December 23rd, 2014
2015 Travel Trends: 8 Trending Destinations
Ready to fill the 2015 calendar with travel? Take a look at the top eight destinations that will be trending in 2015!
We’re almost into 2015, and your New Year’s resolutions have probably already been created, or at least the thought of creating a list has started. The “travel more!” resolution that (hopefully) is starred, underlined, and number one on your list, is likely the one that you’re most excited to tackle.
And we’re excited to help with some travel inspiration! Take a look at these eight trending destinations for 2015, and get an itinerary on the books—stat. Book your tickets, pack your bags, and get well on your way to fulfilling your New Year’s travel resolutions.
Shopping, sunning, climbing, floating: Turkey is the exotic destination for an array of travel activities. Explore spice markets, bazaars, and temples in the Europe- and Asia-bridging city of Istanbul,; float in a hot air balloon over the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, and enjoy the history of the Roman Empire in Ephesus. Along the Mediterranean, relaxed travelers can tan, while extremely active travelers can attempt the 25-day Lycian Way Coastal Walk. Australians, for their part, will be flocking to Turkey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac Gallipoli landings in April.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bad news, Dalmatian Coast seekers: Croatia has been discovered by everyone. The under-the-radar and still inexpensive alternative in southeast Europe that will be trending in 2015 is Bosnia & Herzegovina (B&H). The country’s emerging tourism market draws visitors in with year-round outdoor activities, a beautiful coastline dotted with secluded beaches, and a picturesque wild forest landscape. Still interested in a visit to neighboring countries? If you go between April and June, that will allow you to enjoy the best weather in B&H, while missing the July and August peak traffic to Croatia and Montenegro.
Known as “Tassie” by Aussies, Australia’s island state offers art and wildlife in the south, wine in the north, untarnished white sand beaches in the east, and historic mining towns in the west. Enjoy the emerging restaurant scene after landing in Hobart, and then take the picturesque drive to Freycinet National Park for hiking in Australia’s new “it” destination. Mountain bikers should take in some of the world’s finest trails near Launceston. For the best weather, plan your trip between November and March, but still pack rain gear for this wet destination.
2015 is an excellent year to visit Brazil. Having recently increased its travel infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup and the upcoming 2016 Olympics, Brazil is sure to be abound with hotel deals in the 2015 “gap year” between the major sporting events. Visit the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that sits atop Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. And don't forget to enjoy Brazil's gorgeous beaches, such as Ipanema and Copacabana, as well as Iguazu Falls—breathtaking waterfalls that are 269 feet high. For good deals and good weather, visit in September through early November.
Kyoto, Japan is quickly becoming the next destination for luxury and culinary seekers, due in no small part to the super-fancy Ritz-Carlton hotel that opened in late 2014. While there, travelers can take in World Heritage sites, temples, and a stunning variety of traditional Japanese food. Long a vacation destination for locals, Japan’s cultural capital is poised to see a rush of international travelers in 2015. Visit during cherry blossom season in late March and early April.
Nicaragua is Central America’s newest affordable- – yet- appealing - destination, and one that’s sure to be a trending ecotourism option for 2015. Backpackers have frequented this budget option for years, and the country is safer than ever before. Adventure- seekers can “volcano board” on active volcanoes (at their own risk!), and surfers can have their pick of the waves. Not into budget travel? A newly emerging crop of luxury ecotourism lodging, most notably the golf resort Makul, is broadening the appeal of the Central American destination. Go during the dry season, between November and May.
Divers: Have you experienced the Philippines yet? If not, you’re missing out on more than 400 coral species that the country boasts. With a favorable exchange rate, the island group (which contains more than 7,000 islands in all!) is more appealing than ever before. Whether you’re diving in the sky-blue water, sunning on secluded white sand beaches checking out over 600 species of birds, or enjoying the famed hospitality, it’s sure to be a memorable trip. For unforgettable luxury island travel, reserve a room on the small islands of Palawan and Boracay. To avoid Tag-ulan (the rainy season), visit the Philippines between late November and May.
Just when you got the Disney hit song “Let It Go” out of your head, it’s time to firmly plant it back in by visiting the Frozen paradise of Norway. All eyes will be to the sky during 2015’s solar eclipse (March 20th), and the continuing light show of the Aurora Borealis. Just make sure to bring your eyes back down from sky level at some point to see the glaciers and fjords that define the Norwegian landscape.
Are any of these 8 trending destinations in your 2015 travel plans? Or are you setting your own trend with another up- and- coming destination? Let us know in the comments below!
Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at CailaBall.com
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