If you’re planning to travel the world in 2013, it can be tough to decide where to go. This year, there are definitely some cities that are high on the list of a lot of people’s itineraries because of major anniversaries or the fact that they are offering new and exciting entertainment and tourist hotspots.
Here are some of our suggestions of the must see destinations in 2013 – but don’t forget to order foreign currency online before you go overseas so you’ve got enough spending money to make the most of what these locations have to offer!
Amsterdam has always been a major tourist destination, but you may want to pay particular attention to this part of the Netherlands in 2013, given the wide range of major anniversaries that are to be celebrated.
It’ll be the 400th anniversary of the legendary canal ring, for a start, while 175 and 225 year anniversaries will be reached for the Artis Royal Zoo and Felix Meritis cultural centre respectively. It will also be the 160th birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. There will be street festivals, exhibitions and other events to mark such a host of major milestones.
It may have been affected by devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, but New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’ has bounced back in style, with new live music venues appearing and eye-catching artworks surfacing on unoccupied demolition sites.
There’s also plenty for fans of great cuisine to savour, with local specialities being joined by Burmese and Turkish dishes. Why not book a flight now to see the continuing resurgence for yourself?
With its rich cultural life encompassing the finest in ever so slightly eccentric music, art and architecture, San Francisco certainly attracts its share of visitors already, and it can expect even more in 2013 with the 34th America’s Cup taking place there. The waterfront is also set to see major changes, and of course, all of the city’s usual attractions – from the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) to Coit Tower – remain present and correct.
In theory, London, UK should need no introduction, but we thought we’d include it if only to highlight that it doesn’t need to leave the limelight just because the Olympics are now a thing of the past. From music concerts and comedy gigs to exhibitions like A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance at Tate Modern, there are plenty of reasons for even regular visitors to take in the English capital once more in the New Year.
At the very least, you can visit any of the more established attractions that you might have so far missed, from the National Portrait Gallery to Buckingham Palace.