Up & Coming Destinations

You’ve lived it up in London and partied in Paris. You’ve travelled to Thailand and ventured to Venezuela. Looking for something a little different? Head to one of these latest hot travel destinations…


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Greece

Deemed the birthplace of democracy, the ancient city of Athens offers travellers a plethora of art galleries and museums. Meander through scenic streets on your way to the World Heritage-listed Acropolis. Walk the three-kilometre pedestrian zone displaying major archaeological sites, or stroll through the National Gardens – a 40-acre public park with a small zoo and botanical museum. Hop on a hydrofoil and try the traffic-free island of Hydra, where donkeys and boats are the only transport. In Mykonos, another not-to-be-missed island, you’ll find a pretty port town, with legendary food and stretches of sandy beaches. In Santorini, sip on ouzo and see the sun set behind a volcano. From hot springs to sunny beaches, from cliff-clinging towns to family-run tavernas with tasty fare, the island of Santorini is one of the most unique places to visit on earth.

Croatia

Set sail along the glimmering waters of the Dalmation Coast. From hidden coves and beaches to vineyards and olive groves, this is Europe’s most striking coastline. The ancient port of Split, famous for its historical, cultural and archaeological monuments, is the perfect place to start your voyage of Dalamatia discovery. In Makarska Riviera, marvel at Mount Biokovo or try river rafting. In Mijet, the greenest of the Adriatic islands, swim, snorkel and soak up the sun. Wander the cobbled streets in Dubrovnik, the ancient city surrounded by a wall 1940 metres long. Bathe in the freshwater springs of Trstenik and explore the Renaissance palaces of Korcula. The harbor town of Hvar is a true highlight, with its historical sites and scrumptious crustaceans, caught by local fisherman.

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is the Brazilian city most visited by tourists – and for good reason. Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City), Rio is an exhilarating and exotic experience. Get wrapped up in revelry during the annual Carnaval, the biggest carnival in the world. If fun in the sun is what you’re after, head to the world-famous Copacabana or Ipanema beaches, or any one of Rio’s other 23 beaches that stretch for 73 kilometres along the coast. Ride the cog train to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see Christ the Redeemer, Rio’s most renowned landmark, and a remarkable view of Rio below. If you’re feeling energetic, hike through Tijuca’s rainforests or dance the night away to the seductive sounds of samba in one of the city’s dance halls.

Turkey

Indulge in ultimate escapism and cruise the Turkish coast on a traditional wooden Turkish gulet. Have a daily dip in the Mediterranean, or sip on cocktails in sublime surroundings. Ölüdeniz’s clear, calm waters are ideal for a range of water sports, and its panoramic views make it the perfect place for paragliding. In the charming town of Kaş, the ruins of the ancient town of Antiphellos stand among modern buildings. Here, where the town rests against the foot of a mountain and faces the magnificent Mediterranean, take a seat at a coffee house and lap up the mellow atmosphere. Or grab your snorkel and go on an underwater exploration in Kokova, where you’ll find the ancient Lycian sunken city.

New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect playground for any adventurous traveller. After all, this is where Kiwi bungy legend AJ Hackett founded the world’s first commercial jump site in 1988. Head to Queensland to visit the home of the bungy jump at Kawaru Suspension Bridge, and while you’re there, why not dive into a river canyon at Nevis Bungy – the highest bungy in Australasia? If an adrenalin rush is your thing, you can ride the white-water rapids down Shotover River, or go black-water rafting in the Waitomo Caves, where you can abseil and tube through water-filled tunnels.

India

Visit the Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur – for a captivating, classic introduction to the icons of India. Delhi, the country’s capital, is a bustling metropolis, while Agra’s tourists come for the Taj Mahal – the Seventh Wonder of the World – and the Agra Fort, built by the Mughals. In Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’, experience the magnificence of the Amber Fort – built from white marble, and pale pink and yellow sandstone – or shop for jewellery, gemstones, textiles, leather shoes and stone carvings at the bazaars. Escape the hubbub and head to laid-back Kerala in the south, where you can watch wild elephants and exotic birds in the lush, misty forests of Kerala’s wildlife sanctuaries – or rent a houseboat and tour the beautiful backwaters.

Morocco

A mere hour’s ride on the ferry from Spain, Morocco comprises four mountain ranges, the Mediterranean coast, and the sandy Sahara desert. A country of contrasts, there really is something for everyone here. Fez is the most complete, and arguably the most beautiful, medieval city. In the maze of markets in the Medina of Marrakech, you’ll find a variety of vibrant crafts – from carpets to carpentry. Cosmopolitan Casablanca – a short distance from the capital Rabat – is the country’s cultural centre, boasting art galleries and French Art Deco architecture. In the desert, you can survey the Sahara atop a camel, and sleep in a starlit tent among the sand dunes.

Namibia

As one of the most scarcely populated countries in the world, Namibia offers wide-open spaces and impressive landscapes. It may be mostly arid, but Namibia is incredibly inviting. The sand dunes at Sossusvlei – touted as the world’s highest at 300 metres – are a spectacular sight. Be sure to carry your camera to capture the changing colours of the sand dunes at sunrise and sunset. The coastal town of Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia, where you can go sand-boarding, skydiving, surfing, hot-air ballooning or quad-biking. Don’t miss the old, now-abandoned mining town of Kolmanskop, which has almost been swallowed by the sand of the Namib Desert. The cosmopolitan capital, Windhoek, is particularly pedestrian-friendly, so put on your walking shoes and take in the cultural sites – from German castles to the statue of Hosea Kutako, a nationalist hero – on foot.

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