What's New in Travel
"What's New in Travel" is where we make note of the latest issues facing travelers this year. We've also gathered some new happenings in the travel industry, like the introduction or trends in travel, new destinations, activities, new ships and new travel opportunities.
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Where to go in 2013: Travel's New Hot Spots
This year, resolve to travel. As the calendar has now shifted to 2013, look forward to the destinations that will be leaving their mark on travelers from across the globe.
Spots that made the grade include:
Chachapoyas & Kuelap, Peru - because new roads into the isolated, archaeologically rich region are gradually being developed. Christchurch...
New Zealand - with its vibrant arts scene, is another great place to visit for its collective spirit of renewal after devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
Dominican Republic – More flights are going to the island and a number of new resorts are opening in 2013.
Turkey – Look beyond Istanbul and the coastal resorts and take advantage of a vast selection of extraordinary destinations.
Iceland - Its lunar-like setting captivates visitors and its other worldly landscape and proximity to east coast cities makes this spot desireable.
Solomon Islands – A low-key Pacific getaway where homestays and eco-resorts trump mass-market franchises and luxury hotels.
Slovakia – Skiing at spruced-up resorts is just one of the high-altitude activities in this country, which turns 20 in 2013.
Ravenna, Italy - Back in the fifth century, Ravenna served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire. In Ravenna, mosaics are the draw - both historical remnants and pieces by contemporary mosaicists including Chagall, Mathieu, and Vedova.
Ecuador – Its railway, devastated in the 1990s by flooding, is set to be back up and running in 2013, making it easier to explore the Andean nation.
South Korea – 2013 brings three international sporting events to the country, whose capital, Seoul, is bursting with high-level energy.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia - A mini-archipelago of rain-forest-clad islands, cays, mangroves, and pearlescent beaches off the coast of West Papua, Indonesia. The scenery proves just as spectacular above the surface... nature at its most vivid, above and below the water.
Montenegro – a south European and a Mediterranean country. Go for its rugged interior with a growing number of hiking and biking trails, or stick to the coast, site of new, high-profile developments.
Crimea, Ukraine - The Crimean Peninsula, with its voluptuously curved Black Sea coast of sparkling cliffs, is paradise—with Riviera-grade vistas but without Riviera prices.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands - The start of 2013 marks an epic year of milestones for Amsterdam -- The Dutch city will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of its famed Canal Ring, which has given Amsterdam the moniker, "Venice of the North."
Sri Lanka – After a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009 and a devastating tsunami in 2004, this South Asia country has bounced back and is one of the best-value destinations around.
Bodø, Norway - This small capital of Norway is their gateway to the Arctic. Less than one degree north of the Arctic Circle, Bodø offers cycling, skiing, hiking, caving, climbing, and fishing. Many visitors come here for the unique Arctic light, whether the soft pastels of winter that crescendo in a display of aurora borealis or the orange glow of summer’s midnight sun.
Kyoto, Japan - The city is about to get an influx of luxury hotels, making room for more tourists, but for now a golden-hour walk along the Kamo riverbank still reveals the gentleness and gracefulness of Japan’s ancient capital.
Grenada - One of the last truly Caribbean islands, not yet overwhelmed by resorts and cruise ship crowds. Grenadian traditions are an amiable mix of African, Indian, and European—much of it coming together every April in The Maroon Festival.
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