The world has discovered, and rediscovered, some new travel destinations over the past year. From the tropical rainforests of Brazil to the tulip fields of the Netherlands, people have started flocking to these hitherto little known travel destinations. For the convenience of those with the wanderlust, Turnkey Software Projects describes some of the best travel destinations of 2006.
The top 5 travel destinations of 2006-2007, according to the USA Today and some major travel guides, are:
Some of the other notable tourist destinations for 2006 are:
Location: Located in Western Europe on the coast of the North Sea. The immediate neighbors of the Netherlands are Belgium and Germany.
Tourist Attractions: The birthplace of Vincent Van Gogh is known all over the world for its windmills, dykes and tulip fields. However, this is not all there is to the country, for the Dutch are renowned for their urban planning. The capital, Amsterdam, is a city of contrasts, where cyclists pedal by past gleaming BMWs, and 16th century buildings stand next to modern offices. The Hog Veluwe National Park houses the Kroller Muller Museum that displays the paintings of Van Gogh.
Access: The Schipol International Airport is connected to major European capitals by many private and government owned airlines. Most people prefer to travel by road on the long distance buses connecting Amsterdam to Britain and France (via ferry transport). The Amsterdam Centraal Station has good rail links with Brussels (Belgium) and other West European countries.
Location: Turkey spans both Europe and Asia. It is divided between southeast Europe and west Asia. The Black Sea on the North, the Mediterranean in the South and the Aegean Sea in the West surrounds this country.
Tourist Attractions: The vast coastline is dotted with unspoilt beaches. The country offers a Mediterranean climate to tourists wishing to escape the bitter West European climate. The natural beauty of the country, typified by the mountains, lakes and sea is an additional draw for tourists. The rich history of the place, including the Byzantium and Ottoman empires, has enriched the country in the field of arts and culture. The buildings and sculptures of the Roman and Byzantium era are a testimony to the cultural amalgamation that took place in ancient Turkey.
Access: Ankara has an international airport linked to most Western European capitals. The country is well linked by rail and road to neighboring countries.
Location: Brazil is located in eastern South America, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
Tourist Attractions: The thick, unexplored tropical forests that have earned Brazil a place on the ten biodiversity hotspots of the world are the best symbols of this warm, exuberant country. The vibrant street parades and festivals of Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia draw tourists by the thousands. The lush beauty of the country, seen in the Iguacu Waterfalls, the Mamiraua Reserve and the Econtro das Aguas Waterfalls, fascinates and enthralls the visitor.
Access: Rio de Janeiro is connected by air to the major capitals of South America and the larger cities of the US and Europe. The country is accessible by train through Bolivia, and road through Ecuador and Chile.
Location: It is a constituent country of Great Britain, in Western Europe.
Tourist Attractions: The castles of Scotland, towering against the craggy coastline, are the most enduring symbols of Scotland. The snow capped mountains and the green rolling meadows add to the charm of the region. The lochs, or lakes, dotting Scotland are where the lines between legend and reality blur, exemplified by the de facto state symbol, the Loch Ness Monster.
Access: Scotland has 4 international airports, including one at Glasgow. They feature regular flights from Ireland, Western Europe and North America. The country is well connected through rail and roadways.
Location: South Asia, bordered by China, Pakistan and Myanmar. The Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal form the two coastlines of the country.
Capital: New Delhi
Tourist Attractions: India has a rich history and a vibrant, warm culture. From the forts and monuments of Delhi, to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India is brimming with tourist attractions. The Himalayas in the North, the Thar Desert in the West, the jungles of the North East and the temples and beaches of the South complete the panorama that is India.
Access: New Delhi and Mumbai have world-class international airports connected to major world capitals through regular flights. The rail and road links with the neighboring countries are few, so air travel is the best option.