Crossing into a new year prompts new lists of things to do and places to visit. What's your travel destination for 2013? If you are at a loss, let CNN help you with their list of top travel destinations for 2013.
When compiling their list of 2013 hot spots, they took into account a set of factors including economics of the places, major events, some savvy marketing influence, pop culture. They also canvassed travel sites, travel experts and organizations to identify up-and-coming destinations based on bargains, significant events and important new services, such as added airline routes and major hotel openings.
Here is their list of 7 hot spots for the year:
1. Scotland tops the list
Scotland has dubbed 2013 as the "Year of Natural Scotland" with many outdoor events and special deals planned around the Year of Natural Scotland, highlights include: the Dumfries & Galloway Wildlife Festival 2013 (March 29-April 14); Heb Celt 2013 music festival (July 17-20); Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (September 7-22); and, of course, The Open Championship golf tournament (July 14-21).
(The 2012 James Bond thriller "Skyfall" was filmed in Scotland's dramatic countryside and misty highlands.)
2. Rabat, Morocco
The rest of the 7 are:
3. Košice, Slovakia
4. Sub-Saharan Africa
5. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
6. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
For details, visit CNN's Top travel destinations for 2013