We've survived the worst of winter and our wallets are slowly beginning to recover from the festive season... Looks like the ideal time to start mapping out some trips for the coming months to satisfy our 2015 wanderlust. But it's a wide world out there, with multiple possibilities that continuously beg the question: Where to next?
Close your eyes and picture your happy place. Are you relaxing on a palm-fringed beach, the sea gently lapping the creamy, white carpet of sand at your toes? Are you hiking through lush fields and forests, alive with birdsong and crisp, pine-scented air? Or are you more likely to be laden with shopping bags, readying yourself for a sophisticated night out wining and dining in the bright lights of a vibrant city? Once you've picked the type of trip you're after, that should help narrow down your options.
Additionally, we are here are here to help! We have scoured the web to find 10 of the best worldwide destinations tipped to top the travel lists for 2015. The decision is yours...
2015 looks set to be the year that Malaga steps out of the shadow of its reputation as the gateway to the popular Costa del Sol due to a heavy investment in restoration, an upscale port development and a collection of brand new museums and galleries. Malaga is as eclectic as its skyline, where traditional Mediterranean red roofs sit alongside modern, glittering apartment blocks. But to truly experience the city's charm, stay in the historical centre where you can enjoy the rustic charm of flower-strewn balconies, winding alleyways and mouth-watering tapas bars.
Hamburg is fast on the rise to rival Berlin as the new 'long weekend' choice for visitors to Germany. Not yet over-run by the hipster crowd, this port city perched on the banks of the Elbe River will keep city-slickers entertained with its abundance of live music venues, unique boutiques, cool cafes and bar-hopping opportunities.
Everyone's talking about Milan this year. Already renowned throughout Europe as a city that excels in the arenas of shopping and fashion, Milan will be adding to its credentials by hosting Expo Milano 2015. This exhibition runs from May 1st to October 31st and will turn the city into a global showcase for 140 countries to demonstrate their solutions for feeding the world, as well as the best of their individual culinary traditions.
A budget destination bursting with culture and fun, Belgrade is the cool, new kid on the block, chock-full of quirky cafes, charming ice-cream parlours and smoky, bohemian bars. Riveting museums and a tour of the subterranean caves and secret passageways document the city's tumultuous past whilst the nearby annual Exit music festival, held at Novi Sad, has recently won the accolade of Best Major European Festival. Visit this hidden gem before everyone finds out about it.
Are you a fan of pristine beaches, emerald waters and postcard-perfect, palm-fringed coastlines? If so, think about making El Nido your next holiday destination. This small town in the north of Palawan Island, a short flight from Manila, is the gateway to the breath-taking Bacuit Bay with its towering, limestone karsts. Alex Garland allegedly wrote his backpacker bible, The Beach, after spending time on this paradise island. It really is more fun in the Philippines.
Lithuania is the newest member of the European nation and its capital city, Vilnius, is expecting a surge of interest this year. An immensely attractive city, filled with baroque architecture, the spires and steeples of myriad churches decorate a skyline straight out of a fairytale. The cobbled streets and charming nooks and crannies throughout the old town entice you to wander for hours and have recently been added to the Unesco World Heritage list. A blossoming nightlife and restaurant scene creates an exciting, modern vibe whilst history buffs may want to learn about the sad legacy of the Soviet occupation, captured within the city's powerful museums.
One of the most iconic winter resorts of Europe, the town of Zermatt is dominated by the majestic silhouette of the Matterhorn. Total heaven for winter sports enthusiasts, snow is present all year round with not only a range of pistes for all levels of ability, but ample opportunities for hiking trails, absorbing those glorious winter wonderland views and indulging in a little spot of après ski.
240 miles northeast of Marrakesh, Fez is hot on the heels of the capital city as the next destination du jour of Morocco. Gradually, over the past few years, beautiful riads have been lovingly restored, ideal for an authentic accommodation experience. Galleries, restaurants and hotels complete with trendy rooftop bars and pools are popping up all over town and the ancient labyrinth of the old city medina is rich with colour and all the sights, sounds and smells of Morocco.
Move over Dubai, there's a new Middle Eastern darling of the travel world. The atmospheric city of Muscat will make you feel like you have stepped into a mystical, Arabian Nights world, situated on the Gulf of Oman. The heady scent of frankincense infuses the air of the old town where you can enjoy an exotic landscape of ancient fortresses, ivory villas and gold-capped mosques. Treat yourself to a stay in one of the opulent hotels found along the golden coastline and enjoy the modern conveniences of elegant restaurants, sophisticated spas and shiny, new shopping malls.
It's no surprise that the name of this archipelago draws blank faces all round. Yet the Faroe Islands were recently voted the National Geographic Traveler 'Reader's Choice' travel destination for 2015. A group of 18 islands situated in the Gulf Stream, halfway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroes are peppered with colourful cottages and quaint churches. Nature buffs tackle the windswept moors and epic, craggy coastlines with glee but the main draw for 2015 is that on March 20th, the full solar eclipse will be visible in all its glory – truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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