Travel intelligence company Skift has released their list of the fastest-growing countries in travel, a kind of top-ten list for the destinations around the world that are becoming more popular with tourists. The list includes five Asian countries, four African nations and one European country. With some surprises and one or two more common entries, let’s run down the list and see what you might need to travel safely to any of these nations.
1. Namibia (+9.7%)
Namibia is probably one of the countries you would least expect to top out this list, but, after a little research, it becomes pretty apparent why it’s tops. With safaris, great beaches and one of the craziest marathons you’ve ever heard of (a 7-day ultramarathon through the desert), it becomes pretty obvious whey people want to go here. As with most African countries, Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations are practically mandatory, and getting a Hepatitis B shot might not be a bad idea either. Malaria is prevalent in the country, so be sure to take proper precautions.
2. China (+8.7%)
Travel to China has become somewhat easier over the years, but the necessary precautions have stayed about the same. Hepatitis A and B, Polio, Typhoid and Yellow Fever shots are recommended for most travelers, and a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination may be highly suggested depending on the region you are going to. There has been an outbreak of the disease in the southern regions of China, so be sure to consult with your travel health specialist before embarking on your adventure.
3. Montenegro (+8.1%)
Montenegro has the dual honor of being the only European country on the list and the country requiring the least medical preparations. As usual, Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are highly suggested as well as rabies, depending on where you may be headed. Montenegro is a beautiful country on the shores of the Mediterranean steeped in Western and Eastern European history, making it a great stop for any traveler.
4. India (+7.8%)
The fact that India made this list shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. It is a beautiful country that offers all kinds of adventures and sights. Be sure to have the Hepatitis A and B vaccinations as well as Typhoid and Yellow Fever shots before going. Also, be very careful of drinking water in the country. Drink from bottles, and avoid ice at restaurants.
5. Gabon (+7.8%)
While Gabon’s tourism is still growing out of an underdeveloped state, it has become a hit with tourists especially since hunting has been made legal from December to September of each year. Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and yellow fever shots are typically needed as is taking malaria medication before, during, and after traveling to the country.
6. Angola (+7.4%)
Medically, Angola is largely the same as Gabon, but for tourism, the countries are as different as night and day. A Washington Post article described Angola as, “a giant jigsaw puzzle of different climates, landscapes, cultures and colors.” Sounds like fun to us!
7. Zambia (+7.3%)
While Zambia isn’t the most developed country in the world, it has been described as being ‘authentic’ Africa. Safaris, fishing, hiking: this is the type of place you go for adventure, not just a relaxing stay. That being said, extra precautions do need to be taken. The Yellow Fever vaccination is generally required here, and be sure to plan your trip around the time of year that you are going. Zambia has three distinct seasons: dry, hot, and wet. Don’t be caught wearing a raincoat during the hot season, or you probably won’t be having a good time!
8. Cambodia (+7%)
If you are looking for a trip that includes beauty and history, Cambodia is one of the best locations around. This country has been through loss and rebuilding many times, but, despite those incidents, it has retained a beauty that few locales can equal. If you plan on traveling here, be sure to have your Hepatitis A and B shots as well as Yellow Fever. Other vaccinations like rabies or Japanese Encephalitis may be required depending on what you may be doing.
9. Mongolia (+6.9%)
Just north of China, Mongolia is a beautiful country that is becoming more and more popular with tourists. The Centers for Disease Control recommends being vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B as well as Typhoid before traveling to the country, especially if you are an adventurous eater, as Typhoid is still endemic.
10. Philippines (+6.9%)
We end our list on one of the most popular island groups in the world. The Philippines has something for almost every type of traveler. History, beaches, urban areas: if you can’t find something to do here, then traveling may just not be your thing! But, you need to come prepared. The Yellow Fever vaccine is, once again, recommended as well as Hepatitis A and B and a typhoid vaccination. Japanese encephalitis, polio and rabies vaccines may be recommended depending on the types of excursions you might be taking.
If you have any additional questions about what might be required to travel to any of these locations or anywhere else in the world, feel free to contact any of our travel health specialists here at Passport Health by calling 1-888-499-PASS (7277) or by visiting your local Passport Health location.