Looking for travel inspiration for the year? Look no further. These are all bucket list places of mine that I believe are going to become hot destinations in the next few years. Here are 10 off the radar travel destinations described by other travel bloggers.
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Colombia is the most diverse place I have ever visited; deserts, waterfalls, mountains, rain forests, ancient ruins, living traditions, music, I have experienced and learned a thousand new things when I lived there. Many people told me it is the most beautiful country they have ever visited and while I am not so decisive myself, I would recommend it to every adventurer out there. If you love nature, want to improve your Spanish a bit and feel like enjoying the tropical regions while dancing a little salsa, don´t hesitate. Travel to Colombia before it gets crowded with tourists – the perfect moment is now!
Armenia is heaven for history nerds (like us). Armenia was the world’s first Christian nation, having made Christianity its state religion back in the 4th century. As a result, there are now thousands of ancient religious monuments scattered across Armenia, including some incredible remote monasteries. Our favourites would have to be the Noravank Monastery and Geghard Monastery, both doable on a day trip from Yerevan. But religion isn’t the only attraction in Armenia. At the crossroads between east and west, Armenia has been inhabited and fought over for thousands of years. We were also able to learn about the horrific Armenian genocide during our stay, which was something we knew little about before we arrived. In our view, this is an important yet rarely spoken about event that everyone should learn about.
I never knew much about Mongolia, but when I learned the Trans Mongolian Railway stopped in Ulaanbaatar, I knew I had to spend some time there. My journey around Mongolia has been amazing. The country is landlocked and gives for some dramatic scenery like sand dunes, desert, mountains and valleys. The country is so remote and desolate, we didn’t see anybody for a whole day. Vast emptiness is really something you should experience and Mongolia offers you plenty of that. To experience nomad life, shamanism and Mongolia’s rich history is truly an epic adventure. What better place to go horse riding than in Mongolia?
Read more about Mongolia and get more travel inspiration at Probe Around the Globe
The Sultanate of Oman is a land of breath-taking beauty and unparalleled hospitality, with something for everyone. From diving to hiking, to snorkelling, to turtle-watching, there’s so much to see and do, you may have trouble choosing. In the Musandam Peninsula watch dolphins play along the dhow in crystal clear waters of the fjords in the Strait of Hormuz. If diving is more your thing, treat yourself to a trip to the Daymaniyat Islands, off the coast of Muscat, the rapidly modernising capital.
In the central region, take a drive through Wadi An Nakhr, the Grand Canyon of the Middle East, and then hike along vertiginous mountain trails to ancient abandoned villages. Have tea and dates with the families of Ar Rus, the village at the end of the world. Wander through tiny villages in which life remains surprisingly unchanged. Further south, camp in the beautiful dunes of Wahiba or watch Green turtles lay their eggs at Ras Al Hadd. And then there’s Salalah; another world entirely.
Oman is not a place to see. It’s a place to experience.
Latvia was one of the first countries we ever visited in the Baltics, and we fell in love with it straight away. It has an Old Town that rivals any major city in western Europe, but comes with a budget price tag. The mix of Soviet and Art Nouveau architecture across the city is really unique, and offers a glimpse into Latvia’s tumultuous past. Latvia has a pretty tragic history of occupation and oppression by foreign powers, which is something we knew very little about before we visited. Learning more about the history of this part of the world was one of the highlights of our trip.
A Google search on Rwanda tells you about the horrible genocide in 1994 but did you know Rwanda was elected 3rd greenest country in the world and one of the safest places to walk at night in Africa and 5th globally? That’s exactly why I loved Rwanda! You find green mountain hills everywhere and you can walk around in the most suburban places feeling safe. Rwanda is not a well-developed tourist destination but that’s part of its the charm!
So rent a Jeep, visit the Akagera national park to observe elephants, or go to Nyungwe Forest – the only place in the world where you can see wild chimpanzees. The Rwandan development the last 20 years should be an inspiration for the whole world and I was amazed to see how the people have let go of their past and live in harmony. It’s a country that gives you hope that anything is possible.
Rwanda is also one of the best and safest places to view mountain gorillas in the wild. With only hundreds left it is better to do this sooner than later!
Find more travel inspiration from Nana at www.patagoniadreaming.com
Sri Lanka is fast becoming the next big destination in Asia. Since the end of the civil war in 2009, tourist arrival numbers have nearly tripled and for good reason too. Sri Lanka has something to offer for every type of traveler: incredible national parks and wildlife, pristine beaches, lush tea country, world-class luxury hotels and a vibrant and unique cultural heritage (it has no less than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)! If Sri Lanka is not on your radar yet, it should be. Unlike other popular tropical destinations in Asia, Sri Lanka remains relatively pure, untouched and unspoiled, which is exactly why you need to head to “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean” in 2017!
Namibia is a country of color and contrasts, making it my top destination for 2017. From the orange dunes of Sossusvlei to the white sand of the Skeleton Coast with some wildlife thrown in for good measure, Namibia has something for everyone. Dusty dirt roads give way to tarmac roads, which later turn to red hot sand in the Namib Desert.
Visiting the Sossusvlei Dunes was a perfect adventure. We left at 5 am to climb Big Daddy (the highest dune) before it got too hot. Following the climb, the descent into Dead Vlei or Death Valley, felt like entering another planet. After a day exploring desert valleys and gorges, we ended our time in the desert with dinner under the stars admiring the Milky Way above. With a population of just over 2 million, it is easy to travel for hours in Namibia without seeing another person. Other-worldly nature, all to myself? Perfection.
Ok, this is my personal contribution, not that I have been here, nor do I think it’s going to become the hot tourist destination of 2018, but I have been lusting to go here for ages. Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. Apparentl, their food is delightfully spicy. Sign me up!
Bhutan has been isolated until the past few decades, which has helped to preserve its cultural identity. They prefer quality over quantity when it comes to tourism. It costs US$250 per day per person to have the pleasure of visiting this isolated Himalayan kingdom. This includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service. This may be restrictive for some but appealing to some discerning tourists. Personally, I would like to visit before Starbucks and McDonald’s make an unfortunate appearance!
All of the countries on this list are ripe for visiting sooner rather than later. Once the secret is out, inevitably things will change. You’re welcome:)