places to visit in 2015

Great Places to Visit in 2015

Surely you have been thinking of places to visit in 2015, if not already planned some trips. I certainly have been. Instead of giving my readers another list of places I want to go or travel trends, I asked some professional travelers for input*.

I simply asked them to suggest “a place you want to visit in 2015 or think people should visit.

Here are the responses from those fabulous travel insiders, in the order I received their responses. I have linked to their main website and to any article they have written about their destination suggestion.

Places to Visit in 2015

Great Places to Visit in 2015

Amy Lynne Hayes (Creatrice Mondial) suggested Tasmania.

So many places to choose from… but out of the places that I’ve been that perhaps duck under the radar a bit, I would suggest Tasmania. That little island often gets forgotten when people think about visiting Australia, but it’s so beautiful!

Matt Long (LandLopers) selects India.

My response is a place I haven’t visited but which has always intrigued me. India immediately gets reactions of all levels and I have purposefully avoided traveling there because I wasn’t sure that my own abilities as a traveler were up to the challenge. I think I’m ready now though and can’t wait to see what the subcontinent holds for me.

John DiScala (Johnny Jet) selects Myanmar.

I would say Myanmar since it’s developing so fast and changing!

Leah Walker (Leah Travels) chooses Paris.

It may sound cliché, but as Audrey Hepburn said, ‘Paris is always a good idea.’ As the #1 tourist destination in the world, there is no shortage of people visiting the City of Light. However, with the Picasso Museum reopened and the recent opening of the new Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris has some enticing options for even the most devout Francophile. Plus, the Ritz and Hôtel de Crillon are slated to reopen in 2015 after being closed for extensive renovations for several years, which will leave luxury lovers clamoring for a look at the results.

Christina Ricchuti (Packed Suitcase) recommends two places in Virginia.

I’d recommend including either Richmond or the Crooked Road in southwestern Virginia. Both are vibrant, interesting destinations that are worth a trip, with many interesting facets from food, to culture, to activities and more.

David and Veronica James (The GypsyNesters) suggest Galapagos.

We always put the Galapagos Islands at the top of the list. Truly not to be missed, makes a great New Years resolution and check one more item off the old bucket list.

Megan Jerrard (Mapping Megan) suggests Iceland.

Iceland by far is one of our favorite places in the world. It is one of the last untouched destinations left on earth. It’s exotic, naturally beautiful, and largely untouched by tourism which we absolutely love. This is our recommendation for a place to visit in 2015.  We’re advocates for traveling off the beaten path, and huge fans of heading out into the wild without being followed by hordes of travelers and tourist buses. Iceland is the perfect destination for this, and the landscape is so spectacularly beautiful – waterfalls, glaciers, dramatic fjords – it’s truly out of this world!

Dave Cole (Cook Sip Go) suggests Axum.

For anyone who loves exploring historical sites, Axum in northern Ethiopia is a treat. The obelisks and ruins of Axum are fascinating and unquestionably unique to sub-Saharan Africa. And bring sturdy shoes, as the nearby hills are perfect for day hikes from this UNESCO-listed site.

Barbara Weibel (Hole in the Donut) suggests Sofia.

One of the most underrated destinations in Europe is Sofia, Bulgaria. Unlike other Balkan countries, which are Slavic in nature, the history of Bulgaria is closely tied to Greece. The food is Mediterranean, the scenery is gorgeous, the people are friendly, and best of all, the prices are extremely affordable.

Sandi McKenna (Midlife Roadtrip) suggests a few places.

Alaska, America’s last frontier. Cruising is a great value and there is a cruise and ship to fit everyone’s style and budget. Molokai, Hawaii natural beauty and an authentic island experience. Croatia, history, hospitality and a true hidden gem.

Shane Dallas (The Travel Camel) suggests Zambia.

Zambia is little known to people outside of Southern Africa, but it should be on more traveller’s itineraries. Zambia is a relaxed, safe, friendly and affordable country with super wildlife viewing opportunities and one of the world’s most outstanding natural wonders – Victoria Falls – or as the locals appropriately call it ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ meaning ‘The Smoke That Thunders’.

Donna Hull (My Itchy Travel Feet) suggests Utah (her new book on Amazon: New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure)

My travel feet are itching for a road trip on Utah’s Scenic Byway 12. Within a span of 124 miles, the road travels to Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staricase-Escalante National Monument, Kodachrome Basin and more. It traverses some of the most remote and diverse landscapes in the U.S. — just my kind of road trip.

