While we’re in the middle of the country in St. Louis Travel Agents always stay up to date on the latest travel trends. In the latest Travel Trends survey from Travel Leaders, five destinations ranked as the top up-and-coming destinations in the Pacific. Based on actual bookings by Travel Leaders’ experts, they are:
This island nation tops many a travel wish list, and movies filmed there – like “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbitt” – only stoke the interest. New Zealand offers an abundance of gorgeous mountains, forests, lakes, geysers, vineyards and beaches; unbeatable opportunities to hike, sail, shop and dine; and indigenous Maori culture to explore. Visit both of the two main islands, North and South, to see the country in all its diversity. Don’t miss the glowworms that occupy the Waitomo Caves near the thermal features of Rotorua.
The island of Tahiti is considered to be the heart of French Polynesia. As the largest and most populous island around, it often serves as an embarkation point for Bora Bora, Moorea and other islands. But, there’s lots to appreciate on Tahiti itself such as the mountainous interior, the black sand beaches, and the French-influenced sidewalk cafes of Papeete. In addition to beach time, you can stroll through museums and shop for black pearls.
Fiji is a collections of idyllic islands with the white sand, intensely blue water and swaying palms of your dreams. Many of the islands are fringed by soft coral formations that shelter colorful sea life, making them fantastic places to dive and snorkel. If you can drag yourself away from the beach to explore more of your island, you’re likely to find waterfalls, gardens, and maybe a hot spring.
This is the spectacular island where jagged volcanic peaks look down on calm turquoise lagoons dotted with clear-floored, over-water bungalows. This may be the priciest location in French Polynesia, but if it fits your budget, Bora Bora will provide an unforgettable tropical vacation. You can enjoy snorkeling and diving, parasailing, trekking up Mt. Ohue, and five-star dining – if you even want to leave your bungalow.
The state of Queensland is the northeast corner of Australia. Brisbane is its well-known urban anchor, but travelers are just beginning to discover its tropical treasures. Queensland has ancient rainforests, white-sand beaches, Aboriginal arts, and the Great Barrier Reef not far off the shore. The reef shelters the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, where you can stay in a rustic campsite or a luxury resort.
Your travel professional from St. Louis Travel Leaders in Chesterfield Missouri can help you make plans to visit any of these or other emerging destinations in the Pacific.