In spite of its long held reputation of being an expensive destination, the authors selected Japan as No. 10. They believe it is a surprisingly affordable and user-friendly destination, even where little English is spoken. A Japan Rail Pass will provide you unrestricted access to the country’s sophisticated transport network.
In sharp contrast you will experience Syrian Bedouins herding their scruffy-looking sheep, while welcoming strangers into their goat-hair tents for tea. Syria was nominated No. 9 where you can live like a king in one of the lovingly restored Ottoman palaces.
Tanzania was selected No. 8 with all the African-style adventure you are looking for. You will see great herds of elephants still roaming free in Ruaha and tree-climbing lions prowling around Lake Manyara. You can stopover in Selous and see wild packs of dogs and chimpanzee sanctuaries in Gombe and Mahale, or watch the sun set on the Rufiji River, where the water boils with crocodiles and hippos.
Italy at No 7 is more than an economy in the doldrums and the home of the much publicized President Silvio Berlusconi. The food is fantastic, the sunshine plentiful and a millennia-worth of art to be enjoyed. Italy boasts more Unesco World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world - a total of 44.
The 83 island archipelago, Vanuatu, is placed No. 6 on the list, as the best kept secret of the South Pacific. From spectacular wilderness scenes, to live volcanoes, thundering waterfalls and remote villages which still live the way their ancestors did, Vanuatu is far from the maddening crowd. The top travel destination that truly helps you ‘Discover What Really Matters’.
If you want to sample a burgeoning wine industry, enjoy majestic snow-packed mountain peaks, with skiing that compares with any slope in the world and golden-sand beaches that give you the feeling of being alone, then Bulgaria, as No. 5, is for you.
Panama, a place where the 21st century meets the dawn of the ages, came in as No 4.
From millennial indigenous cultures to biodiversity that astounds, between skyscrapers and massive container ships set against clear seas, you can also experience the mysterious and dark rain forest.
Voted No. 3, the Cape Verde islands, off the African Coast, are a unique blend of the Caribbean and the mysteries of dark Africa.
Brazil comes in as destination No2. Yet it has much more to offer, than the annual carnival of Rio de Janeiro, which attracts thousands of visitors. Enjoy the panoramic scenery of the Amazon River basin, to well known beaches, to a thriving wine industry.
From heritage sites to great cuisine, azure beaches, great nightlife and affordable adventures, Albania has been named ‘A New Mediterranean Love’ as the No.1 travel destination.
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Dr Wendy Stenberg-Tendys and her husband are CEO's and founders of YouMe Support Foundation, providing high school education grants for children who are without hope. You can help in this really great project by taking a few minutes to check out the Sponsor a Student program at (http://youmesupport.org). It will change the life of some really needy kids in the South Pacific.
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