Flight Centre Limited's Top 10 Destinations For 2011
1.Boracay, the Philippines --- Boracay is set to be the next big holiday destination. Affordable accommodation, a relaxed culture, great seafood and natural wonders, make it an appealing choice for beach lovers looking to explore a new region. Families, couples and those flying solo will have plenty to do, from snorkeling amid vivid coral gardens to trekking across jungle-covered volcanoes or simply soaking up the sunshine.
2.Sabah, Malaysia --- Sabah is definitely a place worth exploring in 2011. Discover the dense forests, climb Mount Kinabalu, get close to orangutans at the sanctuary or simply relax on the unspoilt beaches framed by azure water. Cheap airfares to Malaysia and affordable luxury accommodation mean you blow your budget.
3.Christchurch, New Zealand --- It is one of the most affordable destinations to get to from Australia, with cheap flights flying the Trans Tasman route, plus there is plenty to do all year round. Think, food and wine trails for baby boomers, heli-skiing for thrill seekers and self-drive holidays for families. Next year’s Rugby World Cup tournament, from September to October, has already put the spotlight on New Zealand.
4.Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eastern Europe --- This region in the Southern Alps has become increasingly popular for skiing and eco-adventure. Bosnia’s city of Sarajevo is ideal for history buffs, oozing with influences from Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman, Venetian eras.
5.The Cotswolds, United Kingdom --- Literature fans can dust off pages of history and see the sights that inspired books written by Shakespeare, Jane Austen and many other authors. There has been increased demand for unique small group journeys in summer, particularly among baby boomer travellers.
6.Reunion, Africa --- One of the most underrated stopover options for travellers en route to France. Reunion’s active volcanoes, cirques and mountainous landscape make it ideal for hikers, while luxury resorts and a French-feel set the mood for a little indulgence.
7.Buenos Aires, South America --- This cosmopolitan metropolis is back on the travel radar for its bustling vibe, frenzied nightlife and seductive edge. Affordability and accessibility are better than ever before, with more direct cheap airfares available on a variety of airlines.
8.Zambia, Africa --- An interest for nature will see more travellers combine wildlife safari with luxury tented camping, also known as “glamping”. A new form of tracking animals by microflight is now available in Zambia is, while the wildebeest migration in Kenya and bird watching in Okavango Delta remain hot favourites for next year.
9.Yabuli, China --- China’s has built a reputation as the latest skiing destination in Asia, with new resorts opening in January. Yabuli has been on the radar in the past few months and is expected to welcome millions of skiers in next year.
10.Estonia, Eastern Europe --- A great place to stretch your Aussie dollars further next year. Estonia is the smallest of the Baltic countries, yet widely known for its seaside charm, medieval history and verdant forest trails.
For more information on what’s hot in 2011, speak to a travel expert at Flight Centre, Escape Travel, Student Flights or Cruiseabout.