At the beginning of the new year every travel savvy internet person makes a list of top places to go, so I thought I would add my two cents in the mix. Some of these are places I have been before and wish to visit again, (cause they are amazing), others are top bucket list items.
Enjoy and hopefully these inspire some of your own travels in 2015!
First things first, Brazil is HUGE, much larger and more diverse than I could have ever imagined. There is also ALOT more to offer than just Rio de Janerio, (although the beaches are quite nice). Think the stunning Iguassu Falls, the Amazon, the music and colours of Salvador, gosh I could go on and on. And foodies, don’t even get me started on the juices and açaí bowls!
When people ask me for places to visit I ALWAYS recommend the Galapagos. Why? Because right now they are the most easily accessible for tourist as they have ever been. But, it might not stay that way and they can be Closed again. So go now, and go as soon as you can. Also, they are just out of this world amazing.
ChileNow I’ve only been to Santiago, but from what I saw I was very impressed! Santiago is one of the most developed and most modern cities in South America. Nestled amongst the backdrop of the Andes, even if you just visit Santiago, you will be impressed! Plus wine, lots of really REALLY good wine.
Maybe 5 years ago Croatia was the IT destination in Europe, and still relatively unknown to the general North American’s travel circuit. Croatia is now the new Greece, full of cheap hostels, great bars, nightlife and of course beaches! This Mediterranean country is one of my favourite places and a great place to party and relax!
MyanmarHaving only recently opened up to tourists, Myanmar is what Thailand was 10-20 years ago. So if you love Thailand, but could do without all the typical tourists bells and whistles plus have a much more rugged and raw experience, Myanmar should top your list! It sure tops mine.
IndiaI feel like India is this weird right of passage for long term travellers and nomads. I unfortunately have never been and it’s one of the places I am simply dying to go! Every single person I talk to that has been and travelled to India tells me of how life changing and different everything is down there. So basically, if you want to fit in with the travel “cool kids”, India is the place to go!
Yes I might be a bit bias because I spent 2 months doing literally everything there is to do on this island. But the island of Tobago in the Caribbean is fairly untouched by tourism outside of Trinidadians coming over for vacation. There are several beautiful beaches, lots of activities and world class scuba diving! Beat the crowds of the other popular Caribbean travel destinations and visit the more private, more authentic island of Tobago.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMove over Croatia, there is a new IT destination in Europe and it’s Bosnia and Herzegovina. While it doesn’t have the beaches, it still has a lot of culture, great cities and landscapes, plus waterfalls, really awesome waterfalls.
Even with all the Hobbit film tourism boom, I still feel like most people overlook New Zealand. Partially due to the fact that plane travel to get down there is very expensive. But this is not an excuse to miss out! Plan for a longer trip and you can even out the cost of the flight with all the incredible photos you will be taking!
South AfricaGrowing ever more popular year by year, South Africa has A LOT to offer tourist: beaches, safari’s, parties, whatever you what. And surprise! It’s also my next travel destination!
MoroccoConsidering ethnic prints have been all the rage in 2014, Morocco should no doubt be a fashion and photographer’s dream. The colours, the fabrics, the lamps. I just want to go and take a million photos.
Hagia Sophia, Hagia Sophia, Hagia Sophia. Okay, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, castles, beaches, museums, Turkey is perfect for those explorers looking to venture into Europe, but off the beaten path. Just seriously, raw, stunning history, architecture and landscapes.
PhilippinesWhile most of Southeast Asia’s typical Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have been travelled and well documented by beginner and novice travellers alike, the Philippines are still a VERY untravelled destination. They have the same climate, same types of beaches, less drunk tourists. (I’ve been one of those so I can’t complain too much…) Yes, they are however a bit more challenging to get to, but sometimes we gotta work for our reward. (is that a quote?)
Summertime, wintertime, anytime, it’s hard NOT to take an amazing photo in Switzerland. I have been multiple times, to various parts of Switzerland and yet I still want to go back. It’s no wonder I’ve named it one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Maybe cause I’ve just recently fallen in love with this country, but Scotland is seriously stunning. Edinburgh is full of gothic buildings that look like they are from Harry Potter, plus the countryside is full of Instagram worthy landscapes. Yes, it might rain while you are there, but that’s all part of the charm!
Well I hope you have enjoyed my 15 destination picks, are YOU planning to add any of these to your travels this year? Let me know in the comments down below!