Now that the New Year is well underway, many of us will be considering our holiday destinations for the upcoming year. And with airfares continually getting cheaper, there’s no better time to treat yourself to a holiday in a never-before-visited location.
So with that in mind, here are some far-flung places that are definitely worth checking out.
If you fancy feeling like you’ve travelled into the future, then Tokyo should definitely be one of your prime destinations. Not only is it safe and clean with excellent transport links, but there is also a wonderful contrast between the hyper-futuristic metropolis and the other-worldly traditional pagodas that are dotted around.
April is often considered the best time of year to go as the cherry blossoms will be in bloom. But there are so many exotic sights to see, from the electronics district of Akihabara to the crazy street fashions of Harajuku, that you’ll never be bored!
Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa is really opening up as a travel destination. With its beautiful natural scenery, great climate and distinctive character, it’s become one of the leading tourism areas on the continent. And as Johannesburg is the most visited city in Africa, it’s naturally a great place to start when getting your bearings in this wonderful country.
Once you’ve taken in the nation’s tragic history with a visit to the highly informative Apartheid Museum, you’ll understand why this country has such a vibrant sense of optimism for the future. The fall of Apartheid has led to a much more liberal climate where deregulation on issues such as gambling has led to the dramatic rise of popular destinations such as Gold City’s legendary casino Gold Reef City and online gaming sites such as the mighty Springbok Casino, which is taking advantage of South Africa’s mobile boom by offering a safe and reliable way to gamble.
San Francisco, USA
Definitely one of the most picturesque cities in America, San Francisco is a must for any serious travel aficionado. Nestled on the beautiful San Francisco Bay with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the distance, it’s a deeply charismatic place.
Once you’ve gotten used to walking up and down the city’s many steep hills, you’ll discover a variety of chic and unique neighbourhoods from the old hippy hangout of Haight-Ashbury to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia.
Often overlooked in favour of some of the larger European cities such as Paris and London, Vienna can seem like one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
With the grand imperial architecture mixed with quaint, bohemian streets and many glorious examples of Art Nouveau architecture on display, it’s a real treat for anyone with a thirst for visual delights. Particular sights to see have to be the gold-roofed Secession building and the magnificent Belvedere Palace, home of the world-famous The Kiss painting by Gustav Klimt.
We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for booking your next great holiday. Let 2015 be the year of new destinations that awaken the senses.
This post is done in collaboration with Alex Saunders. All photos are from Wikipedia.