Looking for extraordinary places to visit next year? Why not get out your jungle jungle shoes so that we can get started in planning your 2015 holiday? Here we go! There’s something about holidays, the lure of visiting an exotic destination, hitting the open road, see new amazing places and change of scenery.
Here are ten destinations listed by the BBC Travel as unforgettable places you should visit in your lifetime
The Kingdom of Bhutan, known to its inhabitants as Druk Yul , is imagined by many outsiders to be a land frozen in a highly traditional past. Also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a destination to watch in 2015. The country offers an amazing experience given that the Bhutan’s culture is underpinned by an ancient Buddhist mythology, emblemised by the ethereal dzongs (fort-monasteries) of the Bumthang region. Combined with Bhutan’s amazing geography, there are a lot of things that pull visitors to Bhutan. Trek between the Himalayan peaks in the north, delve into deep central valleys or roam the rolling southern hills on your next trip to Bhutan.
2. Amazon River, Brazil
Are you looking to something new to do this coming year? Why not take a slow trip down the world’s second-longest river, get immersed into the nature’s timelessness on your next holiday in South America. A trip to the Amazon is as rewarding as memorable; board one of the gaiolas (river boats) that navigate the Brazilian Amazon between the interior settlement of Manaus and the port of Belém, climb into a hammock near the railing, consign the sounds of boat life to background noise, and lose yourself in the passing of the world’s greatest rainforest and more.
3. Swim with whales, Tonga
Whale watching is fast becoming an amazing wildlife encounter that you should not miss in a lifetime? If on your bucket list, whale watching is included, why not take a tour to Tonga. The best time to enjoy this adventure is between June and November. Humpback whales congregate in Tonga to mate and breed during this season and observing them from the deck of a boat as they slowly frolic and occasionally slap their flukes on the water’s surface is an amazing thing to enjoy during your trip. But strapping on a snorkel and paddling amongst these majestic cetaceans is something else entirely, particularly when a mother and calf are nearby.
4. Djenné Mosque, Mali
Mali is another amazing destination to watch next year. The mosque in the island-bound Mali town of Djenné is very attractive that it seduces travellers with its mudbrick hue of its fortress-like exterior and the large supporting cast of wooden beams that protrude through the walls into the brilliance of the African sun. It is very captivating with its earthen marvel as well as its world’s largest mud-brick structure – that it makes little difference to learn that the current building only dates from 1907. It was modelled on the Grande Mosquée erected on the same site in 1280.
5. Mont St-Michel, France
Planning to go to Europe next year? Why not visit the Mont St-Michel, a mesmerising mix of town, castle, island and abbey. The Benedictine abbey’s striking Gothic architecture was completed in the 16th Century and is surrounded by a village that is in turn, surrounded by defensive ramparts and towers. The whole of it is perched on a large granite islet in the English Channel that is connected by a causeway to Normandy‘s shoreline. Mont St-Michel is often rated as France‘s most visited attraction, with its narrow streets geting absolutely jammed with pilgrims and other visitors most times of the year. Some prefer to gaze at it from a distance and meditate on the beauty of its silhouette against the surrounding bay.
6. Serengeti National Park by balloon, Tanzania
Do you love savanna grasslands? Imagine being hoisted into the sky on a balloon safari at daybreak and sailing serenely over expansive savannah plains dotted with wildlife, warmed by the rising sun , with only the occasional sound of a burner to break the silence. Serengeti is one of the top national parks for game viewing in Africa and a balloon safari is extraordinary. Such the experience of the African wild, is what you will have in Tanzania‘s epic 1.5 million–hectares of Serengeti National Park. This can be an addition to the usual ground safari and even when you forego the standard game drive, just opt instead for a hot-air balloon odyssey over this African wildlife playground. The trip is at its most dramatic in May and June.
Travelling to Antarctica is somehow expensive. Getting there by boat also involves a challenging sail across the Southern Ocean, from bases like Hobart, Australia, and isolated Punta Arenas, Chile. But those who make the trip are rewarded with close-up views of stunning ice shelves, mountainous icebergs and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula and fierce sunsets that can last for hours. Notwithstanding the presence of other cruise ship passengers, visitors also get to experience a glacial solitude that freezes the present.
8. Petra, Jordan
Petra is an ancient city that was sculpted out of sandstone cliffs in the southern deserts of Jordan to become the capital of the Nabataeans. This staggering feat of rock-carving is entered via the Siq, a narrow, high-walled gorge that leads directly to Petra’s Treasury – the squeezed view of its elaborate façade from within the Siq has to be one of the world’s most snapped photographs. Many visitors devote themselves to the hillside tombs along Petra’s one “street”. For quiet reflection and an awesome view, many tackle the more than 800-step climb up to the monastery.
9. Lhasa, Tibet
The name of the Tibetan capital means “Holy City”, a fitting description for a city lodged in the Himalayas at an altitude of about 3600m and the spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism. The thin air will take your breath away, but so will the incredible spectacle of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the golden-roofed Jokhang Temple. And, unlike the exiled Dalai Lama, you can also enjoy the serenity of Potala Palace.
10. Rwanda and Uganda
Few experiences compare to taking a gorilla safari into Africa – crouching within a whisper of the greatest of the great apes and holding your breath because nothing separates you from these amazing animals except a rather tangled family tree. This is all thanks to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda‘s Parc National des Volcans and Uganda‘s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park . You will only spend an hour in the vicinity of the gorillas once you track them in their native jungle, but those 60 minutes will endure for a lifetime.