With 2014 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect and take a look at the up and coming trending destinations for the new year. Sure, its tempting to want to go back to the old favorites– London, Paris, New York… but what about discovering somewhere new? Somewhere off the beaten path, a travel destination yet to be fully discovered, an underrated city, or an experience only few will ever tick off their bucket lists? Here are the 15 best travel destinations in 2015 – put ’em at the top of your lists and beat the crowds, these destinations are set to boom in 2015.
1. Bosnia & Herzegovina
Earlier this year WOW gave you 10 reasons to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina and the post went absolutely viral on social media. Why? A picture tells a thousand words… and Bosnia & Herzegovina is one of the most picturesque countries off the beaten path. Fortunately it is still flying very much under the radar – making now the perfect time to visit (but be sure to be quick.
The land of green pastures and torrential rain… Ireland really lives up to its’ cliche in the best possible way. But what is still surprising to most who visit Ireland is the unparalleled natural beauty to be discovered here. Added with some of the friendliest people in the universe and you have yourself one of the world’s most enjoyable countries to visit.
3. Patagonia, Chile
Wondering what’s at the end of the world? Hiking the W trek in Patagonia (pictured above) is one of the biggest trophies you can have on your travel wall of fame. Be sure to consider an off-season visit for the most grounding experience – no one wants to walk behind trails of tourists in the wilderness.
4. Belgrade, Serbia
Surprised to see the Serbian capital make the list? We were, too. But Belgrade is one of Europe’s most underrated cities, particularly in summer. Tourism is still fairly minimal in Serbia, but there’s so much to discover. If you get off the beaten path and visit the road less travelled in Europe, you surely won’t be disappointed.
5. Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania – or simply “Tassie” to the locals – has had its’ fair share of publicity these past couple of years, after Hobart was declared Lonely Planet’s best city to visit in 2014 and Australia’s only mention for best regions to visit in 2015. But it truly comes at no shock. Tasmania has the world’s cleanest air, friendly locals, untouched wilderness, some of the world’s best hiking trails, fresh produce and so much more.
Oman is quickly coming out of the shadows as one of the most intriguing destinations to visit in 2015. If you want to experience the Middle East in all its authenticity, culture and traditions – Oman is one of the safest countries you can do so.
7. The Philippines
Pristine waters and a paradise unlike any other – the Philippines has long been a WOW “must visit ASAP” destination. Fingers crossed in 2015 I will check this stunning country off my travel list and meet some readers whilst at it!
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8. New Zealand
Many (if not most) people you meet on your travels will regard New Zealand as their #1 dream destination. Geographically isolated (much like Australia) and with relatively untouched wilderness, it’s not hard to see why. Lord of the Rings may have (definitely) also had a significant impact on the increased interest.
Move over Costa Rica – there’s a new hot spot to visit in Central America in 2015. Nicaragua is quickly becoming Central America’s must visit destination, with so much to offer long and short term travellers. If you plan on sticking around for a while and engaging in some slower travel, this is the perfect place to do so.
Whether you’re hunting for magic carpets through the Souks in Marrakech or wondering the old streets of Fez, there’s so much to discover in Morocco. You want culture? tick. Experiences unlike anywhere else? tick. Friendly Moroccans? tick. Tourism in Morocco has sky rocketed in recent years, so be sure to jump on the bandwagon before it’s too late.