Start Packing: Fodor’s Travel Announces Go List Of 2015’s Top Destinations

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The experts at Fodor’s Travel recommend 25 places around the world to visit next year and offer travelers the chance to win $5,000 towards a 2015 trip

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“The Fodor’s editorial team is passionate about finding the latest up-and-coming hotspots and rediscovering classic destinations"

Fodor’s Travel, the leading name in travel guides for more than 75 years, today announced the fourth annual Fodor’s Go List. Throughout the past year the experts at Fodor’s Travel have logged over a million miles traveling across the globe, making their picks for the must-see places to visit in 2015. The highly-anticipated list spans six continents and includes destinations for every type of trip – from natural wonders in Iceland to stunning colonial cities in Vietnam.

“The Fodor’s editorial team is passionate about finding the latest up-and-coming hotspots and rediscovering classic destinations,” said Arabella Bowen, Editor in Chief of Fodor’s Travel. “Inspiring our readers to do the same is a key part of our mission and the recommendations on the Go List will get travelers dreaming about their next trip.”

This year, Fodor’s Travel is going even further to encourage travelers to get away by offering them the chance to win $5,000 towards a trip of their choice and personal planning advice from a Fodor’s Travel editor. The Fodor’s team prides themselves on how much they can fit into a suitcase—and they always make room for a guidebook. So they have packed a giant ice suitcase full of guides to the 2015 Go List destinations and are asking their readers to guess how many fit. Travelers can find the ice suitcase in Columbus Circle (59th Street & 8th Avenue) on December 16 and 17 and make their guess from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Those not in New York City can also enter online at http://www.fodors.com/TravelWithFodors.

HOW THE LIST IS CHOSEN
To select the 2015 Go List, the Fodor’s editorial team began with an initial list of dozens of global and domestic nominees, which they narrowed down to the top 25 places to go next year after much heated internal debate. The end result is a Go List that highlights travel destinations sure to suit every taste, trip length and budget.

A SELECTION OF THE FODOR’S 2015 100 GO LIST DESTINATIONS

  • Arctic: This trip is all about the bragging rights. Only 200 some ships have made the full journey through the fabled Northwest Passage since Roald Amundsen first explored the area in 1906, but with the region now ice-free for a few summer months, more ships are doing the trek every year. Abercrombie & Kent has chartered the Ponant ship Le Boréal for a cruise in 2015, and luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises will make the trek from Seward to New York City (stopping in Greenland on the way) in 2016.
  • Barbados: It’s a lot easier for East coast travelers to get to the island’s beautiful beaches – they now have two new nonstop-flight options. Delta will fly twice weekly between Bridgetown, Barbados, and both JFK, New York, and Hartsfield Jackson International, Atlanta. Sandals is unveiling a top-to-bottom renovation of its recently acquired property in St. Lawrence, on the beautiful southern coast. In addition to seven new gourmet restaurants, the resort will offer guests a deluxe spa and swim-up suites from the longest river pool in the Caribbean.
  • Hudson Valley & The Catskills, New York: New York State has more to offer travelers than just New York City, and the allure of the Hudson Valley and nearby Catskills Mountains have become impossible to ignore in recent years. Just a few hours north of the city, quaint towns like Hudson, Rhinebeck and Tarrytown have officially morphed into hip enclaves, with charming boutique stores, a blooming art scene (don’t miss Storm King and DIA: Beacon), and farm-to-table restaurants that give Brooklyn a run for its money thanks to the Culinary Institute of America. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Catskills and its skiing and hiking options while history buffs enjoy the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: The fact that super-athlete LeBron James has returned to his hometown to strut his stuff with the Cleveland Cavaliers isn’t the only reason to visit the Rock and Roll Capital of the World this year. With culinary kings like Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer, an orchestra rated one of the top five in the nation and a major new wing at The Cleveland Museum of Art, the second largest city in Ohio has long shed its industrial past. And now, it’s also home to the stunning Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the first U.S. design by prominent Iranian architect Farshid Moussavi.
  • Guadalupe Valley, Mexico: Visit before it is the next Napa Valley – for the past few years , wine experts, including Wine Enthusiast, who recently named the region one of the ten best wine destinations, have been calling Valle de Guadalupe the next Napa. Get there while it's still relatively undiscovered and experience winemaker Phil Gregory's wine cave made from recycled fishing boats, sample vintages from Mexican wine legend, Hugo D'Acosta and dine in the growing number of restaurants in the middle of farms.
  • Oman: This traditional Arab society spent the better part of the last century cloaked in seclusion while neighboring Dubai has shown little restraint with its massive overdevelopment. Oman has chosen to take the slow road - and it shows. Oman's stunning beaches, isolated deserts, rugged coastline and opulent spa hotels (Six Senses Zighy Bay and Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa to name a few) are drawing well-heeled international tourists in manageable numbers. And even the small demonstrations that took place here during the Arab uprising focused mainly on local issues while not directly rebelling against the country's leadership.
  • Paris, France: If you think you know Paris, think again. 2014 was a year of unprecedented change, underscored by a fresh, modern outlook. Starchitects added dazzling buildings, like Renzo Piano’s futuristic Fondation Jerome Seydoux-Pathe and Frank Gehry’s glass-clad Fondation Louis Vuitton, to the cityscape. Classics got a reboot, too: the Picasso Museum finally reopened after a fraught reno and the Pont des Arts fought off love locks with glass panels providing prime Seine views. Paris’s luxury hotels upped the ante when the Plaza Athenee unveiled its plush revamp the same weekend as the Peninsula Hotel debuted Paris’s priciest rooms.
  • Romania: Vampire hunters have long been drawn to Romania, where several astounding fortresses in the Transylvanian countryside are associated with the notorious Vlad the Impaler. But budget-minded travelers are discovering that this one of the most affordable destinations in Europe. Head to the brilliant blue Voronet Monastery, a medieval masterpiece called "the Sistine Chapel of the East," or take in the fanciful Peles Castle, a neo-Renaissance royal residence that ranks among the best on the continent. The countryside is surprisingly unspoiled, dotted with quaint villages where locals rent rooms in their homes and seal the deal with a shot of plum brandy.
  • Singapore: Singapore is celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2015 and preparations have been a long time in the making. Marina Bay is still buzzing with its iconic Marina Bay Sands resort and the futuristic Gardens by the Bay and its grove of “Supertrees.” Add to that a slew of chic hotel openings, a budding fashion scene, and this upcoming opening of the National Art Gallery and the Singapore Sports Hub, which will host the 28th Southeast Asian Games in 2015. All of this is in addition to everything that Singapore is renowned for: a spectacular food scene, grand heritage buildings, chaotic hawker centers and dazzling shopping malls.

View the complete Fodor’s Go List and destination guides to get started planning for 2015 at http://www.fodors.com/go-list-2015. To join the online conversation, use the Fodor’s Go List hashtag: #TravelwithFodors.

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