Each year, a wider portion of the world’s population opts to make their vacation an active one. Destinations like Costa Rica, Peru, New Zealand, and The United States have become the epicenter of active vacations and outdoor adventure.
As the industry grows, more international destinations prepare for their flood of travelling adventure-goers.
Here are five destinations we expect will garner increased attention over the next five years.
1 » Cuba
After decades of mystery surrounding Cuba, it is finally ready to show the world what it has to offer. Despite the continuation of the US embargo, Cuba’s tourism continues to increase year after year – particularly, its adventure tourism. Curious Canadians, Europeans, and yes – even Americans, are now discovering the cultural, rhythmic and evocative delights of an active Cuban vacation. Biking tourism in particular is becoming a quick favourite since Cuban roads are relatively car free (biking is the transportation of choice for many Cuban locals). We expect to see this trend continue over the next five years, with the possibility of easier access for Americans to come.
2 » Namibia
In October 2013, Namibia will be the host country to the annual Adventure Travel World Summit. Over the course of the week, this African wildlife destination will welcome the adventure travel industry’s elite, including tour operators, media, thought leaders, and speakers. The resulting exposure will likely spawn numerous offerings from tour operators, potentially solidifying Namibia as a world-renowned destination for African adventure tours.
3 » Brazil
Although Brazil is already a very popular global adventure destination, it’s about to get even bigger. The host country of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Brazil is destined for the global limelight. Hosting the two largest sporting events in the world, Brazil will undoubtedly be highlighted as an active vacation destination. This is fortunate, as Brazil has always been a mecca for outdoor adventure. From the unique urban beauty of Rio de Janeiro to the trending wet and wild activities of Paraty, Brazil will finally get to flaunt its finest offerings to the world.
4 » Myanmar
In 2010, Myanmar (formerly Burma) finally lifted its decade-long tourism boycott. Although Myanmar is now encouraging independent travel, there remain certain foggy restrictions that occasionally hinder easy access to the country for foreigners. Typically, it is easiest to enter aboard packaged tours having prior entry permission from the Burmese authorities. This country will likely open up even further over the next five years.
5 » Romania
Despite the sorted economic history of this Eastern Bloc country, tourism may be Romania’s savior. The Carpathian Mountains are fast becoming a bucketlist hiking destination for travellers all over the world. Once here, travellers are surprised to find a rare cultural experience woven into the famed natural setting. Prince Charles is also doing his part to stimulate Romanian tourism by developing his very own guesthouses for travellers to occupy. The fate of Romanian tourism over the next five years could make or break a country in much need of an economic jump-start.