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Top Emerging Travel Destinations 2015

TOP EMERGING TRAVEL DESTINATIONS 2015

After traveling to 75 countries, I wanted to share the most amazing places I have experienced that are considered to be emerging destinations.

I always complete my travels on a $50/day or less budget (including international airfare) – and want to really spread the message that others can do the same!

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1. MYANMAR – ISLAND OF INWA, CLOSE TO MANDALAY

Traveling in Myanmar

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2. BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA – DERVISH HOUSE BLAGAJ NEAR MOSTAR

Traveling Europe Off the Beaten Path

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3. LAOS – ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE & TREKKING, NEAR LUANG PRABANG

Luang Prabang, Laos
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4. NAMIBIA – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Top 5 Safaris in Africa - DNM List

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5. CHINA – MT HUASHAN – THE INFAMOUS DEADLIEST HIKE IN THE WORLD, NEAR XIAN

Mount Huashan, China

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6. SRI LANKA – THE VIEW FROM SIGIRIYA ROCK, NEAR DAMBULLA

Northern Sri Lanka

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7. CROATIA – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK, NEAR ZADAR

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

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8. TURKEY – CAPPADOCIA, ROCK FORMATIONS AND BALLOON RIDES, IN THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY

Cappadocia, Turkey

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9. PORTUGAL – SINTRA, JUST OUTSIDE OF LISBON

Sintra, Portugal

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10. SLOVENIA – SMALL TOWN OF PIRAN, ON THE COAST NORTH OF CROATIA

Slovenia

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Thanks for reading and of course, feel free to share your thoughts.  There are TONS of other amazing emerging destinations, so if you want a longer list, contact me, I would be happy to provide any information you seek!

Happy travels 🙂

 

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Best things to see in Thailand – DNML

Thailand is a common tourist destination. You’re likely to run into many foreigners while visiting Thailand. We decided to compile a short list of the best things to see in Thailand.

Thailand is famous for its great natural beauty, with stunning beaches, amazing animals and beautiful historic sites/artifacts.

Here’s a list of things you must see if you’re making the trip to Thailand.
  1. Tigers – There’s a “Tiger Temple” near Chiang Mai where you can go and pet big friendly tigers. You’re put in a cage with them and you have the opportunity to pet and play with them… if you dare.
  2. Elephant Riding – There are many excursions from Chiang Mai that include elephant rides, you can even go to elephant school and train an elephant.
  3. Ayutthayah – Ayutthayah is a small city outside of Bangkok with tons of ancient temples and temple ruins. It’s fascinating to see some of the ways the old civilizations had lived and kept their temples as the most important thing in the city.
  4. Bangkok – A city not to be missed, and one you probably will not miss since most international flights will try to take you through Bangkok. While among international travelers Bangkok has a bit of a bad rep. it’s not a bad city at all. It’s inexpensive, with lots of places to eat full meals for less than $2 or $3. People in Bangkok are friendly and helpful. The city is a bit big and can be overwhelming. Try a Tuk Tuk ride to take you around and just explore the city.
  5. Chiang Mai – A beautiful village style city which is also not expensive, and gives you access to many of Thailand’s great sites, wilderness and attractions like the Tigers or Elephant rides.
  6. Cooking Class – We took a wonderful cooking class that taught us how to make 4 different Thai dishes (each). The food in Thailand is delicious and the class was a lot of fun. It was called Asia Scenic cooking class (Chiang Mai).
  7. At least one beach (Krabi) – If you’ve made it to Thailand, even if you’re not there for the beaches, it would be a shame not to see what all the rage is about. The beaches in Thailand are famous for their beauty, although now a day they may be a bit over crowded… We’d recommend, at the very least making it to Krabi (2hours south of Bangkok and still on the mainland.)
This list is short, but includes some of the highlights. Hope you find it helpful in planning your adventures!
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Traveling Europe Off the Beaten Path

Europe is a wonderful travel destination for most as it is frequently traveled, very well developed and normally presents the least amount of barriers to entry.

Simply put, Europe is one of the easiest destinations for travel.

Many travelers still hesitate either because it is heavily traveled or because they fear the costs will be prohibitive. While I do understand and can attest that both circumstances can be true, I can also provide you a list of places to visit to avoid both.

Here are my favorite, somewhat off the beaten path locations in Europe:

Each city has something a little different to offer, but they all provide a feeling of authenticity and are not overwhelmingly touristy. Some of these places you could actually get lucky and be the only tourist in the town. Don’t worry, there will still be English speakers around and it is quite easy to navigate each and every one of them.

I highly recommend the Eastern Europe route as Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro are all neighboring and can easily be seen in a single trip. That region of Europe is also quite affordable, has a good mixture of nature, small cities, big cities and ruins – so you’ve got all kinds of travelers covered. I’ve personally taken several trips to this region of Europe in the past couple of years and am beginning to see them pick up as an emerging destination, so I would suggest you head there sooner rather than later 🙂

As always, best of luck on your journey!

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South Africa – DoNotMissList

SOUTH AFRICA – DoNotMissList

What to see…. What to eat…in South Africa

Let’s start by saying that South Africa is home to diverse breathtaking landscapes and a rich history that supports 11 official languages!

From the vibrant ‘Garden Route’ to the ‘Dragon Mountains’ you could take in all that the country has to offer without breaking the bank! The climate also supports general travel year round, although if you are interested in specific activities such as diving with great whites, watching the whale migrations, surfing, kite boarding, etc. you may want to check the best time of year for your specific interests!

South Africa, which is the southern most country within Africa is commonly renowned as The Jewel of Africa – and let me assure you, we agree with this sentiment. There’re various ways to get around – from public transport, renting your own car for less then $20/day, walking within all major cities (we tested out Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban) and a variety of well priced overland tours (Intrepid being our favorite).

Now for our South African DoNotMissList:

  1. Garden Route – stretches along the southeastern coast of South Africa and boasts spectacular scenery
  2. Kruger National Park – one of the largest game reserves in South Africa and home to the infamous Big 5
  3. Table Mountain – hike up or take the cable car to see Cape Town from above
  4. Diving with Great Whites in Gansbaai – hop in a cage and go face to face with huge great whites
  5. Boulder’s Penguin Colony – home to the tiny “African Penguins”, formerly known as “Jack-Ass Penguins”
  6. Cape Point – the most spectacular cliff side view
  7. Blyde River Canyon – the largest green canyon in the world
  8. Safari Ostrich Park – the only place I’ve come across that you can ride an Ostrich
  9. Circa on Jellicoe – a modern landmark in Johannesburg’s art district
  10. Stellenbosch Wine Route – a vineyard route outside of Cape Town that offers views that will blow your mind

South Africa’s World heritage sites: 

  1. Mapungubwe National Park – a national park in Limpopo Province, South Africa
  2. The Cradle of Humankind – draws visitors from around the world for the fossil record that lies in the network of limestone caves beneath the surface
  3. Robben Island – an island in Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years of his 27 year sentence

Grub to try in South Africa:

These are the iconic South African dishes that are proudly served to guests…

  1. Droëwors – a type of sausage popular in South African cuisine
  2. Morogo – known as wild or African spinach
  3. Chakalaka – a South African vegetable relish, usually spicy, that is traditionally served with bread, pap, samp, phutu, stews or curries

Thanks for visiting our DoNotMissList for South Africa – we hope you make it there and know you will not be disappointed!  It certainly ranks in our top ten of all time 🙂