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Where to go in 2010

Our top five picks of previously pricey destinations that are now within reach

Kenya

It has some of the world’s most majestic landscapes and photogenic wildlife, and it was Africa’s economic darling, but Kenya was hit hard after the 2008 post-election riots. Tourism started to bounce back last year, and flight and hotel prices continue to be low as the industry woos visitors back to its incomparable national parks and game reserves. Kenya’s largest, Tsavo National Park, is one of the best spots in Africa to see lions, elephants, leopards and migrating wildebeest. As a hub for expats, cosmopolitan Nairobi is home to chic eateries and hotels, and you’re just a short drive to several stunning parks and Masai villages. www.magicalkenya.com.

Iceland

You can now scratch $12 cappuccinos off the list of jaw-dropping sights in this land of lava fields, ice caps and hot springs. Before the collapse of its currency in 2009, Reykjavik was ranked third among the most expensive cities in the world. The struggling kronur has brought the cost of hotels and restaurants back down to earth, and you can snag a room at a sleek business hotel in the capital for just $75. Plus Iceland Air is continuing to offer free stopovers on your way to other European destinations. So if Iceland has been on your must-see list, this is the year to go. www.icetourist.is.

Malaysia

As Southeast Asia continues to top lists for affordable exotic destinations, travellers looking for less-trammelled spots are turning to Malaysia. This laidback country has welcoming villages and pristine national forests and marine parks. You can have a three-course meal for about $10 and bed down in a wooden kampong house on the beach for a song. It’s a favourite with Korean and Japanese visitors, so accommodations of all kinds are readily available but it doesn’t have the overdeveloped feel of trendy Thailand or Vietnam. And the stunning Perhentian Islands, with their white-sand beaches, dramatic jungle-strewn mountains and turquoise waters are like an undiscovered Koh Samui. www.tourismmalaysia.ca.

Las Vegas

Sin City has a lot going for it outside its casino doors: a Big Apple-worthy Guggenheim Hermitage museum, award-winning shows, Michelin-starred chefs and a beautiful desert an hour’s drive from downtown. That said, the city was one of the hardest hit by the recession in the US, and with new hotels like the Holiday Inn and the swank Aria opening in an already glutted market, you can expect great savings on accommodations and packages. Rooms at mid-range properties like Circus Circus and the Tropicana are going for $50 and helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon have dropped by as much as $125. www.visitlasvegas.com.

Spain

If you still think Spain is a travel-on-a-shoestring destination, you’re a few decades out of touch. Since the advent of the Euro, Spain joined the leagues of pricey European destinations. However, with Brit tourists tightening their belts this past year and the domestic housing bubble bursting, the country had to readjust its lofty prices. Vacation rentals from Cadiz to Valencia are lying empty and you’ll find plenty of hip hotels under $100, even in Madrid and Barcelona. Or you can score a traditional villa in the Sierra Nevada with private pool for just $600 a week. Best of all, Air Transat has direct flights from Montreal and Toronto to Málaga on the Costa del Sol. www.spain.info.

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  1. On March 18, 2010, Isaac Sobol said:
    Based on your top five picks of previously pricey destinations that are now within reach, I contacted Iceland Air and will be stopping off in Iceland en route to a Polar Conference in Oslo in June. The total Toronto-Reykjavik-Oslo-Toronto fare was $952. Thank you! Isaac Sobol

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