January 11, 2013

Top 10 travel destinations for 2013

A new year, a new travel list. Narrowing that list down to something even slightly manageable can seem like an almost impossible task. So we’ve made things a little easier for you and have come up with 10 of the top travel destinations you should put on those 2013 travel lists. 

Some are new and trendy, some more classic and others are up-and-coming and should be visited before all the other tourists descend. In no particular order, this is where you should consider visiting in 2013…

Istanbul is fast becoming one of the coolest cities in Europe. Located at the point where Europe meets Asia, it’s little wonder that Turkey is a melting pot of cultures, ancient history and modern hotspots. A huge plus is that Turkey is one of the few European countries where South African visitors do not need a Schengen visa.  And if it’s good enough for James Bond (Istanbul was featured in the 2012 Skyfall movie), it’s certainly good enough for us.

Sri Lanka
Lonely Planet has named Sri Lanka as the number one country in the world to visit in 2013, and we agree. After a difficult few years for the country, visitor numbers are steadily increasing and will continue to as it’s a good value for money destination. Head there now, before the rest of the world flies in.

New Zealand
With an almost unbelievable natural beauty, New Zealand is a true playground for adventure and nature lovers. And with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie airing in cinemas, New Zealand is firmly on the radar for 2013. 

The very word conjures up images of an island paradise. Tahiti is actually the name of the main island of French Polynesia, but the whole area is better known as Tahiti. 8 hours by plane from Los Angeles, Tahiti is the idyllic playground of the rich and famous. Perhaps not the most accessible, but it should definitely have a place in your dreams for one day.

The Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations put England, and London specifically, foremost in 2012, but we think Scotland should take up the crown in 2013. Castles, Highland Games, beautiful lochs and glens, friendly people and festivals aplenty - what’s not to love?

Where? Yes we're talking about Oregon, on the West Coast of the USA between Washington and California. Made up of seven diverse regions, Oregon has the ocean, mountains, valleys, desert, cities, towns and almost everything in between. A great way of seeing some of  America’s best all in one trip – put it on your list for 2013!

With more airlines flying to the east than ever before, getting to this part of the world is becoming easier all the time. And with Australia and Japan’s marketing organisations partnering in 2013 to encourage two-way tourism between the 2 nations, this is a great year to visit – and stop-over in Australia on the way!

Clarens, Free State
Clarens is already a popular weekend getaway for those living in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban, but we think this little gem’s attractions are going to sparkle even brighter this year. Situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Clarens has a tranquil village ambience, incredible scenery and a thriving arts and culture market.

A trip to Iceland should be on everyone's bucket lists and we think you should make 2013 the year of ticking that one off! From the Northern Lights to whale watching, geothermal pools to hiking in spring, Iceland is a really cool spot to chill.

One of the countries listed on Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to visit in 2013, Slovakia is becoming ever more popular. Ancient castles, tiny villages dotting the landscape, rich, hearty food and waterfall-filled gorges, Slovakia is fast on the rise. Check it out while it still retains its charming age-old traditions, folklore and cultures. 

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I think you should include the Philippines I really love the la carmela de boracay in Boracay Philippines truly a nice place to travel.

I think you should include the Philippines their Boracay Island is really nice I really enjoyed my stayed at la carmela de boracay very accommodating.

Hi Ryan, thanks for the suggestion. We will check it out!

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