The American magazine wrote, “Closed countries are opening up. Savvy luxury agencies are making remote destinations accessible to travellers who don’t want to rough it or risk much.” The list features includes countries such as Pakistan, Armenia, Chad, Eritrea, Guatemala, Mongolia and Saudi Arabia among others.
The criterion for the list was based on a newly discovered but essential need of many modern tourists: “Where can we go to avoid other tourists?” The magazine points out that many travel agencies and local tour guides “have learned to bring less obvious, undertouristed places to life in a way that yields the kind of insights you might expect from their overtouristed equivalents.”
Pakistan is perhaps the ultimate adventure travel destination,” says Jonny , founder of Wild Frontiers. “It offers ancient Indus civilizations stretching back 4,000 years, and exciting cities like Lahore with its forts, mosques and palaces. But most of all, it offers incredible scenery, particularly in the north where the three greatest mountain ranges collide. Pakistan is great for trekking, mountain biking, rafting or just cultural tourism. The infrastructure has also improved, with resurfaced roads and new tunnels cutting down travel time, new luxury hotels are opening up in the region.”
Pakistan has also made it to the Condé Nast Traveller’s list of best holiday destinations for 2020 and British Backpackers Society (BBS) list world’s third-highest potential adventure destination for 2020.