With the start of the new year, papers and magazines are full of trends and predictions for the coming 12 months. The travel industry is no different. The NY Times Travel section recently published their list of 53 hot places to travel in 2008.
I guess Canada can count itself lucky that it got featured at least once (New Zealand didn’t even make the cut), with a trip through the northwest passage. The top destinations were Laos, Lisbon, and Tunesia. Goes to show that we have a lot of competition out there. And for established destinations, it’s out-of-the-way places that are attracting attention. For Norway, the fiords, or even the Lofoten, don’t make the cut anymore, It’s Svalbard where you have to go.
Interestingly, for Indonesia, Lombok made the list. Bali is getting crowded, so they move over one island. They mention quieter beaches and a bigger volcano (Rinjani is indeed bigger than Gunung Agung on Bali). Good thing that there are lots of islands further east, in case Lombok gets over-crowded.
Prediction for 2015: Sumbawa will be the hot place to go. It used to have the biggest volcano of them all, Tambora, until it blew itself to bits in 1815 in the biggest volcanic explosion in recent history.
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