The world is a pretty big place and choosing where to start your travels can be a pretty daunting task! Luckily the Epic Gap Year Team and our awesome array of blog ambassadors have done more than their fair share of globe trotting so we thought we’d pick their brains and ask which countries and destinations they recommend you travel to in 2015.
Hopefully it’ll give you a few starting points and help inspire you to check out some new countries this year!
“I only visited it of the first time late last year but I’ve already flown back in early January for a second trip! Friendly locals, beautiful secluded beaches, clear water and an amazing array of diving, freediving and surfing make it my ideal place to visit. Just make sure you check the weather though as monsoon/typhoon season vary from east to west!
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“If I was to recommend a destination from experience, I’d tell people to visit the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia in 2015. It’s small, secluded and stunning; as well as boasting some incredible diving and snorkelling spots!”
“Amazing street food, ridiculously friendly locals, pretty beaches, stunning scenery, and basically no tourists!”
“It’s changing rapidly, but is still a stunningly beautiful and diverse country. Wonderful people, good street food, amazing temples at Bagan, Inle Lake is stunning, loads of hiking in and around Kalaw. Infrastructure is much better than it was, but there’s still plenty of adventure as soon as you get off the main tourist trail.”
“Vast landscapes, plenty of adventures, massive hamburgers…an easy choice!”
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“Stunning beaches, great surf, and good food down in the Algarve, especially once you get away from touristy Lagos.”
“It’s like a whole different world, full of the cutest stuff ever! The place is filled with lots of tradition, great food and bustling cityscapes”
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Ally – Costa Rica
“This year I am thinking Costa ricaaaa. Sun, sick waves and awesome diving. Still relatively cheap and not yet as packed as Thailand or Bali. I am in!”
“I’m all about the major events and celebrations, which is why I am tipping Singapore as a country to travel to in 2015. This year it is Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, 50 years since it gained independence, and there are events happening every month, culminating in a massive face-meting celebration of fireworks on the 9th August.”
“It’s still not spoiled by tourists and combines the beauty of the beaches with an amazing wildlife including Leopards, Whales and Elephants, not to mention the cultural and Historical sites and its proximity with the Maldives.”
“Stunning jungle hikes, world class adventure activities, awesome ecotourism opportunities and the only place you can visit orang utan rehab centres! And you can still very easily find hidden, out of the way spots where there are no other travellers.”
What country would you add to the list? Feel free to share your top destinations and the reasons why!