Places Where you Can Still Travel Off the Beaten Path
When it comes to choosing a holiday destination, the options are endless. For some, this means carefully selecting from a list of recommended locations. These will have been tried and tested by friends and family who have provided pros and cons as well as an itinerary of their trip. For others, it is a chance to explore a new location and gain an insight into a new culture. By heading to one of the fastest growing travel destinations you can gain an authentic taste of the local culture, long before the place becomes a tourist trap. You can witness the soon-to-be iconic landmarks and terrain first hand, unspoiled by your Instagram feed. Here are five of the fastest growing travel destinations that you might want to consider for your next holiday:
Vietnam is one of the top destinations to visit in Asia and for good reason. With research by Statista showing a 31% increase in tourism growth, people are quickly discovering the appeal of this fascinating country. This South East Asian country has plenty to offer, from the iconic Buddhist pagodas to its bustling cities and tranquil beaches. One of the largest cities outside the capital is Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), known for its luxury hotels and rooftop bars.
Vietnam is not just known for its cosmopolitan city life. Head to the 2,000-mile coastline, and you will find stunningly beautiful beaches such as Starfish Beach, Phu Quoc. Relax on the fine white sands in front of turquoise water before heading to the beachside bars and restaurants for refreshments.
The dramatic landscape of Iceland is not to be missed. Known for its volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, Iceland is a hub of geothermal activity. So much so, that the capital city of Reykjavik actually runs on geothermal power. One of the most exciting sites to visit in Iceland is the blue lagoon. Relax in the natural heated waters as you take in views of the staggering mountains beyond. Head back down to Reykjavik and learn about the country’s Viking history at one of Reykjavik’s many museums.
Following the catastrophic tsunami of 2015, tourism in Nepal saw a rapid decline. However, recent figures suggest that the popularity of Nepal as a tourist destination is rising once again. In fact, the Tamang Heritage Trail Trek was specifically designed to encourage tourism in this less popular region. Nepal has a dramatic landscape, and hikers find this region particularly popular. Not surprisingly, this is due to the fact that the majority of the country being is in the Himalayas. As Nepal is a Mecca for trekking, there are endless trails for you to enjoy. However, if trekking is not your thing, you can still explore the exquisite temples of Kathmandu or book a Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park.
The Patagonian region of Chile is yet another one of the fastest growing travel destinations. Many of the hotels in this region are inside national parks. The designers cleverly made them fit in with the natural landscape, giving a real feel of luxury seclusion. Chile has around 360 days of clear skies each year, making it the perfect location for a romantic stargazing trip.
With ancient pyramids galore, Egypt is a hub of historical fascination. There is plenty to see, do and explore. A cruise along the river Nile offers the most efficient way to see the iconic landmarks of ancient Egypt.
Pack your bags, and check out any of these fascinating destinations! Or better yet, experience them all! If you’ve already been to these, how about hiking through Hong Kong’s jungle, trying to spot a Bengal Tiger on a Sundarbans National Park tour in West Bengal, India, or if you’re really keen for adventure, hiking the Via Dinarica Trail in the Balkans?
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