2017-4-26 16:43


It's a new year with 12 whole months of new travel possibilities - but where are the best places to go? Mirror Travel Editors Nigel Thompson and Marjorie Yue choose their 10 hotspots.

新的一年到来,我们又有整整12个月可以开展新的旅途——但是最佳旅游地又是哪里呢?《镜报》的旅行编辑Nigel ThompsonNigel Thompson和Marjorie Yue选出了他们心目中的10个胜地。

1. Sri Lanka

1. 斯里兰卡

Temples and turtles, birds and beaches, curry and culture...and some of the world’s best tea!


The Indian Ocean island is the size of Ireland but blessed with an outstanding range of things to see and do including an impressive eight Unesco world heritage sites and national parks with elephants, leopards, crocodiles and buffalo. You’ll find the locals are amazingly friendly and it’s even got great surfing too.


OUR TIP: see the masses of elephants in Uda Walawe national park and walk the ramparts of Galle’s mighty coastal fortress.


2. Montenegro

2. 黑山

Billed as the ‘new Croatia’, this little gem, lying further down the magnificent Adriatic coastline from its East European neighbour, is magnet for the rich and famous, attracting the likes of Tina Turner, the Rothschild family and Beyonce and Jay-Z.


This tiny country has so much to offer, from the 72 miles of beaches to historic towns like the Unesco-listed walled Budva and atmospheric Kotor, to glorious national parks such as Durmitor.


OUR TIP: Get a glimpse of the high life at the multimillion-pound Porto Montenegro marina on the Bay of Kotor – the hot new place for Europe’s yachting royalty to moor up their super-vessels.


3. Myanmar

3. 缅甸

Nowadays there’s a flood of visitors streaming to Burma (as it was formerly known) to sail along the fabled Irrawaddy River and wonder at the sight of the multitude of gilded temples and monasteries of Bagan.


OUR TIP: Hop aboard a longtail boat to Inle Lake and its waterborne community. Watch out for the iconic sight of the lake’s leg-rowing fishermen – steering their boats with one leg wrapped around the oar.


4. Finland

4. 芬兰

Rated as one top three countries to visit by Lonely Planet as well as one of National Geographic Traveler’s 21 Best of the World destinations for 2017, there’s even more cause for celebration as next year marks the centenary of Finland’s independence.


OUR TIP: With over three million saunas in the country – in locations ranging from a fast food restaurant (the Mannerheimintie Burger King in Helsinki) to the soaring Finnair SkyWheel (skysauna.fi) you could leave Finland in a sweat!


5. North Wales

5. 北威尔士

The region has invested heavily in adventure activities.Add to that white water rafting and surf at the world’s first inland surfing lagoon which is the size of six football pitches (Surf Snowdonia) and the majesty of Mount Snowdon itself.


Oh yes, there’s also some great grub to be had as well, with two Michelin starred restaurants waiting to tempt you.


OUR TIP: the upgraded Bounce Below at ZipWorld looks ridiculously good fun with slides and trampolines deep underground in a former slate mine that’s the size of a cathedral.

小贴士:升级之后的ZipWorld游乐场里的地下蹦床Bounce Below简直不要太赞!这个和教堂一般大的洞穴之前是板岩矿井。

6. South Africa


Already great value thanks to the weakness of the South African rand against the pound, holidaying in this stunning country of golden beaches, rolling vineyards not to mention superb safaris, is even more affordable with last month’s launch of Thomas Cook Airlines direct route to Cape Town.


OUR TIP: For spectacular sea wildlife head to Hermanus on the southern coast of the Western Cape province. The town is one of the world’s top spots for on-shore whale watching.


7. Scotland


As the world’s foremost festival city Edinburgh knows how to celebrate. And 2017 will be a humdinger as the Scottish capital marks its 70th anniversary as the Festival City.


OUR TIP: 2017 also marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with an initial print run of just 1,000 copies in June 1997.Go for a cuppa at The Elephant House, one of the cafes around the city where J.K. Rowling penned her novel.


8. Canada

8. 加拿大

Big and beautiful, it’s got just about everything: snow-capped mountains, vast forests teeming with wildlife (who doesn’t like bears?!), huge lakes, two ocean coastlines and cities that offer history, culture, fine food and all your 21st century needs.


OUR TIP: head to Cape Spear in Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s North America’s most easterly point and besides the sunrises and great views you could also spot icebergs and whales.


9. Oman


Experience an Arabian adventure in surprisingly diverse Oman, which offers deserts, oases, mountains, great scuba diving and snorkelling and fine beaches - plus in Muscat a capital city that’s light years away from the bling of Dubai.


OUR TIP: an excursion to the Musandam Peninsula will reveal fjord style waterways teeming with dolphins – and you can practically wave to the Iranians across the Strait of Hormuz!


10. Chile

10. 智利

We reckon it’s worth the effort to discover the food and drink scene in the capital, Santiago, a stunning 2,653-mile coastline, world-class wineries and the Atacama Desert.


OUR TIP: Head to bohemian, Unesco listed Valparaíso on the coast and ride the famous ‘ascensores’ (funiculars) for stunning views.