Travel Bucket List for 2015

As we enjoy the last few hours of 2014, it's only natural to look back on all the amazing experiences and memories that were created over the last twelve months. But for a wanderluster, what's even more natural is looking ahead to all the amazing travels that are yet to come. 

And in true form, here is our travel bucket list for 2015 - twelve amazing places in all, one for each month of the year: 

1. MOROCCO

A riad in Marrakech

A riad in Marrakech

The Saadian Tombs in Marrakech

The Saadian Tombs in Marrakech

Ben Youssef Madraasa in Marrakech

Ben Youssef Madraasa in Marrakech

Between the stunning architecture, vibrant colors and bustling marketplaces, who wouldn't want to wander the cities of this beautiful country. Marrakech and Fez are definitely top destinations - but the fishing village of Taghazout is perfect for surf and seaside getaways.

 

2. NORWAY

While its probably best known for viewing the Northern Lights, Norway is home to some of the world's most amazing hikes. Some of the country's most popular outdoor vistas include Trolltunga (pictured above), Kjerag (where daredevils can stand upon the famous Kjeragbolten) and the Lysefjord (best known for Preikestolen aka the Pulpit Rock). 

 

3. INDIA

Taj Mahal (Photo by David Kung)

Taj Mahal (Photo by David Kung)

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The Ganges River in Varanasi

With an endless array of things to do and see, the world's second most populous country draws thousands of visitors every year. Not only is India home to one of the seven wonders of the modern world, it plays hosts to a handful of lively festivals through the year - including Goa Fair, Holi (the festival of colors) and Diwali (the festival of lights). 

 

4. MALDIVES

This breathtaking island group located in the Indian Ocean is the epitome of the word paradise. Pristine waters. White sand beaches.  Snorkeling. Scuba diving. Surfing. Don't believe it? Check out this video

 

5. INDONESIA

While Indonesia as a whole has more to offer than most, the island of Bali has enough to keep one busy for a lifetime. From beautiful beaches to rice paddies and mountainous volcanoes, the Balinese landscape is scattered with temples, cultural gems and natural playgrounds.

 

6. TURKEY

Cappadocia hot air balloons

Cappadocia hot air balloons

Probably not high on many bucket lists, Turkey is often overlooked by skeptical tourists. The country's diverse regions offer everything from the populated cosmopolitan city of Istanbul to the untouched caverns of Cappadocia - which offers once in a lifetime views from the comfort of a hot air balloon.

 

7. THAILAND

Boat in Koh Phi Phi

Boat in Koh Phi Phi

Elephant farm in Chiang Mai

Elephant farm in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

From jungles to beaches (and everything in between), Thailand promises to be the perfect mix of exotic culture and picture-perfect landscapes. Like many places, multiple visits may be required to fully appreciate all the country has to offer.

 

8. TANZANIA

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Beyond the unrivaled safari parks housed within the Serengeti, Tanzania has much more than meets the eye. It's also home to the infamous Mount Kilimanjaro (which thousands climb every year) and the flawless beaches of the island of Zanzibar.  

 

9. AUSTRALIA

The land down under may be one of the most taxing countries to get to (with a nearly 24 hr journey from the east coast of the United States), there is no doubt that it is well worth the trip. With lively cities (hello Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane!) and an enormous coastline, Australia has an endless number of things to see and do - from walking on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to surfing along the Gold Coast.

 

10. CHILE

Home to the breathtaking region of Patagonia, Chile offers the ultimate outdoor playground - hiking, camping, kayaking, you name it. The country will have an extra special appeal for the world's futbol fans, as it sets to play host to the 2015 Copa América (James Rodriguez and Alexis Sanchez, anyone??). 

 

11. JAPAN

Harbor in Tokyo

Harbor in Tokyo

Japan has long had an exotic appeal thanks to its stunning citycapes (which play background to the likes of Mt. Fuji) and intriguing cultural lures - not to mention the array of delicious food! The country promises endless kodak moments whether you're wandering the streets of Tokyo or enjoying the onsens (hot springs) in Osaka. 

 

12. PERU

Home to one of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Peru has an amazing history and culture to share. From the attractions of Lima to the Inca Trails of Machu Picchu, there's no shortage of sites waiting to be explored.

 

So where will you go in 2015??

 

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