Sunday, October 29, 2006 2007's wildest destinations

2007's wildest destinations
October 28, 2006 11:00pm

MANY tourists want little more than to spend their holiday sitting on a beach. But why not get off the beaten track and explore places that are a bit more remote and sometimes even a little risky?
Travelling off the map will do wonderful things for your understanding of the planet and its diverse cultures.
It can also do wonderful things for the communities you visit, by spreading some wealth where it can help most.
So where can you find that unique combination of experiences that make travel so memorable? This week, travel publisher Lonely Planet releases the next edition of its Bluelist, a travel compendium of things to do and places to go in 2007.
Their top picks for the year ahead include:

WITH mind-bending natural wonders, UNESCO World Heritage sites and frighteningly quick urban development, the only thing holding Romania back since Ceausescu's demise has been the country itself.
Its anticipated 2007 entry into the EU has been the catalyst for the fastest-developing tourism infrastructure in Europe. Yet peasant life thrives.
Indulge in Timisoara's friendly nightlife, then tour Maramures by horse-drawn cart and in between hike in the mountains and visit castles that have been immortalised in fiction.
Life-changing experience: Creeping through the Danube Delta's backwaters in a rowboat, fishing lines out.


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