Where's hot for '06? In our first annual, semiscientific poll, we surveyed our staffers and writers. The result:
this A-list of next year's must-see places.
1. Croatia: So hot in 2005 that it was hard to book a flight. For next year, Kornati National Park tops our list. View Croatia photos from Peter McBride >>
2. Argentina: There's still no better adventure travel value in the world than Patagonia at devalued peso prices.
3. Mongolia: Big, safe, and full of wonders like the Gobi and glistening Lake Hövsgöl. A must.
4. Botswana: The underappreciated Okavango Delta is among the richest eco-regions in the world. A definite for the safari cognoscenti.
5. India: Sikkim is the new Nepal, Kerala is the Venice of the East, and India's tourist infrastructure is getting better with each passing year.
6. South Africa: With other parts of the nation learning from Cape
Town, Africa's adventure travel original is worth another look.
7. Thailand: A year after the tsunami, there's still help needed—and miles of uncrowded beaches to explore.
8. China: The Chinese are discovering the natural beauty of their own Sichuan and Yunnan. You should, too.
9. Ecuador: The Amazon has long attracted attention, but now Ecuador's dazzling coastline is turning heads.
10. Mozambique: Safaris in Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and sea kayaking the Barazuto archipelago are putting Mozambique back on the adventure travel map.
Pick up the November 2005 issue for great adventure travel ideas, news, and articles by award-winning writers.