Must-visit travel destinations according to the travel media, and how to travel in 2009.

Cool Travel Guide’s Hot new travel destination lists… reveals what destinations the travel media think you should visit in 2009.

Lonely Planet: top 10 countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Canada, Georgia, Greenland, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Peru, Rwanda and Sierra Leone; and top 10 cities: Antwerp, Beirut, Chicago, Glasgow, Lisbon, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Warsaw, and Zurich.

Condé Nast Traveler/Concierge: Tel Aviv, Isreal; Bolivia; Utah; Acapulco, Mexico; Vilnius, Lithuania; Central Philippines; New York City; Rajasthan, India; Toronto, Canada; and Beirut, Lebanon.
Frommer’s: Cartagena, Colombia; Cape Town, South Africa; Saqqara, Egypt; Washington DC, USA; Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada; Civil Rights Trail, Alabama, USA; Lassen Volcano National Park, California, USA; Berlin, Germany; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Istanbul, Turkey; Cambodia (But Not Angkor Wat); and Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

DK Travel Guides: Vilnius, Buenos Aires, Gdansk, Seattle, Bristol, Fez, Washington DC, Copenhagen, Cape Town, and Vienna.

Plus, don’t forget to check out Lara’s own list of places you must go in 2009.

If we speak about travel trends in terms of how to travel rather than where, I believe staycations (i.e. a vacation spent close to home) and weekend trips will rise in popularity. And since more and more people realize the importance of conscious traveling, we will hopefully see an increase of alternative ways to travel such as volunteer trips, train charter, eco-tourism, and fair-trade travel.

What’s your view on travel trends and must visit destinations for 2009?

Update: Don’t miss The 44 Places to Go in 2009 by The New York Times.

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