Iceland
Two words: Iceland and Cuba. While international travel will decline in ’09, newly affordable Iceland will only heat up. The same is true for the rest of Scandinavia, which was once prohibitively expensive for American travelers. And under President Obama, it is likely that U.S. relations with Cuba will improve and travel restrictions may be eased, if not lifted completely. (The Caribbean island has long represented a kind of “forbidden fruit” to U.S. citizens, who will want to experience the country before globalization takes hold.) For those traveling within the United States, the hot urban destination is likely to be Chicago, thanks to the new first family.
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