Where to go in 2013
My highlights of Sri Lanka are Sigiriya (the rock fortress), Kandy (the ancient hill capital), Udawalawe National Park (for the wild elephants), the beaches, the food and the friendly people.
My highlight in Sri Lanka is the southern coastal belt. I was there volunteering in this beautiful remote village near Tangalle, where the beach has been declared a turtle sanctuary. A large number of turtles (mainly greenbacks and Olive Ridleys) come ashore to nest. If you're lucky, you can even see the hatchlings heading towards the ocean. Sri Lanka is definitely a place I would keep coming back to.
Amanda After 30 years of civil war, everything will not be all right within couple of years. We are getting there slowly but steadily. Please do not measure our country by politicians or politics. Both have only ruined the reputation of this beautiful place.
Come with an open heart, travel around, speak to ordinary people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds and formulate your own opinions. After all, it is a safe place to travel and you will never regret the experience.
Great article! I was in Ecuador this summer. I fell in love with the people and the culture, and had the chance to explore the Andes, Cotopaxi, Lake Quilotoa and Otavalo.
It doesn't matter where you go in Madagascar – you can't go wrong. There are nice places everywhere, especially Sambirano in the north-west.
No mention of Boracay in the Philippines? It's supposed to be best for beaches and party animals.
The Philippines are the real thing. Go to Boracay for the parties, El Nido for perfect beaches and Coron for epic diving.
Tyler Van Orden
Dijon: Burgundy's cool capital
I love Burgundy, especially during the grape harvest. Make sure you visit Beaune, too.