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Where to go in 2014

If you’re looking for the hottest spots to go in 2014, cities which are buzzing and destinations that have it all, then check out our list of places to visit in 2014 that really need to be on your travel list. These places have it all going on this year, some are great emerging countries or some which may get looked over. So if you’re looking for an adventure make sure you visit some of these great places.

Russia – Sochi

RIAN_archive_166989_SochiThe 2014 Winter Olympic are being held in the Russian city of Sochi, which is currently gearing up for the event. Without the Olympics, Sochi is an interesting city to visit, during the summer it makes a lovely destination, sat on the Black Sea, with palm trees and flower gardens. (Despite the countries new laws regarding homosexuality).

It’s quite a grand city with some beautiful buildings and areas some redeveloped by Putin-era developers including boardwalk carnival rides, epic neoclassic buildings, and high-class nightclubs. A new high-speed rail line will take visitors from Sochi up into the Caucasus Mountains in 30 minutes where you can enjoy views of the region and in the winter the Olympics.

With the impending sports event, a number of new hotels such as Marriott and Swissotel have also popped up to house people before and during the games, making this a great holiday destination. There are also plenty of places to eat and drink here, with a number of wonderful traditional restaurants where you can enjoy Russian delicacies.

Visit during the winter sports season which runs from mid-December to March, for a summer break visit the seaside resorts from May to June or September to October avoiding the peak times.

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Scotland – Glasgow

GlasgowScotland is a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year, with a fantastic rich and diverse history, wonderful scenery and plenty of activities and yes during the summer months even some sun! This year the Common Wealth games are taking place in Glasgow, so it’s the place to be for sports fans, especially after the interest from the London Olympics.

Aside from the Common Wealth games, Glasgow is a culturally rich and vibrant city. A wealth of history to explore, some amazing architecture and fantastic shopping, it’s the perfect stop for a city break or as a starting off point if your exploring Scotland. Packed full of wonderful restaurants, bars and clubs you won’t be short of things to do here,

During 2014 the city is also hosting Homecoming Scotland 2014 which will include cultural, historic and gastronomic events. It will also be the destination for the MTV 2014 EMA’s at this Unesco City of Music making it a great year to visit this city. For sports fans you can also take a trip further afield to Gleneagles for the 2014 Ryder Cup which is being held there. And if that’s not enough to persuade you, how about just enjoying the stunning scenery of this country with a walking or cycling tour, just off Glasgow’s doorstep.

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South Africa – Cape Town

table MountainThis country has had a rough history put for the past few years of stability have really seen it turn itself round and become a fantastic holiday destination. You can enjoy relaxing beach holidays, cosmopolitan city breaks and exciting safaris. Cape Town one of the three capitals of South Africa has been elected World Design Capital 2014 as a country to watch for design innovation.

Cape Town itself has been given a new lease of life, perfect to understand its diverse cultural history and the struggles which the country has seen. It is also a cosmopolitan city with new shops, bars and restaurants attracting a younger affluent crowd. Enjoy a city break or beach break here, as Cape Town sits on the South Atlantic Ocean and benefits from great weather with the best times being April to July and October.

There is plenty to see and do in and around Cape Town, a must is Table Mountain Cable Car ride where you can enjoy wonderful views of Lion’s Head and the city. Also recommended is a day trip to Cape Peninsula and include Hout Bay and Seal Island as well as Cape of Good Hope reserve. If you want to add a few more days on to your break then you must visit Kruger National Park, see many animals in their natural habitat included many endangered animals.

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Australia – Northern Territory

UluruAustralia It’s a vast country to explore, you need so much more than one holiday to scratch the surface! Many people opt for New South Wales and Victoria for their trips, home to Sydney and Melbourne respectively. The Northern Territory, isn’t about cosmopolitan cities, instead you visit here to explore the immense landscape and have yourself a wonderful adventure holiday.

Here you can really get into the countries Aboriginal history and explore the culture which have come together here. The Capital of this region, Darwin is where you would head for a city break, right on the beach, you can enjoy great weather and a relaxing vibe. However it also has so much to see and do here as well. Festivals, outdoor markets and a number of fantastic museums.

Head out into the country side as such and you should make sure you visit World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park where you can explore the rainforest and Aboriginal rock art. Get a real feel for Australia and visit the famous outback town of Alice Springs. It’s known as the red heart as it’s close to the countries geographical centre and its amazing red landscape.

Winter months here goes from June to August and is generally mild, in the Northern Territories it will be dryer and sunnier here. December and February is summer, in the North, where the climate is generally hotter, it will be very hot here. If you’re looking to explore the winter months and before summer is the best time, so you can enjoy the beauty of this fabulous country.

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India – Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National ParkThe Ranthambore National Park is situated in Rajasthan, India. It is one of the largest national parks in Northern India and covers an area of around 151-square-miles. Originally this area served as the royal hunting ground for the maharajas of Jaipur which saw, many decades ago Prince Philip shoot a tiger here for sport, before it became a protected area and tiger reserve. The amazing scenery, dotted with temples and lakes plush lush vegetation and of course the wonderful wildlife make a must visit for nature enthusiasts.

Keep your eyes open for a whole host of wild animals in their habitat, including monkeys, leopards, wild boars, foxes, macaques, crocodiles, and birds. The main focus of Ranthambore National Park is the protection of its large tiger population. Although in the last few years there has been a decline in the tiger population due to poaching it’s the best place to catch so many in their own habitat.

There are a number of safari rides which you can enjoy and one of the best ways to explore the park and see the animals. The tigers are quite hard to spot, and with the park being so vast its recommended to take a couple safari rides to see the most of it you can. As well as seeing the animals you should also explore the Ranthambore Fort which was built in 10th-century. It is 700 feet above the surrounding plain and contains three red Karauli stone temples devoted to Ganesh, Shiva and Ramlalaji.

The best time of year to visit Ranthambore National Park is in March or April, when there is the best chance of spotting tigers. Plus temperatures are steady so you can really explore the area.

Image Courtesy of Ian Duffy

 

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