Illustration: Manya Gupta

I am a big travel buff and as the new year started, I got to thinking about all the trips that I wanted to take this year.

I had a great time visiting India and Hungary last year and I wanted to go to some cool places this year as well.

So, I started looking around at all sorts of lists that come out this time of the year - the top 10 of all things travel - and found one from Lonely Planet. It has the list of top 10 cities to visit in 2014.

Considering it had Chicago, Riga, and Auckland - three places that I have been eyeing to go to, for a long time - I liked it immediately and at the same time it sparked the designer in me and gave me an idea to make a visualization out of the list.

Have you traveled to one of these cities? What tips do you have ... great sights, good restaurants? Let me know in the comments below.

Planning a trip? Consider these cities in 2014

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