A Western favorite, Morocco continues to fascinate through its rich culture and crafts. There is a mixture of Western and Islamic culture, different tribal groups such as the berbers are still present.Morocco is one of the best countries to travel for a holiday. It’s also where most of the Game of Thrones Season 1 episodes were filmed.
Don’t miss out on these things, the Atlas Passes (trekking), the colourful town of Chefchaouen, the dramatic cascades of D’ouzoud, the medieval city of Fez, arts and crafts, the city of Tangier, camel trekking and camping at the Sahara Desert,the beautiful Mosques, tea drinking, the famous GOT filming location of Essaouira, Roman city of Volubilis, colonial city of Casablanca, beautiful Riads.
Marco Polo fell in love with it, Mark Twain called it “the finest island of its size in the world” and the Dutch, Portuguese and British colonized it, yet a civil war kept travelers away for 25 years. Now that peace has returned, Sri Lanka is ready to greet visitors again. The country formerly known as Ceylon truly has it all, with world-class diving and surfing on the east coast, ancient Buddhist temples in the jungle, wild elephants down south and trekking in the cool mountainous interior. Throw in a thriving nightlife in the capital Colombo, ample hot curries and homegrown Ceylon tea and Sri Lanka is once again the jewel of the Indian Ocean. – Jason Heaton
Ireland will fetish of beautiful landscapes. A combination of nature and rural living, Ireland is full of myths and life traditions. You know the Irish loves to drink so nightlife (even ‘daylife’) is pretty much… ALIVE. Make sure not to be overdosed with morning and afternoon drinking! Things not to miss: Killarney National Park, Skellig Michael, the mountain valley of Glendalough, the rock of Cashel, walking in Connemara, spectacular cliffs in Dun Aengus, visit to Dublin(drinking Guinness), cliff walks in Horn Head, pre-historic site of Bru Na Boinne, visit Derry’s City Walls, cracked limestone terraces in The Burren, The Giant’s Causeway. Best time to go is in July-August (peak months); May-June & September (good months)
An hour and a half south of the Oregon border is Trinidad, California, a quaint oceanside town near Redwood National Park. With stunning ocean views and dense forests, this stretch of coast rivals the central coast’s Big Sur, but is refreshingly less traveled. With a population shy of 400, the best bet for a place to stay is a local B&B, and the Lost Whale Inn puts you right on the picturesque rock-strewn beach. Indulge in the local seafood after hiking the Trinidad Head, or relax with some beach-combing. Any trip to Trinidad would be remiss without some time spent in Redwood National Park, exploring miles of back country trails and camping among the trees and dense ferns. With the coastline pairing with the forest, a trip to Trinidad is one part of California not to miss.
Traveling to the end of the Earth isn’t for the faint of heart (or the cash-strapped) but you’d be joining a very small group of people who have visited the southernmost continent of the world. With that comes a surreal experience and requisite bragging rights. Take a flight down to Ushuaia, Argentina during the austral summer months and catch a boat to the Antarctic Peninsula. There are no hotels, Michelin-star restaurants or local cultures to acclimate to, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy Antarctica. Camp in a bivy sack, take in the wildlife and views (like Lemaire Channel), go for a zodiac cruise through the continent’s smaller passage ways or tour the ominous Deception Island.
A mixture of stunning coast lines, ancient temples and semi-‘Hollywoodinized’ culture, Mexico is one of the great civilizations of the world. Rich in Spanish traditions, it is home to the most multi-cultural and loving people. Don’t miss out on Diving in Cozumel, the ancient religious ritual of Voladores de Papantla, Colonial town of Guanajunato, the pyramids of the sun in Teotihuacan, cliff diving in Acapulco, the maya sites of Palenque and Chichen Itza, Baja Beaches, visit Cancun, whale watching in Baja, Silver Jewellery in Taxco, the famous Tequila, train ride in Copper Canyon, the spiritual Tulum, nightlige in Playa del Carmen, visit the Oaxaca Markets.
Magical glaciers, fizzing hot springs and spectacular landscapes, Iceland is definitely a must see. Tourists are slowly swarming the island so much they are about to outnumber the Icelanders. It has a really small population and ‘Icelandic’ is the official language. The famous Northern Lights can also be seen here! Don’t miss out on Porsmokr National Park, Hiking in Hornstrandir, The Blue Lagoon, the erupting Geysir, Flatey, Hot Springs in Landmannalaugar, Breidavik (beach),Lake Myvatn, Whale watching tour from Reykjavik or Husavik, Runtur (the legendary nightlife).
Never heard of it? Imagine yourself sunbathing on a powder white sand, not sharing the beach side with other people. See it? That’s Seychelles. Famous as a honeymoon destination, Seychelles is full of marine reserves and magnificent beaches. Worry not — it is definitely an affordable destination! Things not to miss are whale swimming, the pyramid shaped island of Silhouette, beaches of the West Coast, the exclusivity of North Island, tropical paradise of La Digue, wildlife sanctuary in Fregate, outdoor adventure in Praslin, luxurious white beach in Denis. Best time to go: All year round (tropical country)
The Philippines has been overlooked a lot of times because of Thailand. But honestly, the best beaches in the world are in this country. A wide variety of water sports and island hopping are most popular. I bet you will never leave the Philippines like many other foreigners I know! Don’t miss out on the Boracay Island, Apo Reef Marine National Park, Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers in Bohol, surfing in Siargao, the Banaue Rice Terraces, diving in Coron, Spanish colonial city of Vigan, Filipino food, whale shark encounter in Oslob, Mount Mayon in Bicol. Visit in November to May
Slowly making their way to democracy, Myanmar is one of the most beautiful countries in Asia. Myanmar had a 15-year tourism boycott which made it inaccessible to tourists for a very long time. Now everyone is on their way to this magnificent and culturally rich country! Whiles there don’t missout on trekking in the north, hot air balloon ride in Bagan, Yangon, River trips in Ayeyarwady, Inle Lake, Mountain top monastery in Hpa-an. The best time to visit is from March to May & October to February.
Numerous countries in Africa is slowly becoming a popular tourist destination and Malawi is one of the impressive places we all have to see. It has stunning lakes, terrific mountains and a rich culture that takes tourists into unparalleled excitement. Dont forget to visit the skeletons in Maravi Mountains, Chisi fortifications in Zomba, Mwalaumodzi in Nsanje, visit Nguludi slave house in Chiradzulu, Manchewe Waterfalls in Livingstonia, Go cycling along Lake Malawi.