Travel is back, and in a big way: according to a recentreport by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the tourism agency of the United Nations, international tourism hit a new record in 2014, with over 1.1 billion travelers traversing the globe. And although conventional wisdom says the world is getting smaller, the list of potential destinations for passionate travelers continues to grow. While a quick Google GOOGL -0.85%search reveals the list of recommendations is seemingly endless, I undauntedly present the three top places on my 2015 travel wish list. Though the selection process was relatively unscientific, there are a host of compelling reasons to visit each of them in the year ahead, not the least of which is that they remain largely undiscovered (relatively speaking)…but not for long.
Montenegro: Long overshadowed by Croatia, its captivating neighbor to the west, Montenegro is poised to become a world-class luxury travel destination thanks to its idyllic, 180-mile-plus coastline and rugged interior dotted with river canyons, glacial lakes and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the singularly spectacular Durmitor National Park. Already home to the stunning Aman Sveti Stefan resort, which hosted the wedding of Novak Djokovic in July, the Balkan country is luring other top-tier operators, including the esteemed One&Only chain, which will open its first European property in Kumbor on Tivat Bay in 2016. Meanwhile, on the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro, whose chief investor is Barrick Gold founder Peter Munk, is vying for the title of Europe’s leading marina, with berths up to 180 meters to accommodate superyachts; tax and duty-free fuel at a 45% discount versus countries within the EU is another incentive sure to lure uber-wealthy mariners.
In the second places is listed Nambija and third place Lithuania.