Our pick of the best trips for the new century

The one question we're asked most frequently? It's this: What's the hot new place to go? We hear it from our cousins, our neighbors, people we meet at parties. Most often we hear it from you, our readers. Seasoned travelers all, you love being the first on your block to discover the next great destination. You crave fresh experiences and, rather than the sanitized, homogenized version of a place, you want to explore an authentic, radically different world, one still untouched by mass tourism.

So let's make it easy for you. In this issue, we present the T&L 100: our pick of the best trips for the new century, tailored to your tastes. Whether you're in search of great music, rare flea-market finds, or a life-altering spa retreat, you'll find a wealth of ideas in the next 47 pages. Surprise--the places are often not what you'd expect. (Who'd have thought: Skiing in China?Nightlife in Beirut?) Even more can be found on our Web site at www.travelandleisure.com. Remember, you heard it here first. --The Editors