It's the end of December, and travel journalists everywhere are penning their New Year's predictions. Tripso is no exception. We've got five great destinations for 2006, and we didn't need a crystal ball to find them. We asked the true expert -- our readers. Did your favorite "hot spot" make the list? We asked more than 1,300 loyal readers of the Tripso forums to help us forecast the "hip" and "in" places for 2006. Here are the results.
Kykate’s sentiments were echoed by another new member, Nobody 122: “I definitely have to agree with this — amazing country, people are some of the most friendly on Earth (ranking right up there with Thais, Australians and Philippinos), and the idea that a luxury 5-star resort costs about what a Red Roof would in the U.S. makes it all the more compelling.”
My top pick did not make the list: New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. We all know of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, and right now these areas need a huge boost from tourism. The government is doing what it can, but it’s up to us to support the Gulf Coast economy by spending some money. I know I will be there in February. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
John Frenaye is the president of JVE Group, Inc., a diversified company which operates the Carlson Wagonlit Travel associate office in Arnold, Md. With a background in business management, he writes about the travel industry as an insider with an outsider's perspective. or . Want to sound off about one of his columns? Try visiting .