When planning a trip abroad, you should stick to exactly what you and anyone you may be traveling with want to do. Vacations are important, both for taking a break from everyday life and for enjoying parts of the world you may not ordinarily be involved with. And because of this, choosing a destination is actually quite personal; it matters greatly that you find a place that maximizes your ability to get the necessary benefits out of a trip.
Even so, travel lists (like this one) are helpful in the way that they can at least get you thinking about places that may not have been on your radar. You don’t need to take any list of recommended destinations as gospel. But it can help to read a few words about different places around the world; particularly if they’re places that are more up-and-coming, and less established as popular getaways. So, for your consideration, perhaps some of these places will plant the right seed for a great vacation in the near future!
Morocco has actually been on the rise for a few years now as an increasingly popular travel destination. This reputation may have taken something of a hit when the country lost out on its World Cup bid; with the event instead heading to North America. But that doesn’t change the fact that this North African nation has become a whole new way for tourists from around the world to enjoy the Mediterranean region. Marrakech gets the most attention among travelers for its rich culture and the prevalence of beautiful mosques and palaces there. However, the city of Fes is really behind the country’s trendiness. Marked by preserved medieval structures; relatively close proximity to the Mediterranean, and a very rich culture, it’s been one of the hottest destinations in Africa of late.
2. Andaman Islands, India
The Andaman Islands off the West Coast of India have actually been getting some negative press lately. This is due to the very unfortunate fact that a traveling missionary was killed by an isolated tribe native to the islands. This has sparked a fresh wave of discussion about the importance of leaving tribes like this; of which there are only a few remaining in the world, to themselves. However, it has also obscured the fact that the Andaman Islands had previously been coming on as a popular place for a getaway. While it’s clearly important to avoid the native population, there are ways to get there and get around on the islands that have been trusted by travelers in the past, and which can result in a beautiful experience. These islands look and feel about as untouched by modern influence as any place in the world.
Botswana is becoming a more famous travel destination for a specific but wonderful reason. Its nearly unmatched perfection as a safari spot. The Okavango Delta in Botswana is known for having one of the most diverse wildlife populations on the entire African continent. More safari sites and even luxury campgrounds are being set up so that tourists might enjoy the wildlife. There is a conceivable future in which this goes too far and spoils the nature to some degree; right now seems to be the perfect time to go. The country is on the rise for safaris. It has not yet become so popular as to feel crowded or commercialized.
4. New Jersey, United States
New Jersey pales in comparison to neighboring New York when it comes to tourist activity; however, the state deserves a bit more attention and appears to be on the rise. There are gorgeous places to explore, as well as charming areas like Cape May that rival any coastal destination in America. Additionally, Atlantic City perhaps the country’s most famous destination is rebounding from a prolonged downturn. A growth in gaming sites has helped to ignite the casino revenue that once catapulted the city to greater relevance, and with that revenue, Atlantic City itself is becoming a Las Vegas alternative once more. It’s a very fun city from which to base your exploration of the state.
5. Azores, Portugal
The Azores are fascinating islands and are so appealing that some have called them the “new Iceland,” referring to the notion that Iceland was extremely trendy just a few years ago (and is now firmly established as a mainstream destination). Despite this occasional label though, the Azores still isn’t flooded with tourists; perhaps in part, because they’re just about smack in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Still. If you make the journey you’ll be treated to an island paradise that looks like something out of a fantasy writer’s imagination. It’s a stunning part of Portugal and one that should be enjoyed by more people.