With the mercury rising, this time of year tends to get our feet itching as we search for our next holiday destination. The travel and tourism sector is booming right now, with 6.4 trillion GBP being spent every year. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or venturing abroad for the first time, there are plenty of popular destinations to choose from. The trouble is, though, that hearing too much about a destination and seeing your friends’ photos before you go is a little bit like hearing spoilers before you see a long-anticipated movie.
By heading to an up-and-coming destination instead, you can really feel that you’re having a personal experience. A lesser-known destination is unlikely to be overcrowded, and you will get much more value for your money whilst the local economy is still developing. These destinations are also likely to have a much more authentic feel about them unlike ‘touristy’ alternatives. We’ve compiled four of our favourite up-and-coming destinations that will leave you with plenty to tell your friends about when you return.
The Bay Islands of Honduras are already popular with holidaymakers as a diving location but the lush landscapes of the mainland are largely untouched in comparison. With its tropical rainforests, vast lagoons and jungles, you will certainly find plenty to explore. Nestled alongside the Cero Azul Meámbar National Park, you will find the volcanic Lake Yojoa. Enjoy the magical experience of walking behind the Pulhapanzak Waterfall and discover the hidden caves. You could even take a tour of the nearby coffee farm and learn to brew a tasty cup! Head to western Honduras to visit the richly historical Copán Ruins. A UNESCO heritage site, these magnificent Mayan ruins are certainly a site not to be missed.
From barren deserts to snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes, Patagonia has it all. This region of Argentina has been spared large tourist developments because its nine national parks have UNESCO World Heritage Site status. You can get back to nature and discover Los Glaciares National Park, for example – another UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Go trekking and encounter Patagonia’s wildlife or head to Puerto Madryn for whale watching. Argentina is known for its clear skies, so the vast stretches of Patagonia are perfect for stargazing.
A paradise of blue and green, Velmunden is your ticket to get up close and personal with the impressive Norwegian fjords. Admire their magnificence as you canoe or kayak your way through the islands, inlets and outlets. If you don’t have your own, Velmunden is full of a good selection of canoe rental options – so there’s no excuse!
Seoul, South Korea
Where cosmopolitan meets culture, Seoul might not be the most talked about holiday destination but it is certainly lively! We suggest you discover the traditional temples by day and tuck into the fantastic food by night, but you will never be short of things to do here. You could even take a night hike along the 18km fortress wall; perfect to view the bright lights of the metropolis below.
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