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Sri Lanka

Christian Wolters, the VP of sales and marketing for Intrepid Travel, says, “Sri Lanka has spent a long time in the shadow of India; however, it has shown plenty to offer in its own right. It is much smaller in size, allowing travelers to experience tea plantations in the mountains and sizzling street food all in one day. They have established themselves as a culinary destination with plenty of beach and adventure offerings.”

Geoffrey Kent, the founder and CEO of luxury travel group Abercrombie & Kent, agreed and added, “Successive waves of Indian, Arab, and European traders flocked to Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed shores, attracted by rare spices, precious stones, and magnificent elephants. Ancient cities, tea plantations, and hill stations vie for attention alongside eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are great beaches and national parks with abundance of wildlife, especially leopard and elephant.”

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Your Adventurous Bucket List for 2015 — Go Crazy!

Paula Froelich
Editor at Large
August 6, 2014

We all know the early bird gets the worm and everyone likes to be first. So we decided to bring you the emerging destinations that everyone will be talking about (and adding to their bucket list) next year. These are vacations for the adventurous spirit in all of us. Full of history, UNESCO sites, and rich culture, these countries are still relatively undiscovered by the hordes. In many, development has yet to take over and you can still see and experience how locals lived hundreds of years ago. Book your tickets now before the crowds come and the costs double!