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The 15 Best Travel Destinations in 2015

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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 favourites – 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 and beyond…

Top 15 in 2015 in Travel

This post was written by WOW and brought to you by Contiki Legends – Go make 2015 amazing!

bosnia

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!).

kylemore abbey ireland

2. Ireland

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. Still not convinced by the above photo? Here’s 8 more places you should visit in Ireland.

Patagonia Chile

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.

Belgrade

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. Spend hours in line for the Eiffel Tower view? That’s less a guarantee. Read more: Quick Tips for a weekend in Belgrade.

Views over Stanley from "The Nut"

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. If there’s one place you simply must visit in Oceania in 2015, it’s Tassie.

  oman

Al Sahel Fort © Russavia/WikiCommons

6. Oman

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. 

  Philippines Source: Wikicommons

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!

  Mueller Hut sunrise Source: Almassengale on Flickr

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. But years on from the trilogy and subsequent The Hobbit films, NZ remains a top pick for travellers heading into 2015.

  Nicaragua, Granada, Iglesia de Guadalupe Source: Nicaraguaexplorer.com

9. Nicaragua

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. Extremely affordable and now attracting many solo travellers from around the world, this is a great budget option for 2015.

Marrakech Morocco

10. Morocco

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. Morocco is here to stay as one of the world’s most intriguing countries for travellers.

Atacama desert

11. Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama Desert will leave you in awe – and no, it won’t be anything near what you expect. Earlier this year it even snowed… yes…. snowed… in the desert! This is the world’s driest desert, home to cactus’, salt flats, geysers (pictured above) and so much more to be discovered.

safari

12. South African Safari

If there’s one travel experience that trumps them all, it’s a safari. South Africa is really embracing tourism and welcoming visitors from all over the world to their unique country for some of the best wildlife watching in Africa. Its’ neighbours too have amazing wildlife safaris on offer, but rest assured you will have a strong chance of seeing the Big 5 in South Africa!

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

13. Turkey

Whether you’re rummaging through the souks and spice markets in Istanbul, drifting through the air over Cappadocia in a hot air balloon or sun tanning on one of the many beaches, Turkey was a hotspot in 2014 and will continue to be for 2015.

  Madagascar Source: Wikicommons

14. Madagascar

If you really want to get off the beaten path and experience something truly unique, consider a trip to Madagascar. If the film is any indication of how many species of wildlife you can encounter here, you’re in for a real treat!

Cuba Trinidad

Source: Wikicommons

15. Cuba

 Finally — Cuba. Whether you’re off to Trinidad (pictured), Havana, or touring around the country on an arranged group tour, there really is so much to see in Cuba. Right now is the time to visit, whilst Cuba still feels like stepping into a time warp. Modernisation is bound to hit the shores of Cuba sooner or later, so be sure to chuck it on the top of your list (if you can, of course – ye Americans can still travel to Cuba, but will need to do so with a pre-arranged group tour).

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  • joannallau@gmail.com'
    Joanna
    November 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Really love reading your blog and hoping to see you here inthe Philippines! 🙂

  • rexriter@gmail.com'
    pooja
    November 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I went to Turkey for my honeymoon in December. The snow covered chimneys at Cappadocia were mesmerizing. The hospitality and cuisine of Turkish boutique hotels is worth mentioning. I hv found most helpful people in Turkey in all of my travels including my own country. I think Turkish people respect tourists as guests to their country. I am really happy Turkey made to your list.

  • mintnotion@gmail.com'
    Eden
    November 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Love this list Brooke! I’m happy you included a few of the off the beaten path destinations. I’ll be heading to Turkey in March — can’t wait!

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    EmilyAnne
    November 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    We are currently living in Australia. We are going to head over to New Zealand this year, and can’t wait. We are going to go hiking, see the glaciers, and white water rafting. We are hiking kind of people and had really considered Tassie, but were discouraged from the locals. We will have to rethink that decisions, I did not know about all of the awards it had gotten. The hiking, just looks beautiful! Thanks for the travel advice. http://www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

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    Clipping Path Outsource
    November 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Wow Turkey is nice! I mast want to go in 2015.

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    Stephen & Jess
    November 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

    So many places to see but I think South African Safari is on top of the list.

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    Dina
    November 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Bosnia way to go. It is a beautiful country so many places to visit.

  • anatea.oroz@yahoo.com'
    Anatea
    November 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I visited Bosnia&Herzegovina and Serbia last year, and they’re definitely amazing countries. As for my 2015 travels, I’d like to go to Morocco, or maybe even The Philippines or Thailand. Great post!

  • mauriware9@gmail.com'
    Mauri
    November 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I would love to go to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Morocco, or Patagonia next year! They look like beautiful places to go to!

    Mauri
    mareeware.blogspot.com

  • marieking32@gmail.com'
    Marie @ Marie Away
    November 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I can’t wait to visit Chile and backpack around South America in 2015! So many other destinations here are on my list as well. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.marieaway.com

  • kayti.clayton@yahoo.com'
    Kayti Clayton
    November 9, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I’m dying to go to Morocco. Tomorrow night I’m going to Marrakech with a few friends which is a local Moroccan restaurant where you sit on big cushions on the floor, eat with your hands, the whole shebang. It’s about as close as I’m going to get to Morocco in the next year or so. Great post Brooke!

  • susie21390@yahoo.com'
    Susie
    November 9, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Great post! I’m hoping to go on a safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa next year!

    I really want to go to Morocco, Turkey, New Zealand and Ireland next year. A friend of mine is headed to Morocco in January and I’m so jealous. I can’t wait to hear about it!

  • karmapoliice@gmail.com'
    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    November 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

    So great to see Tasmania on here! It always seems to be overlooked by most tourists when they come to Australia but it’s such a lovely place. There’s so much natural beauty everywhere!

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    Kim
    November 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

    What a great selection! I am definetley adding all of these to my bucket list.

    xo
    Kim
    almosttheredc.wordpress.com

  • olganikolskaya@live.co.uk'
    Olga
    November 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

    love your top destinations!!!

    i am going to Madagascar in december (along with Tanzania, Comoros, and Mauritius) with Zegrahm Expeditions in December!

    I would also love to go to Patagonia and Cuba…

    http://wideseanoanchor.com

    xxx

  • andreaata13@gmail.com'
    Andrea
    November 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

    More things to add to the list! Completing the first three or four this summer though! Cannot wait 🙂 http://lesvoyagesdumonde.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/no-money-will-travel/

  • acrt_7@yahoo.com'
    Allan
    November 9, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Philippines! Thanks for including my country! I hope to meet you when you get here!

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    LEE @ Modern Granola
    November 9, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Amazing! I want to see all of them!

  • mersad18@gmail.com'
    Mersad
    November 9, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Great list. So happy to see my homeland as Nr. 1 on the list. You can find various travel stories and destinations from Bosnia and Herzegovina on my blog http://mersad-photography.blogspot.com
    Also, Madagascar looks absolutely gorgeous, and would for sure be a destination i would like to travel to.

  • kaysie13xx@gmail.com'
    Bell Santiago
    November 9, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I really want to see New Zealand and Australia, but they all look stunning! I have been to South Africa and it was one of my best travel experiences so far! I love your blog and the content, it makes me want to travel the world a lot more.

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