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Top 10 Best Holiday Destinations for 2009

Updated on October 9, 2010

Fly into the Sunset

2009 Holidays

As 2009 quickly approaches and the recession is starting to bite it seems that many people are trying to escape from reality for a couple of weeks get away from it all and leave all of their troubles behind by booking their 2009 vacation.

The travel industry has seen a boost this winter with people booking their 2009 vacations early trying to save a little money by booking early.

Europe, Egypt and Orlando are just some of the favored destinations people will flock to on their Summer vacation in 2009 with Bulgaria and Turkey also highly featured on the holidaymakers hit list.

Budget holidays to places where the food and accomodation are cheep and affordable are highly featured in the top 10 this year.


Sharm El Sheikh

Stunning Majorca

Top 10 Holiday Destinations for 2009

NUMBER 10 Egypt

The holiday resort of Sharm El Sheikh, which is an excellent destination for sun,sea and sand, the resort caters to all tastes and ages and it has a fantastic history, culture and some fascinating architecture, Sharm El Sheikh is renowned for its clear blue sea and its wonderful beaches.

Sharm el-Sheikh, one of the most accessible and developed tourist resort communities on the Sinai peninsula, All around are Bedouins, colorful tents, mountains and sea.

5 star Hotels, fantastic shopping, watersports, and wonderful beaches Sharm El Sheikh has something for everyone and more, casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses and health facilities. In fact, with diving and snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and great nearby antiquities attractions.

Number 9 Majorca

Majorca or Mallorca has been a most popular destination with Brittish tourists for many years but Americans have recently discovered the secret of the place, Stunning beaches, blistering sunshine, fantastic nightlife and a historical past that spans thousands of years.

Non-stop partying in Magaluf. Walking the broad plains and rolling countryside of Es Pla. And long tapas lunches in The cosmopolitan Capital of Majorca, Palma. There's something for everyone in Majorca.

Waterparks, diving, Shopping, golf, nightclubs, pubs, fairgrounds, and historical walks all make Majorca one of the worlds top tourist destinations where people come back year after year because they fall in love with the place.

From the Air

Gran Canaria

Number 8 The Maldives

Sun Sea and Sand and a thousand beautiful islands that make up the Maldives are really popular with the tourism trade, get away from it all in style, the Maldives is an archipelago comprising 1,190 low-lying coral islands scattered across the equator, in groups of 26 naturally occurring atolls which are divided into 20 for administrative purposes.

Sunny unique and unspoiled can hardly describe these beautifully stunning islands,small green plots of land popping out of a crystal clear Indian Ocean, heaven isn't a place on earth but this has to be the closest place to heaven that we have. lagoons and reefs, are to be discovered all around these tropical islands with tropical climates to match.

Imagine a place that is nothing but surf and sun; where paradise meets reality. You can choose any of the ninety resorts islands across the Maldives, with the freedom to explore everything is amazing tropical wonderland.

The busiest tourist area in the world. Half a million people every year rediscover this paradise.

Number 7 Gran Canaria

Is an island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean 210 km from the northwest coast of Africa.

Always a popular destination for tourists, Gran Canaria is a sun worshippers dream with year round sunshine, sandy beaches, great shopping , golf waterparks, plenty of nightlife, restraunts and bars, there is something for everyone to do and have fun.

Cran Canaria has a long and unique history and there are plenty of old buildings to discover and explore,.

Water sports and paragliding, diving and surfing are always popular with the visitors who flock to Gran Canaria from all over the globe.

A visit to Gran Canaria is a vacation that you will never forget.

Culturally speaking, Gran Canaria is synonymous with the blending of cultures. This attribute of the island is the legacy of its long history as a port of call for travellers, having been a society that is open to everything that arrives to its shores from beyond the seas.

Marvelous Turkey

Number 6 Turkey

Turkey is becoming more and more popular every year because of it's ecclectic mix of sunshine san sea culture and history and its up and coming nightlife is bringing the younger generation in droves.

This interesting mix makes Turkey a destination for everyone of any age, . This fascinating country boasts 7,200km of coastline boast picturesque beaches, quaint fishing villages, turquoise waters, vibrant nightlife, excellent shops, breathtaking natural scenery, historical sites and sunny skies.

