The National Geographic Traveler Magazine has listed its top destinations for adventurous trips abroad in 2012.
The increasingly popular destination of Iceland makes the list, and is recommended for its dramatic landscape of “knife-cut valleys, gargantuan fjords [and] monumental cliffs,” as well as the rich culture and unique architecture in and around Reykjavik. Another spot highlighted for its natural beauty was Koh Lipe in Thailand. The island was recommended for travellers looking for a remote and secluded beach holiday, as its beautiful beaches can only be accessed by boat, and the entire island can be walked around in around an hour.
Northern Columbia was also picked out as a top location for outstanding beaches, with the Tayrona National Park boasting a good selection of stunning coastal stretches. Holidaymakers keen to travel further afield were encouraged to pay New Zealand a visit, which the National Geographic recommended as a great cycling destination, as well as other outdoor pursuits and adventure activities. Europe also got in on the action, with the magazine highlighting the northern Croatian region of Istria as well worth a visit, as well as the Costa Brava in Spain and Dresden in Germany.
Dresden was heavily bombed during World War II, but has been gradually rebuilt, and its Albertinum Museum, Old Masters Picture Gallery and Frauenkirche church make the city a rewarding place to visit at any time of the year, and an easy flight across the channel for Brits. UK travellers wishing to stay even closer to home are advised to enjoy the Olympic festivities in London in 2012, or head to Belfast for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The ship was built in Belfast and visitors can tour the new Titanic Belfast museum after it opens in April 2012.
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