Travel Hot List for 2012
This is my *impossible to substantiate list of places you should go if you want to out-cool everyone, including that guy at the dinner party who says he is a foreign diplomat but who might be a spy:
1. Sri Lanka
India without all the hassle. Less people equals more order. Transport runs to schedule, garbage is collected and the beaches are pristine. If you like old colonial architecture, seafood curries and sea breezes through palm groves, head to Colombo for a dose of good, clean culture. The upside? The end of the civil war means no more pesky Tamil Tigers staging coup d’etats.
If you are willing to brave the death-defying flight into Paro, you will have made it through the hardest part of getting to this tiny country. There is only a select group of pilots that are allowed to fly this route due to treacherous thermal updrafts from the Himalayas. But I digress. Bhutan will be riddled with hipsters before you can say ‘fish taco’ so get your early adopting ass over there and soak up some archery, mountain temples and radical downhill mountain bike rides.
I work for the Sultanate of Oman so it’s possible that I am drinking my own Kool Aid here but I swear it’s the Next Big Thing in Arabia. Dubai went through a tourism boom in the ’90s, Abu Dhabi has experienced a real spike over the past five years and now it’s Oman’s turn. It’s exquisitely devoid of modern ugliness and has activities for everyone from Indiana Jones (canyoning, ancient ruins and caves) to the Queen of Sheba (frankincense trees, silver souks and rock rose harvests).
*This list is based entirely on rumour, speculation and other synonyms for travel industry hearsay.
Where do you think all the hipsters will be going next? I know Cambodia, South America and Eastern Europe (Estonia & Friends) are all on the rise. Where else should we go if we want to go to the cool places first?