“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

– Dr. Seuss in Oh, the Places You’ll Go

For travel inspiration in 2011, you could read endless lists of best destinations.

In fact, here’s just a few to get you started:

British Airways top 10 destinations for 2011

- Lonely Planet top 10 best value destinations for 2011

- Frommers Top 10 vacation destinations for 2011

- Top 10 party spring break 2011 destinations

Reuters Top 10 sporting destinations for 2011

- Rough Guides top 10 places to visit in 2011

- The World’s Best Ethical Destinations – 2011

- Top 10 Destinations for Independent Travelers in 2011

But after reading one or two, you might quickly find that they all sound the same.

And if everyone reads them and  if everyone goes,

Then suddenly these best destinations might really not be the best place to be.

So for a more wise and wonderous way to finding your own travel path, 

you’d be better of reading this Dr Seuss classic.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go offers neither lists or destinations which makes it the perfect treatise for travellers looking for inspiration.

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away…any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss in Oh, the Places You’ll Go


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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.

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