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13 Up and Coming Destinations You Do Not Want to Miss

The term ‘up and coming’ is used a lot. You want to hear about the up and coming musicians? Sure, why not. The up and coming actors and actresses? Of course! The up and coming fashion designers, comedians, TV chefs, photographers and artists etc? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes again.

Up and coming is unfamiliar, it’s unknown, it’s fun, it’s new, and there’s a glorious sense of satisfaction that comes with knowing about the next big thing before anyone else does.

So would you like to know the up and coming travel destinations that we think you can’t afford miss out on? Yep, we knew it. In no particular order, here they are…

The Temples of Bagan help Burma make the cut

1. Burma

With the recent dilapidation of its tough military state, beautiful Burma has become far more accessible, safe, and tourist friendly.

As it’s only faintly touched by back-packers, the country still offers a magical mixture of traditional Southeast Asian customs and colonial rule. Must sees are Bagan’s 4400 temples – a sight that rivals Angkor Wat – and the home of traditional leg rowing boats, Inle Lake.

2. Colombia

One of the lesser visited countries in South America, but for no good reason. Colombia is now far more tourist friendly than it has been in recent years, and offers up an exciting mix of Caribbean beaches, Amazon Jungle, coffee plantations aplenty, and some serious archaeological ruins.

What are you waiting for? Grab yourself cheap flight to Colombia asap.

3. Bangladesh

Bangladesh might evoke images of flood damaged disaster zones and poverty, and be seen as a country that is in constant need of a helping hand.

But did you know that this green and lush land is doing its utmost to increase its appeal, such as banning all petrol and diesel vehicles in its main regions, stopping the use of plastic bags creating some beautiful National Parks?

Plus, its already got tiger tours in the Sundarbans swamps, Buddhist Kingdoms, beautiful beaches, tea plantations, and it’s probably the cheapest place to travel in South Asia. So it’s safe to say this place is worth a visit.

Bangladesh is one of the cheapest places to travel in Asia

4. Jordan

Jordan throws up biblical images of ancient pasts, Crusaders, lost cities, robed men riding camels through the derelict desert and, of course, the spectacular rock-cut architecture of Petra.

This country is overflowing with unimaginable sites, amazing history, and local people so friendly and enchanting you’ll be planning your next trip back in no time.

Have a little look at our tours in Jordan.

5. Madagascar

Years of political instability has hampered the accessibility of Madagascar’s in recent years. But now it’s settled and the islands safe to see. Did you know that 5% of all known flora and fauna lives on Madagascar and Madagascar alone? And as for the off-road driving, well, lets just say it’s the kind that makes your knuckles white and your adrenalin pump at ridiculous levels.

If you love the outdoors, you love furry little animals, and you love creepy crawling creatures, then this island has got your name written all over it.

Discover the Highlights of Madagascar on tour.

6. Montenegro

This Balkan country has the Adriatic Sea, pristine beaches, a Mediterranean climate, mountainous landscapes (which offer some of Europe’s most amazing biking and hiking trails), ancient towns, stacks of history, and a café culture to please the classiest of coffee sippers. Basically, it has it all. So check it out.

Montenegro aint too shabby right?

7. Bolivia

South America’s most indigenous country boasts some spectacular Salt Flats and the infamous Yungas Road (Formerly know as ‘Death Road,’ but don’t let this put you off…). Unsurprisingly, the danger of this road makes it a prime tourism spot, and cycle tours are a popular choice for visitors.

Bolivia is one of the most unexplored countries of South America, but this land locked destination offers an abundance of off the beaten track sites and experiences that need to be seen, such as colonial cities, high altitude landscapes, and tropical jungles.

8. Slovenia

This tiny little country is greedy with its beautiful offerings; it’s the only place in Europe that you can see the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain, and the Karst Plateau!

Its man made structures are just as impressive, and possess touches of Gothic and baroque influences. Make sure you fit in a visit to Triglav National Park, and the city of Marbior for its diverse culture, fine wines and super tasty food.

9. Tasmania

This lovely little state Down Under is often overlooked by the big-guns such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. However, people are finally starting to sit up and take note of Tassie’s many appealing qualities; Seven Mile beach, National Park’s, awesome kayaking possibilities, and a thriving and cosmopolitan art scene.


There's more to Tasmania than little devils...

10. Borneo

If you know anything about Borneo, then it’s probably orangutan related. These little orange guys are more than enough reason alone to head there, but there’s a whole lot more to discover.

Whether you choose to venture to the Malaysian part in the North – with its jungle treks, tropical beaches and some of the best dive sites in the world – the Indonesian region in the South – with its floating markets, white water rafting and National Parks – or the sovereign state and oil rich state of Brunei – this island is going to get a lot more visitors over the coming years, and you should make sure you’re one of them.

Check out our Borneo adventure tours.

11. Sri Lanka

Peace has been restored in more ways than one in Sri Lanka; the civil war ended in 2009, and it’s just about recovered from the tragic 2004 Tsunami. This country is well and truly back.

And it makes perfect sense that it’s becoming increasingly popular; the stunning island offers an abundance of cultures, exotic landscapes, beaches galore, enormous elephants, rock fortresses, granite Buddhas, and traditional fishing villages amongst many many other things.

Check out our Sri Lanka adventure tours.

Sri Lanka

Fishing Sri Lankan style

12. Samoa

This gem in the South Pacific is made for those that favour a laid back lifestyle. Samoan inhabitants are always completely chilled, completely calm, and never without a smile.

Blessed with the same swimming spots, snorkelling opportunities, golden beaches, and picture postcard way of living that Fiji inhabits, this island is just that little but more rugged and untouched, which might just be that little but more appealing.

13. Iceland

One of the main things people rave about when they come back from Iceland is the food. Fresh seafood and tantalising meat dishes mean you’ll want to spend a lot of your time eating here eating.

Prices here are slowly rising since the Krona was devalued, so it’s best to visit soon to experience to the hot springs, go whale watching, or hike through an almost moon-like landscape.

So there you have it, 13 of our must see Up and Coming destinations that you NEED to pay a little visit to in your life time. If you’d like to find out more about visiting any of the above, speak to one of our Travel Experts. Do you reckon we missed one off the list? Let us know below.
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  1. Maxine

    I visited Samoa in 2002 on my way home from Australia. It is the best place that I have ever been to. Wow!

    In 2011 I went to the Caribbean coastline of Colombia. It is an amazing country. In 2012 I went back to wonderful South America.

    1769 days ago
  2. Geets

    What about Ethiopia? My housemate came back from there last year and they’re really trying to push the tourist industry. Rock hewn churches, the birthplace of Man, Rift Valley, coffee, resting place of the Ark, fabled Queen of Bathsheba, National Parks..

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