Get ready to do the Samba. It's no secret that Singaporeans love to travel, and not even thoughts of a 30-hour flight crammed into economy class will dampen their enthusiasm. No surprises for guessing the next hot destination for 2014 then - travel agents are already betting on South America as the top destination for adventure seekers this year. "South America is definitely a big one for 2014 especially in the run-up and aftermath of the World Cup," says Nikki Pang, regional marketing manager at Lightfoot Travel, a luxury tour operator.
She adds that while people may not travel specifically for the tournament which takes place from June 12 to July 13, "it's definitely on people's radar a lot more due to all the hype, and we've seen our enquiries to South America increase significantly in the past six months." Peru and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are the two most popular destinations, with Brazil a close third.
Hotels.com's managing director Abhiram Chowdhry notes that the recent World Cup match draw has prompted an increase in accommodation searches for many of the host cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brasilia. "As we draw closer to the event, we can expect an even bigger booking boom," he adds.
But South America isn't the only hot destination for next year. Kathmandu, Sapporo, Hanoi and Siem Reap top the list of TripAdvisor's 2013 Travellers' Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise in Asia.
TripAdvisor's spokesman Jean Ow-Yeong explains that these travel spots have seen the greatest increase in positive traveller feedback and interest in the past year. "They provide inspiration for travellers planning their 2014 trips," says Ms Ow-Yeong.