenting National Park or staying on the Albanian Coast between Greece and Montenegro, about 45 miles east of Italy in a waterfront inn for less than $50 a night.

Of course, I would never want to rule out Dubai, Nepal or the Arctic Circle. On second thought, in lieu of all the cold and snow we’ve been blessed with lately I am most definitely ruling out the trip to the Arctic Circle, even though they boast dramatic northern light safaris from luxury adventure hotels.

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