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Each new year is a new reason to embrace wanderlust and explore the places unseen. Here’s Tripoto’s pick for the exciting countries to look out for in 2015.
Why – Proclaimed by some as a ‘modern utopia’, there is more to Iceland than icy winters and progressive politics. From the beautiful display of Northern lights in the winters and the lush green hillscapes in the summers, Iceland is our favorite country to visit in 2015
When – The best time to visit Iceland weather-wise is June-August. But if you are after the Northern lights, visit in the winter (November to February). Explore itineraries for Iceland
Do not miss – Take a road trip on Iceland’s Golden Circle for a jaw-dropping drive
Why – The land of the rising sun is where legends are born. In the wake of 2011 Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster, tourism has slid a little, but the enigma remains. Visit the country for a magical time, and for the traditions and the modernity. Japan is a must-do in 2015
When – Spring and Autumn are the best time to visit Japan. (March to May and September to November)
Do not miss – Shirakawa-go village near Nagoya, a beautiful Japanese hamlet which can be visited throughout the year during the four seasons, Japan is one of the best countries to visit.
Why – Italy’s recent economic woes have made it more affordable to explore. This is the year to get your hands on a really good deal for your dream Italian escape.
When – April to June and Sept-Oct are good months for Italy. Get an even better deal on off-season travel. Explore Italy itineraries on Tripoto.
Do not miss – The villages of Tuscany. Visit Positano to experience the real colors of Italia.
Why – Awe-inspiring glaciers, gargantuan waterfalls, wild horses, gauchos and tango; The country is a classic travel destination , with a generous sprinkling of sensuality and adventure.
When – November to March are the best months to enjoy Argentina. Explore itineraries in Argentina.
Do Not Miss – Los Glacieres National Park in Patagonia
Why – For the best of the South Pacific Ocean. Fiji is a place where dreams come true. Water so warm and sparkly, it must be magic.
When – Anytime really, but November to April get stormy sometimes. Explore Fiji itineraries.
Do not miss – Fiji offers some Pacific’s most accessible dives and one of the best countries to visit. Head to the reefs off of Kadavu island to spot Manta Rays.
6. Sri lanka
Why – Sri lanka is classic Asia in all its ethereal beauty and its deep spiritualism. The country has emerged from a recent civil war but travelers have taken to it effortlessly. Elephants roam the untamed countryside and the beaches are popular with surfers and sea-lovers. Visit Sri Lanka for a truly immersive experience.
When – The best time to go to Sri Lanka is between December and March. Explore Sri Lanka itineraries.
Do not miss – The dazzling coral gardens of the Pigeon Island National Park
Why – Singapore is a exemplary urban marvel. State-of-the-art is an understatement for the public facilities, an incredible night life and a bustling food scene. With the world’s best airport, connected to every corner of the world, Singapore is a must-visit in 2015.
When – The best time to visit Singapore is January – March. Explore Singapore itineraries
Do not miss – The view of the skyline from Marina Bay
Why – India is where rapid change and history co-exist in inscrutable harmony. Visit for an unforgettable spectacle of culture, set in a distinctly diverse landscape. India is one of the most colourful countries to visit.
When – Oct to March is the best time to visit for the best of India . Explore stunning itineraries in India
Do not miss – Leh in the northernmost Himalayan highlands for its stunning treks and high passes.
Why – Iconic Africa. Spectacular, relatively ungentrified wildnerness. The absolute best place to experience a self-drive wildlife Safari.
When – May to September are perfect to experience the best of Botswana. Explore Botswana itineraries.
Do Not Miss – Camping out in the breathtaking Kubu Island
Why – Often overlooked by travel magazines, Barbados is an ideal island destination with beautiful, lonely beaches and lovely, welcoming people. Bridgetown, is a UNESCO world heritage city for those looking for something more than a beach.
When – The best time to visit Barbados is July to November, perfect for beach-side chilling and spectacular diving. Explore stunning Barbados itineraries.
Do not miss – Accra Beach, the largest beach in Barbados
Why - From luxury yacths to backpacker beach bars, Croatia’s eclectic travel scene is a buffet of culture, art and stunning natural beauty.
When – June and September are the best months to enjoy the best of weather and escape the summer tourist rush. Explore beautiful itineraries for Croatia.
Do not Miss – Windsurfing and other watersports in Zlatni Rat
Why – Honduras has come a long way since the contras and guerillas of the Central American Civil War. Visit for some of the best diving in the world, stunning American scenery and a rich cultural heritage.
When – December to May is perfect for exploring Honduras.
Do not Miss – Live in a beach hut in Utila in the Bay Islands to soak up the island’s backpacker vibe.
Why – The land of blue skies and adorable, rosy-cheeked children, Mongolia, attracts a certain kind of traveler. The scenic beauty is remarkable, and the indigenous culture transports you to a different time. Visit Mongolia for an assured, authentic experience before it gets overrun.
When – Best time to visit Mongolia is in June and July during warmer weather. However, the winter landscape is breathtaking but remember to pack for the freezing cold. Explore amazing itineraries for Mongolia.
Do not miss – Ride the Trans-Mongolian Railway for a truly stunning visual experience.
14. New Zealand
Why – New Zealand is pretty much exactly like that place with pristine lakes and green hillsides where Hobbits hang out. Visit for the stunning outdoors, the camper-van culture and abundant organic food.
When – Spring (Sept – Nov) and Autumn (Feb – Apr) is the best time to go. Summer are warm and lovely, but overcrowded and expensive. Explore New Zealand itineraries by season on Tripoto.
Do not miss – Observe penguins in their wild habitat at Curio Bay in the South Island
Why – Oman is dotted with gorgeous canyons, beautiful caves and is blessed with stunning sand dunes and a beautiful coastline, despite being relatively untouristed. Oman is one of best countries to visit for adventure and culture in a world of its own.
When – The months from October to April are the best time to visit Oman. Explore Oman itineraries.
Do not miss – The unbelievably beautiful, secluded white sand beaches in Tiwi.