I always look forward to the travel magazine’s list of ‘hot places’ for the new year. T+L released their top 50 destinations and some of my must-see’s were on the list. I’ve narrowed it down to my top 10 spots…
10. Nicaragua – Little Corn Island, a tiny island 9o km off the coast of Nicaragua is appealing to dive enthusiasts with access to the world’s 2nd largest coral reef. Lobster is plentiful and cheap!
9. Fez, Morocco – Move over Marrakech. Fez is quickly becoming the next hot destination in Morocco. One of the largest car-free urban spaces in the world, this historical city combines ancient traditions with trendy and hip.
8. Antigua, Guatemala – This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its Spanish Baroque buildings and colorful textiles. This year, The Weekender is launching group travel packages to this exciting destination! Stay tuned…
7. Louisville, KY – I’m having a Southern fixation at the moment so bourbon distilleries and comfort food sound very appealing.
6. Istanbul – Mosques, bazaars and Turkish baths. It’s a designer’s dream destination.
5. Tanzania – The Chem Chem Tarangire Lodge is close to the National Park with one of Africa’s largest elephant population. A safari is high on the bucket list and a luxe lodge experience looks like the way to do it.
4. Miami – One of the most vibrant cultural scenes in America, Miami is chock full of amazing food, art, beaches and people watching. I’m especially interested in visiting the glamorous Villa Vizcaya.
3. Western Ireland – Lush, green and rugged, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of Ireland’s most scenic driving routes on the western coast.
2. Palm Springs – Ace Hotel Pool Party Saturdays, a drag queen bar called Toucan’s Tiki Lounge and the birthplace of Trina Turk. Next trip, I’ll be sure to make a day trip to Joshua Tree and the Integratron for a sound bath.
1. Cuba – This Caribbean island has been making headlines as of late, but politics aside Cuba is one of the most interesting destinations in the world. Trapped in a time warp, its history and culture is absolutely fascinating. Visit Hemingway’s favorite haunts, sip on mojitos, wander the streets and most importantly, talk to the locals. Most of them have never experienced a life outside of their own.