NYTimes 52 Places to go and other 2015 travel guides

St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Tanzania. Pictures from the NYTimes
St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Tanzania. Pictures from the NYTimes

During January all the magazines put out their 2015 list of where are the hot places to go travelling. One can look at it as totally arbitrary lists, the places to not go (As they might have a spike in tourism and can get crowded) or just like I look them, great inspirations for my never ending travel bucketlist (so many places to go, so little time). Forbes actually defined my issue perfectly with the following quote:”The world is enormous. And getting bigger. Every serious traveler I know says their wish list grows longer, not shorter, every time they visit a new corner of the world.”  Some common trends from the lists: Milan (the expo 2015 called the attention), Yellowstone Park, probably because of the 130M in renovations and new builds, Cuba, Sri Lanka,  Miami Louisville, Myanmar Iceland, Morocco, Gallipoli, Turkey, Lithuania, Namibia, Singapore, Myanmar. I was also quite happy to see that Colombia in many of these lists. These are some of the best compilations that I saw, from sources such as The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller,National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Fodors and many others. I’m just putting the highlight lists, check out the links for the full coverage and all their explanation for their picks:

Cuba and Yellowstone National Park. Pictures from the NYTimes


NYTimes  The NY times released its 52 places to go in 2015, their annual compilation of places to go. What i like it that it usually brings light to off the beaten or less known places that one might not know about or overlook. I did better on this list than least years compilation, have been to 10, same as 10 of last year’s list. What is on the list this year:

  1. Milan, Italy
  2. Cuba
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Yellowstone National Park
  5. Elqui Valley, Chile
  6. Singapore
  7. Durban, South Africa
  8. Bolivia
  9. Faroe Islands
  10. Macedonia
  11. Medellin, Colombia,
  12. Vincent and the Grenadines
  13. Orlando, Florida
  14. Zimbabwe
  15. Burgundy, France
  16. Lower Manhattan, New York
  17. Tanzania
  18. The North Coast of Peru
  19. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  20. Oman
  21. Cleveland Ohio
  22. Sri Lanka
  23. New Orleans, Louisiana
  24. Adelaide, Australia
  25. Georgia
  26. Manchester, England
  27. Campeche, Mexico
  28. Greenland
  29. Papua New Guinea
  30. Bend, Oregon
  31. Rabat, Morocco
  32. Squamish, Canada
  33. Seoul, South Korea
  34. Kitts
  35. Shikoku, Japan
  36. San Antonio
  37. San José del Cabo, Mexico
  38. Alentejo, Portugal
  39. The Catskills, New York
  40. Quebec City, Canada
  41. Canton Valais, Switzerland
  42. Île-de-France
  43. Danang, Vietnam
  44. Chengdu, China
  45. Miami Beach, Florida
  46. Shanghai
  47. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  48. Rome, Italy
  49. Cáceres, Spain
  50. Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
  51. Baku, Azerbaijan
  52. Kas, Turkey
Fez, Puerto Plata & Oman. Pictures from Travel + Leisure
Fez, Puerto Plata & Oman. Pictures from Travel + Leisure

Travel & Leisure  also has a good List. This one I know a bit more of, of the 50 places they chose, ive been to 14 (Istanbul, Chengdu, Milan, Chile, Nicaragua, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Orlando , Miami, Cartagena, Colombia, Manhattan, Bath, Playa del Carmen) What’s on their list:

  1. Fez, Morocco
  2. Catskills, NY
  3. Rotterdam, Netherlands
  4. Puerto Plata, D.R.
  5. Wasatch Mountains, Utah
  6. Istanbul
  7. Chengdu, China
  8. Milan
  9. Prince Edward County, Canada
  10. Oman
  11. Mekong River Region
  12. Valletta, Malta
  13. Chile
  14. Tanzania
  15. Houston
  16. Western Ireland
  17. Leipzig, Germany
  18. Mozambique
  19. Cuba
  20. Nicaragua
  21. Norway
  22. Cleveland
  23. Jakarta, Indonesia
  24. Las Vegas
  25. Puerto Rico
  26. Hokkaido, Japan
  27. Malmö, Sweden
  28. Iran
  29. Palm Springs, CA
  30. Florence
  31. Great Barrier Reef
  32. Hong Kong
  33. Louisville, KY
  34. Pristina, Kosovo
  35. Maui
  36. Johannesburg, South Africa
  37. Orlando
  38. Central Otago, New Zealand
  39. Bali, Indonesia
  40. Haiti
  41. Miami
  42. Dharamsala, India
  43. Bahamas
  44. Cartagema, Colombia
  45. Manhattan
  46. Singapore
  47. Bath, England
  48. Durham, NC
  49. Playa del Carmen
  50. Canberra, Australia
Cartagena and Milford Sound, New Zealand. Pictures from conde Nast
Cartagena and Milford Sound, New Zealand. Pictures from conde Nast

Conde Nast issued the Top 15 Places to Go in 2015 which includes the following:

  1. Cartagena, Colombia
  2. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
  3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  4. Mexico City, Mexico
  5. Rwanda
  6. Myanmar
  7. Nassau, The Bahamas
  8. Belgrade, Serbia
  9. Helsinki
  10. Berlin
  11. Cape Town
  12. Houston
  13. Cuba
  14. Milford Sound, New Zealand
  15. Guangzhou, China
Arctic, Newfoundland. Pictures from Fodors
Arctic, Newfoundland. Pictures from Fodors

