Top Travel Destinations of 2015

The Faroe Islands
Come see a solar eclipse on March 20th in The Faroe Islands.

Traveling the world has become an increasingly popular fad.  From discovering all the resources that make traveling easier (think cheap flight fares, or groupon), to just having a strong urge for “wanderlust,” people all over the world want to be cultured and pushed out of their comfort zones to see all the world’s beauty.  For 2015, CNN has come up with a list of the top ten destinations to travel to, here are a few that are on their list:

The Faroe Islands are on the list of places to see in 2015, as it will be one of the only places in the world to witness a solar eclipse on March 20th.  A solar eclipse is “when the moon passes between the earth and sun, plunging daylight into darkness,” (Johanson, Top Ten Destinations of 2015).  Travel companies of the Danish Realm are working overtime with booking various tours and cruises for people to witness this once in a lifetime historical event.  Even though it won’t even last three seconds, you’ll have seen an exciting glimpse of history if you travel to the Faroe Islands in late March.

Next stop? Salta, Argentina, which borders Bolivia, Chile, and Paraguay.  CNN describes Salta as, “home to colorful towns, gnarled mountainscapes and the highest altitude wineries in the world,” (Johanson, Top Ten Destinations of 2015), essentially deeming it a combination of Napa Valley and the Grand Canyon.  Recently, Salta has been given $160 million to turn into one of the biggest tourist spots in Latin America.  So get your tickets this coming year before someone else beats you to it.

Abu Dhabi has been ranked number one on many travel sites, and there’s no question why.  Located right next to Dubai, Abu Dhabi “has steered a different course in a multibillion-dollar bid to become the cultural capital of the Middle East,” (Johanson, Top Ten Destinations of 2015).  With an upcoming performing arts center on its way and a Saadiyat Island Cultural District under renovation, which will include the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum, and the second Louvre Museum in the world, Abu Dhabi will have it all when it comes to art and intellect.  So broaden your artistic horizons and bask in Middle Eastern culture by exploring Abu Dhabi at some point in 2015.

To read more about the top destinations of 2015, check out CNN’s article, written by Mark Johanson, here.  Safe travels!

Best Cold Weather Vacations in the US

Casper, Wyoming
The beautiful Casper Mountain in Wyoming.

Although winter usually leaves people yearning for warm weather and beaches, it’s a season that we should learn to embrace, and perhaps take our own vacations to.  There are many wonderful winter destinations in the United States that offer an abundance of winter activities and quaint towns to explore that look better in holiday lights and snow than they do in the blue skies of summer. So this year, instead of a tropical getaway, try a snowy, cozy one.  Here are some of the best cold weather destinations in the US:

The first wintery destination that you may have already had in mind is Anchorage, Alaska.  You can find snow in Alaska from October to late April, so there’s plenty of time for you to experience winter if your vacation schedule doesn’t fall within the cold months the rest of the country experiences. Alaska is truly the last frontier.  It’s beauty is surreal, with snow-covered mountains, glaciers, and miniature wildflowers, everything you see will look like a perfect backdrop.  Apart from the natural beauty, Anchorage is home to many cultural and historic attractions.  From the Alaska Native Heritage Center to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, you can learn all you need to know about the last frontier – and more! Plus, there are many downhill ski areas within a 45 minute drive of Anchorage; and if you like dogs, the famous Iditarod begins right in Anchorage.

Another great winter vacation to add to your list should be Casper, Wyoming.  Casper is home to winter lodges, ice fishing, ski grounds, and other various cultural attractions.  The Casper Nordic Center includes 26 miles of ski trails, 27 miles of back-country trails, and a lit-up trail for night skiing. If you’re into history, Casper’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center lures visitors to explore what it was like to be a settler traveling out west in the 1800s. And if you like sports, the Casper Events Center holds over 200 events per year, ranging from basketball games to snowmobiling.  You won’t run out of any activities to do in Casper, and plus – this city looks impeccable in the snow.

Bangor, Maine, is next on this list, with over a dozen downhill and Nordic ski areas surrounding the town.  Bangor truly encompasses the idea of “quaint,” as streets lined with houses built in the early 19th century light up in holiday decor.  This town is a perfect little winter getaway, especially if you are trying to escape the hustle and bustle of a big city.  There are dozens of bars and restaurants to walk to, and you can even have a fancy night out at one of the shows performed at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Penobscot Theatre Company.  Bangor is a great place to escape for a little rest and relaxation, and it is more than aesthetically pleasing in those cold winter months.

For more cold weather getaway ideas,  check out Livability’s article on “The 10 Best Winter Vacations” right here.  Let it snow!