Christmas hasn’t even happened yet, but everyone wants to know the best places to visit in 2015. Well, next February sees the new Chinese zodiac year begin. It’s the Year of the Sheep (Goat/Ram), but you don’t need to act like one. Whilst there are some classic destinations on the 2015 ‘hot list’, it’s also the year to buck tradition by venturing elsewhere. And so, here it is – The Taylor Hearts Travel Top Ten Destinations for 2015.
It may be controversial for a vegetarian to recommend Texas, but there’s more to this state than just meat and cowboy boots. It’s not as dry and barren as you might think either. The Woodlands (just a small part of Texas) offers 200 miles of hike-and-bike trails, more than 120 parks, and 8million square feet of entertainment. Contrary to English folklore (or something like that), Dallas actually has tall, shiny buildings and big, busy roads. Shock horror!
♥ The Peloponnese
Labelled as where myth meets history, this region of Greece is utterly fascinating. To be honest, all of Greece sounds and looks amazing. However, this area is magical. It’s full of natural beauty thanks to the caves, forests, lakes and mountains. It’s also full of other wonders, such as ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Tiryns. As if that wasn’t enough, the Peloponnese is also surrounded by beautiful beaches. It almost sounds completely mythical. Almost.
Remember to breathe. They’re the words from the tourism board and boy is it good advice. This promo video will give you goose bumps and leave you itching to book a flight to Alberta, in Canada. Although the area is famed for winter sports and is home to three of the world’s finest ski resorts, it has a lot more to offer.
For a start, the capital, Edmonton is emerging as a biggie in the foodie scene with influences from the Ukraine and South America (who’d have guessed?!). Alberta is home to some of the greatest dinosaur finds in the whole world. 2015 sees the release of Jurassic World, the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park series. From May next year, KLM is offering a new route from the UK to the Edmonton (via Amsterdam). It seems like Alberta has plenty of excellent reasons for you to visit.
Ah, Australia. Even when you spend a few months in this country it’s impossible to see it all. Down on the southern part of the country, you’ll find Adelaide. It was mentioned by the tastemakers at Lonely Planet as a 2014 destination, yet Sydney and Melbourne still seem to get most of the limelight.
2015 is a great time to visit this city. The dessert bars are still yet to become fashionable here in the UK, but over in Adelaide they’re all the range. Then there’s the festivals, the beautiful landscapes and of course, the wine from the local vineyards. Find out more with these #7POW on things to do in Adelaide.
♥ Las Vegas
It’s been on the scene for so many years now, but it’s ever changing and ever popular. Britney Spears’ residency on the circuit has drawn in the younger crowd (not that much encouragement is needed), but it’s the increase in the classy, lux accommodation options that’s got the attention of many others. MGM Grand Hotel offers Stay Well rooms, which include vitamin c showers, energising lights to reduce jet lag, and many other promised health benefits. The SLS Hotel & Casino is one of the newest on the block and is promising luxury, whimsical VIP rooms.
It’s always a good time to visit Jordan, especially when it involves a visit to Petra. It’s said that nothing can prepare you for the first time you set your eyes on the famous, worldly wonder. Carved into a pink rock face in the 1st century, it’s been drawing crowds for many years. Next year is the time to experience it for yourself (if you haven’t already).
Still largely off the radar with English travellers, 2015 is really the time to take advantage of this private gem. Found in the southern heel of Italy, it’s full of rustic charm and stylish class. Accommodation spots are unique and the service is friendly and welcoming. Fill your days learning about the powers of the olive trees or stuffing your face with the most delicious food you’ve ever eaten. Just make sure you visit before everyone else does (or in my case, squeeze another trip in). See more reasons why here.
Further south than Puglia, you’ll find the island known as Sicily. Mount Etna offers the chance to explore volcanic treks. The southern area offers ruins and architecture to fuel your inner archaeologist. Whilst foodies will be in love with the whole island. It’s large enough to entertain you for a week’s holiday, yet small enough to explore by car or bike.
With cheap flights by both, easyJet and Ryanair, it’s an affordable destination to visit in 2015 (assuming you also live in the UK).
♥ The Philippines
East of Vietnam and north of Indonesia you’ll find the Philippines. Made up of over 1,700 islands, this country offers the ultimate beach holiday for 2015. If like me you’re yearning for one of those relaxing breaks, where you lay on the soft sand listening to rolling waves, chilled cocktail in hand and headphones on, you’ll want to join me in the Philippines. Just do a search on Google image to see for yourself. We’re talking more than 15,500 kilometres of sunny, blissful beaches. Relaxation and smiles? Yes, purlease.
Capital cities aren’t always what you expect. Inland, on the beautiful island of Cyprus, you’ll find Nicosia. It has that perfect mixture of old and new. The new is what really makes it worth a visit in 2015 though. There are new cafes, bars and galleries opening up. They’re rustic, but glossy. Chic, but shabby. Put it this way – they’re cool. Exposed brickwork walls, turquoise tables, low hanging lights – it’s a modern city shrouded in history. Go and be part of its upcoming adventure. If you need more reasons see why here.
So Santa, if you’re reading this, sprinkle your magic on making this happen for my readers (and me!). X