3 Hot Destinations For 2012

3 Hot Destinations For 2012

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

If you are a little fed up with the usual European holiday destinations of the southern Mediterranean and feel like spreading your wings a little, then there are some great holiday places that you can go to that won’t break the bank. So with this in mind here are 3 superb holiday destinations that are hot for 2012.

Morocco

Only a stone’s throw away from the southern tip of Europe sits Morocco. However you might as well be a million miles away because once you land in Morocco, you are hit full force with all fantastic sights, sounds and smells of Africa in gorgeous technicolour. You can’t go on holiday to Morocco without taking a trip to Marrakech. Experience the Djemaa El Fna after sundown where you can see snake charmers, acrobats, fire eaters and a plethora of fantastic street food stalls all looking for your custom. Get lost in the medina where you can find amazing spice shops around every corner. Opt to stay in a traditional Riad where you can find your own little oasis of calm in amongst the madness of Marrakech. If you are looking for somewhere a little quieter, head south and visit the gorgeous whitewashed fishing town of Essasouira, or alternatively take a trip into the Atlas mountains and stay in a traditional Berber village. Or if that doesn’t float your boat, then take a camel expedition into the Sahara. Camp out under the stars and watch the sun set over the desert.

Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of soaring mountains, stunning coastlines, miles of lush green rice fields and cosmopolitan cities, and is the latest Asian destination to fully embrace tourism. With all this to see, where do you start?  First, decide if you’re on a budget or want a luxury Vietnam holiday. Why not start your trip in Hanoi Vietnam’s capital city, and what a city too! Get lost in the tangled streets of the old quarter, where a mass of motorcycles seem to continually perpetuate. Old French colonial buildings awash with grandeur sit strangely comfortably next to more modest Asian huts. Find a pavement bar and sit and people watch. To escape the mayhem, take a trip down to the Hoan Kiem Lake at sunrise and watch synchronised Tai Chi taking place in eerie silence. Escape Hanoi altogether and head for Phu Quoc Island where you can find stunning beaches, crystal blue waters, lush greenery and tranquil surroundings. Alternatively take a trip up the Mekong Delta on a traditional wooden boat.  If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime, Vietnam is sure to open your eyes.

USA

For most people a visit to the USA consists of a trip to Florida and Disney World and this is indeed great but the USA offers so much more. Why not fly into New York and experience the buzz and excitement of this amazing city. Shop till you drop in Macy’s, take a trip up the Empire State Building, take a boat trip round New York harbour and visit the Statue of Liberty. Try combining New York with a stay in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State for a total contrast. Or alternatively travel west towards the Bohemian City of San Francisco, here you can dine in some amazing seafood restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf, visit Chinatown and of course the Golden Gate Bridge is always a great photo opportunity. Finding a cheap airline ticket to the USA is relatively easy – take advantage and visit it soon!

So there you have it, 3 great holiday destinations that are hot for 2012. Do your research, take the plunge and you certainly won’t be sorry that you did.

Image by The Matt Barker