Planning a trip but not sure where to go? Not to worry, we have researched and compiled a list of the best destinations from around the world to visit in 2015. Whether you want to see incredible landmarks, historical anniversaries or major sporting events, here is our guide to the top places to enjoy an unforgettable escape this year.
For too long, Salisbury has been considered by tourists as a stop-off on the way to nearby Stonehenge, but this year that could all change. The year 2015 will see Salisbury uncork the champagne to celebrate the anniversary of the Wiltshire city’s greatest treasure, the Magna Carta. The best preserved original copy, one of only four which remain, is housed within the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral. This medieval church can even count Jay-Z amongst one its fans – in the summer of last year, the rapper launched the artwork for his album ‘Magna Carta...Holy Grail’ alongside the ancient document.
Teeming with historical insights and natural wonders, Columbia has transformed itself from a once menacing city, to an up and coming destination for adventurers who want to soak up South American authenticity and charm. The city of Cartagena is the undisputed jewel of the Caribbean coast. Located in the north of the country, the city boasts skies so blue and cloudless that they look permanently polarised. But it’s not just the weather that draws people in, Cartagena’s colourful, colonial past is beautifully preserved within centuries old stonewalls and its old town, a maze of cobbled alleys, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
MARINA BAY, SINGAPORE
Singapore has an extra reason to celebrate this year, it’s their 50th anniversary of independence. Since sealing the deal back in 1965, Singapore has been on an amazing journey of growth. The National Day parade will be held on 9th August, but the party is set to last all year. Highlights will include the grand opening of Singapores National Gallery and the launch of the Jubilee Walk walking trail close to Marina Bay, which will be the place to be to catch the grand celebrations. With its unique style of cuisine and culture, there’s no better time to discover the delights of the Lion City than in 2015.
For those of you who want to visit the Arabian Peninsula but are a little concerned about safety – Oman is the country to visit. It has emerged as a more enlightened and cultural alternative to its excessive and opulent neighbours Dubai and Abu Dhabi. That’s not to say Oman doesn’t have its fair share of luxury hotels and malls, but it also possesses a great sweep of historical landmarks and Bedouin tradition. Muscat, its capital, is a port city with a beautiful bay, extraordinary Portuguese forts and the famous Mutrah Souq, the chaotic and atmospheric bazaar which comes to life in glittering gold and through clouds of incense –haggling is a must.
Rebellious, quirky and vibrant, Lithuania is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. As of 1st January 2015, Lithuania will be the latest member to join the eurozone, its final step in the transformation from reluctant Soviet republic to fully fledged European nation. The occasion is set to be marked with lots of fanfare and public events across the nation. The capital, Vilnius, is the country’s largest and liveliest city, its baroque old town earned Lithuania one of its entries on the World Heritage list. The Baltic country’s highlights include the Curonian Spit, a 98km stretch of white sandy coastlines and the Hill of Crosses, a mountain of around 100,000 weather-worn crucifixes.
WASHINGTON DC, USA
Washington DC is one of the world’s best museum and monument cities, with the Smithsonian as a top draw. The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and many artefacts including the famous top hat of America’s 16th president and the pistol that fired the deadly shot will be on display. That’s not all, mixed-use development projects are in the works, Memorials are due to open and there’s a vibrant party scene, incredible ethnic eats thanks to thriving immigrant communities as well as a venerable performing arts tradition at venues like the Kennedy Centre - the capital is looking more epic than ever.
The Maltese Islands are like nowhere else. Here you’ll find great prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, glittering hidden coves and a history of remarkable intensity. Malta was the destination of choice for Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s honeymoon in September 2014 and The Duke of Cambridge visited shortly after to mark their 50th anniversary of independence. The capital city Valletta is Unesco-world-heritage listed for its harmonious collection of baroque architecture, imposing military forts and deep moats which circle its perimeter. Work is also underway to restore Valletta to its former glory ahead of 2018, when it will become the European Capital of Culture.
For years travelers have dismissed Milan as too cold, too boring and too business-like, seeing it as the ugly sister of fair Florence, historic Rome and romantic Venice. But with the prospect of Expo 2015 bringing the world to its doorstep and prompting the most radical urban rethink in the past 50 years, this Cinderella of cities is suddenly back in fashion in a big way. With 20 million expected visitors, the Expo intends to leverage what Milan does best – food, fashion, design and innovation – on a truly global scale.
Toronto is the most multi-culturally diverse city on the planet. It isn’t as pretty as its West Coast cousin Vancouver, and it doesn’t have the same je ne sais quoi as Montréal, however the metropolis promises to be extra vibrant in 2015. In July, an estimated 250,000 visitors will descend for the Pan American Games which will put the city back on people’s radar. 2015 will be another massive year for Toronto’s drool-worthy restaurant scene. The flavours, aromas, sights and sounds of almost every nation converge peacefully in its streets. Hurry to explore this urbane getaway before the rest of the world catches on.
TORSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS
The forgotten Faroes are just a short flight from the UK, yet they’re way off the standard traveler's radar. Adrift in the frothing swells of the north Atlantic, between Scotland and Iceland, this mysterious 18-piece jigsaw puzzle of islands offers 1,289 kilometers of coastline and is both ancient and very modern. The Islands’ close proximity provides visitors with a variety of experiences of nature – from dramatic landscapes meeting the wild ocean to the peacefulness of the mountains to the nightlife of the capital Tórshavn. On March 20, 2015, there will be a full solar eclipse visible from the Islands and with major celebrations planned following the spectacle, it is sure to be unforgettable.