UNCHARTED 101 – BUCKET LIST OF DESTINATIONS 2015

First and foremost, we’d like to express a big thanks to our faithful readers for submitting their suggestions for the ‘Uncharted 101 – Bucket List of Destinations’ for 2015. We’ve selected 12 locations and highlighted why you should travel there this year.

Go ahead and print out the list, put it up on your fridge and start planning your vacation(s) for the year. If you travel to one of the destinations on our bucket list during 2015, then we’d definitely love to hear from you!

JANUARY – Taos, New Mexico, USA

Taos Sky Valley, Credit- skitaos.org

Taos Sky Valley, Credit- skitaos.org

Taos is great any time of year, but why not hit the slopes in the Taos Ski Valley this season? Take the lift to Kachina Peak, which rises 12,481 feet above the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and experience one of North America’s ideal terrain for skiing and snowboarding on 110 trails. Taos boasts 300 inches of annual snowfall and just as many pristine days with beautiful sunshine.

FEBRUARY – Cook Straight, New Zealand

Cook Strait, Credit picton.co.nz

Cook Strait, Credit picton.co.nz

The journey by ferry across the Cook Straight covers 43 miles in waters that are famously unpredictable. When crossing between Picton and Wellington, you will not only admire the picturesque seascape at the tips of the North and South Islands, but you may also spot local marine life, such as dolphins and whales. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see directly across this beautiful Straight.

MARCH – The Fjords of Norway

Northern lights, Credit flicker

Northern Lights, Credit flicker

Norway’s breathtaking landscape draped in winter is another illustration of Mother Nature outdoing herself. Sail along a dramatic coastline and discover the beauty of the country’s famed fjords. At night, cast your gaze skyward to the heavens that become a canvas for the colored wisps of the Northern Lights. 

APRIL – Mompox, Colombia

Samana Santa, Credit-notibarranquilla.com

Semana Santa, Credit-notibarranquilla.com

The world heritage site of Mompox first celebrated Holy Week, or Semana Santa, in 1574, and has continued with the traditions of integrating Catholic customs and the religious elements of the region ever since. The highlight of the processions on Holy Thursday and Good Friday is by the Nazarenes, who take two steps forward and one step back in a rhythmic march through the city’s streets.

MAY – The Azores, Portugal

Whale watching, Credit-express.co.uk

Whale watching, Credit-express.co.uk

The eight-island archipelago in the eastern Atlantic is a nature-lover’s paradise and a top destination for whale watching. Sperm whales, bottlenose and common dolphins are regular residents throughout the year, but in mid-spring you can also spot humpbacks, orcas and blue whales among others. For a thrill of a lifetime, arrange to swim with dolphins in the cobalt blue ocean.

JUNE – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Wilderbeast crossing, Credit-www.masaimaranationalpark.org

Wilderbeast crossing, Credit-www.masaimaranationalpark.org

Safari means ‘journey’ in Kiswahili, and that’s what you should do in June. Over one million wildebeast, along with herds of zebra and gazelle, reach the Western Corridor of the Serengeti and congregate at the series of pools and channels of the Grumeti River—crocodiles included. However, the animals still have their greatest challenge ahead of them when they must cross the Mara River in September.

JULY – Alaska Marine Hwy Ferry, Alaska, USA

Alaska Marine Highway, Credit-alaskatrekker.com

Alaska Marine Highway, Credit-alaskatrekker.com

Alaska’s coastline is one of the most striking in North America, and what better way to admire its beauty than to sail along its shores. You can travel either north or southbound and choose to stop and stay at any of the 33 different ports of call the Alaska Marine Hwy Ferry offers along its 3,500-mile route. You may also book a cabin on board or simply sleep on deck under the stars.

AUGUST – Igauzú Falls, Argentina /Iguaçu Falls, Brazil

Igauzú Falls

Igauzú Falls

Allow at least two days to cherish the sheer wonder of these 275 individual, majestic falls that line a 1.7-mile gorge. Hike the Upper and Lower Circuits on the Argentinian side, all the while experiencing the flora and fauna and the falls up-close. You’ll have a spectacular panorama from the Brazilian side, with the most memorable being the view of the 262-foot drop of the Devil’s Throat.

SEPTEMBER – Eilat, Israel

Eliat, Credit-holypostcard.com

Eliat, Credit-holypostcard.com

September and October are great months to go diving in the Gulf of Aqaba—it’s quieter and not as hot as in summer. Many of the dive sites are just off Eilat’s shore, and the average visibility range is 131 feet, with little to no current. Snorkeling is another great option to appreciate the stunning reefs and marine life from Coral Beach to the Egyptian border.

OCTOBER – Berlin, Germany

Reichstag, Berlin

Reichstag, Berlin

October 3, 2015, marks the 25th anniversary of a reunified Germany. Since the German parliament, or Bundestag, moved to the Reichstag in Berlin in 1999, over 34 million people have come to visit this historical building. Its glass dome, designed by Sir Norman Foster, is certainly the focal point,  providing a perfect view of the sprawling capital and the parliament chamber itself directly below.

NOVEMBER – Goa, India

Diwali festival, Credit- integritytravel.in

Diwali Festival, Credit- integritytravel.in

The monsoon has faded into memory, the ocean waters are calm and the day’s temperature is just right. It’s also the month to experience the Hindu Diwali Festival of Lights in 2015. To commemorate the victory of light over darkness, shimmering illumination and dazzling fireworks, vibrant colors and the aroma of delicious food fill the city in this five-day festival to celebrate the good in life.

DECEMBER – Paris, France

Champs Elysees, Credit-hooplaha.com

Champs Elysees, Credit-hooplaha.com

End the year in Paris when it lives up to its name as the City of Lights. The Champs-Élysees drips in luminescence, building façades emanate a warm radiance, and designers transform department store display windows into whimsical Holiday worlds. Indulge in some retail therapy in Europe’s fashion capital by day, then revel in the yuletide cheer of Christmas markets by night.

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  • Planing on going to see New Zealand and we will definitely take the ferry from Wellington to Picton and enjoy the Cook strait. I heard that its beautiful. Great list and thanks.

  • Yeah, great list and great explanation. Love to plan one of those destinations for me. Love Paris and NORWAY. I heard of lovely things. Again bravo for picking the list.

  • Cook strait was fantastic. taking the ferry from Wellington to Picton and you get to see exactly what was described in the article. It is so beautiful. You have to be there to experience it. I would love to take the ferry to Alaska. Great list Andy! 🙂

  • A great list of destinations here and New Zealand is an amazing place, but I think you are missing the cultural side of Asia in your list.

    In the middle of the Northern hemisphere winter, escape the cold and take a few days to explore the amazing sights of Bangkok.

    Temples, palaces and amazingly cheap shopping in the downtown markets makes for a great break before heading to one of the nearby Bangkok beaches or islands for some quiet relaxation.

  • Great list. You might want to add maybe some Asian destination such as Thailand or Philippines or Maldives. Otherwise,I would love to go to Norway for the lights and definitely to Paris for the winter. I love Paris and it should be a great destination.

  • What a great idea! Hopefully you can run this again next year, and I’ll be sure to be on time to put my vote in

  • Costa Rica would have been a great choice. Don’t get me wrong. I love the list and it makes a lot of sense why you want to see a particular area. I could try to go to Alaska since im not far from it.

  • Great list. Looks fabulous to go diving in Isreal. But I prefer to go to Paris and enjoy the city of lights. Thanks

  • I like the list. One of my favorite would be the sacre coeur in Paris where I get to contemplate the whole city being up high.

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