Where to Travel in 2015

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Fortunately, the world is still a big place. Even though the number of countries that are unstable, somewhat hazardous or simply off-limits seems to be growing exponentially, there is no shortage of enticing possibilities. However, I expect that security will be a factor in many people’s travel plans for 2015.

1. Chile

Chile is safe and hospitable, and as well as being a scenically beautiful country of immense variety, it can now boast a growing number of world-class resorts.

Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

2. Botswana

In Africa, Botswana remains peaceful and prosperous, and its exceptionally well-managed wildlife areas offer a bright spot amid the enveloping environmental gloom.

Sunset at Jack's Camp, Botswana
Sunset at Jack's Camp, Botswana

3. Scandinavia

Scandinavia has added appeal in uncertain times, and both Norway and Denmark have seen promising hotel debuts. Denmark in particular has undergone a gastronomic revolution to become a genuine food lover’s destination.

The Royal National Opera House Oslo, Norway
The Royal National Opera House Oslo, Norway

4. Berlin

Berlin has emerged as one of the continent’s most dynamic and sophisticated major cities.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

5. Bordeaux

Despite France’s political and economic tribulations, Bordeaux has shrugged off the malaise to become a provincial city of real charm and style.

Vineyards in the Bordeaux region of France
Vineyards in the Bordeaux region of France

6. Myanmar

In Asia, Myanmar (Burma) continues to fling open its doors — and now is the time to visit before the beguiling atmosphere of Old Asia is subsumed by modernity.

Temples of Thatbyinnyu and Ananda in Myanmar
Temples of Thatbyinnyu and Ananda in Myanmar

7. Bhutan

Bhutan provides a unique Himalayan refuge from the woes of the world.

Cliff-top Paro Taktsang monastery in Bhutan
Cliff-top Paro Taktsang monastery in Bhutan

8. Japan

Japan is as clean, orderly, polite and culturally fascinating as ever (and more affordable if the currently favorable dollar/yen exchange rate persists).

Mount Fuji looking over the Japanese capital of Tokyo
Mount Fuji looking over the Japanese capital of Tokyo

9. New Zealand

As well as visiting many of the above, I will also be heading to New Zealand in the coming year. I have long considered Kiwi hospitality — to say nothing of the country’s stellar food and wine — to be a perfect antidote to the routine madness of the nightly news.

Scenic mountains are part of New Zealand's diverse, rugged terrain
Scenic mountains are part of New Zealand's diverse, rugged terrain

This list is an excerpt from the January 2015 Hideaway Report in which Andrew Harper reveals 2015 Grand Award winners.

By Hideaway Report Editor Hideaway Report editors travel the world anonymously to give you the unvarnished truth about luxury hotels. Hotels have no idea who the editors are, so they are treated exactly as you might be.
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