Every year there are a few destinations that a few of your travel savvy friends seem to visit before everyone else is talking about adding the destination to their bucket list. There are a lot of different things that work together to make international destinations the hottest place to travel, including economic boosts, development, international recognition and popular culture. For 2015, several of the hottest destinations have their own economic growth and development to thank, along with a desire to welcome tourists. While these spots have always been great places to visit, it just got a lot easier, more affordable and you have plenty more options.
A little over a dozen international destinations have been named the places you want to see this year, but these five are the hottest for 2015 because everyone is trying to snag a cheap plane ticket.
Brazil and the Amazon have always been an exotic destination worthy of the adventurous traveler, but Brazil put itself on the map with hordes of global futbol (soccer) fans and travel agents devoted to scouring out the best destinations, attractions and accommodations. Manaus has emerged as the place to be, both city and jungle as it sits at what most consider the edge of the Amazon rainforest, though it is actually in the middle of the rainforest. For anyone wanting to see one of the last treasured and untouched corners of the world, but still keep in touch with the rest of the world, Manaus is waiting.
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa has been on the tongues of many, and is making its way onto more and more travel wishlists as travel magazines take a closer look at this destination. South Africa has spent the last few years trying to redeem itself, and while it has worked hard to build tolerance, the city of Cape Town was busy rebuilding too. A lot of people that have been to Cape Town urge others to go, but now we don’t need convincing as Cape Town was announced the World Design Capital of 2014 and still has all the trappings and luxuries of a seaside resort town.
While Antarctica is a destination that needs to done through a travel provider, rather than pieced together on one’s own, there are a lot of options. As humans, we are always interested in seeing and doing things for the first time, and oftentimes before others. 100 years ago Shackleton and a crew of men set out to cross the Antarctic, but failed. Still, his journey and story is legendary, and adventure travel providers have capitalized on it, working with cruise ships, outfitters and expedition crews to put together once in a lifetime adventures. If Antarctica has ever been a dream of yours, now is the time to go.
Scotland has worked hard to gain international attention this year, Scotland even held a vote to decide if it should be a nation apart from the United Kingdom this year. While other international destinations have been busy building new districts and tourist accommodations, Scotland is interested in showcasing its rich cultural and recreational charms. Glasgow has set itself apart as a cultural center. When you are ready to leave town, most highland tours leave from Glasgow, and with the newly revived interest in Outlander, there are sure to be plenty of new tours in the making.
Skip the big cities of Australia and instead head to Brisbane which has been on the pages of every less traveled list lately. Brisbane has become a foodie and arts destination, mostly because of its economic boom and small town charm that has made it easier for budding chefs, businesses and artists to establish themselves. A building boom has also contributed everything from lavish luxury hotel accommodations to eco-conscious resorts that fit every type of travel. Skip Sydney and head to Brisbane this year.
Have you traveled to any of these destinations yet? If not, which one would be at the top of your list?
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Pam Buttikofer is a co-founder of Imperfect Women. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 37 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and her lovable pups.