Need some inspiration for your 2015 travel bucket list? Here are some of our top picks.
1. Myanmar (Burma), South East Asia
The once-closed country of mysterious Myanmar is an absolute must-see for 2015. Visit striking sacred sites and temple-speckled fields, sail down the Ayeyarwady River and relax on pristine sands at the Bay of Bengal.
2. Alberta, Canada
The awesome scenery of Jasper National Park has to be one for the bucket list – and adrenaline junkies can enjoy viewing it from the Glacier Sky Walk, opened in 2014. Venture on to the glass floored observation platform to experience unbeatable views of the Sunwapta Valley and crashing waterfalls 300m below.
3. Madagascar, Africa
With over 1,000 endemic animal species, Madagascar is the perfect destination for animal lovers. Add in pristine rainforests, mysterious deserts and bizarre geological formation at Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and you have an incredible location to add to the list.
4. Oman, Middle East
Experience Arabian nights in untouched Oman. Wild and breath-taking, it offers over 2,000m of empty sandy beaches, medieval forts and dramatic mountains. Visit souks and camel markets – but hurry – its discovery has already begun.
5. Montenegro, Europe
Montenegro is another up-and-coming destination that is welcoming more visitors every year.
It’s hardly surprising either. The tiny country packs a powerful punch offering dazzling lakes, soaring mountains, national parks, culture-filled cities and pocket-sized beaches.
6. Lake Iseo, Italy
Move over Como and Garda – Lake Iseo is one to visit in 2015. With its outstanding natural beauty, it’s a haven of peace and tranquillity. Ferry trips and cycling can be enjoyed by day; while a choice of authentic Italian restaurants are on offer at night.
7. Macedonia, Europe
Often overshadowed by Greece and Italy, Macedonia has recently come into its own. 2015 will see the completion of a multimillion project to transform the capital city offering a further reason to visit this evolving destination.
With a rich history in winemaking, it also offers historic sites showcasing monastery complexes and Byzantine churches, while Lake Ohrid is breath-taking, and a contender for some serious R&R.
8. Alacati, Turkey
Located on the Aegean coast, this gorgeous bohemian location with its ancient cobbled streets and blue-shuttered buildings is a must-visit. Dine al-fresco at one of the many traditional restaurants, browse the antique and art shops and try a spot of windsurfing in its glorious bay.
9. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest’s rising reputation as a hip destination makes it a must-visit for 2015. See its fascinating sights such as Buda Castle and St Stephen’s Basilica and take time out relaxing in its thermal baths. Pay a visit to one of the ‘ruin’ pubs (pubs formed out of disused and abandoned houses and factories) to round off your day.