Turkeys landscape is dotted with battlegrounds, ruined castles and the palaces of great empires. This is the land where Alexander the Great slashed the Gordion Knot, where Achilles battled the Trojans in Homer’s Iliad, and where the Ottoman Empire fought battles that would shape the world. History buffs can immerse themselves in marvels and mementos stretching back to the dawn of civilisation.

You can explore the amazing history or you can choose to unwind, spend an afternoon being pampered at a hamam, or let the warm waters off the Mediterranean coast lap at your toes. Adventure lovers can head east to Nemrut Daği National Park. Bon vivants need look no further than İstanbul, where the markets and bars are among the most stylish and atmospheric, and the mod Ottoman cuisine rates as the tastiest, in the world.

International Drive

Number 5 Orlando Florida

Disney, Universal, Sea World, Water Parks and much much more, Orlando is and always will be one of the top places for tourism in the world, this holiday of a lifetime will make any other vacation seem a little dull.

International avenue has some great world class hotels, and some fantastic shops and restraunts, and waterparks fun fairs and a whole heap more.

The Theme parks are what the tourists crave when they pay a visit to Orlando and dissapointment is a word that is unknown in that part of the world, tourists have so much fun in Florida that they often need to take a relaxing break when their vacation comes to an end.

Attracting over 4 million visitors each year, the "sunshine state" is not only great for its weather and superb beaches but for the non-stop entertainment and magic of the world's largest entertainment complex: The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

Mount Teide

Number 4 Tenerife

Back to the Canary Islands for Number 4 in fact Tenerife is the largest of all of the Canary islands, and is very popular with tourists from all over the world.

 is home to the highest mountain peak in Spain. The dormant volcano, Mount Teide, stands at 3,700 metres high and divides the island in two. To the north there are banana plantations, palm trees, vineyards and a tropical climate. It's a perfect destination for all seasons.

Tenerife is often called a paradise island and for good reason! The island experiences sunshine around the year, has an abundance of world class hotels and offers an exceptional choice of cuisine set against the stunning background of Mount Teide. Most people going on holidays to Tenerife stay in the main tourist resorts of Los Christianos and Playa de las Americas, located side-by-side in the south west of the island.

The choice of hotels in Tenerife is quite staggering with everything from affordable 3 star hotels to top class 5 star luxury hotels available. Whether you are planning a romantic break away, a quick 'run to the sun' or a fortnight long family holiday, Tenerife really does have something for everyone.


The Scenic Algarve

Number 3 Portugal's Algarve

The Algarve sits on Portugal's southern coast, . It has over 240 km of coastline for you to choose from which, paired with a warm climate, make it a perfect place to soak up the sun.

Everywhere you go, you are surrounded by bright colours, from the golden sands, to the crystal clear waters, the clear blue skies, the vivid green grass, and the white-washed walls of the buildings in the Algarve's old towns.

There is no one best way to explore this region of Portugal. The seemingly endless coastline includes some of the world's most beautiful beaches, but by venturing just a few miles inland, you can lose yourself in the heritage and history of the Algarve.


Number 2 Corfu

Corfu has brilliant weather and beaches, along with water sports, nightlife, delicious food and drink, great shopping and lots of culture and history.

At Number Two on the list it is an increasingly popular destination for world travellers.

The most important part of any Greek island holiday, is the food and wine Corfu's Tavernas will not disappoint. Modern Corfiot food is fresh and exciting.

Nowadays you will find fresh and exciting food at Corfu's tavernas.

Since the introduction of the Euro, emphasis has been to keep prices down and quality up.

Admittedly, it is more expensive than the days of the drachma, but Corfu still offers excellent value for money as a holiday destination

Sunny Beach Bulgaria

Number 1 Bulgaria

 An up and coming destination it comes as a surprise to most Bulgaria is the most sought after destination this year.

The credit crunch could be a part of the reason for this because of the extremely cheap prices that Bulgaria has to offer, of course the sun sand sea and nightlife also play their part in making Bulgaria a fantastic and popular place to visit and there is a diverse range of cultures in one place and a totaly unique history to match.

