1. JA­PAN

Sunday Tribune - - TRAVEL -

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.

2. UZBEK­ISTAN

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”.

3. SENE­GAL

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.

4. TAI­WAN

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.

6. JOR­DAN

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.

7. ICE­LAND

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.

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