With the New Year, comes a whole new task of coming up with a fresh travel bucket list. Need some help?
To make your task easier, we give you 10 reasons why you should consider these 10 places when you plan your travel itinerary.
Reason: 50th year of Independence
Singapore will give you more reasons to party, shop and have a great family time, as she celebrates her golden jubilee in 2015. Gearing up for the golden jubilee, a host of attractions, swanky hotels and culinary joints are cropping up around the city.
While the Marina Bay gets a revamp, new attractions like the National Art Gallery and Singapore Sports Hub are lined up to give a new life to the city!
Reason: 800th anniversary of Magna Carta
If you are deciding upon a historical getaway, then Salisbury is the place to be as it celebrates the 800th anniversary of its most treasured document, the Magna Carta. The bedrock of English law, the Magna Carta will be on permanent display to visitors in a newly-conserved Chapter House in Salisbury Cathedral.
The year-long celebration will begin from 14 February 2015, an interactive exhibition will present the world’s best preserved original 1215 Magna Carta document in its historic context, telling the story of the struggle between King John and his barons. Objects from some of most important struggles for justice and freedom around the world will be on rotational display. Also, an international arts festival is lined up in from 22 May 2015 to 6 June 2015, and several heritage walks, theatre, dance and music festival will be held around the year.
3. Svalbard, Norway
Reason: Total solar eclipse in Svalbard
An event that only happens once in 400,000 – 500, 000 years, Svalbard, an archipelago between Norway and North-pole will witness a spectacular celestial event when lights will completely disappear for a couple of minutes during a total solar eclipse on 20 March, 2015. This event along with the stunning aurora borealis makes for a must-do trip to the Arctic Norway.
Light or no lights, we are sure you will get enough reasons to rush to this land of the midnight sun.
Reason: Cricket World Cup 2015
To catch all the action, for all Cricket buffs this is the place to be in 2015. From February 2015 to March 2015, the tournament will be held at different cities in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, Dunedin and Christchurch). Therefore, explore this beautiful continent as you cheer for your favourite team.
Reason: 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse, 650th anniversary of University of Vienna
Vienna does not give you one, but two reasons as to why it should be in your 2015 travel bucket list. One of the most famous streets of the world and the nucleus of the city will be turning 150, which will ring in a series of events around the year. The Ringstrasse has been the symbol of the city’s cultural, political, economic and social transformation and has shaped the city. During the celebration you will not only witness classic performances at the Vienna State Opera, but also sporting events like Vienna City Marathon, and the extravagant Life Ball.
Also, the University of Vienna associated with Sigmund Freud, Anton Buckner and 15 Nobel Prize winners will celebrate its 650th anniversary with guided tours of its arcades, chambers and library.
Reason: 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination
It is not only the seat of the most influential political power in the world, but also a haven of museums, monuments, zoo and research centres. April 15, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the day when the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford Theatre.
On this occasion, Washington DC will host several exhibitions revolving around the death of Abraham Lincoln. Artifacts like Mr Lincoln’s famous top hat, the pistol which shot the President amongst many others will on display.
7. Milan, Italy
Reason: World Expo 2015
Milan is the best place to be from 1 May 2015 to 31 October 2015, as the best from all over the world in terms of food, culture, art and music will be showcased during the Universal Exposition that is being held since mid-1800s in different parts of the world. The theme for the Expo 2015 is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life and will focus on food, sustainable development and global nutrition.
The fairground will be spread out over 1.1 million square metre like an ancient Roman city with a huge artificial lake surrounded by pavilions. With more than 140 countries participating, you can indulge in cooking shows, heritage walks, street music and dance and nighttime wine-tastings.
Reason: Rugby World Cup 2015
There is no better way to travel to England, than catching up on some major field battles and partying, shopping and sightseeing across the England. From September 2015 to October 2015, eleven cities including Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, will play host to one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Also, as part of the event, several tours have been organized for diehard Rugby fans to bring them closer to the game.
Reason: Newest member of Eurozone
Lithuania will take new step as of 1January 2015, as it will be the last Baltic nation to join the European common currency. This means, travelers will have easier access to electronic payments and ATMs, which will help tourists while visiting the country. Also, in order to mark the occasion, you can expect a number of public events and fanfare.
Reason: New Rail system, Casino boom and Longest Sea Bridge
You need no reason to visit the Las Vegas of the East. But if you really want some, let us tell you. 2015 is a great year for Macau as it will have a new rail system which will guarantee better connectivity between the peninsula and the island. Also, the year will see the occurrence of several world class hotels from major hospitality brands like Ritz Carlton and JW Marriot, and with it there will be more dazzling casinos which can surely compete the ones in Las Vegas!
Plus, reaching Macau will be a lot easier with the construction of the world’s longest sea bridge connecting Macau, Hong Kong and mainland China.
Hope we have convinced you enough to pack your bags! Happy Travelling!