Known as the "Jewel of the Balkans", Bulgaria. You'll find sandy beaches, many of which have been awarded Blue Flag status for their cleanliness and facilities, which overlook the Black Sea, a region renown for its warm sunshine. And the mountainous areas of the country provide a breathtaking summer backdrop to its quaint villages, as well as excellent skiing during winter.


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      8 years ago

      Always good to read a nice piece of work, thanks for sharing x from 4starweddings

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      8 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Outstaning hub! Really makes me want to get out there and explore a little instead of sitting at my desk.

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      Betty Reid 

      9 years ago from Texas

      I didn't even know Bulgaria was a travel destination. Beautiful photos.

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      9 years ago

      You have pretty much matched my own favourite holiday destinations in this list - uncanny! Really enjoyed reading about Turkey again - there is so much to this country that people, especially from the UK, and only just discovering.

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      9 years ago

      wish it was more specific in terms of location etc.....

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      9 years ago

      EGYPT is toooooo BEAUTIFUL to be number 10. come on people on every other holiday websites its between number 1 and number 5, but number 10. NO WAY !!

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      9 years ago from Cumbum

      Very interesting and informative Hub particularly for the people who want to travel many lovely places of this Great World. Thanks for adding beautiful pictures of the places. Great Hub!

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      9 years ago from U.S.

      Bulgaria is the No. 1?

      It's indeed a surprise to me.hehe

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      9 years ago from Europe

      I've always wanted to go to Bulgaria. It's one of those places in Europe where I still have never been. I never expected it to be Nr. 1 on the list! It's great that Bulgaria is Nr. 1 and it is a pity that I still haven't been there.

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      Top 10 holiday destinations 

      9 years ago

      I agree, this is a great list and I'm delighted to see Gran Canaria in top 10. :) If you haven't been there, that should be your next destination ThePioneer21. Portugal is beautiful too.

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      9 years ago from Liverpool

      Hi Jimmy

      Great hub! I think everyone should go to Portugal, its one of the most beautiful places in the world!! The beaches there are amazing- although the sea is completely freezing because it is on the Atlantic! I really want to be on holiday now:-(

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      karen Carlisle 

      9 years ago

      Hi Im just back from a cruise and one of my favourite islands is St Martin its beautiful and also Grand Turk, I have visited alot of the others and have a flat in Turkey which i just love to bits and the Turkish people are all so friendly its a beautiful place, my flat's in Didm just two minutes from Altinkum. I havent been to Bulgaria but my aunt had a vila there and we couldn't get her home all summer lol. Im just looking to book something for next year and think I may opt for Egypt now. Thanks

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      9 years ago from India

      Excellent Hub and all the efforts must be appreceiated.


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      9 years ago

      Geesh Im confused. First I learn how to crash a plane, then I come here to lay out on the beach.

      If I had a choice Id visit Grand Canaria and get some new decorating ideas from the historic buildings. The different cultures all in one place sounds really neat and interesting.

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      9 years ago


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      9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      A Hub to start us all dreaming - for more money! Thanks for this food for thought. I will look up your Edinburgh Hubs.

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      9 years ago

      What about South Africa?? its brilliant, so what its a bit dangerous so are most cities

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      tom the traveller 

      10 years ago

      Nice Hub, i just live an hour from Orlando and each time we visit it is a new experience. I would like to visit some of the places you mentioned in this hub one day. But for now we travel either to the Caribbean or Central America.

      Have a great day.

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      Clara Ghomes 

      10 years ago

      Good info! Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub:)

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      10 years ago

      truly remarkable places to spent holidays n get relexed .they all are incredible in their beuty n nature

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      10 years ago from London

      "Not be totally ruthless here, but what about promoting US destination spots? Lets try to keep as much money as possible on our own soil."

      I'm fairly sure that "jimmythejock" isn't of American soil, though!

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      10 years ago from Canada

      w.o.w it's so amazing, and need a lot of money (especially for this time being)...

      i think this article is for my daydreaming hahaha.. let try to get maney as much as we can Shall we?

