New Year's places to get your travel on in 2014

Where to go next in 2014. A list of the destinations that will be trending next year. Photo: Greece is alluring any time/Taylor

CHARLOTTEDecember 29, 2013 – It won’t be long before the new year arrives with promises of bold new horizons for travelers. After the strains of “Auld Lang Syne” have faded into the distance and the last touchdown has been made, passionate globetrotters can begin looking for their next great adventure.

There is plenty to consider for a 2014 bucket list of travel so let’s dream together and explore some of the places to mark on your calendar.

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Christ the Redeemer, Rio/Rio Tourism

American football is still king in the United States, but soccer is slowly growing in popularity and Team USA is getting better.

Brazil has long been an international soccer powerhouse and the eyes of the world will turn in that direction when the FIFA World Cup gets underway in June.

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Rio, of course, has always captured the imagination with miles of white sand beaches plus the sexy Latin rhythms of the Samba and Carnival and the stunning beauty of its gumdrop mountains, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado.

Prices will be high and hotel space at a premium, but any sport that sends its followers into the out-of-body frenzy the way soccer does will easily overcome those hurdles.

One alternative for travelers wishing to savor the ambience of South America without the expense might be Peru. The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu have been a primary attraction for decades, but in recent years Cuzco hss made tremendous culinary strides that have now evolved into themed trips.


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Not so very far away, in approximately the same general region, Costa Rica will continue to be a favorite tourism destination.

Lush beauty of Central America/Taylor

 The natural beauty of the country where flora and fauna from North and South America converge is an unceasing source of intoxication for environmentalists and eco-tourism.

The capital of San Jose nestles in the middle of the country with lush jungles and rain forests to the west across the mountains toward the Pacific Ocean.

Costa Rica’s neighbor Panama also looks to be a popular gathering place, especially for cruise travelers wanting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world famous canal.


River cruising will be big/Vantage Travel

Speaking of cruises, this time the river variety, the once ugly stepsister of the glamorous ocean-going vessels is rapidly coming into its own. More and more ships are coming on line offering high quality amenities and exciting new ports.

One destination in particular to watch is Burma according to cruise expert Sue Bryant. Another destination just coming into its own is the Douro River Valley through Spain and Portugal.

River cruising has gained in popularity so much recently that it is not uncommon for ships to dock three abreast in some ports.

With Emerald Waterways entering the marketplace and Viking River Cruises undergoing a major expansion, the year 2014 has been declared the year of the river cruise.


Greece gets a nod because of its great value compared to some of its neighboring European destinations. Greece’s economic struggles are a travel magnet and the islands are always alluring, especially Mykonos and Santorini.

While the Myskonos/Santorini combo may have the reputation, the islands of Rhodes and Crete should not be missed while Kos and Corfu have more than enough charm to compete with their better known relatives.


Though difficult to define specifically, agritourism is growing in several places around the world. 

Typical market in Italy/Taylor

In Italy, agritourism has basically come to mean a farm stay where visitors assist local farmers with working their land.

Other agritourist programs may also include working with livestock, picking fruit or buying and selling farm products directly at the market.

Agritrousim is the latest niche tourism fad, but it is becoming increasingly fashionable in Australia, Canada, Italy, the Philippines and the United States.


Glasgow is the most surprising member of the list. Glasgow plays host to the Commonwealth Games at the end of July. Though the Olympic-style competitions are open only to countries from the British Commonwealth, 71 nations are qualified to participate. Because of that, Glasgow has undergone a major facelift that should bring it out of Edinburgh’s shadow into some measure of sunshine all its own.


omaha-beach, Normandy/Taylor:

Normandy, France which will pay tribute to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in June of 1944. 

Next year will be particularly significant because it will likely be the last major memorial to those events in which surviving participants can be personally honored during their lifetimes.

River cruises on the Seine are also expected to thrive due to the anniversary.

Whatever you choose to do and wherever you plan to go, it’s a sure bet that 2014 has plenty to whet any traveler’s appetite. 

Note: Visit Communities Normandy Regional Travel Guide for more information on traveling to and around Normandy

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About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

 His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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