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Gallery: It's 2011 - time to start planning your holidays

TheJournal.ie’s list of 7 places you should consider adding to your travel wishlist for the coming year.

Image: Christian Revival Network via Creative Commons

IT’S A DAY FOR NEW RESOLUTIONS and there’s no better time to start planning ahead for the coming year.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, you might be looking for something a bit more off the beaten track unusual than previous holidays.

Check out TheJournal.ie’s slideshow of places you should consider visiting in 2011:

Gallery: It's 2011 - time to start planning your holidays
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  • Siberia, Russia

    If you really want off-the-beaten-track, then anywhere past Ekaterinburg on the TransSiberian rail line could be what you're looking for. This picture is from Listvyanka, a small rural town on the shores of Lake Baikal. (Image: S Ryan)
  • Pripyat, Ukraine

    Nature has been working hard to reclaim the town of Pripyat, abandoned following the 1986 nuclear disaster at the nearby Chernobyl power station. The empty town and the rusting sarcophagus built over reactor number four at the power plant are stark memorials to the scale of the disaster. (Image: Susan Ryan)
  • Moeraki, New Zealand

    A beach on the east coast of New Zealand's south island is home to strange geological formations. Huge spherical stones line the shore, having fallen out of the cliffs as coastal erosion eats into the rock. Some of the rounded rocks have cracked open, revealing honeycomb-like formations inside. (Image: elisfanclub via Creative Commons)
  • Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado, USA

    This is as close as you'll ever get to actually walking with dinosaurs - hundreds of dino footprints etched onto the fossilised rock at Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark. (Image: Jon's pics via Creative Commons)
  • Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand

    If you're really trying to get as far away from the rain/snow/sleet in Ireland, check out this Bounty advert-like beach on Krabi island. (Image: Argenberg via Creative Commons)
  • Antarctica

    Not the easiest - or cheapest - holiday location, but definitely a conversation starter and you'll come home with a heck of a holiday photo collection. (Image: 23am.com via Creative Commons)
  • Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

    This rather unique, but kind of creepy, Roman Catholic Chapel contains thousands of human bones, some of which have been arranged into patterns or objects such as chandeliers. (Image: Tscherno on Flickr via Creative Commons)

Are you planning to visit anywhere particularly unusual in 2011? Or is there somewhere you’d especially like to visit this year, if you had the opportunity? Add your suggestions to the comments below.

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