There may still be more than a month left in 2013, but it is never too early to start looking ahead to our travels for next year. With that in mind, National Geographic Traveler has announced their selection for the best trips of 2014, giving us a list of wild, scenic and culturally diverse locations that are sure to amaze and delight any traveler.
All told, there are 21 destinations that have earned a spot on Nat Geo’s list for next year, 20 of which come from the editors with one “People’s Choice” winner. These places range from famous cities that are known for their cultural and historical significance, to remote locations that will appeal to the more adventurous travelers. Suggested activities include hiking through jungles, visiting an Olympic ski resort, touring ancient churches in South America and soaking up the architecture in Eastern Europe, amongst numerous others.
If you’re starting to plan your own getaways for next year, some of the places that Traveler recommends include Alentejo, Portugal, which entices visitors to step back in time with its more relaxed pace. New Orleans gets a nod for its unique blend of music, food and culture, while Puglia, Italy is known for its vineyards and castles. Those looking for a more active, adventurous escape are instructed to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda or on walkabout in Australia’s Northern Territory. And for the traveler looking to truly get away from it all, Nat Geo recommeinds dropping by Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
National Geographic’s list is incredibly comprehensive, offering something for just about any type of traveler. So, whether you’re looking for the adventure of a lifetime or a peaceful and quiet escape from the routine, you’re sure to find something that meets your needs. To read the complete list, and to start planning your next trip, click here.