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      10 years ago

      Not be totally ruthless here, but what about promoting US destination spots? Lets try to keep as much money as possible on our own soil. I looked up top vacation spots for the us. Here is the top 10 as posted on (2009):

      1. Hawaii 2. Las Vegas 3. Florida 4. California 5. Texas 6. Georgia 7. Virginia 8. New York 9. North Carolina 10. Colorado

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      10 years ago from Philadelphia

      Good hub! I heard flights from the U.S. to Europe have dropped considerably since last year. With the economy on a downswing, it might be the best time to do some things, like travel internationally, you'd been putting off. Good idea.

      Dee Hubbing It Up

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      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Rik thanks for your comment, I recently started a series of hubs based on a tour of Edinburgh, and hope to do more in the future about the many more places to Visit in Scotland.

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      Rik Ravado 

      10 years ago from England


      Useful, informative Hub and I'm surprised you didn't include your homeland - Scotland is a wonderful place to visit as long as it isn't raining!


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      Jason Menayan 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, what a great list! I snorkeled in Sharm el-Shaikh 15 years ago, and found the variety of marine life there absolutely stunning.

      Haven't been to any of the other destinations (except Orlando) but hope to some day, if not in 2009. :-)

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      10 years ago from DEVON

      I spent two years of my youth in Gran Canaria (puerto rico). I probably didn't appreciate it in the same way as I would now. Personally I think Turkey will be the hot spot, for us Brits anyway. Due to the Euro being so strong.

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      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      WOW!! So many wonderful places. I hope I get to see at least most of them. Great pictures.

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      Amanda Severn 

      10 years ago from UK

      This is a great list Jimmy, but having priced up some European escapes we're probably going to stay in the UK this year. I can't believe how badly the pound is doing at the moment. Still on the plus side perhaps the cheap prices will attract tourists to our shores and give all our ace holiday destinations a bit of a boost!

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      10 years ago from California

      wow, most of these sure are not on my lists!

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      10 years ago

      Great hub! Those pictures sure look very inviting!

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      10 years ago from London

      <sigh> so many places, so little time and money to visit them all!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      10 years ago from USA

      Jimmy, thank you for your hub. These pics are beautiful.

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      10 years ago from New York City

      Very interesting list and very beautiful pictures. I was fortunate enough to be in all of them except Egypt and Portugal. Always wanted to go to Portugal and hope one day will. Quite surprising that Bulgaria took a first place, I agree that it is cheap, but it is impossible to comapre the beauty of other places on your list to Bulgaria. But well it is very affordable. Thank you for a nice sunny hub.

      For those who like Joe don't have a passport, check my 10 Must Visit Cities In The United States.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Jimmy! Great hub. It looks like each of those 10 spots has a lot of sun. I'm all for sun... We're having freezing rain here in my neck of the woods in Canada... give me warmth... I promise this time around not to complain about it being too hot I swear. (Only 11 weeks till the first day of spring)

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Carolina Dursina 

      10 years ago from Spring Green WI

      This is Great info, now it's quit surprising to know that Bulgaria comes FIRST!


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      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      We haven't any snow as yet Joe but the ice is about an inch thick here, thinking warm and sunny thoughts always did help me get through the winter months, hope that you get your passport soon.....jimmy

      ps happy new year everyone

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      Joseph Addams 

      10 years ago from Standing right behind you!

      We're sitting in a half foot of snow now and looking to get out. My wife is from Portugal, so I know she'd like to go back home eventually. I don't have a passport and would have to wait the 100 years to get one. Maybe Orlando for us this year.

      Thanks for the nice warm hub!

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      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bruce, Thankyou for your visit and comment, I too share your dream, sun sand sea and the other "S" lol maybe a little lottery win will help me make it to one of these great destinations lol.....jimmy

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      Bruce Elkin 

      10 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      Hey Jimmy, Thanks for this. Great day dreaming to follow, and maybe a chance to drop into one of these spots. I'd particularly like to visit Portugal, Turkey's coast, and the Maldives. Ah, to dream, to dream, and, perchance, to do!


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