Neither snow nor sleet nor hurricanes nor dismal dollar-euro exchange rates are discouraging Americans from making their appointed foreign rounds.

Based on statistics from U.S. airlines, 2005 looks as though it will end up as a record year for globe-trotters. Through last November, passenger volume on international flights showed a 9.4% increase from the same period in 2004.

Most of us are visiting or revisiting traditional favorites, such as Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Western Europe. But as Americans embrace foreign exploration, many are growing impatient with old places and faces. The sophisticated — or jaded — traveler wants to know what's next.

To find out, the Los Angeles Times interviewed travel agents and tour operators.

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