December is inspiring a number of up-and-coming destinations lists. On Monday, we published our Destinations to Watch in 2008 article, and I want to round up a few of the others that have been published in the last few days.
CheapTickets.com's Value Travel Cheapometer focuses on budget-friendly destinations for 2008. Destinations are grouped by the month when you'll see the most affordable rates. For instance, Paris and Athens will offer the best value in January, while Venice will be affordable in March. Las Vegas in June is on the list, as is Aruba in November.
The New York Times' 53 Places to Go in 2008 lists cities and countries all over the world. Destinations range from mainstream (South Beach, Miami) to very off-the-beaten-path (Iran).
ResponsibleTravel.com predicts that Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia will become more popular in the New Year. The list is based on reader interest on the ResponsibleTravel.com website, and in cases such as Colombia, features places that are increasingly accessible as more tour operators begin to offer trips there.