Our team constantly has our eyes on up-and-coming destinations, whether that means a new way to see an old favorite or an undiscovered region just waiting to be explored. Below, we’ve picked our top spots to visit for 2015. Here’s to the best travel year ever!
Portugal still flies under the radar when it comes to European hot spots, but the country’s beautiful coast, locally produced wines and friendly cities consistently wow travelers who venture a bit off the beaten path.
Mainland Greece and the islands offer Mediterranean beauty, fresh cuisine and a legendary history inextricably entangled with myth and mystery.
Brazil may be top-of-mind as the host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but we love to visit any time to see the varied wildlife, bustling cities and mix of vibrant cultures.
Travelers are only now discovering Nicaragua’s unspoiled natural environments, including volcanoes, rainforest and beaches. The country boasts one of the largest freshwater lakes in Central American—and no crowds.
Regions to discover
Norway’s fjord region
Make UNESCO-recognized Bergen your home base for exploring one of Europe’s greatest natural wonders—the fjord region is home to scenically steep cliffs and narrow waterways.
Spain’s wine regions
When it comes to producing quality wines, Spain is stepping out of the shadows of France and Italy. The Ribera del Duero and La Rioja regions are emerging as hot destinations for wine lovers and industry insiders.
Despite being one of the biggest names in French wine (and considered by many to be the wine capital of the world), Bordeaux is still an undiscovered corner of the country for most travelers. Come for the bold reds, stay for the UNESCO-recognized historic sites.
Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands
The Galápagos are one of the world’s premier destinations for unparalleled wildlife viewing—travelers flock here for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like swimming with sea lions, penguins and turtles.
Known to some as “the Venice of Belgium,” Bruges is a perfectly preserved medieval city with its own network of canals. Discover its unique character and history before sampling its world-famous beer and chocolate.
Sicily has a take on Italian culture all its own. This beach town boasts fantastic weather year-round, an inviting coastline and an up-close look at the laid-back Mediterranean way of life.
This German city manages to be hip, modern and artsy while also paying homage to its fractured past with many monuments to World War II, the Cold War and, of course, the site of the storied Wall.
Barcelona continues to wow as a cultural center of Catalonia as well as Spain as a whole. Here, Mediterranean cultures collide to produce vibrant artwork, a thriving food scene and a laid-back cafe culture.
Stunning cliffs, fresh seafood, olive oil and limoncello, and historic sites like Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum are just a few of the reasons why we’re loving this Amalfi Coast town.
Cape Town, South Africa
With its pleasant climate and laid-back lifestyle, Cape Town feels almost Mediterranean at times. But its epic coastline, thriving art scene and access to Table Mountain make this South African city unlike any other in the world.
Where will you go in 2015? Tell us in the comments!