Ladies and gentlemen, my top 15 places to go in 2015! Some of the places are on my bucket list for this year and some of them inspired me to travel more. What’s on your travel bucket list for this year?
1. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo has an infinite quality. It’s always under construction, always crackling with new fads, and always swirling with people who are passionate about everything from anime to Zen. You can always find something unusual like a museum of musical boxes or an eye-popping glimpse of Mount Fuji over Shinjuku at sunset. One of the reasons it takes the first place in this classify is because of ‘’ Sakura Season’’ – for about two weeks in spring, the cherry blossoms are full in bloom, creating a pink cloud over Tokyo. Spring is coming… book your tickets!
2. Lisbon, Portugal
The Lisbon experience encompasses so many things… Bright yellow trams, colorful houses and narrow streets. Fresh bread and wine at tiny patio restaurants in Alfama and fado (traditional Portuguese music) in the background.In the hilltop district of Bairro Alto, dozens of restaurants and bars with jazz, reggae, electronica and fado filling the air all day, all night. Enjoying a fresh pastry and bica (espresso) on a petite leafy plaza and window-shopping in elegant Chiado.
3. Singapore, Singapore
Bright lights, small city – Singapore is all about sci-fi architecture in billion-dollar gardens, contemporary art in converted colonial barracks, and single-origin coffee in heritage shophouses. But the best about this city are its sharp and constant contrasts: smoky temples in the shadow of skyscrapers, luxe condos backing onto jungle, old-school shophouses housing secret cocktail dens. You can travel the world without ever leaving the island.
4. Cinque Terre, Italy
Five crazily constructed fishing villages, set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, ought to provide enough to bolster the most jaded of spirits.
5. Istanbul, Turkey
In İstanbul, an extraordinary cultural experience lies around every corner. When you walk down a city street, layers of history unfold before you. The greatest thing? Seeing the sun set over the world’s most beautiful skyline.
6. Salt Flats, Bolivia
The world’s largest salt flat is located in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí in southwest Bolivia. This natural wonder attracts tourist from all over the world, thrilled to catch a glimpse of that clear mirrored sky and endless white.
7. Moscow, Russia
The very founding site of the city (and may be the country), the Kremlin and Red Square are still at the heart of Moscow – historically, geographically and spiritually. Feel the weight of this significance as you wander within the walls of the ancient fortress and marvel at the mind-boggling magnificence of St Basil’s Cathedral. Moscow will move you. She’ll tantalise your senses, soothe your spirit, and boggle your mind; and it all starts right here.
8. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Crowned by a spectacular castle, and centred on an elegant old town square, Český Krumlov is a pocket-sized Prague. Renaissance and baroque buildings enclose the meandering arc of the Vltava river, housing riverside cafés and bars.
Gold-spired Buddhist temples share space with neon-lit strips of sleaze; slow-moving rivers of traffic are bypassed by long-tail boats plying the royal river; and streets lined with food carts are overlooked by restaurants on top of skyscrapers serving exotic cocktails. A city where the familiar and the exotic collide like the flavours on a plate of pàt tai.
10. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The largest living structure spans more than 2,000 kilometers of islands and submerged reefs. A plethora of coral thrives here, along with a sweep of parrotfish, surgeonfish, barracuda, and sharks. What can I say, a natural beauty that must be seen!
11. Rotterdam, Netherlands
You won’t find much classic Dutch medieval centre here – it was swept away along with the other rubble and detritus of war. In its place is an architectural aesthetic that’s unique in Europe, a progressive perpetual-motion approach to architecture
12. Provence, France
With its fields of lavender, olive groves, rolling hills, thick cork-oak and pine forests, vineyards, mountains and dazzling blue sea, Provence is an embarrassment of scenic riches. The region is blessed with almost year-round sunshine and a divine light, making travelling to Provence a delight whatever the season.
13. Patagonia, Chile
Pounding westerlies, barren seascapes and the ragged spires of Torres del Paine – this is the distilled essence of Patagonia. Long before humans arrived on the continent, glaciers chiseled and carved these fine landscapes. Now it’s a place for travelers to hatch their greatest adventures, whether hiking through rugged landscapes, seeing penguins by the thousands or horseback riding across the steppe.
14. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Once a mudbrick waystation along desert trading routes, Riyadh is now one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Seen from afar, soaring, sparkling, stunning modern towers rise above the dusty desert. Up close, Riyadh is conservative, cautious and sober. This sometimes jarring, always intriguing mix is combined with fine hotels and restaurants and some excellent sights.
Otranto overlooks a pretty harbour on the turquoise Adriatic coast. In the historic centre, looming golden walls guard narrow car-free lanes, protecting countless little shops selling touristic odds and ends. Otranto’s scenic beaches and in its narrow streets are a real summer crush.
What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and explore the world!