Savvy Travel: 8 Places to Go Before They Change
The disappearing coastline of The Maldives, Indian Ocean
Where to go next? We’ve been feeling a sense of urgency to visit these destinations before they’re affected by the winds of change.
Brexit and a still possible Grexit in the making, suggest that the countries that pretty much book-end Europe – the United Kingdom and Greece – and Cuba opening up to the U.S. market, combined with its bigger beaches/bang for your buck appeal continue to fascinate travellers. The drop in the British pound versus our Canadian dollar makes the UK affordable (sort of) and Greece has never been more inviting to travellers. They just do hospitality right.
Along with these three Zoomer picks, we’ve asked the adventure travel specialists at World Expeditions to weigh in on where they’re heading now, creating travel itineraries for their guests before these places change forever. The big news? They shared with us their pick of five places the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) have identified as spots among a larger group of fragile locations that may completely transform in the future.
Zoomer pick #1. Cuba
This island, known for its all-inclusive resorts and pristine beaches offers a few other reasons to visit, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other island in the Caribbean. Plus, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent visit and the pending open relationship with United States has put Cuba on the map. And, according to Virtuoso, the global network of luxury travel agencies, in its 2017 Virtuoso Luxe Report, Cuba tops the list as both an emerging destination and one in danger of losing its distinctive character.
Zoomer pick #2. Greece
Greece is a Hall of Fame destination. It’s warm people, warmer sunshine and well-honed level of hospitality all help to overcome the country’s economic woes. Its open-arms welcome to the refugee crisis, which resulted in a Nobel Peace Prize nomination – for a country! – shows a people with compassion and generosity, able to rise above. Opa!
#5. Dead Sea
#7. Great Wall
#8. The Maldives
As the lowest country on Earth, The Maldives, the beautiful nation of nearly 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean could be completely engulfed by water within the next 100 years if sea levels continue to rise. The risk has become so great that the Maldivian government has purchased land in other countries for citizens who face displacement.
For information, visit http://www.worldexpeditions.com/ or call 1-800-567-2216.