The 2009 It List for travel just released its annual “It List” predicting the 10 must-visit destinations for 2009. Locations on this year’s list cover a wide range of traveler interests and price points. Bolivia is on intrepid travelers’ radar screens for the first time, whereas Acapulco was glamorous in the 1950s and is once again on the upswing. The 2009 “It List” spans the globe: from as far as Beirut, Lebanon, the Philippines, and Vilnius, Lithuania, to as close as New York City, Utah, and Toronto.



The complete story is available at the list on The destinations on the list are as follows:

  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Bolivia
  • Utah
  • Acapulco, Mexico
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Central Philippines
  • New York City
  • Rajasthan, India
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • “Each year, we comb the globe looking for the emerging places that will be on everybody’s lips two years from now, so that our readers can get there before the crowds,” said Peter J. Frank, Editor-in-Chief of “The 2009 ‘It List’ includes destinations at all price points and for all types of travelers, in the hopes that no matter the economic news, travel will still be a part of the coming year for those who love to explore.”

    I have to say that a few of these destinations are surprising. The Philippines are dangerous, Utah still makes it difficult to get a drink in many counties, and Beirut is still quite unsettled by conflict. Yes, there are trendy things to do in each of these locations, but they’re hardly traveler friendly. Oh, and Lithuania really isn’t cool at all, as the local interpretation of customer service matches Henry Ford’s.

    In any case, next year’s list gives you some food for thought, and an idea of where many may head during the vacation period in 2009.

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