Our specialists' favourite destinations for 2015
Are you planning your next trip but need some recommendations? Be inspired by some of our specialists' favourites for 2015...
Accounting for around a third of the landmass of Chile and Argentina, Patagonia encompasses some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes. Prepare for snow-capped volcanoes overlooking crystal clear waters, icy fjords, granite peaks and creaking glaciers.
Vibrant cities, calming backwaters, sumptuous cuisine, majestic wildlife – India’s diversity makes it one of the most exciting places to travel to. There is so much to see that many travellers choose to go back to India time and time again. First-time visitors shouldn’t miss the Taj Mahal, spotting tigers in Ranthambhore National Park and exploring the cities of Old Delhi and Jaipur, but should also step off the beaten track in rural Rajasthan or Kerala.
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You cannot help but fall in love with Thailand. The stunning islands of the south, the country’s frenetic capital Bangkok, abundant temples, lush national parks – the list goes on and, for a country that is well-known to travellers, it still has the ability to surprise. Add to this delicious Thai cuisine and warm, welcoming people and you have quite a combination.
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Leopard relaxing in the Selous
If you're looking for a classic safari and beach combination – there really is no better place than Tanzania. We love the quieter Selous Game Reserve – the wildlife is abundant but the number of safari vehicles is not. The stunning spice island of Zanzibar is the perfect place to relax afterwards.
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Egypt’s pyramids are unquestionably amongst the world’s greatest ancient monuments. Beyond the pyramids there’s so much more: the layers of history in Cairo, the Karnak Temple – one of the largest ancient religious complexes in the world and the incredible Valley of the Kings – the location of the pharaohs’ tombs.
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Sunrise from Gurung Lodge, Annapurna, Nepal
With the Himalayas forming its backbone, Nepal arguably offers the best mountain scenery in the world. You don’t have to be a seasoned climber to get the most out of this beautiful region – one of our favourite ways to take in the spectacular vistas is on a scenic flight in the early morning when the skies are at their clearest.
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The Great Barrier Reef
Australia is so vast that it can be confusing to know where to begin. If you're a first-time visitor, we think the Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and finding out more about Aboriginal culture are not to be missed. There’s plenty more to explore on return visits.
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Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an, China
The Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, the Forbidden City – some of the world’s most specular sights can be found in China. Its appeal goes beyond the architectural marvels; Longji’s glimmering rice terraces, and Yangshuo’s limestone karst scenery are simply breathtaking.
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