Visiting before it's cool: where to go next
need urge to travel is pretty much a constant, every year, new trends emerge, both in the way we travel and the places we go to. Going with the flow is fun enough, but there’s a lot to be said for getting ahead of the crowd and seeing sights long before they become popular spots on the well-trodden tourist trails.
So if you're looking for the next big thing, and making the most of this year's extra holidays, read on.
Lapland is renowned for its popularity during the festive season, but it is fast becoming a year-round tourist destination. If you’re not massively fussed about grabbing dinner with the elves and meeting Santa, there’s a whole host of other activities on offer in the spring, autumn, and summer months. Away from the commercial Christmas ventures, there’s a stunningly beautiful wilderness to discover, and the endless forests of snow-covered trees will enchant you. You can get your adrenaline pumping with a snowmobile or husky safari, feed reindeer, go ice fishing, and see the Northern Lights here, and at the moment, you won’t come across many tourists on your travels.
Tibet is a land of mystery and intrigue. A Tibetan tour will treat you to beguiling sights, as well as a wealth of information about the area’s history and its cultural significance. You’ll be taken on a magical tour of monasteries, ancient towns, palaces and mountains. Most trips begin in Lhasa and make their way to Kathmandu via historical monasteries, hot springs, glacial lakes, and mountain peaks.
For many years, civil war and unrest made Colombia an unattractive prospect for even the most intrepid and audacious travellers. Today, peace has been restored, and this beautiful country is very much open for business. While there may not be any wonders of the world to show off on Instagram, there are plenty of places of interest. Sample the street food in bustling Bogota before marvelling at the eclectic mix of architecture in the quaint seaside city of Cartagena.
The appeal of the islands floating around in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean is no secret, and tourists flock here to enjoy beach breaks year in, year out. Traditionally, the Caribbean islands of Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, and Tobago draw the crowds, but the pristine sands and vivid blue waters of Bermuda are making a splash. Bermuda is actually a British territory, and you’ll notice strong influences as soon as you touch down. It’s also really easy to reach from the US, with flights on offer from a number of the larger American cities. In June 2017, Bermuda will host the America’s Cup, giving it the chance to showcase its beauty in all its glory to millions of spectators the world over. Expect visitor numbers to swell in the years ahead.
If you love to travel and you’re keen to explore without crowds for company, hopefully, this guide has given you some ideas and inspiration for your next trip. What are your predictions for the coming year in travel? Let me know in the comments below!