If you are an adventure seeker looking for a destination off the beaten path, then Madagascar is the place for you. The world’s 4th largest island features some of the world’s most remarkable landscapes and most diverse ecosystems. It is also home to wildlife that exists nowhere else on the planet.
Not the most popular of African destinations, Malawi is often overlooked by tourists but this beautiful country has earned its reputation as the Warm Heart of Africa. Boasting beautiful beaches, locations for snorkeling and kayaking, as well as a variety of hiking a cycling trails , this is a great destination for those who wish to explore all the beauty that Africa has to offer.
From the scenery to the food to the warmth of its locals, the small island of Iceland has remained below the radar as a top travel destination. The recent currency crash has made the trip surprising affordable making 2013 an excellent year to make the voyage.
For an experience that will take you back in time, Cuba is still one of the world’s hottest destinations. Havana may be undergoing changes but it still maintains its 1950’s charm that made it famous. With its ancient cars, cheap rum and beautiful colonial houses Cuba is a tourism goldmine.
For those that want an international adventure but wish to stay a little close to home Canada truly has something to offer for any traveler. With its extensive wilderness for hiking and camping and its cool cultural centers like Vancouver and Toronto the opportunities for exploration are limitless.
Civil war and natural disaster has long closed Sri Lanka to most tourists but the country is finally recuperating and is now considered one of the best value destinations for those with a spirit for adventure. With its beautiful beaches and rich cultural history, you do not want to miss out on a place that the explorer Marco Polo once called the finest island in the world
Hosting a new network of trails for biking and hiking, Montenegro offers the best of both worlds. From its beautiful beaches along the Riviera to its rugged interior Montenegro is as accessible as it is enchanting.
It may be best known for its canal but this gateway between Central and South America features beautiful islands, beaches and rainforests and an endless supply of outdoor activities while remaining under the radar of most tourists.
South Korea is an exciting destination for all outdoor enthusiasts. Explore its rich history and culture while partaking in its wealth of activities including fishing, hiking and golf.
If scuba diving is your passion than the Solomon Islands are your perfect Pacific destination for 2013. Only in recent years have these islands become easily accessible to travelers so go now before this remote destination goes main stream.
Simon Helguson is a tour guide and Social Media Coordinator at Icelandic Mountain Guides, a leading Iceland tours company specializing in bus tours, Iceland day tours, Iceland group travel, iceland super jeep tours including the famous golden circle tour in Iceland.