Where will your travels take you in 2015? Here's what other travel bloggers suggest.
I asked over 20 travel bloggers - people who live, breath, dream travel all day, all year - for their top picks for 2015. They've shared hopes and dreams on where they want to visit for the first time (or sometimes a 9th time), and where they hope you'll discover as well. I can't think of any group better equipped to give travel advice and I hope their passion becomes your inspiration in the new year!
So what are you waiting for? Why not start planning your trip to.....
Christina Saull is a travel writer and photographer who chronicles her travels on the award winning travel blog My View from the MiddleSeat.
Istanbul to Beijing and beyond
Manouk Bob is a medical doctor, travel writer and founder of Bunch of Backpackers, a Dutch-English travel blog focusing on independent travel and adventure.
Scotland's Hiking Trails
I've been building up a hiking logbook over the last couple of years, and will start working towards my Mountain Leader qualification next year. I'll book the course for the spring, then garner quality mountain days over the rest of the year, starting with a coast-to-coast trekking expedition in the BEST COUNTRY in the WORLD. (That's Scotland, by the way, my homeland.)
Scotland isn't all about big wow attractions, although it's not short on the spectacular, it's about those little moments and experiences that add up to make something greater. It's walking on a white sand beach with no-one else for miles; seeing the sunset from the top of a mountain with a name that you can't pronounce; taking the ferry to a windswept island where trees are rare and exotic things; eating fresh seafood on the quayside whilst gulls squabble overhead; chatting to the bus driver and learning the life-history of everyone in town. Its even about the midges (although I really wish it wasn't).
Vicky Inglis blogs at These Vagabond Shoes. In 2015, she plans on spending at least 30 nights sleeping outdoors or under canvas. Follow her adventures with #30NightsOut
Vicky and Buddy from http://www.buddythetravelingmonkey.com/
The Travel Sisters are two sisters sharing our travels along with simple strategies to earn free travel using frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points.
Guatemala has something for everyone, but maybe the ones that will love its the most are nature enthusiasts. Numerous volcanoes, dense jungles, beautiful lakes and rivers, pretty coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Monkeys, sloths, tropical birds and more. And if that great list of attractions doesn't do it for you, maybe you'll love the ancient Mayan ruins and pyramids. But if you're like me, you love the whole package. I adore Guatemala so much that I am launching a Kickstarter to raise funds to be able to create documentary style webisodes of Guatemala.
Justin Carmack is a travel blogger, divemaster and over-all lover of freedom and adventure on the road. In 2010 he sold all his things and left home, traded his possessions for dreams. He writes about his adventures on the road at True Nomads.
Hudson Valley, United States
Stretching 150 miles from Manhattan to the state capital in Albany, the Hudson River Valley has inspired artists, naturists, and some of the movers and shakers of America for centuries; the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, and Washington Irving were residents. Don't miss the historic homes, vineyards, and organic farms found throughout the valley. A great place to spend a weekend or longer, the Hudson Valley is truly one of America's most beautiful attractions.
Penny Sadler writes about unique destinations in a narrative style. She can often be found stomping around vineyards or in a piazza in Italy. AdventuresOfACarryOn.com
Mount Everest, Nepal
I've seen the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the medieval castles of Europe, the border of North and South Korea, Giant Buddha in Japan, sailed on the canals of Venice, climbed the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan to recharge energy and hundreds of other places in the world. I can assure that none of them has caused me much astonishment, excitement and bewilderment as it was the first time I saw Everest, the Mother of the Universe.
There is not a thing that it can compare with its beauty.
Alejandro Nuñez is a blogger from Mi Viaje por el Mundo - A Mexican writing about travel for Mexicans. www.miviajeporelmundo.com
Together for nearly a quarter of a century, Tim & Nat of A Cook Not Mad love to get to know people through their food and culture and try to inspire others to do the same. Recent winners of a Canadian Weblog Award in the travel category, they are currently house sitting in Umbria.
From safaris focused on elephants or leopards, to stunning train rides through the mountains, this country is quickly becoming a popular travel destination following years of civil war. Surfing, scuba, hiking, safaris, UNESCO sites and everything you wanted to know about tea, Sri Lanka has it all. Stay in all-inclusive resorts, 100-year-old colonial estates converted into hotels or bare bones hostels and guest houses on the beach. Food highlights include hoppers in the morning, a variety of rotti for lunch and curries for dinner.
