Wanderers-in-Residence Select Top 14 Destinations for 2014

Sacha Mlynek January 2, 2014 13

Our Wanderers in Residence have come together once again to put together their picks of travel destinations for 2014. Scroll through and get inspired to see some of this big beautiful planet of ours.

South Africa


A great base for exploring the southern region of the continent, South Africa offers a variety of experiences. Lap up the luxury of Cape Town’s celebrated wineries, camp under the stars on safari or explore the endless coastline of the Garden Route.

Sierra Leone


A destination that has begun to open its doors to tourism after years of war and strife, Sierra Leone has much on offer. The adventurous traveller will find a country with beaches, rainforests, and a citizenry looking to share its unique culture.



With the somber ten-year anniversary of the 1994 genocide on the horizon, a lot of travellers are turning their attention back to Rwanda. Enticing curiosities include gorilla-trekking excursions and a lush countryside that offers a contrast from neighbouring countries.

Southern India


India recently started offering visas upon arrival to travellers from the United States, Canada, and most of Western Europe. By removing this bureaucratic hurdle, the country is poised to become a much more attractive destination for travellers. With recent negative press primarily focused on the northern regions, more readers have indicated they are heading to the south.



Often overlooked, Guyana is the only English-speaking nation in South America and offers a culture similar to the Caribbean, as well as the rainforests of the Amazon basin.



With a new president (who makes music videos) and international accords on the books, the spotlight is shining upon Iran’s jewels of Islamic architecture and the heritage of the Persian Empire. Tourism is already up an estimated 35% over last year, and the government has announced plans to ease visa regulations, allowing visa upon arrival for many nationalities (including US citizens).



Reportedly one of the happiest places on Earth, Colombia continues its trend of positive transition. Mix together colonial towns, friendly people, sunny coastlines, a slice of the Amazon, and an increasing attention to the environment and you have a fine recipe for adventure travel.



From volcano hikes to colonial grandeur to Pacific surf – and all at budget prices – Nicaragua is fast becoming a hotspot for travellers in Central America.

The Balkans


With vast tracts of mountains, coastlines, and a fascinating “crossroads” culture, the Balkans are an appealing destination for those looking to go beyond Europe’s traditional destinations.



Combine a country that is over 90% mountains with nomadic culture, yurts, Soviet-era funkiness, close proximity to the Silk Road, and a strong community-based tourism network, and you have a winning combination for outdoor and adventure travel.



Heavy-hitting cities like St Petersburg and Moscow may come to a mind at first thought of this historical country, but more and more, off-the-beaten-path seekers are discovering that Russia is much more than a history lesson. Epic train rides through Siberia mix with spa treatments at Lake Baikal. Curiosity is especially piqued this year as Sochi is set to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.



With prices expected to increase and the government adding new policies and tourism marketing tactics, Bhutan will see an increase in visitors in the upcoming year. Gross National Happiness for everyone!



Reputed as a party destination for Australians and New Zealanders, Indonesia is much more than just the island of Bali. Travellers are aware of the cultural nuances between the many islands and are eager to get there in order to see it all with their own eyes.



With the 2014 FIFA World Cup set to take place in Brazil, the country is well-positioned to welcome throngs of travellers to its already energetic pace of life.


  1. Bryanna Plog January 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Excited to see Colombia on this list! I highly recommend it any and all (if you need more inspiration check out my book and website on Colombia at bryannaplog.com).

    And for a source on their happiness: Ranked #1 in 2012 by a WIN-Gallup Poll (http://www.wingia.com/web/files/news/38/file/38.pdf on page 22), and #3 in the Happy Planet Index (http://www.happyplanetindex.org/data/).

  2. Sankara Subramanian C January 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Great list! Iran and Bhutan are really beautiful. Fantastic photos. Happy travels to all in 2014.

  3. Kara Brandt January 4, 2014 at 12:47 am - Reply

    It’s so thrilling to see the list for 2014. The places are so great and I’d love to visit some of them too. On my bucket list are Bhutan, Indonesia And Brazil.

  4. Ivana January 5, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Wonderful destination. I sincerely believe the next year will brings us all to a few of them!!

  5. Andrew Jones January 5, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I would add Sri Lanka and the Philippines to the List.

  6. rita rayman January 7, 2014 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Very excited to see RWANDA on your list. One of the most breath-takingly beautiful, clean, safe and least corrupt countries in all of Africa. It’s home to most of the world’s only mountain gorillas, and the golden monkeys. BTW, it is the 20th anniversary of the genocide this year.
    I would also add SRI LANKA, with it’s incredibly magnificent, diverse topography.
    And what about CHILE, LAOS, NAMIBIA and BORNEO?
    The Earth is truly awesome!

  7. farshad January 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Iran is a beautiful country

  8. Brian January 8, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Prices going up in Bhutan? It’s already one of the most expensive places to travel.

  9. Ron January 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I agree, all good places to visit. I just visited Iran after I came across this site: http://www.adayinlife.org/

  10. aram January 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    beside Iranian Islamic architecture tourists will find nice carpets ,delicious foods , Iranian hospitality and a variety of geographical and historical site to see. I recommend that.

  11. Carl Chau January 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Bhutan & Indonesia will be my choices for year 2014

  12. a.r.saebi January 13, 2014 at 4:45 am - Reply

    bushher’s Iran is a beautiful country

  13. Nandini January 17, 2014 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Indonesia definitely recommended for you to visit!

    Party goers – Bali and Lombok
    Diving Addict – West Papua, Raja Ampat, Togean Island


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