Up And Coming Holiday Destinations

Croatia, Portugal, south korea, Spain, Turkey — By on July 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

by Elizabeth Conraty

Special to The Lost Girls

As the years pass, the popular holiday destinations change. Some holiday spots become run down and lose their luster, while others become overcrowded and tourists look elsewhere for less crowded holiday experiences. Other locations create new and better holiday experiences that shoot them to the top of the most popular holiday destination lists. Keeping up with those holiday destinations on the cutting edge can be a challenge. From year to year, this information can change. If you want to know what the hottest holiday destinations are right now, look no further than these five.  You’ll find a  holiday that will keep you entertained from start to finish.


Visit the Mediterranean of the past by taking off to Croatia. Croatia boasts the largest number of medieval-style buildings and castles along the coast of the Mediterranean. In the past few years, Croatia has expanded it’s tourism and draws in a greater number of tourists each year. Visitors to Croatia can explore hundreds of old buildings from the medieval period, visit flotillas to experience the beauty of the sea and explore the watery depths and explore the untouched beauty of the area by visiting one of the country’s many national parks. If you love old buildings and ancient gardens then you won’t want to miss the unique offerings of Croatia.

Boa Vista, Portugal

For the ultimate relaxing beach vacation, look no further than Boa Vista. Boa Vista is located just off the coast of Portugal, and offers the best beach and island experience for travelers interested in a low-key, relaxing holiday experience. Boa Vista is as yet untouched by a large amount of commercialism, and the natural beauty of the island is preserved. Visitors can stay at a wide variety of accommodations, from large hotels to small bed and breakfast locations. During the holiday, visitors can relax on golden beaches, wind surf or scuba dive or take a sailing adventure. Land based travelers can explore the idyllic town of Sal Rei which is full of old-world charm and unique shopping experiences.

Dalyan, Turkey

Combine an educational holiday with a relaxing beach location when you visit Dalyan, Turkey. Visitors have traveled to Dalyan for many years to explore the ancient Lycian tombs and view the nests of sea turtles on the pristine beaches. In recent years, Dalyan has expanded its tourist sector, providing visitors with more activities, including wind surfing, scuba diving, kite sailing, and more. Visit the beaches of Dalyan and experience the untouched beauty of the natural coastline. Further inland, explore thrermal springs and mud baths for the reported healing properties. Visit the ancient ruins of Caunos built in 9BC. Stay in the city of Dalyan for Turkish delights, including Turkish ice cream, open-air shopping, and old-world accommodations.

Yeosu, South Korea

Yeosu, South Korea is a must for holiday travel due to the presence of the World Expo. Visitors can explore the best of the country with the expo theme of “Living Ocean and Coast.” All attractions at the expo are related to preserving the ocean life and coastal beauty of South Korea. The expo remains in Yeosu until August 12th, 2012. After visiting the expo, tourists can travel to the beaches outside of Yeosu and experience first-hand the beautiful water and marine life that South Korea has to offer. In the city, visitors can explore the many unique coffee shops and restaurants that offer the best of South Korean foods.  Travelers can stay at accommodations in towering skyscrapers, or stick to smaller accommodations that are family owned and operated for a more intimate experience.

Tenerife, Spain

Tenerife offers visitors the unique experience of Spanish island life. Located just off the coast of Spain, Tenerife provides visitors with the best of island and Spanish culture. OnTenerife, visitors can take yacht charters onto the ocean to explore the ocean and coastline beauty. If traditional nightlife and fine dining is what you prefer, visit the Playa de las Americas for the best eating, drinking, shopping and dancing experiences on the island. Visitors can stay in a variety of accommodations, including traditional hotels and motels, large villa-style accommodations, bed and breakfasts or tiny mom-and-pop accommodations that give visitors a taste of old world Spain. During the day, travelers can visit a multitude of eateries, bakeries, and local shops offering the best of Spanish cuisine. Visit the numerous sparkling beaches to soak up the sun and relax during your holiday experience.

Any of these destinations will continue to grow and develop their tourist sectors so that in the near future these may become some of the most popular locations in the world. Explore these exciting locations soon to take advantage of these hidden gems before they become overrun with tourists and commercialism.

Photo credit: max.pfandi, pasotraspaso, lepetitegrub/flickr

Elisabeth Conaty is a part-time blogger and full-time vagabond, Elisabeth currently pays her way around the world by representing Timeless Travel, a great resource for packaged holidays


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