On Friday I visited Canada’s newest and my 190th UNESCO World Heritage site: The Landscape of Grand Pré. It was an interesting and educational visit. Grand Pré is the ancesteral homeland for Acadians, the French speaking people who can now be found all over the world in places such as New Brunswick, Louisiana and Quebec. In the mid-18th’s century they were expelled by the British and sent all over the world. It is also on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, so the farmers who have worked the land here have adapted to the enormous tides by building a series of dykes to hold the water at bay.
As I type this, I’m waiting to board a flight back to Spain. I’ll be speaking in Barcelona on Friday at the Digital Tourism Think Tank. Saturday I’m back on a plane headed for the US where I’ll be spending the holidays with my family back in Wisconsin.
Given how much flying I’ve been doing this month, I’m looking forward to some downtime.
Every year, big media groups like Lonely Planet and National Geographic come up with lists of the “top” places to visit in the upcoming year. This year, the Wanderers in Residence at G Adventures decided to create our own list. The difference being is that we are actual permanent travelers who have explored most of the world.
Here is the Wanderers in Residence 13 Places to Visit in 2013!
- Brazil – Increased profile with the pending football World Cup in 2014 and Summer Olympics in 2016 mean this South American gem’s star is on the rise. Our thrifty Wanderers in Residence advise getting there before prices hike further.
- Albania – Southeastern Europe is evolving and increasing its presence on the ‘hot destination’ map. Expect Albania and its Adriatic coastline to increase in popularity as a result.
- Burma – Since the election last year Burma has opened up and visitors heading there now have the opportunity to experience both ‘then’ and ‘now’. We recommend getting there before it becomes the new ‘it’ spot in Asia.
- Mongolia – Mongolia is becoming more attractive as travelling from China has been made easier, meaning travellers can see more in one trip.
- New Zealand – This media-loving country sees its name back in lights with the release of The Hobbit in December. New Zealand’s stunning scenery beamed up on the silver screen is sure to entice travellers down under.
- Bolivia – A lack of crowds, reasonable prices and stunning scenery from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in the south to Lake Titicaca in the north, make this less-visited South American location a top pick in 2013.
- Sri Lanka – Comeback kid Sri Lanka is back on the tourist map. It’s not as cheap as it used to be, but with new direct flights from the UK and renewed tour operator confidence combined, 2013 should see it make a healthy return.
- Turkey – Not a newcomer to the scene but as more tourists visit its lesser-known areas such as Antalya and Trabzon on the Black Sea coast, it is likely to break away from the city break and package holiday markets.
- Iceland – A country that has battled with the image of being expensive in the past, Iceland has grown in popularity with tourists and new flight routes in 2013 should help publicity further.
- Singapore – This island nation has seen a lot of recent development and we can expect it to be in the spotlight as it celebrates its 50th year of independence from the United Kingdom in 2013.
- Namibia – With deserts, dunes, and safari opportunities, Namibia is becoming a real alternative for visitors to Africa.
- Jordan – Having raised its profile in 2012 following the anniversaries of both the rediscovery of Petra and the release of Lawrence of Arabia Jordan is now firmly placed on the tourist map. It also managed to escape much of the affect the Arab Spring had on tourism in the region.
- Zanzibar – 1963 also saw Zanzibar become independent from Great Britain after 50 years, so now’s a great time to go and trace the footsteps of one its most famous inhabitants, Freddie Mercury, who moved to Britain soon after.
- Murder rates are leveling off in Mexico. (Yucatan is as safe as Finland) The Economist
- USA World Heritage Passport Book UNESCO
- China’s new passport design is ticking off its neighbors Skift
- In Mexico, racism hides in plain view CNN
- Kevin Connolly’s guide to American culture BBC
- Scientists ‘undiscover’ Pacific island Sydney Morning Herald
- Spain hopes to reduce excess housing stock by offering residency to foreign house buyers GlobalNews.ca
- The world’s oldest original working digital computer is turned back on BBC