Travis Ball is a photographer who work has appeared in numerous publications online and off. He blogs at FlashpackerHQ.com and is very active on Instagram.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Make sure to go diving in the cenotes which are unique and only found on Yucatán. Or go explore the ocean with marvellous reefs, schools of fish and the occasional turtle showing up. In summer you can encounter whale sharks and during winter time bull sharks will be around at certain spots. Another great thing to do is burst your comfort zone by bungee jumping over the Caribbean Ocean. Not only the view is stunning, but the sensation of dipping your hand in the sea after jumping off the tower is rewarding.
Viktoria’s mission on her blog Chronic Wanderlust is to inspire people to travel to remote areas and skip the tourist path and still make the most out of your trip.
Santa Fe, United States
Billie Frank is a freelance travel writer and co-founder of the blog Santa Fe Travelers. She is also the Santa Fe Local Expert for USA Today Travel Media’s 10best.com.
All Over Europe
Nic and Paul, the ‘Roaming Renegades’: we are travellers, adventurers and explorers and our blog chronicles our escape from the 9-5 and round the world trip.
Why 2015? The area is reaching a perfect balance of convenience and options right as tourists are looking for something that isn't Phuket (full of touts, blech), Pattaya (sex capital central) or Bangkok (hello schemers!). Krabi never needed 'cleaning up' after the military coup came to power, and in 3 months here I've seen one tent of theirs in Krabi town proper. Even during the high season (through the end of March), four- and five-star rooms are yours for less than $60 a night. In short, it's the beach without the sleaze.
Chris Backe is the traveler and writer behind One Weird Globe, a travel blog dedicated to the weirder side of the world.
Koh Wai, Thailand
Paula from Paula Through the Looking Glass is a 30 something Londoner on the move and soon to be expat.
Alexandra Jimenez, editor of Travel Fashion Girl, the ultimate women’s travel resource for packing, fashion, and beauty.
The Restaurants of Asia
Brenda, Bailey and Andrew Tolentino make up the Dish Our Town Team. A family of three residing in New York City continually getting inspired by the world, the people in it, and their cuisine. Dish Our Town endeavors to share their passions and inspire others to do the same.
Cape Town, South Africa
Visitors can fill their days exploring Cape Town’s attractions, and spend their nights drinking local wine and eating worldly cuisine. Top on every visitor’s list is the Table Mountain Cableway, which whisks visitors over 2,500 vertical feet in a matter of minutes for aerial views of the city. For those who prefer to stay grounded, the V&A Waterfront is Africa’s most visited attraction and offers museums, dining and a chance to people watch.
Lance & Laura Longwell are two busy professionals who work to support their travel habit and write about their experiences on Travel Addicts. Since 2008, they have been showing people how to maximize their limited vacation time to see the world.
Katrinka Nadworny is a photographer, writer, and travel blogger currently living in Istanbul, Turkey. She blogs at KatrinkaAbroad.com and you can find her on Instagram or Twitter @KatrinkaSasha.
Nozawa Onsen, Japan
The Dojosin Fire Festival, one of the 3 main fire festivals in Japan, is held in Nozawa Onsen on the 15th January each year. This is highly popular and requires booking well in advance to get to see this amazing site. An excellent side trip is to see the snow monkeys at Jigokudani, which is very close to Nozawa Onsen.
Paula and Gordon of Contented Traveller love to ski but also really love a traditional cultural village, not to mention a very hot onsen.
Here's what I think I know of Cascais: intense and whimsical color, sunshine and palm trees, traditional Portuguese seafood soup to devour, today-fresh fish to bargain for in the market, beaches to get sunburned on, oceanside cliffs to amble, a citadel/castle to feel history in, narrow lanes and back alleys to explore, hand-embroidered nightgowns to help you take the dream home with you. And a stately blue-and-white lighthouse a block from where I will stay. Who knows what other delights I will discover in Cascais, Portugal, all while revitalizing a cherished old friendship?
Donna Meyer is a dreamer, a traveler and a blogger who lives in her own “paradise found” in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; she shares her travels and her dreams at www.nomadwomen.com
Jennifer Doré Dallas, of www.moimessouliers.org, is a foodie and and savvy paparazzi French-Canadian travel blogger eating the world one bit at a time!
No trip to Korea is complete without touring the beautiful palaces and shops in the capital city of Seoul, but be sure to venture outside of the big city and see all that Korea has to offer. The exceptional public transportation system makes getting around very easy. You can get anywhere in the country by bus, train or KTX (Korea’s bullet train). Also, all of Korea’s major cities have easy to navigate subways and taxis are really inexpensive.
Meagan of LifeOutsideOfTexas.com is a Korea based expat blogger and photographer on a mission to see as much of the world as possible.
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