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Checking out Conde Nast Traveler’s 2010 It List

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The approach of the end of the year means many things, including that it's list time. The media is making lists to sum up 2009 and to predict what will happen in 2010. Conde Nast Traveler has gone the prediction route with The 2010 It List, which crowns the 10 new hot spots for next year. As I looked at the list (which includes Venice, pictured above), I was pleased to see that I covered several of them this year on Travelogged.

1. Marrakech

Here's a post on Melissa Fernandez's four-day trip to Marrakech, where she ate alongside the locals at the night food markets in the Djamaa El Fna. CNT says Marrakech made the list because a lot of high-end hotels are opening up in 2010, but Melissa stayed at the very nice Le Meridien N’Fis and loved the huge pool and extensive gardens.

2. Kyrgyzstan

OK, CNT has got me here. I can't even pronounce this place. But CNT calls it "the Switzerland of Central Asia" and it looks like an amazing destination for an off-the-beaten path ski trip if you have the money to burn.

3. Vancouver

OK, so I don't have this one either. CNT seems to think that Vancouver has never been better as it's gotten all spruced up for the Olympics. Sounds pretty good to me!

Burma2a 4. Burma

Guest blogger Jeremy Willinger wrote two posts about his trip to Burma this past summer. He found the country to have amazing sights but warned that it's for adventurous travelers only. Yangon/Rangoon, the capital city, features gold-topped temples but not regular electricity or trash pickup. The countryside featured a similar contrast of cultural riches against poverty. CNT seems to have similar views, noting that Burma is going to become a more popular destination now that the dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi is actively encouraging tourism.

5. Venice

I spent a few days in Venice in July, doing the only-in-Venice things like taking a gondola ride, strolling around Piazza San Maroc at night and searching for the Bienniale. With most of the well-preserved Italian cities, you can say "at least it's not going anywhere," but supposedly Venice is slowly sinking so you better go sooner rather than later. However, that's not why it's a CNT hot spot for 2010. CNT says there a lot of high-design hotels arriving on the scene, include Phillipe Starck's Palazzina Grazzi.

6. Antarctica

I think Antarctica is the ultimate trophy destination — nothing says you've seen it all quite like Antarctica. I'm sure it's an amazing experience but it seems a bit too cold for my taste. I am considering going to Banff in January, which also may be a bit too cold for my taste. But at least it's warmer than Antarctica, right?!

7. Cuba

In April, I blogged about the announcement that the US was relaxing travel restrictions to Cuba. But for the average American who doesn't have familial ties to Cuba, a trip there still seems out of reach. In October, the New York Philharmonic canceled what would have been its first-ever concert in Cuba because the band's supporters who wanted to accompany them were denied visas. So I'm not ready to believe that Cuba is going to be a hot spot for Americans in 2010. But then again, perhaps CNT knows something I don't…

8. Sri Lanka

I haven't given Sri Lanka a single thought but according to CNT it's time to start thinking. The civil war ended in May and the country is ready for intrepid travelers willing to stay in luxurious resorts.

Cart2 9. Colombia

My friend Rebecca Webber went to Cartagena, Colombia, for five days in May and shared her thoughts on the walled city on the Caribbean on Travelogged. I definitely agree with CNT that "Colombia is becoming Latin America's hottest destination." I feel like everywhere I turn, someone is talking about how great Colombia is. Jet Blue now flies to Bogota and believe me, I'm tempted!

10. South Africa

Seeing South Africa on the CNT list is making me feel guilty that I have not gone after my friends who have honeymooned there to write something for Travelogged. But CNT does not have South Africa there for it's honeymoon prowess but rather because it's the site of the 2010 World Cup for soccer. South Africa is ready for it's close-up.

So, I've covered some but not all of destinations on Conde Nast Traveler's 2010 It List. Luckily I have more than a full year to complete the rest. If anyone has recently been to or has plans to visit Kyrgyzstan, Vancouver, Antartica or Sri Lanka, please let me know so I can feature your trip on the blog! Or better yet, invite me to tag along…

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6 Responses to Checking out Conde Nast Traveler’s 2010 It List

  1. Caitlin
    Twitter: Niltiac
    December 16, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    >>I am considering going to Banff in January, which also may be a bit too cold for my taste. But at least it’s warmer than Antarctica, right?!
    Not necessarily, given that you are going to Banff in winter and you would typically go to Antarctica in summer. Antarctica in summer may not even be colder than New York in winter!

  2. Angela
    Twitter: angelacorrias
    December 16, 2009 at 2:19 am #

    I have to solve my major problem with cold temperatues, I think Antarctica must be amazing. For next year I think I’ll tackle Middle East though :-)
    In Latin America I’d go to Venezuela and Bolivia before Colombia.
    Great photo of Venice!

  3. Mike December 16, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    I just got back from Sri Lanka and it was an absolutely amazing country. I have good summary of the trip if you’re interested. Overall the country has been ravished by years of extremely violent political warfare, deeply rooted lengths of poverty, and natural disasters that most of the outside world did not even know about because of the former two characteristics of this peaceful, yet unfortunately darkened country.
    ALSO, I am going to the World Cup in South Africa in May. I’ll be attending 7 matches (two of which will be the of the most intriguing matches of the first round (Brazil v Ivory Coast and Uruguay v France). I will keep a running blog on my trip, so you should give it a look when the time comes! Thanks for the great list, I’m happy to say that I have three of the ten checked off my list! (One illegally though… shhhh)
    check out my site, but it’s under construction after a computer melted down, so give it a little time!

  4. Heather on her travels December 16, 2009 at 4:25 am #

    Although those places are all great in their own way, I have to say that Conde Nast could have tried a little harder – I mean Venice is hardly new or original, and Marrakesh may be exotic (I’d love to go) but the folks I trust are talking more about secondary cities like Fez and Essaouria. And South Africa for the World Cup – sooo predictable, I’d give it a miss this year and wait until the football mania is over.

  5. jessiev
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    December 16, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    interesting list. i’m thinking i probably wouldn’t choose antarctica, either. i’m cold here in michigan. :)

  6. aTravelAroundTheWorld December 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    This list is interesting;if I have to choose among them, I think I will go to Venice, in December it is quite cold in the north of Italy but who care, Venice is too romantic to be missed!

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