Pack your bags! We’ve scoured the lists and consulted the experts to bring you the hottest of hot spots for 2014. Cultural, culinary, action-packed or “stop and flop,” this list has got you covered.
10. AUSTIN, TEXAS. With its unrivaled music and all embracing arts scene, Austin has emerged as one of America’s hippest cities. 2014 sees the opening of Whole Foods first ever health resort, and an eagerly awaited boutique offering from Mexico's hip Habita Hotel Group.
9. GREEK ISLANDS. An economically tough couple of years has resulted in fewer tourists and cheaper prices. A win win for those looking to explore the Ancient wonders or simply soak up the island vibes.
8. PARIS. The city of love has become even more alluring with its new riverside walkways and car-free zone on the west bank, and the completion of the Musee Picasso and the gold “flying carpet” roof in the courtyard of the Louvre's new Islamic Galleries.
7. NICARAGUA. Pristine beaches, sparkling lakes, towering volcanoes and lively markets, Nicaragua is one of the few places where it is still possible to travel on $20 a day.
6. SHANGHAI. There is an electric buzz about this city at the moment and the recent extension of its visa-free quota to 72 hours makes it the ideal stopover destination.
5. SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for 2014, cosmopolitan Adelaide has stepped out of the shadow of its eastern counterparts. Add the pristine beaches of Kangaroo Island and the world-famous Barossa wine region means it’s definitely time for our southern state to shine.
4. CAPE TOWN. This breathtakingly beautiful, long-time tourist draw takes on the title of World Design Capital in 2014. Some of the best works are featured in the townships and once grungy inner city areas.
3.CUBA. Possibly the best time to visit as the standard of accommodation has drastically improved, yet you can still enjoy the McDonald's & Starbucks free trappings of communism. 2014 also marks the 500th anniversary of the tiny city of Trinidad’s foundation with a series of fiestas and cultural events.
2. ISTANBUL. The largest city in Turkey has pulled off an impressive feat in Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Destinations 2014 report, leapfrogging 11 places from last year and knocking Paris off its perch.
1. BRAZIL. The eyes of the world will be fixed on Brazil for the upcoming World Cup, but we suggest bypassing the crowds and heading to the relatively unexplored north-eastern state of Alagoas where a succession of rustic-chic laid back beach Pousadas offer fabulous cuisine in pristine surrounds.
Photos: 1. Hidden Poudasas, Brazil 2. The 12 Apostles & Camps bay Cape Town 3. Trinidad, Cuba 4.Boulders Beach, Cape Town 5. Nicaragua 6. Samos, Greece 7..Istanbul Mosque 8.. Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, Barossa Valley, South Australia 9.Downtown Shanghai 10. Poolside at Hotel Saint Cecilia Austin, Texas