The Place to Be in 2015

The Christmas festivities may be over, but now a new and even more exciting challenge beckons… planning your 2015 adventures!

Don't be overwhelmed by the staggering array of choice though, our travel experts are on hand with the inside track on the best places  to be this year...

From the snow-dusted turrets of Bran Castle to the mouth-watering cuisine of South Korea and the sun-drenched Caribbean beaches of Haiti, whatever kind of adventure you're looking for, we have the perfect trip to take the edge off your wanderlust...for another year at least!

 

January - vibrant Vietnam is the perfect antidote to the January blues. Swap steel-grey skies for kaleidoscopic colours and leftover turkey for exotic street food.

Traditional street scene in Vietnam Traditional street scene in Vietnam

February - Romania's Transylvanian Alps, Dracula's fabled stomping grounds, are transformed by snow and the annual arrival of the Ice Hotel.

Bran Castle, Transylvania Bran Castle, Transylvania

March - this month South Africa is transformed by the Cape Argus cyclosportive, which follows the sweeping coastline for 109km.

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, South Africa The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, South Africa

April - culinary Korea has many delicacies, from bulgogi barbeque to the ubiquitous kimchi, the pickled vegetable relish no Korean can go without! Best enjoyed amidst Korea's scenic splendour.

Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

May - time it just right, and you'll spot the mighty, migratory Blue whale fluking off the shores of this volcanic Portuguese archipelago.

Whales spy hopping in the Azores Whales spy hopping in the Azores

June - Slovenia's Julian Alps are an adventurous playground for any outdoors enthusiast, from zip-lining and kayaking to mountain biking and trekking.

Mount Triglav ascent, Julian Alps, Slovenia Mount Triglav ascent, Julian Alps, Slovenia

July - each trekker attempting Peru's most famous trek, the Inca Trail, requires a precious permit to tread this sacrosanct route to Machu Picchu. Book ahead to secure your place; permits are released in January and sell out fast.

Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail, Peru Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail, Peru

August - innumerable wildebeest, zebras and gazelles cascade across the East African plains in one of the natural world's greatest phenomena: the great migration.

Wildebeest migration, Kenya Wildebeest migration, Kenya

September - often overlooked but never overrated, Bosnia & Herzegovina is a land of craggy limestone peaks and lush valleys perfect for trekkers and cyclists alike.

Mostar Bridge by night, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar Bridge by night, Bosnia and Herzegovina

October - for a natural high, look no further than the Nepalese Himalaya. October is the start of the trekking season, and the Annapurnas are in bloom.

Autumnal colours in the Annapurnas, Nepal Autumnal colours in the Annapurnas, Nepal

November - undoubtedly one of the most exciting additions to the Exodus map, Haiti is an intoxicating whirlwind of Vodou traditions and West African roots.

Street scene, Haiti Street scene, Haiti

December - spend this Christmas with the extended family. Swap the Brussels sprouts for a bamboo salad with endangered Mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Gorillas in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda Gorillas in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

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