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Popular 2014 Travel Destinations With a Difference

Going away on holiday this year but undecided where to go? If you fancy a holiday somewhere different, not your typical European resorts, then check out these up-and-coming destinations that are rapidly rising in popularity:

Vietnam
Vietnam is becoming increasingly popular with British holidaymakers. This vibrant country is steeped in culture with exotic beaches and its people are very hospitable. Vietnam is a visual spectacle of diverse landscapes, with a mountainous north western region and unspoilt beaches with turquoise waters and white sands, such as Phu Quoc, known as ‘Paradise Pearl Island’.

There are also numerous temples that make even the busiest travellers calm.

Check out the spectacular network of connecting underground tunnels - around 40km north west of Ho Chi Minh City - which were used as hiding places by the Viet Cong Guerrillas during the Vietnam War.

Croatia
Croatia is also benefiting from an increase in British tourists and is set to be a very popular choice for travel in 2014. It’s a fascinating country, which has been overlooked for so many years.

It boasts beaches that could be mistaken for the Caribbean and superb diving.

A country that’s rich in culture, spanning thousands of years, many of Croatia’s landmarks have made it on to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Such as the awe-inspiring National Park Plitvice Lakes, which will make you feel you’re in a tropical rainforest rather than in the centre of Europe.

Whether you’re after a beach holiday or city break, Croatia is a hidden treasure that really must be discovered.

Nepal
If travel and adventure, excitement and exploration are top on your travel list then look no further than Nepal, which is fast becoming a favourite with UK tourists. Nestled in the Himalayas, this country, with a history that’s traceable to the 7th century, is just as you’d imagine it. Majestic temples can be seen peeking out of mist, bringing calm and splendour to the landscape. Explore ancient temples and palaces, trek over lush, mountainous terrains and discover some of the most historic places on earth.

Cape Town, South Africa
Other destinations hoping to capitalise on the UK’s love of travel include Cape Town, which has just been elected as the 2014 World Design Capital.

George Town, Malaysia
George Town is the capital of the state of Penang, Malaysia, and together with Malacca was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Brazil
Hosts of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil hopes that the football coverage will be one of the biggest marketing campaigns it has ever seen, showing the whole world its varied culture and vibrant lifestyle.

Cuba
Following the relaxation of legislation that governs private enterprise, many travellers feel they need to visit Cuba ‘before it changes’. The country is still buzzing and well worth a visit.

Iceland
Taking advantage of the silver screen as the back drop to many recent Hollywood movies, Iceland is gaining in popularity.

Television shows, such as the BBC’s Night Sky, which focussed on the Northern Lights, have also helped the country attract new visitors.

Russia
Russia was once viewed as a ‘closed’ country that only the most adventurous traveller would visit. However, as the host of the Winter Olympics, Russia is using the opportunity to open its doors to the world and this could see the country feature on many peoples’ must-visit lists.