Looking for inspiration for your next trip? Despite being early in the year, planning ahead is essential when it comes to travelling – you want to get the best deals after all.
Without further ado, here are our top 10 countries you need to visit this year:
Experience the magic and mystery of the breathtaking land called Scotland. Discover its sweeping beauty from the rocky hills of Edinburgh to the Highland resort of Pitlochry, through to the awe-inspiring lake country to Glasgow.
If awe-stonishment was a location, you’d be drawn to Jordan. Marvel at the ancient stone-carved cities and walk along the ancient trails in the Jordan valley.
8. South Africa
Packed with safaris, natural beauty and the warmth and vitality of the locals, true happiness awaits you in South Africa. Feel the art of thrillology come to life on an open-air 4-wheel drive experience through Kruger National Park, marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites at the Cango Caves and breathe in the panoramic ocean view from Cape Point.
Why is Ireland such a special place in the hearts and minds of travellers? Sure and begorrah, the answer is the stuff of Irish legend and lore. From Limerick to Killarney and Dublin, take plenty of free time to connect with Ireland at your own pace.
Experience the exhilarating fusion of American and European culture, with a personality all of its own. From dynamic, artsy Vancouver to French-flavoured Montreal, Canadian cities are bursting with diverse flavours from coast to coast. When it comes to natural wonders, look no further than the great northern land: with the impressive Niagara Falls, the Canadian Rockies and winter-wonderland Whistler, Canada will surprise and delight you!
Overflowing with highlights, no trip to Europe is complete without a stop in Germany. From the breathtaking Bavarian scenery, littered with castles straight out of fairy tales; to soul-stirring Berlin, bursting with art and history, Germany has everything a spirited traveller could ask for and more.
Big isn’t always better … unless you’re talking about the USA. Whatever thrills your inner explorer, you’ll find it here, in supersonic stereo. Prepare to get lost (and found) among the majesty of Yosemite National Park, immerse yourself in the musical groove and electric atmosphere of New Orleans and Nashville and savour a cocktail under the big city lights of New York City.
3. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is hot, hot, hot. This exotic teardrop of a country at India’s base is sizzling as the forerunner in travel trends. Off the map for decades while civil unrest ruled, it has rightfully returned onto the scene, bright and shiny with allures aplenty. Tea plantations sweep as far as the eye can see, ancient monasteries and eco-parks teeming with wildlife, all beckon adventure seekers. It’s gorgeous, affordable and still uncrowded, but be quick, get ahead of the pack and explore Sri Lanka this year!
Explorers beware – Peru is the kind of country which is guaranteed to steal a piece of your heart. Magical Machu Picchu may be the big gun in Peru’s arsenal, but this is just the tip of what this country has to offer. Dive deeper and discover virgin Amazon, the white-capped Andes, its lengthy coastline and bustling cities. Added to the mix are a delicious cultural stew and an exotic hybrid cuisine that’s always been in vogue among the locals, way before fusion became fancy. Take a bite out of Peru and it will only leave you with an appetite for more.
Iceland is a country known for its natural wonders; glaciers, active volcanoes, black-sand beaches, geothermal areas, roaring rivers, majestic waterfalls and beautiful lakes. Walk through the rift valley of UNESCO World Heritage Site Thingvellir that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates; marvel at the Gullfoss waterfall; drive through the national park at Skaftafell; stop at Lake Jökulsárlón, where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day was filmed. These examples are only the beginning of Iceland’s highlights – be sure to bring your camera, so you can capture the stunning scenery and fun experiences in this wonderful country!