Every year, ShermansTravel.com's ever-value-conscious and relentlessly globe-trotting editors pile into a room to mull over their collective travel mileage, gush about their favorite dollar-stretching destinations, and forecast where their readers should go in the year ahead to get the best travel bang for their buck.
Their picks for the top 10 value travel destinations in 2011 go well beyond a simple list of under-the-radar hot spots, since many of those tend to be remote and not particularly wallet-friendly - in fact, the only destinations they've included that require far-flung travels are ones where the dollar travels even further once you touch down. Enticing exchange rates, increased accessibility at decreased costs, special event promotions, and extraordinary comparative value were just some of the factors that helped us narrow the lens. And in the end, all of these budget-friendly locales offer a high degree of affordability, in addition to distinctive and memorable travel experiences. Just be sure to get to these great-value vacation destinations now, before the crowds - and costs - catch up to them . . . in 2012.