Recently an overwhelming number of lists of vacation destinations for 2010 were released. While I like to think of myself as a somewhat adventurous traveler, some of these destinations seemed to me to be downright silly; especially when taking into consideration specific political scenarios as well as health related situations. At the end of any given vacation day I’d still like my personal safety and health to be in tact. The following list of travel destinations combines a little common sense with some memory making exploration and just the right touch of adventure, which to my way of thinking makes for a fantastic vacation.
The 20th anniversary of commercial tourism within Antarctica will be commemorated in 2010-and it just may be the last time this wilderness will be as easily accessible to visitors as it is at present. Beginning in 2011, the number of travelers permitted onto the continent will be reduced by 50 percent in an attempt to limit the environmental impact of these sightseeing excursions.
Basque Country, France and Spain
With some of the most incredible scenery you will ever see, both France as well as Spain have continually been favorite European vacation destinations. In particular, the Basque coast is an especially beautiful area. Throw in the availability of some fairly amazing travel packages to this gorgeous area of the world, which still let you keep some cash for souvenirs and you’ve got a combination that’s hard to resist.
Bay Of Fire, Tasmania
Chances are you’ve never heard of this little piece of paradise, but with crystal clear waters, clean, sandy beaches, and cozy little cottages for rent along the shore it has a lot to offer. Located just off the coast of St. Helen’s, a small whaling town in the lesser traveled portion of Tasmania, this little-known vacation spot is sure to offer an idyllic island getaway.
Cape Town, South Africa
In an effort to prepare for its moment in the spotlight, the host of the 2010 World Cup has spent the last few years preparing a myriad of new stadiums as well as quite a selection of fresh hotels and restaurants; and let’s not forget Cape Town’s additional attractions-gorgeous beaches, up-and-coming vineyards, stylish nightlife, and a relaxed vibe.
While Denmark’s capital rarely gets the attention it deserves, it truly has a lot to offer, including comprehensive bicycle paths, free bikes, and a new metro line in the works. There are also a host of new public buildings — an opera house, cutting-edge library, and a concert hall, as well as an environmental program that’s turning the rest of Europe green with envy. Another plus for this destination is that the residents are routinely rated as some of the happiest people in the world.
Isles of Scilly, England
Known as the Isles of Scilly, or simply Scilly, England’s smallest official “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” is sprinkled about the Atlantic 28 miles southwest of Land’s End. The archipelago is fringed with beaches of soft, pale sand and has the exotic appeal of some faraway holiday paradise, an impression enhanced by the balmy, frost-free climate and colorful subtropical plants.
Ko Tao, Thailand
If you love the ocean, and the idea of roughing it a bit while still enjoying resort amenities, then this is the place for you. Include endless rich, green landscapes, incredible diving locations, and the chance to experience both the marine and wildlife of the island and it’s no wonder this location made the list of top destination locations for 2010.
This is by no means the complete list of vacation destinations this beautiful planet has to offer. In Part 2 of Top Vacation Destinations 2010 we’ll continue to explore additional vacation options located throughout the world.