10 Top Countries to Visit in 2013 ...

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It’s traditional at the start of the New Year for travel guides to start touting their lists of the best places to go and there will be many contenders for the list of top countries of 2013.

I love these lists because there are always some surprising new entries, or places you expect to be there, not included.

So, having perused and analyzed a number of such lists, I have compiled my selection of top countries of 2013.

1. South Korea

Quietly home to some of the world’s most spectacular outdoor scenes, peeled right from the pages of National Geographic, South Korea is going to be one of the top countries of 2013.2

The traveler’s love affair with South East Asia is undiminished, but Thailand is becoming a bit of a ‘been there, done that’ destination now;

South Korea could take its place.

A hiker and nature lover’s paradise, its reign of anonymity is about to come to an abrupt halt, as 2013 is the year for the country to host some of the biggest sporting events all around – like the Special Winter Olympics.

2. The Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands are a nature lover’s paradise set in the South Pacific.

Rugged rainforest carpeted mountain peaks, mesmerizing azure waters, cultural and historical mystery, make this destination a force to be reckoned with.

Emphasis is on eco-tourism and there’s a distinct lack of mass commercialization.

The Islands are also fast rising the ranks of the best diving and snorkeling spots.

3. Iceland

Although it is somewhat common knowledge about the delights that Iceland have to offer, because of its affordability, it is now one of the most accessible countries to visit in 2013.

And before you turn your nose up at what may seem like an odd choice, once you stop for just a minute, you will find yourself falling hard and fast for this incredibly beautiful and unique country.

Reykjavik, the capital, also happens to be one of the most happening cities in Europe.

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