A few weeks ago, Travellerspoint held its end-of-year survey. One of the questions we asked our members was this: What is your dream destination?
Well, the results are in. Here are the top 8 dream destinations for 2008, as picked by Travellerspoint members.
Montorroso, Cinque Terre. Credit: sophos.
Italy topped the list of dream destinations, suggesting that the appeal of authentic Italian food, historic cities and the shimmering Mediterranean shore has not grown any weaker over the years. The streets of Rome and the canals of Venice can expect many more curious travellers this years.
Ganges Boatman. Credit: Degolasse.
Plenty of travellers don't mind a crowd, with many picking India as their dream destination for 2008. Looks like India's 1.12 billion residents will once again play host to travellers on a quest for piping hot curries, beautiful temples and a cultural experience like no other.
Australia Rock. Credit: rebmamber.
Australia, a perennial favourite destination for young and old alike, remains a top choice in 2008. Sydney may be the gateway into Australia, but travellers will have plenty of reasons to explore the country, from the Great Barrier Reef to the evocative and haunting Uluru.
King Penguins in Antarctica. Credit: Taffski.
Travellerspoint members showed they have no fear of the cold, with many selecting Antarctica as their dream destination. Tours of the great white continent afford a unique and beautiful glimpse into one of the world's harshest environments.
Milford Sound. Credit: freedommm.
New Zealand is more than just sheep, kiwis and rugby. The appeal of laid-back coastal cities, dramatic inland scenery and thrilling adventure sports make the southern island nation a first-choice destination for many travellers.
Pyramids of Giza. Credit: davecallan.
The bedrock of Egypt's tourism industry may have been built thousands of years ago, but the Ancient Pyramids and Sphinx have only become more captivating with time. Egyptian officials need have no fear of tourism to the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World drying up anytime soon.
Grand Palace, Bangkok. Credit: dario_81.
Thailand has been the destination of choice for budget travellers for years now, but it seems cash-strapped, backpack-wielding travellers just can't get enough. Sun-kissed beaches, ancient temples and uber-cheap shopping in Bangkok are just three of the reasons why travellers will turn to Thailand for their overseas adventures in 2008.
Candlestick at Sunset. Credit: Good2Go.
Voting closed the day that this blog post was published, and in the last few hours the United States scraped into the list of top destinations. It's not surprising, really. The U.S.A. is a land of extraordinary natural and cultural diversity, from glamorous Hollywood to the majestic Rockies. The United States throbs with possibilities for the traveller.