Set to host the Rugby World Cup this year and the Summer Olympics in 2020, Japan is steadily increasing in popularity. Tottori and Hagi are two cities worth seeing. In
Hagi, responsible travellers can experience the new “G for Good” social enterprise project, the Hagi Homestay Association, which helps local farmers and the elderly earn an income by hosting visitors.
G Adventures has seen a 72% increase in travellers to Uzbekistan over the past five years. At Turkmenistan, travellers can visit bustling bazaars and beautiful city mosques in Samarkand and Bukhara, as well as natural landscapes such as the Derweze gas crater, known affectionately as the “Door to Hell”.
Rich French colonial heritage and plenty of natural attractions make Senegal one West-african destination to see in 2019. With a new airport near Dakar opened in 2017, it has become easier to reach its dynamic capital, which offers a dizzying array of sun-kissed beaches, colourful markets and mbalax (national popular dance music) fuelled nightclubs.
Another newcomer for travellers” bucket-lists in 2019 is Taiwan. As food and travel become increasingly codependent, Taiwan has a growing reputation with travelling foodies. The New York Times recently proclaimed it “Asia”s most foodobsessed country”.
5. NORTHERN SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka was voted by Lonely Planet as the top country to visit in 2019, with sailing trips in the south slowly gaining popularity, as well as land-based trips to the lessexplored far-north.
Jordan continues to lure travellers to its “Rose City” (Petra) surrounded by pink sandstone cliffs. G Adventures has introduced two new “G for Good” social enterprise projects: the Jia Community Restaurant which supports local women in Souf and the Al Numeira Environmental Cafe helping water conservation near the Dead Sea.
According to the Iceland Tourist Board, the country welcomed
2.2 million foreign travellers in 2017, with 32.9% of this total arriving during the winter months. The final season of Game of Thrones will again throw the country”s filming locations into the spotlight. G Adventures also reports growth in tourism, with trip requests up by 127% in the past two years.