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Sunday, January 20, 2013

13 places to visit in 2013

There are endless number of places to visit in this world for travel freaks and with the new year dawning upon us and tourism developing across the globe, more destinations unexplored and untouched are becoming popular for visitors who get bitten by the travel bug every now and then! Here are a few suggestions on where you could tiptoe this year and make it one of the best ones on your travel calendar.

Europe is undoubtedly one of the best places to start thinking! The tourist attractions like Paris, Geneva, Berlin are all but exhilarating. The true Europe however, needs to be explored in its quiet corners. Nestled in south-eastern Austria, close to the German border is the city of Salzburg. It has been quite a hotspot for backpack travellers. The Youth Hostel of Salzburg is often abuzz with local cultural activities for its foreign travellers who take great pleasure in exploring the city on foot. A cozy winter when the whole city gets blanketed with snow to the extent that even the river stream freezes is one of the best sites in the world! If you are worried about staying in touch with your folks back home when travelling, with local phone cards today, calling has become a very cost-cutting activity. You do have other options like VOIP or Skype for video chatting while on the move. If you do not wish to spend on calling, international texting is one more option that is cheap and easy.

Whilst on the move in Europe, a few other places to visit would be Venice in Italy and Stockholm in Sweden. Both are island nations with a large tourist following every year. Stockholm is a much lesser commercially exploited city but a walk around gives you a similar feel of being in Paris. The stone pathways and the old town showcases the majestic lifestyle of the rich and overwater bridges give you some magnificent shots for your photo album. Venice too is an island city though it has its own little charm to it. Visit at a time when tour packages do not operate there. The weather might not be conducive but the slightly emptier streets will allow you to explore. Visit the smaller islands nearby and the tiny lanes lined up with pizzerias give you a true glimpse of the Italian cuisine. Travel further west and cross the border into France. The Southern region of France has plenty of beautiful towns where country-side lifestyles give you the taste of fine wine and dine. The famous cheeses and the Alpian towns are a paradise for skiers. Travel further south into Spain to the Basque country of Spain where the popular beach destination for foodies is San Sebastian.

Moving slightly away from Europe is the vast continent of Africa where destinations like Kenya await you with a very differing natural beauty and landscapes all around. One of the best places for safari, Kenya is home to a lot of national parks where you get to see animals roaming around freely. Choose your season carefully though as summers get very hot on this part of the planet. June would be an ideal time to venture out here. A jump onto a new continent would land you in Latin America, one of the most exotic locations on Earth. The Amazon basin and its deep rain forests give you an awesome adventure trip feel. You need to gear up for that kind of a travel though and prepare yourself for some hardships as nature is not at its best when explored to its depths.

From South to the North of America will give you one of the biggest continents to explore. Florida is a good place to start here. The entire coastline is tourist friendly with a lot of travel and touring options open. Miami is a great city to be in if you wish to witness good night life. A switch from seas to the desert and land yourself in the land of money and gambling! All of this right in the middle of a desert! The sin city of Las Vegas! It’s lit all through the night and a paradise land for players and amateurs alike! From small tables to bigger poker rooms, name it and you have it here. Travel further west to explore the beach destinations of Los Angeles and San Diego where the local cultures will enthrall you. The beach parades will leave wanting for more!

Other exotic locations around the world include the southern state of Kerala in India. A popular tourist attraction, the local food and backwater rides will take you a land that is serene, peaceful and an experience that is only but spiritual. The North Eastern states of this country too pose terrific landscapes, different than seen anywhere in the world. Further South-East Asian countries of Malaysia, Singapore too have varied tourist spots. Now that the list is ready, you can think of choosing your hot favorite destination first and embark upon a journey that will give you an experience of a lifetime!



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