Rather than select a top 14 list for 2014, we thought we’d look at the year a little differently.
Let’s be honest – everywhere and anywhere is an awesome place to go for 2014, whether you get to know your hometown better, or end up halfway around the world. There’s no point in telling you where to go, so instead we thought we’d tell you where we want to go.
Some places are made even more awesome by what’s happening in them that year, so naturally, we want to be where all the action is.
Here’s where we wish we were going in 2014:
It’s one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2014, and there’s good reason for it. From its Creative Quarters to its charming Old Town, there’s a hell of a lot of culture front and centre in the Latvian capital. Tallinn has taken all the Baltic attention over the last few years, but this 2014 is going to be all about Riga. Time to shine!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Of course. As if Rio in a regular year isn’t awesome enough, this year it’s one of the host cities of World Cup 2014. As crazy as it’s going to be, we’d love to be in Rio when the whole world is watching, because you can bet the whole country is going to be putting on a show.
If you know us at all, you know that we really love Philly. It seems like 2014 just might be the year that Philly goes from being underrated to being fully recognised for just how awesome it really is. From Philly Beer Week to its iconic mural arts program (which turns 30 this year), there are plenty of reasons to visit Philly this year.
Burma is starting to gain traction as a tourist destination, and considering how popular Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos are, it’s only a matter of time before people who have seen those countries turn to Burma for their next adventure. Yangon is a truly fascinating city, and we want to explore it now, before it’s touched by too many global influences.
Finally, everyone’s realising how cool Taiwan is! Taipei is quickly becoming the latest ‘must-visit’ destination in Asia (alongside Yangon), and rightfully so. The food is fantastic, and the landscapes are dramatic, making Taipei a great transit destination for the rest of Asia, or an idea start to a Taiwanese island exploration.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The gateway to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a common stop on a tour of Southeast Asia, but this year we want to spend more time exploring the city, instead of spending all our time at Angkor. With loads of local events, like the Giant Puppet Parade in February and the Khmer New Year celebrations in April, there’s plenty of local culture to keep us entertained all year.
More often than not, people fly into Lima just to fly out to Cusco, and rarely do they spend time in the Peruvian capital. That, however, is a mistake. With two restaurants on the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (#14 and 50), Lima’s culinary scene is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Before hitting up Machu Picchu, we want to spend a couple days exploring Lima’s food in all its glory.
San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian is known for its food (with two restaurants in the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants Top Ten (!) one can hardly doubt that claim). But it’s also a truly beautiful place, filled with opportunities for hiking, swimming, and activities to help burn off the calories of all the irresistible pintxos. It’s a pretty ideal combination in our books – hoof it by day, devour it by night. Good plan.
This might sound a bit predictable, but bear with us. Berlin has been getting a lot of love lately, particularly because of its innovative, funky, creative scene, that’s pretty much open to anything and everything. Some wonderful stuff is coming out of Berlin, and it’s a treat just to explore and get sucked in by the street art, the cool vibes, and the hip boutiques. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and this November 9th, the former course of the wall will be illuminated with white balloons to commemorate the event. We wouldn’t miss that for the world.
Where do you wish you were going in 2014?