You've probably seen a handful of those "what will happen in 2010" stories. I did one last week, myself; and I had lots of company. Many of them -- including mine, I hope -- provide useful information, but all too many others present information that is of no practical use to a typical traveler.
The best are those that inform you of good deals, explore interesting things to do, and warn about scams and deceptions. That's the sort of information that helps you plan a trip or decide what to do when you get there. Here are a few that caught my eye.
International Living (www.internationalliving.com) released its 2010 worldwide "quality of life" index. Although this longtime newsletter targets people who are considering retiring outside
The always reliable folks at Budget Travel (www.budgettravel.com) published their list of
the top 10 budget destinations for 2010:
-- Vegas makes it because of ongoing great hotel rates and low airfares.
I've also received a bunch of reports containing data -- some in excruciating detail -- about where Americans will go next year -- some based on popularity, others on someone's list of "hot" destinations. I can see why a publication or Website would be interested in knowing where people want to go: We used to ask Consumer Reports Travel Letter's readers to help us focus our coverage for the year. But what earthly use is it to you, as a traveler, to know where either the public at large or a few anointed celebrities are thinking of going? In fact, the "where are you going" numbers typically round up the usual suspects:
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