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. 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.