As the New Year approaches, it’s time to think of resolutions to make for the coming year. Among the various ways in which you plan to improve your perspective on life, travel deserves a prime place as nothing opens you up to new places, people, cultures, stories, food and experiences as travel can. No matter how well-travelled you are, the world is never short of destinations that will amaze you with their diversity, colour, history, traditions, flora and fauna, landscapes, architecture, food and drink. So come 2015, be prepared to pull up your socks, fill your travel bags and go out into the world.
Here are some of the most interesting places to check out in the coming year.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
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One of the most picturesque countries in the world and quite off the beaten path, Bosnia and Herzegovina charms you with timeless fixtures like Bascarsija (Old Town), the Sutjeska National Park which is one of Europe’s last primeval forests, the Bjelasnica mountain containing one of the most challenging ski trails in the country, the 14th century Trvdos monastery and the Kravica waterfalls, to name a few. There’s no dearth of lush green landscapes, unspoiled nature and incredible views in this scenic European countryside that changes at almost every turn.
Turkey possesses an old world charm that takes you back to Arabian Nights stories you were told as a child. As you travel through Istanbul’s souks and spice trade market or make a trip to the Mausoleum at Harnicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis, the Seven Wonders of the World you get a magical glimpse into the past. If you are in an adventurous mood, you can witness the beautiful rock formations of Cappadoccia through hot air balloon rides, and if you are looking for a calm day of simple relaxation, then Turkey’s beautiful beaches won’t disappoint you.
A beach lover’s paradise, Philippines is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Take a dip in the pristine blue waters of El Nido and Boracay and enjoy the warm sun at Puerto Galera and Pagudpud beaches. If you are looking to spend time at places that are less crowded and distant, then the exotic beaches of Zambales and Botolan are a good idea. The beautiful coral reefs at Philippines such as the ones at Tubbataha Reefs National Park make the country a great attraction for divers. Apart from the picturesque waters, Philippines is also home to exotic animals and birds, many of them endangered and only found within the country.
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Ireland is a land of magical scenery, temperamental climate and friendly people. Some of the most enchanting places to visit in Ireland include Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, the capital city of Dublin, Slieve League, Gleniff Horseshoe, Mullaghmore Beach, Ashford Castle and to top it off, a random jaunt along the glorious Irish countryside. Interesting activities you can do while in Ireland include angling and fishing, cycling, horse riding, golfing, shopping, walking and hiking, water sports, theatre and more.
An island state that is part of Australia, Tasmania has recently gained a lot of attention as a destination worth visiting in the Oceania region. Tasmania can be described as nature at its best with its fresh clean air, natural wilderness, beautiful landscapes, friendly locals, picturesque walking/ hiking trails and some of the freshest food produce. Some of the popular attractions in Tasmania are the Salamanca Market at Hobart, Mt. Wellington, Freycinet National Park and Lake St. Clair.
Nature unfolds at a colossal scale in Chile, a land of extremes, with its deserts, glacial fields, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, clear rivers and fjords. In Chile, you can experience nature at every step, whether it is the sandy surface of the Atacama Desert or the deep blue lakes in Southern Chile. If you love hiking and treks, W Trek at Patagonia will not disappoint you and if the sea is your calling then you can head over to the exotic Easter Island and Robinson Crusoe Island and fall in love with the beauty and hospitable inhabitants.
If you want to get an authentic taste of Middle Eastern culture, traditions and architecture, then Oman is the place to go. Travel through traditional villages and absorb a Middle Eastern way of life that is not engulfed by modernism. Walk through souks to explore the Arabian style of business. Learn about the Middle East’s rich past through a visit to its museums and world heritage sites like the Bahla Fort and Bat Tomb. Get involved in activities such as scuba diving, boating, desert safaris and camel rides. If you are a nature lover, there are lot of beaches, islands, mountains and deserts waiting to be explored.
Nicaragua can be best described as a budget paradise that offers all the beauty and excitement that many other popular destinations offer, but at a much lower cost. This country in Central America offers everything from adventure, sightseeing, beaches, eco-tourism, and historical sites to a pumping and vibrant city life with its active bars, discotheques and eateries. Nicaragua has been gaining high popularity in recent years for its great value-for-money offerings.
So now that your 2015 travel list is ready, block your calendar, book your tickets, pack your bags and get going!
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