If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolutions consist of a bucket list of countries you want to visit in the new year. As a die-hard travel enthusiast, I’ve compiled a list of places you must visit based on places I’ve been to before and/or I would like to visit this year.
Here are my top 15!
1. Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut is one of my personal favorites. Known as the “Paris of the Middle East,” Beirut is a vibrant city with so much to do and discover. From trendy shops and restaurants to beach clubs and more, Beirut has a lot to offer its tourists. Take the time to discover other areas of the country as well — you will not be disappointed!
One of the best places to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). You will never get bored in Iceland — you can go hiking, swimming, kayaking, visit the famed Blue Lagoon spa, and discover the breathtaking landscapes Iceland has to offer. If you’re passionate about photography as I am, you will love it!
Norway is definitely one of the most breathtaking countries in the world. With its beautiful landscapes and breathtaking fjords, in addition to its lively cities, Norway is a top destination for 2015. In addition, you can also view the Northern Lights from different places in Norway.
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4. The French Riviera
For a place that boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, you can discover nature, ski, hike, and visit so many beautiful sights and attractions! The French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) boasts many events year-round, from the famous Nice Carnival to the Cannes Film Festival to the Monaco Grand Prix.
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5. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen is a beautiful, picturesque city in Morocco’s Rif mountains. Known for its buildings in shades of blue, Chefchaouen is often dubbed “The Blue City of Morocco” or “The Blue Pearl.”
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6. Cape Town, South Africa
No matter what time of year you visit Cape Town, you are guaranteed to have a good time! South Africa’s second most populated city, it is home to a multicultural population and a growing expat population. Cape Town boasts beautiful sights and its breathtaking mountains, beaches, and harbor are famous. Cape Town was named named Best Place in the World to Visit in 2014 by the New York Times.
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Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 coolest places to visit in 2015, Nepal should definitely be on your travel list this year! Nepal is an absolute gem, and has so much to offer to its visitors. Discover Nepal’s stunning beauty and landscapes,, visit amazing temples, tour ceramic workshops, and don’t forget the Himalayas!
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8. Dubai, UAE
Dubai is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates and home to several expats. If you’d like to experience a little bit of everything, there is no better place than Dubai! Dubai boasts several amazing resorts, the world’s largest malls, and world-famous restaurants, cultural attractions, and limitless possibilities for entertainment. Not to mention an indoor ski resort! If you haven’t already been here, you should start planning to!
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A thriving art, music, and cultural destination with a very welcoming population, Cuba is definitely one of the top destinations for 2015. From beautiful mountains, valleys, and amazing landscapes, to the most beautiful beaches of the world, you will be sure to have a great time here!
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Japan is a hot destination for tourists. The several attractions and sights on offer make Japan a must-see destination in 2015! Discover Japan’s rich history, art, culture and traditions, vibrant nightlife, and beautiful natural wonders in Kyoto, Osaka, Mount Koya, Shikoku, and many other cities and sites.
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Dubbed ‘the end of the world,’ Patagonia is the southernmost area of South America and includes parts of Chile and Argentina. If you love the outdoors, Patagonia is definitely the place for you! With so much untouched natural beauty everywhere, you can discover amazing landscapes, beautiful sparkling lakes, and snowy peaks. Definitely a must-see in 2015!
13. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka may be a small country but it has a lot to offer. With beautiful beaches, heritage sites, and amazing cuisine, this is a must-go spot for travel enthusiasts in 2015!
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14. Spetses, Greece
A beautiful island known for its history, naval traditions, and beauty, Spetses is a must-see destination. One can see the naval traditions of the island through wonderfully preserved sites, and can relive naval battles through the ‘Armata’ in September. Discover Spetses’ old harbor, the Dapia (a popular tourist / commercial center), beautiful historical and religious sites, and amazing azure beaches when you visit later this year!
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15. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a truly magical city and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. A UNESCO world heritage site, Dubrovnik boasts beautiful beaches, restaurants, and and landscapes. Be sure to hike around the stone walls, visit the beautiful churches and cathedral,, do some souvenir shopping, and experience the city’s bursting nightlife!
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Where would you like to visit in 2015? Anywhere I missed that you would add to the list? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know!