Antarctica The Most Popular Destination

TOP 10 – Antarctica can appropriately claim to be the “coolest” destination in the world, according to a ranking by iExplore based on sales of its holiday packages.

Egypt had the top-of-list distinction for the past four years, but not this year when it took the second spot, says iExplore (,deemed by Forbes and Travel & Leisure magazines as the “best adventure travel website.” New to the list are Jordan and Australia, bumping Vietnam and Japan off the list.

“Antarctica has emerged as the number one selling destination this year. Many of our clients tell us that they feel a sense of urgency to travel there, due to the threat of global warming,” says Amanda Sundt, head of marketing for iExplore.comin a press release.

Following is the list of most popular destinations with their 2008 ranking in brackets:

1. Antarctica (#4)

2. Egypt (#1)

3. Peru (#3)

4. Jordan (not ranked)

5. South Africa (#9)

6. Costa Rica (#5)

7. Thailand (#2)

8. China (#8)

9. Australia (not ranked)

10. India (#6)