Ariara Island in Palawan. File Photo
MANILA – The online edition of the British newspaper The Telegraph has included the Philippines in its list of 20 destinations for 2014.
Travel writers at The Telegraph made it clear, however, that “it’s no sympathy vote,” given how the Philippines has suffered a huge blow following the onslaught of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) last November.
“The archipelago is made for island-hopping between sugary beaches that receive far fewer tourists than they should,” The Telegraph said.
Other travel spots that made it to The Telegraph’s list include Glasgow in Scotland, Matera and Egadi in Italy, Bordeaux in France, Jerusalem, Charleston in the United States, Chengdu in China, Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia, Sumatra in Indonesia, Alacati in Turkey, Canouan in The Caribbean, Papua New Guinea, Kashmir and the Ganges in India, El Salvador, Iran, Stewart Island in New Zealand, Darwin in Australia, and Red Mountain in Canada.
Travel writers at The Telegraph said they opted to include destinations that rarely make it to brochures of mainstream tour operators, as well as a handful of new city spots.
The Philippines recently made it to Rough Guide’s list of Top 10 countries this year for its “dazzling array of pristine reefs, volcanoes, sleepy backpacker islands and famed rice terraces.”