I have just come across a list of best places to visit on youtube. It got hundreds of thousands of views and, of course, it consisted of all the mercilessly repeated in media, year after year, the same destinations. You won't be surprised that the places included were Bangkok, Rome, London, Singapore, New York, Rio de Janeiro and of course the winner - Paris!
What's surprising to me is that people follow the media so blindly that they don't even think of trying something else, discovering the world themselves, leaving the comfort zone and dive into the unknown. So I decided to prepare a completely new and different list of the alternative Best countries to visit in 2015. You won't find Paris, Spain or New York on it. Some of the places may seem controversial to you, the others - you might not even heard their names before.
What if I told you that if you visit Europe, instead of Paris, London,Rome or Barcelona you should head for the Balkans? With the exception of Dubrovnik, all other towns, cities and the coast seem more quiet and authentic that their famous European counterparts. Albania has the most beautifully clear riviera with white sand and wild beaches, fairy tale-like lakes and towns and zero tourist groups flooding the area. Bosnia's Mostar is one of the most picturesque towns with unreal, green river (some of the other cities dye their rivers green for St. Patrick's day - Mostar has it naturally all year round!).
If you want something different, instead of the south head north and see how amazing the nature is in Ireland or Iceland. Green pastures,dramatic coastline and some beautiful beaches with clear waters are the best in the summer.You might be surprised how exotic Ireland looks in spite of its location so far north. You can see palm trees,rhododendrons and other quite unique for this latitude flora. Contrary what it is shown in the media, Ireland in the summer is full of colors and life.
Iceland is a different story - volcanic rocks, geysers, northern lights, glaciers, breathtaking waterfalls, milky waters of the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal springs - I guess there's no need to add anything more.
If you are looking for something more exotic - first thing that comes to mind is of course Thailand! I have been there and it's my least favorite country that lost its authenticity completely due to the numbers of western tourists, not too mention the people involved in the tourism industry that will scam you every day. Try Lakshadweep Islands, North of Brazil (yes, there's so much more to Brazil than Rio!) or Turkmenistan. I bet you'll see things you'll never ever forget.
If you want to visit a place that is completely skipped by tourists - try Caucasus. One of my favorite places on Earth. Breathtaking landscapes, a few climate zones that literally change while you drive,beautiful coast, ancient history, monuments, monasteries and temples carved out of rock and unique, both traditional and modern architecture illuminated at night. I have no words to describe how wonderful the region is!
So, if you need advice on where to go and you'd like to try something different, see the whole list on my blog http://www.adventurous-travels.com
You will also find lots of information and my personal opinions about all the places. And if you want to contact me, don't hesitate! Fill in the contact form on the blog and I'll get back to you to answer any questions you might have.