That’s the question we posed to a select group of travel bloggers. Many of the responses from these independent experts within the travel community were surprising and fascinating!
Here are their informed and unbiased recommendations…
Central America has so much diversity but is often overshadowed by it's bigger neighbour (South America). Whether you're into rest & relaxation, immersing yourself in local culture and discovering Mayan history or are looking for action-packed jungle trekking & diving. There’s something to cater for all tastes!
You will see French, Dutch, Spanish, West Indian, Portuguese and African influences throughout the island in language, food, religion and architecture. Whether it’s sun, surf, sand, culture or history, this southern Caribbean island has it all.
Not only is it one of the oldest Christian nations with centuries old monasteries and churches still standing, it has a strong wine-making tradition that goes back to the 6th century B.C.
Georgia is a country that can shock you with the unknown. While there, I discovered something completely new every day - from the food, architecture, festivals, religion, music, and even to the language, there were so many sides of Georgia that I'd never encountered similarities to anywhere in the world.
It’s a really diverse country with tons to discover and a rich religious and cultural history; it's also a good value destination and tourists (of which there are few) are made to feel very welcome.
Scotland is an incredibly beautiful country, packed with history, culture, current arts and cultural events, and good food!
2014 is the year of Homecoming in the country of kilts and castles. Lots of events are being planned in cities throughout the country, plus Scotland will be hosting the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup this year.
The South Korean attractions you hit up are as oddball (or mainstream) as you are. Without leaving Seoul's tourist-friendly subway system you can visit three provinces, several cities, and more destinations than you could with a full week of travelling. If you go, head all the way north for a Chicken Art Museum. Yup. Chicken art.
It’s got an extensive tourist infrastructure, English is very widely spoken and there is excellent dining and nightlife for a great value compared to other Western European countries. Portugal is also gaining international notoriety as a surfing destination, so I think it’s a very up-and-coming destination for American travellers.
Montenegro definitely delivers value for the dollar and it has unique natural beauty. One of the highlights is certainly Kotor, Europe's southernmost Fjord. Tall mountains rise from the salt water bay which on clear days is cobalt and deep blue.
Slovakia is the Czech Republic's forgotten cousin. Many people will ‘try out’ Bratislava as a day trip on their way from Prague to Vienna, but there is so much more to this unique, laid-back country than people give it credit for.
The Maldives is a natural paradise with crystal clear waters perfect for diving, snorkelling, or just relaxing. Due to climate change, the Maldives is slowly sinking into the ocean, so go there while you still have the chance!
People are looking to get off the beaten path and take a trip that challenges them. I think the state of Kerala in particular will draw visitors with their sustainable and nature-based tourism efforts. It will no longer be a destination reserved for luxury and adventure travellers.
With exceptional coastline, beach front towns abound making road trips the ideal way to see the country and maybe even get invited to a legendary Uruguayan BBQ! They also have liberal attitudes towards gay travellers and recently approved same sex marriage.
Colombia is an inexpensive and beautiful country filled with cultural and outdoorsy activities. Though it's long had a reputation as being dangerous, its people are some of the most welcoming around. Go soon -- before everyone else does!
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