The dawn of a New Year brings with it many lists – what to wear, what to eat, what to do and what to drink. If you’re plagued with a constant case of wanderlust, you’re probably wondering where you should travel.
Last year Triposo shared their picks for travel destinations worth noting based on an algorithm, and since it’s December again it’s time for a fresh list featuring the top places to go in the coming year. Scores from last year were compared with this year's, which has given the travel-hungry masses Tripgeist: the travel trends for the New Year. Ready to plan your next vacation? Take a look at Triposo’s list of where to go in 2014.
10. Puerto Morelos, Mexico
If your idea of Mexico so far has been beaches chockablock with high rise hotels, it’s time for something new. This laid back Mexican fishing village-come-resort town is the ideal destination for a relaxing beach getaway. Halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos allows visitors to get the best of both worlds: fun in the sun mixed with an actual cultural experience. Enjoy the sand and surf, shop for local handicrafts or take to the Caribbean waters teeming with sea life. With boats ready to take you to explore the Great Mesoamerican Reef, just grab your snorkel mask and a towel and head to Puerto Morelos in 2014.
9. Denver, Colorado
Known as the “mile high city” we’re not surprised Denver landed on our list of must-visit destinations for 2014. If you want a taste of the Wild West with a twist of cosmopolitan cool, this is a city for you. Also known as a city of neighborhoods, no matter where your interests lie, you’re likely to find a corner of the city to call your own. From arts and culture to outdoor pursuits to a plethora of spots to keep shoppers and foodies happy, we suggest adding Denver to your travel list in the coming year.
8. Boquete, Panama
Located in the highlands of Panama, the pretty mountain town of Boquete is a cooler and more scenic retreat than what you’ll find in the Panamanian lowlands. Being off the beaten path means prices here are much lower than in the rest of the country, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lose out on things to do. Coffee lovers will want to come during the Feria de las Flores y del Café (Flowers and Coffee Festival) in January during the coffee harvest, and adventurous types can explore the depths of the rainforest, take a mountain safari or go river rafting.
7. Koktebel, Ukraine
This former holiday spot of famous Soviet writers is known as “the land of the blue hills” and has become one of the more popular resort towns in South-Eastern Crimea. Located on the shore of the Black sea, this interesting alternative to standard European getaways rewards any curious traveler with ample attractions and activities. In September Koktebel is home to its annual jazz festival attracting music lovers far and wide, and whether you come to lounge on its large naturist beach or take an excursion to a local cognac factory, Koktebel has a variety of sights and sounds to enjoy in 2014.
6. Santa Fe, New Mexico
This UNESCO designated Creative City is home to a rich cultural history in design, crafts and folk art. In fact, Santa Fe boasts the third largest art market in the U.S. and if you visit you’ll have the opportunity to explore hundreds of art galleries. Restaurant options are seemingly endless, as is accommodation (rest your head anywhere from bed and breakfasts to resorts to campgrounds), and enjoy the many outdoor activities on offer such as horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and skiing.
5. Banner Elk, North Carolina
Located on the Elk River in the mountains of western North Carolina, Banner Elk is home to some of the best skiing and fishing in the country. Known as the ski capital of the south, anyone who enjoys swooshing down the slopes should make a beeline for Banner Elk in the New Year. Depending on the season, this mecca for outdoor enthusiasts also offers great hiking, golf, kayaking, white water rafting, and horseback riding.
Steadily gaining in popularity among international travelers over the past several years, Singapore is a place you can return to again and again without ever getting bored or seeing everything this eclectic city-state has to offer. Foodies rejoice – Singapore is a haven for every hungry traveler. Wind your way through endless hawker centers offering up unforgettable meals at every turn. Shop until you drop on Orchard Road, take a break in the beautifully manicured Botanic Gardens and learn about the rich cultural history at a wide variety of interesting museums. Still have some energy? Get to know some of Singapore’s diverse neighborhoods, from Chinatown to Little India to Geylang.
3. Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Once a haven for pirates, Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the Caribbean. Put this Caribbean hot spot on your list for the beautiful tropical climate of the US Virgin Islands, the Danish colonial architecture (including Blackbeard’s Castle), the duty-free shopping, white sand beaches and tasty West Indian eats. We say skip the cruise ship and come to Charlotte Amalie on your own to soak up the sun and enjoy the surroundings without being hemmed in by a timeline.
2. Launceston, Tasmania
Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities and is filled with wonderfully restored Victorian and Georgian buildings, giving this city its charm. But the real draw when it comes to Launceston is the versatility. Whether you’re a history buff or an outdoorsy type, you’ll find more than enough to peak your interest. Just a quick flight from Sydney or Melbourne, visitors to Launceston can (and should) take advantage of the natural attractions on offer including a walk through Cataract Gorge Reserve, enjoy a wine tasting or two (the region is home to the Tamar Valley wine route), break a sweat hiking, skiing, and cycling, or wander amongst art galleries and museums.
1. Aigues-Mortes, France
It’s not hard to see why this medieval city wins our top destination for 2014. Still surrounded by its medieval walls, charming Aigues-Mortes offers a glimpse into a France of the past and makes for an ideal jumping off point to explore the surrounding Camargue region. Cobbled streets inside the walls are lined with cafes, bars and restaurants and when not soaking up the historic atmosphere, visitors can explore the Tower of Constance and the ramparts, or take a walk along the city walls and revel in the rich history of this city. Sure, Paris has the spotlight (and the tourists), but tell your friends you’re heading to Aigues-Mortes and they’ll look on in awe.
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