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Top 10 destinations for 2013

17th January 2013

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BackpackerWhere’s hot to go in the New Year?

It’s that time of year once again where we reflect on 2012 and look forward to 2013. With another year of tantalising travel ahead of us, there really are some stunning places to see.

We’ve compiled the top 10 travel destinations for 2013. In it you’ll find your regular destinations for backpackers and travellers, like Thailand and Australia, and hopefully a couple of surprises too.

If you’re planning a trip for 2013 then you can’t go wrong with any of these. The real question is, how many can you fit in?


  1. Thailand – Thailand is now considered the number one destination for those on a gap year. It’s easy to get to (only a 12 hour flight. Trust me, that’s easy when it comes to travelling), it’s cheap and there’s so much to see and do. Thailand really does tick all the boxes and more. 

  2. Australia – Australia is perfect for the first time traveller. For those who want the creature comforts of home, yet an amazing adventure then you can’t go wrong. There are so many sights and activities you could easily spend your whole gap year Down Under trying to see everything.

  3. Vietnam – Vietnam is a little edgier than Thailand, a little harder to travel, yet offers just as much as its close neighbour. Often a lot of people travel around the four countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam on their gap year in South East Asia, and Vietnam is always a firm favourite among backpackers. 

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  4. New Zealand – New Zealand is the perfect place for all you adventure lovers. If you’re looking for climbing, hiking, trekking, bungee jumping, skydiving, white-water rafting, zorbing, or anything else for that matter, then look no further than New Zealand. 

  5. Peru – Peru is one of the most popular countries in South America. When it can boast of sights such as the Amazon jungle, the Nazca lines, Lake Titicaca, and of course Machu Picchu, it’s easy to see why a lot of backpackers and travellers make this a must on their gap year. 

  6. Argentina – Argentina is often the first port of call for a South American gap year. For those who want to travel from the south all the way to the north (see if you can make it all the way up to Canada!) it’s the best country to acclimatise to your new life on the road as a backpacker.

  7. Iceland – Iceland is a small country yet it packs a big punch. 2013 is tipped to be one of the best years to see the Northern Lights; with Iceland not only do you get to see the lights but you can also see geysers, icefalls and some stunning scenery too.

  8. Brazil – Brazil is the country of the samba and it really is the place to be for a party. Carnival is fast approaching and the country seems to be buzzing with Olympic and World Cup fever already. It’s hard not to get caught up in it all making it an infectious country to travel to and through on your gap year.

  9. Mexico – Mexico is still mystifying backpackers and travellers who make the visit to Central America
    with its big booming cities, beautiful beaches and ancient ruins of the Mayans. 2013 is set to be a big year for Mexico, especially as Cancun has just been voted the friendliest city in the world. It’s a great point to start or finish a gap year.

  10. Burma – Burma was voted as one of the most up-and-coming destinations in 2012 and now it’s hard to remove it from the top 10. Burma is really starting to open itself up for backpackers and it’s one of those countries where you can truly get off the beaten track and enjoy yourself.



About the Author: Macca Sherifi

Macca SherifiMacca is's travel editor and writes on a myriad of topics, giving the best travel advice in an easy-to-read style that he would describe as 'cutesy'. His two passions are travelling and writing, which is lucky, because he's a travel writer. Macca travelled for 20 months non-stop, never settling in one place for more than a week or two, living to travel and travelling to live. In his spare time, he reads about travelling, thinks about travelling, and then travels. If that fails he still harbours hopes of being a professional rugby player...


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