Are you like me, the places you want to go is growing faster than the list of places you have been? It is hard to keep up and to make it more difficult, Travel review authority TripAdvisor is at it again with its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards featuring the best destinations of 2015. The 25 award winners for top destinations were determined from an algorithm that takes into account both the quantity & quality of the reviews and rating for the destinations hotels, restaurants & attractions over a 12 month period.
To keep from overwhelming you I narrowed down the list to the top 10 with a link to the full list below.
10. Cape Town, South Africa
Glistening at the southern tip of the African continent is Cape Town. “The Mother City” provides visitors access to gorgeous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or Blaauwberg Beach. Vist the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for unbelievable sweeping sea views, hiking & wildlife. An ideal starting point for safari or wine tours. This is an affordable & chic destination that earns its spot on the list.
9. Paris, France
How could Paris not be on the list? Is there a chicer destination in the world? Just the thought of a relaxed stroll along the Seine stopping to reflect at the endless list of historic icons like the Arc de Triomphe or Eiffel Tower is enough. Paris is the perfect destination for leisure and vibrant culture, whether you make routine stops at the infinite cafés or splurge for meals of a lifetime. We have even touched on the world class shopping and fashionable people watching.
8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Time to Tango your way to one of the most captivating & seductive destinations in South America. Whether you are drawn from the romantic atmosphere or thriving nightlife, BA offers the European charm with the South American flair evident in the mix of architecture, parks & boulevards. Get lost in any of its fabulous neighborhoods & plan a longer stay to take advantage of the week Argentine Peso.
7. Rome, Italy
Rome may be in Italy but its rich & varied history makes it a city of the world darling. In addition to the classic & timeless treat of Roman history there is a real city life present, a chic one at that. Visitors are treated to endless piazzas, open air markets & architectural treasures spanning eras. It doesn’t hurt that it seems impossible to starve in a city with as many indulgences as Rome.
6. London, England
What other destination offers the proper does of pomp & circumstance than the posh & proper destination of London? Palaces & museums reveal a city that is rich, very rich when it comes to archives of history & treasures. London afford you the opportunity to immerse oneself in chic pastimes like afternoon tea, shopping at Harrods & Royal watching.
5. Prague, Czech Republic
The fairytale of Prague is alluring year after year. The charm of this well preserved European gem draws travelers to its Old Town Square with collections of buildings like the Town Hall & Astronomical Clock. Get the camera for striking photos of the chic surroundings.
4. Hanoi, Vietnam
This charming capital of Vietnam & vietnamese culture is aging well, with a well preserved Old Quarter featuring monuments and colonial architecture. That doesn’t mean there is not room for modern developments though. Discover lakes, parks, boulevards and more than 600 temples while venturing around the bustling city.
3. Istanbul, Turkey
The famed destination where Europe meets Asia - Istanbul. Talk about layers of history & civilizations, making the draw to Istanbul universal. Like the European Asian dichotomy you will also find a balance of ancient & modern. Explore the numerous city bazaars, mosques & hammams for a look inside Turkish culture.
2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Is there anything that can prepare you for the unique beauty of the morning light cascading over the temples & ruins overgrown by the nature of Angkor Wat. This ancient structure serves at the world’s largest religious site. While this complex of ruins may serves as the main reason to visit you will find a cultural village, night market & lively bar scene to support the thriving tourism.
1. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech earns the top spot on TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for best destination 2015. Known as the “Jewel of the Desert,” the bustling city soared five places to claim the top travel honor. Alongside the cacophony of city souks, the Medina transports visitors back to the Middle Ages complete with cobblestone streets, ramparts, hidden alleys & courtyards. To find a mid city respite seek out traveler favorite Jardin Majorelle.
Check out the full list of Top 25 Destinations in the World by TripAdvisor.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LIST? DID YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATIONS MAKE THE LIST? WHICH OF THESE WORLDLY PLACES HAVE BEEN & WHAT WAS LEFT OUT? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.