Lonely Planet names Top 10 cities for 2013

The good news is that I’ve been to half of Lonely Planet’s newly-released list of Top 10 Cities for 2013. The bad news is I haven’t been to the other five — and I need to get moving.

I have only good memories of the ones I’ve visited — Montreal, Amsterdam, Londonderry (northern Ireland), Hobart (Tasmania, Australia) and San Francisco.

And, I confess, I don’t know that much about some of the others on the list — they simply have not been on my radar, namely, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and; Hyderabad (India). But it’s possible that I may make it some day to the remaining three: Beijing, Christchurch (New Zealand) and Puerto Iguazo, which straddles the Argentine/Brazilian border.

In the meantime, I plan to read about the other, less well-known spots to learn why they made the list — and to get fired up in case the opportunity arises to visit them.

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for She also has written for websites including and