Top Destinations For 2014: The Comeback Kids (or The Reinventionists)
Three destinations that have come back in a big way
New Orleans, nine years after Hurricane Katrina, is in many good ways, the Vegas of the South, with a whole lot of culture thrown in for good measure. There’s a Canadian connection here, too, with Acadians and the Cajuns being cousins. Plus, there’s an app for this! Just download the city guide GO NOLA free at the App Store. www.neworleansonline.com; www.neworleanscvb.com
Greece, five years after the global financial meltdown, is more welcoming than ever. It’s topping every travel expert’s list, including ours, as a must-do in 2014. www.visitgreece.gr Or take a guided tour with Voyages to Antiquity, via Merit Vacations (1-888-446-5212; www.merit.ca – book before Jan.31 to save.)
New Zealand. After the devastating earthquake in ChristChurch in 2011, and with the lens trained on Middle Earth, via the mega-hit Hobbit films, the Kiwi islands are returning to favour for outdoorsy and nerdy types, as well as those looking for the “super-lodge” luxury that combines the outdoors with high-end amenities, such as local cuisine and superb wines. Plus, the inherent respect for the country’s indigenous culture (Maori) is second to none. www.newzealand.com.