It’s time to start thinking about planning your dream trip this year or next year. So where should you go? We looked at major development, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest best countries to visit in 2014 are:
Here are the top 10 best places that you should to visit in 2014.
As if endless strands of sun-toasted coast, mountains splashed with Crayola-green rainforest and some of the planet’s most beautiful colonial villages didn’t already add up to an unfair share of heaven, Brazil goes and snags two of the most coveted sporting events in the world, beginning with the 2014 FIFA World Cup and followed two years later by the 2016 Summer Olympics.
With its sights set on 28 million visitors to the country, Malaysia is rolling out an array of new attractions. The headline-grabbers are the largest bird park in Southeast Asia in Melaka, and Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty Land in Nusajaya, which are packing in both locals and Singaporeans flocking across the causeway. The new second terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA2), catering mainly to the booming budget airline sector, is another major factor in attracting more visitors.
Turn into your average wildlife television program and you can’t fail to be dazzled by Antarctica’s majestic icebergs, calving glaciers and unexplored mountain ranges. Or you’ll watch its native penguin species frolic while avoiding fierce leopard seals and roaming pods of killer whales, as millions of seabirds spiral over the wild Southern Ocean.
To coincide with Glasgow hosting the XX Commonwealth Games in the summer of 2014, the city has had a multi-million-pound facelift: new sports venues, improved transport links and a regeneration of Glasgow Habour. It is also the year of Homecoming, a government initiative to welcome the Scottish diaspora back to the mother country by celebrating Scotland’s heritage, food and drink.
Sweden is emerging with a new pop-culture persona. Perhaps not coincidentally, northern Sweden’s largest city, Umea, is the European Capital of Culture for 2014. Then there’s the food. Considering that Swedish cuisine is so strongly tied to locally sourced ingredients, it makes perfect sense to go to the source of all this fine food.
You get up close to the aforementioned elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo without the pesky 4WD scrum so common in Africa’s best known parks. Then perhaps it’s off to Lake Malawi for a spot of high-visibility snorkeling, or Mt Mulanje for a hike over hazy peaks in an otherworldy moonscape. And there’s the Viphya Plateau, a haunting wilderness of grasslands and whaleback hills that feels downright prehistoric.
Sun-baking on a Caribbean beach after partying all night in Cancun; shopping for brightly colored handicrafts or gorging on seven types of mole(Chili sauce) in Oaxaca; stepping back in time at a Mayan temple. It’s easy to feel optimistic when you’re kicking back in Mexico. And it’s not just the holiday-makers many Mexicans are happier about living in Mexico now than most can ever remember.
These 115 divine islands strewn across the peacock-blue Indian Ocean have all the key ingredients for once-in-a-lifetime holidays, but their reputation as a millionaire’s playground may have kept you away. Hiking, diving, snorkeling, boat tours and other adventure options are all readily available, with the added appeal of grandiose scenery.
Belgium has picturesque cities-Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent-and in Brussels a walkable capital with great museums. The food and drink is a gustatory blast, the countryside flat and placed, the seaside surprisingly chic, while cultural treasures range from medieval masters to Tintin. Belgo-newbies will find medieval towns where culture and gastronomy meet, with Gothic buildings, paintings by Breugel, Van Eyck and Magriite, canals and cod shops.
The Macedonian capital has at the same time quietly become more visitor-friendly, with a bevy of cool new hostels, upsclale wine bars and bistros, and one of southeastern Europe’s best club scenes. Beyond work-in-progress Skopje and the more established tourist sited such as Lake Ohrid, Mavrovo ski area and ancient Stobi, new things are happening elsewhere.