One of the most exciting things for those who’ve been bitten by the travel bug is exploring new destinations and encountering refreshing scenery. Travel website tripadvisor.com listed this year’s Travelers’ Choice award-winning destinations last month. Based on millions of reviews by travelers, the list reflects the hottest travel trends.
We’ve interviewed four travelers who have been to the top four cities to let them share their experiences.
1. Marrakech, Morocco
Shen Ze, 24, medical student at Virginia Tech, US
I’m a desert enthusiast, so when my friend commented on how beautiful Morocco’s stretch of the Sahara Desert is, I was motivated last year to go to Marrakech for a visit. I found three other companions on the travel website qyer.com and flew there from Madrid, Spain last June.
We were lucky and didn’t encounter any sandstorms. I booked a four-person tour on morocco-cameltrekking.com three months in advance. Each tourist spent 190 euros (about 1,250 yuan). Due to the sweltering heat, visitors couldn’t enter the desert during the daytime. Therefore, we set off at 6:30 pm with the local guide and arrived at the campsite after one hour. The scenery completely put the other deserts I’d seen to shame: the camels sauntered around in gusts of wind that swept the golden sand up into the air, blurring the border between the sky and everything beneath it.
Best season: November to February
•Haggling is a tradition.
•Ask the price before taking photos of or with an animal.