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10 Summer Hotspots 2009

Have you heard the news? The economy stinks. I know, you’re shocked (shocked!). But despite what some reports would have you believe, people are still traveling. Maybe not at the same rates or with the same budget as in past years, but they’re still going. After all, what would summer be without vacation? Like a day without sunshine? Or like a gnome without a garden?

Travelocity has just released a list of ten summer hotspots for 2009. Think of it as a “most improved,” rather than a “most popular” list. These ten domestic destinations are seeing a rise in popularity despite one-third of travelers cutting back on their summer vacation budgets. Good news in tourism alert! The local economies of these destinations should benefit from their improved rankings.

Travelocity’s 10 Summer Hotspots:

Minneapolis / St. Paul

Salt Lake City

San Francisco

Las Vegas

Seattle

Chicago

Washington, D.C.

Portland (OR)

San Diego

Boston

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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.

How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.

Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.

Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.

First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.

First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.

Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.

My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.

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heidikins
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Woah, check that out! Who would have thought Salt Lake would make the list! (Awesome outdoorsy stuff, people, you should seriously google “Southern Utah Red Rock” pics and then rearrange all your travel plans to make a stop here.)

xox

Michelle
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Wow! I’ve actually only visited five of these places, but the other five were already high on my to-see list. Looks like I’ve got some summer weekends to plan…

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San Diego is definitely a top spot because of it’s amazing weather, the Zoo, Seaworld, Legoland! Did I mention the beach and the fun nightlife downtown? It’s got everything you need in a vacation. I’m surprised that Minneapolis is on there! I’ll have to look into it and maybe plan my next trip :)

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Michelle
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What about Miami, I’m going this summer and I have not been for at least 10 years, I heard it’s one of the best destinations, next time you should include it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB8bAH0Jea0

Weekend Getaways
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This is my list-
10. Dairy Queen – so I can DQ something different
9. Las Vegas – Cause I still have money
8. Wisconsin Dells – Lots of hot chicks at the water parks
7. Hardee’s – For a 1400 calorie Monster Thickburger, large 700 calorie french fries and a large 900 calorie Strawberry shake.
6. Hospital – For heart attack after consumming food described in “7″
5. Hardee’s – For a celebratory dinner after leaving the hospital consisting of a 1400 calorie Monster Thickburger, large 700 calorie french fries and a large 900 calorie Strawberry shake.
4. K-Mart – For the semi-annual Martha Stewart’s White Sale
3. Denver – To drill hole and see if Denver really is a mile above sea level
2. New York City – To pick up some of that city slicker picante sauce
1. My storage shed in Austin, TX – So I can get my giant 3 foot hot dog and bring it back to Wisconsin.

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I like the DC area because it is close to the capital. I would like to visit the spy museum and the washington momentum.

daniel
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Wow…
your suggestions are really great. I’ll definitely check out these places after completion of semester…
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shgya
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the other five were already high on my to-see list. Looks like I’ve got some summer weekends to plan… Laptop Computers

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Your suggestions are really great. I will definitely check out these places. I would like to visit the spy museum and the Washington momentum first.

oyun
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San Diego is definitely a top spot because of it’s amazing weather, the Zoo, Seaworld, Legoland! Did I mention the beach and the fun nightlife downtown? It’s got everything you need in a vacation. I’m surprised that Minneapolis is on there! I’ll have to look into it and maybe plan my next trip :)

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I would like to visit the spy museum and the Washington momentum first.

Greg Napier
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I never would have known that Chicago was a summer hotspot, I thought it was nicknamed the “Windy City”! :)

If you’re looking for a summer hotspot in Europe Malaga is well worth a look. It’s an ancient port set against the azure backdrop of the Mediterranean sea. Beach life, has made it one of the most popular destinations on Spain’s Costa Del Sol.

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Thai beach (c) Rex strength of the euro keeps us from some of our most popular destinations this summer. Prague, Cork and Paphos all suffered large declines in the British book summer break – so what new “hot spots” should be eliminated under the slack?

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These ten domestic destinations are seeing a rise in popularity despite one-third of travelers cutting back on their summer vacation budgets.
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Wisconsin Dells Hotels
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I love that someone commenting didn’t omit Wisconsin Dells as a great vacation hot spot. And yes we do have a great share of beautiful women in the Dells. Florida we’re coming for ya. LOL.

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