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It took a bit longer than usual this winter, but it finally seems to be getting consistently cold (can you say “global weirding?”). That means it’s time to start planning those winter vacations, and the NYTimes list “The 45 Places to Go in 2012” has some great ideas. Whether you’re a mountain man, a city slicker, a beach bum or a snow bunny, the NYTimes has got you covered (for the record, you don’t have to be any of these things; this list is long enough for everyone to find something they’ll enjoy). Two of the most intriguing destinations on the list are Uganda and the Dominican Republic, places where the Undiscovered Travel Collection is heavily represented.

Coming in at No. 33 on the list is Uganda, the “pearl of Africa.” Home to over half of the worlds’ remaining population of mountain gorillas, Uganda also boasts high numbers of bird species as well as a breathtaking variety of terrain, from some of the highest mountains in Africa—the Rwenzori Mountains—to sprawling savannahs and dense jungles. Pearls of Uganda, a collection of community tourism enterprises represented by the UTC, allows visitors to experience all of what this beautiful country has to offer while giving back to the communities in which they stay. All Pearls, such as the Batwa Trail and Katwe Salt Lake Tour, employ local people as staff and the funds generated go to community development projects such as schools and health clinics. Uganda is the perfect place for all you philanthropic adventure seekers.

Now for all you beach bums out there, two spots down from Uganda at No. 35 is the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic. While the Undiscovered Travel Collection does not have clients on the peninsula itself, a number of them are quite close, such as the Dominican Treasures Fair Trade Chocolate Tour and the Caño Hondo Ecolodge, and all tourism enterprises benefit from an increase in positive attention. The article highlights the peninsula’s beaches and its potential for ecotourism, two things the DR as a whole has a lot of, but warns that the crowds are coming, so you should hurry there.

So if you’re looking to escape from the cold and also want an adventure with a hint of responsible tourism, you can’t go wrong with Uganda or the Dominican Republic. Be sure to check out the Collection’s initiatives in both countries while making your plans, and feel free to take a look at our other destinations to give yourself some ideas for future trips!

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