Where will we travel this year? What are the “hot” places? Naturally this depends more on you than on anyone or anything else. The media can tell you what they think are the emerging spots for exciting travel but it all comes down to what you like and what you want to do.

That’s the whole idea behind Triporati, helping you discover places based on what interests you. But it’s still fun to see what others think are the best places for the coming year, even if it’s only to decide where not to go.

Lara Dunston, Triporati’s Persian Gulf and Eastern Europe expert, has been culling media lists of top travel destinations for her “Cool Travel Guide” blog. Check it out and see who recommends Algeria, Beirut, Cartagena, Istanbul, Oman, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, and Vilnius. Then see what Lara recommends.

Personally, I like Mürren, Switzerland for winter sports and Bohol, Philippines for a tropical adventure.

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2 Responses to “Hot Spots for 2009?”

  1. lara dunston on January 5th, 2009 11:57 am

    Anywhere in Switzerland is a favorite with me too, Larry, although I’ve not yet been to the Philippines.

    One of the aims of my list is to get people thinking outside the box, I guess…to encourage them to think about going to destinations they might otherwise not consider, places like Mali and Ethiopia that are desperately in need of their tourist dollars, or places such as Yemen that are going to offer up life-changing experiences. I’ll still thrown in a few safe and easy destinations, such as Helsinki and Montenegro, but I’ve offered these up as alternatives to places like Copenhagen and Croatia.

    Thanks for the link!

  2. Larry Habegger on January 6th, 2009 1:12 am

    I understand, Lara, and agree that alerting people to places that are lesser known but “life-changing” is a great service. Yemen has always been high on my list of places I’ve yet to experience, and a friend who’s made multiple trips to Ethiopia speaks very highly of it.

    Where will I go this year that I haven’t been? Egypt soon, I hope, and who knows after that?

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