View Full Version : Lonley Planet's : Hot Spots (guess who's number 1!!)

May 1st, 2005, 08:51 PM
for those that haven't heard yet :D

1. Croatia (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/europe/croatia/)
2. China (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/north_east_asia/china/)
3. Argentina (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/south_america/argentina/)
4. United States (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/north_america/usa/)
5. Italy (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/europe/italy/) and Costa Rica (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/central_america/costa_rica/) (tie)

Croatia (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/europe/croatia/) soared to the top of this year's poll after a fourth-place finish last year. Croatia's appeal was its unique combination of culture, history, cuisine, accessibility and affordability. As one staffer wrote, "This is Croatia's year. It appeals to a wide range of travellers with its rich diversity of attractions. And it has not yet been over-touristed, but it has developed an excellent tourism infrastructure -- so that it suits both adventurous travellers and those who need a degree of comfort in their planning." Another staffer wrote, "Croatia's combination of easy accessibility (it's within driving distance of a large chunk of Europe), relative affordability (especially compared to the beach countries like Spain and Italy), and high quality will mean that it will be a 'hot' destination again this year." Other staffers lauded its "stunning beaches and islands," "magnificent food" and "wonderfully preserved towns such as Dubrovnik (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/europe/croatia/attractions.htm#dub)." Congratulations, Croatia!