Craig Zabransky (Stay Adventurous) suggests Santorini (the cover shot of his 2015 sunset calendar).

Santorini. Sip local Greek wine, taste fine cuisine, and take in the cliff side postcard views all day long, especially at sunset.

Charles Yap (My Pot of Tea) suggests Hong Kong.

This tried and tested destination deserves a new look. Returning visitors who know the Central area well should consider exploring Sheung Wan. It’s only one MTR stop from the IFC, and is an interesting neighbourhood where traditional local food supply shops and Chinese tea tradesmen exist side by side with hipster cafes and modern European restaurants. Those looking for a shopping destination away from Central should take the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui for Harbour City, Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall.


Wow, these are some fantastic suggestions. I have been to some of the places—but others, well, they are certainly among my places to visit in 2015.

Places to Visit in 2015

* I contacted a variety of travel professionals—bloggers, authors, speakers, on-air personalities, and consultants. I intentionally selected some based in Europe, Asia, and Africa. I am thrilled to have received responses from 14 of the 21 persons I contacted. 1 person declined because of family obligations and I did not receive responses from 6 persons.

A huge THANK YOU to those who provided suggestions for this article.

May your travels in 2015 (and every year) be enjoyable and memorable.

Your turn: what is a place you want to visit in 2015 or think people should visit?


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24 Responses to “Great Places to Visit in 2015”

  1. Robert December 28, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    Some excellent suggestions, but I can’t wait to visit the Islands of French Polynesia! So many places to see and so little time! 🙁

  2. contentedtraveller December 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    We are thinking Slovenia – it seems to have that really special and fun vibe to to it. Also a return to Vietnam

    • McCool Travel December 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Thank you. Both places I have not been to …

  3. Megan (@MeganCStarr) December 19, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    I absolutely love seeing my home state of Virginia on here 🙂 I always recommend it to travelers.

    The places I recommend for people in 2015 are Kyrgyzstan (more and more travelers are pouring in and it’s changing at a rapid pace, although Bishkek seems to not get the same amount of tourists as the countryside does), Norway (I lived there the last 3.5 years and it is so undiscovered outside of the normal northern lights/Bergen/Oslo areas), and Armenia.

    Happy holidays!

    • McCool Travel December 19, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Thank you, Megan. Definitely 3 places I would like to visit.

  4. Taylor Hearts Travel December 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Great suggestions. Santorini would probably top the list for me. I’m ready for sunshine and good food!

  5. Vera Marie Badertscher December 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Angor Wat and environs in Cambodia. Everyone who travels ahould see it.

    • McCool Travel December 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      Sounds like a good rule. Everyone should see it. I will make sure to!

  6. Michele December 15, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Chile. US citizens don’t need visas anymore!

    • McCool Travel December 15, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      Excellent. Convenience of no Visa will hopefully encourage more people to visit.

  7. Trisha Velarmino December 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    I’d also like to add Uruguay but this is a great list! Ahhh, Iceland. <3

    • McCool Travel December 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

      All of South America is a great big empty spot in my travels. I hear Uruguay is especially gorgeous.

  8. One Girl: One World December 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Waaahhh I want to visit them all!!!
    May I suggest Los Angeles? I may be biased but I think it’s a nice destination as well 😉

    • McCool Travel December 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

      We love it (Randy Newman reference). Great city, I agree.

  9. Rebecca (Bex) December 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Ohhh yes! This is a great list. I particularly want to make Iceland a must-see destination…and am pretty keen to go to Seattle too.

    • McCool Travel December 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      I know, everyone wants to go to Iceland, it seems. Me, too. I have been to Seattle. Wonderful place.

  10. Christel Shea December 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Charles — Egypt has been on my Must See list for over a decade. I would love to get there now!

    • McCool Travel December 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      Yes, I would also love to visit Egypt. So historic.

  11. Shane Dallas (The Travel Camel) December 12, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    Thanks for including me on your list!

    • McCool Travel December 12, 2014 at 7:44 am #

      Thank you for your suggestion, Shane. I would love to visit some of the places you have been.

  12. johnnyjet December 10, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Thanks Charles! Great to meet you in DC!

    • McCool Travel December 10, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Absolutely. I have “known” you for about 15 years and it was nice to finally meet in person. Best to you and Natalie.

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