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