Fodor’s List is called the Go To list 2015. What made their cut:

  1. The Arctic
  2. The hudson valley and the catskills
  3. Namibia
  4. Guatemala
  5. The florida panhandle
  6. Newfoundland, canada
  7. Norway
  8. Piedmont, italy
  9. Patagonia, cihle
  10. Romania
  11. Oman
  12. Pilsen, czech republic
  13. Barbados
  14. Iceland
  15. Melbourne, australia
  16. Singapore
  17. Paris
  18. Sri lanka
  19. Cleveland
  20. Vietnam
  21. Punta del este, uruguay
  22. Jackson hole, wyoming
  23. Guadalupe valley, mexico
  24. Bourbon country and louisville, kentucky
  25. The silk road, china

Frommer’s’  list is called: Best Places to Go in 2015. These are the 15 places are on it:

  1. The Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Vietnam
  2. South Dakota, U.S.A.
  3. Gallipoli, Turkey
  4. Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  5. Málaga, Spain
  6. Argentina
  7. Belgium
  8. Chaco Culture National Historic Park, New Mexico, U.S.A.
  9. Austria
  10. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
  11. Cunard Line
  12. London, England
  13. Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
  14. Belize
  15. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, U.S.A.

Forbes has The 10 Coolest Places To Visit In 2015, they are: (Colombia is on the list which is awesome! everyone should come visit)

  1. Iceland
  2. Adventurous Morocco
  3. Vietnam Now: Seaplanes, Vespas and a New Aman Resort
  4. America’s Serengeti: The American Prairie Reserve
  5. Tantalizing Tasmania
  6. Colombia
  7. Japan: Past and Present
  8. Argentine Patagonia
  9. Nepal, Above and Beyond
  10. Sri Lanka for Wildlife
Japan, Norway, Iran . Pictures from Business Insider
Japan, Norway, Iran . Pictures from Business Insider

Business Insider’s list is the 23 Places You Should Visit In 2015, with their taglines:

  1. Japan will become a bargain destination for travelers
  2. Lima, Peru, will be the foodie capital of South America
  3. “Frozen” fans will flock to Norway to seek out Elsa and Anna’s fictional Arendelle
  4. Iran will be the new tourism hotspot in the Middle East.
  5. River cruises will be popular in Europe and elsewhere
  6. Namibia’s beauty will draw tourists to Africa
  7. Canberra, Australia, will attract new expats looking for an easy life.
  8. Berlin, Germany, will continue to be the most hipster city in Europe
  9. Palawan in the Philippines will be the top island destination in the world
  10. Travel within Lithuania will get easier next year.
  11. Denver, Colorado, will be at the forefront of weed tourism
  12. South Africa will become a more affordable destination for budget travelers.
  13. Florence, Italy, will continue to be one of the world’s best cities for travelers.
  14. Curacao will be more accessible from North America with new direct flight
  15. Hainan will be the hot new beach destination in China.
  16. The Basque Country in Spain and France will be discovered by more international tourists.
  17. Tasmania, Australia, will lure adventure travelers.
  18. Queens, New York, will become one of the best food cities in the world.
  19. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will gear up to host the 2016 Olympic Game
  20. Northern Ireland will get more attention from ‘Game of Thrones’ fans
  21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will attract hipsters and millennials
  22. Myanmar will become even more accessible to tourists
  23. Ljubljana, Slovenia, will be the next Croatia

National Geographic post their Best Trips 2015 list. Their 20 candidates are:

  1. Corsica
  2. medellin, Colombia
  3. Koyasan, Japan
  4. Maramureș, Romania
  5. Haida Gwaii
  6. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  7. Tunis, Tunisia
  8. Choquequirao, Peru
  9. Sark, Channel Islands
  10. Hyderabad, India
  11. Port Antonio, Jamaica
  12. Taiwan
  13. Zermatt, Switzerland
  14. The Presidio, San Francisco
  15. Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
  16. Sea Islands, South Carolina
  17. Mont St. Michel, France
  18. Esteros del Iberá, Argentina
  19. National Mall, Washington, D.C.
  20. Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  21. Readers’ Choice Winner: Faroe Islands

and finally, Lonely Planet has the Best in Travel 2015 list. It is broken down as top 10 in three categories:


  1. Washington D.C.
  2. El chalten, Argentina
  3. Milan
  4. Zermatt
  5. Valleta, Malta
  6. Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  7. Salisburry
  8. Vienna
  9. Chennai, India
  10. toronto


  1. Gallipoli, Turkey
  2. Rocky mountain National Park, USA
  3. Toledo, Belize
  4. Tasmania, Australia
  5. Arctic Norway
  6. Khumbu, Nepal
  7. The Copper Canyon, Mexico
  8. Flores, indonesia
  9. Ataama Desert, Chile
  10. Macau, China


  1. Singapore
  2. Namibia
  3. Lithuania
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Ireland
  6. Republic of Congo
  7. Serbia
  8. Philippines
  9. St Lucia
  10. Morocco

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