What’s trending in 2015 for those travelers who simply cannot get enough of wandering this earth? Kensington Tours polled its team of Destination Experts to see what’s on the horizon for seasoned nomads, globetrotters and adventure enthusiasts who want to make 2015 a banner year for travel adventures.
The Pyramid’s haven’t gone out of style and those who spent the last few years mulling over Egypt are making plans to check it off their 2015 bucket lists. Savvy shoppers know that prices are going to rise and this may be the last chance to save on private Egyptologist guides, pyramid entries, luxury properties and the most elite Nile cruises. Luckily jetsetters aren’t yet back “en masse,” which means that there are times that travelers can still have the Sphinx, Karnak, Valley of the Kings, or even the Pyramids of Giza to themselves.
Myanmar is now welcoming more travelers to their seemingly time-locked land. No denying the former kingdom of Burma is the epitome of exotic and has been on the hotlist for the past couple years, yet until recently there hadn’t been near enough in the way of hotels to keep up with demand. 2014 saw the launch of luxury collection Irrawaddy River cruises such as the Sanctuary Ananda, Belmond’s Orcaella and the AmaPura. For those that prefer to sleep on dry land, Hilton hotels just launched 2 of 6 new properties across the country and the new Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw just opened its doors for President Obama last month.
Offering far more than just the quintessential safari experiences, diamonds and watermelon wine, this Southern African gem is shining stronger than ever before and is packed with action and adventures. Celebrating 25 years of independence in 2015, there are skydiving flights, dune boarding and mobile safaris in the Namib Desert, kite surfing, champagne dolphin sailings in Swakopmund, hot air balloon flights, Naukluft Park, rock climbing in Spitzkoppe, archeology in Twfelfontein, and one can’t forget Sossusvlei’s Big Daddy.
South Korea Calm
Travelers are finally looking past the western perception of this economic tiger and unveiling the true “Land of the Morning Calm.” 2015 sees globetrotters are catching on to the perks of this quirky country long hidden by its Northern counterpart’s shadow. Find eco-adventures, long gone dynasties and chic high-tech cities, gorgeous beaches, unforgettable cuisine and properties of every style.
Memories of the Magna Carta
A mere 800 years ago, on June 15, 1215, King John of England signed a little something we know as the Magna Carta, changing western world’s concepts of freedom forever (though it certainly took time). To mark the anniversary, the British Library will put all the original charters on display. The perfect reason for history buffs to once again delve deep into the movements of medieval kings and queens, church and state, as great powers clashed and monarchies quaked. Kensington has designed educational opportunities with specialized guidance offering behind the scenes looks at famed museums, universities, and historical landmarks.
Famous for its devilish creatures (yes they really do exist), Oz’s often overlooked isle has quietly been crawling up the globetrotter bucket list. Located way (way) down under of the tip of Australia’s most southern state, 45% of “Tassie” is made up of reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites, yet still offers incredible chic and culturally-packed sites. Whether one prefers to order it prix fixe or a la carte, Tasmania’s untamed spirit for outdoor adventure, great food, fabulous wines and natural wilds present pleasure for every traveler.
This Latin American paradise holds four worlds in one, and the famed, animal-packed islands of the Galapagos are just a stepping stone to its incredible mainland of the lush Amazon, soaring Andes, and sparkling Pacific Coast. The country has seen a spike in visitors from North America in the past year, reflecting increased interest in pre-Columbian culture, rainforest river cruises, the “Avenue of the Volcanos,” adrenaline adventures, and local gastronomic delights such as chocolate farms and fresh seafood.
Romancers and newlyweds looking for more than just flower petals, champagne, a hut on a beach, and privacy can find adventurous once-in-a-lifetime moments in such places as Peru’s Machu Picchu, Patagonia’s Tierra del Feugo, Thailand’s waters for snorkeling and diving, and Cambodia’s stunning Angkor Wat temple complex.