As the tourism industry continues to change, some holiday destinations become more popular than others; often, a country once neglected by tourists will suddenly enter the public eye. Here is a quick list of some of the top five emerging holiday destinations of 2013.
The Republic of Macedonia is a country with both a rich and turbulent history, so visitors will not have to go far to find a monument or landmark to give them an insight into the unique past of the region. Travellers can get a taste of the 10th century by visiting Car Samoil's Castle in Ohrid, or by taking a look at the mosques in the largely Muslim area of Sveti Dimitrija in Skopje - which also boasts an attractive 19th century church.
A good way to ensure that you can explore a picturesque location while keeping within a budget is to enjoy an all inclusive holiday on the beach. If you love relaxing on the beach without having to worry about holiday budgeting, then a trip to the Mayan Riviera could be the perfect place. The resorts in this popular Mexican tourism district will give you everything you need from a holiday destination, from modern day amenities to ancient Mayan buildings.
Oman is an incredibly diverse country offering a wide range of attractions: visitors can stay in one of this country’s vibrant and modern cities, travel to see ancient stone monuments, or even visit one of the vast desert landscapes that make up much of the country. As an emerging destination, the number of hotels in the capital city of Muscat is growing rapidly. A visit to Muscat will be the perfect opportunity to stay in one of the city's beautiful hotels, and visitors are also able to enjoy the many restaurants and food stalls that can be found throughout the city.
As the Philippines are spread across a range of islands, there will be no shortage of things to do for those hoping for a holiday with some water activities included. Whether sailing or surfing, snorkelling or scuba diving, the Philippines is the perfect place for a fascinating experience at sea. Of course, there is always the opportunity to visit one of the cities and soak up the country’s rich culture, or simply to sit back on a beach and bask in the sun.
The Galapagos Islands
Located in the Pacific Ocean, around 500 miles East of Ecuador the Galapagos Islands are famed for their rare and endemic animal life. This is a destination for any animal lover with an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Darwin and more recently David Attenbourgh. The entire archipelago is a marine reserve which will help to protect the fragile ecosystems that exist there from any increase in tourism. This is a holiday that will allow you to see wildlife that can’t be seen anywhere else making this a very special destination indeed.
Catherine Halsey is a keen traveller and is always on the look out for new destinations to head to.