By: Joseph Licata
As the world gets smaller (thank you internet) it seems our travel bucket-list continues to get bigger. And with the consistent stream of travel porn on Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram, each week a new destination get’s added to that list. So with this new year firmly underway I wanted to help with some suggestions for those of you who may be like me – never plans to travel until the last minute, and thus travels less because of it – and need a little help sorting through the possibilities.
This list isn’t meant to cover all the bases, after all Paris is always a good idea, but it will certainly inspire some Kayak.com time this weekend and maybe even help you #GetOutThere.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and one of the most artistic cities you’ll find anywhere. It’s also the gateway to some of the incredible rural adventures of Iceland.
Big Sur, CA
There is nothing like it. Spend a few days relaxing here and all will be right with the world. At least until you leave.
Tulum is paradise. It’s not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, it’s one of the most beautiful in the world. Located about 2 hours South of Cancun, this jungle oasis is perfect when needing a few days away.
Cape Town, South Africa
Friends are buzzing about the fabulous offerings of Cape Town, as visit destination for 2015. Gorgeous beaches, magical mountainous landscapes, amazing marine and wildlife, and to complete the package a well developed shopping, dinning and nightlife scene. Rent a sidecar and tool around to your hearts content.
White Sands, New Mexico
The White Sands National Monument is the world’s largest gypsum dunefield (275 square miles of white sand). There’s not a single place like it anywhere else in the world.
Salinas Grandes, Argentina
This salt plain was once a lake that has since dried up and sits at the foot of the Sierras de Cordoba mountain range. The view during a clear day spans for miles and it is one of the most serene and beautiful places in the world.
Hiking the W trek in Patagonia, a coveted stamp of a global traveler, is a memorable experience and one to consider as an off-season trip to avoid tourists.
With the Obama administration’s easing of travel restrictions between the US and Cuba, it’s now a bit easier to make this a top destination for 2015. Getting a visa for travel to Cuba is still very difficult, but with group tours and people-to-people trips, there are ways to streamline the process. Besides the more obvious reasons to visit Cuba, the art scene in Cuba is thriving – full of very exciting and unique works – and most of it largely affordable, with bringing it back to the States being mostly hassle free. Be sure to stay at Hotel Nacional, it’s on the Malecon, the four-mile promenade – known as the worlds largest bar.
With cheaper flights making Morocco’s mountains, valleys, palm groves, markets and perfectly surf-able beaches closer than ever, this is firmly on our travel list for 2015. Be sure to visit the city of Fez, with a host of high-end openings this year, it is primed to come into its own with a whole new level of sophistication.
It may not be tourist free but Myanmar is well worth the trip. Exotic Yangon with its golden pagodas, red-robed monks and siecle architecture, is sure to capture your imagination. Did we mention the untouched beaches of the Tanintharyi Division that were only recently opened to tourists?, thought that might peak your interest.
COVER PHOTO: THANKS TO OUR FRIEND SARAH