The end of the year is a very eventful time with holidays, winter breaks, shopping, baking and more. It is also a time when people start to look back at the past year and forward to the upcoming one. The travel world is no different, with all the major publications, such as Lonely Planet, coming out with their list of the top destinations for the following year.
The following is our shortlist of the best destinations for adventure travel in 2014, chosen from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2014 list.
Lonely Planet has named Brazil as the top tourist destination for 2014, at least in part because it will be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In order to get ready for the event, as well as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the country is upgrading its infrastructure, which is good news for travellers.
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Summer 2014 will be remembered as the Summer of Scotland. Not only are there numerous annual festivals that take place in Edinburgh, Scotland will also be hosting the XX Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup. Similar to Brazil, travellers will benefit from the multi-million-pound facelift that accompanies major events like these, helping the country to be listed as one of the top tourist destinations for 2014.
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There has been a lot of talk recently about adventure travel in India, and the prognosis is that the focus will only get stronger. Add to that a weak rupee, and India is not only more appealing to adventurers, it is also more affordable than ever before. That may be why Lonely Planet included India in its list of the best value travel destinations for 2014.
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We have known for the past couple of years that Nicaragua is on the cusp of being discovered, and 2014 may just be that time. One of the best value travel destinations for 2014, Nicaragua is what Costa Rica was 20 years ago. If you are looking for unbridled adventure, Nicaragua is what you are looking for.
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Greece has had a tough few years, which is bad news for a country that relies on tourists. With fewer visitors and prices down in order to try and woo back said travellers, it is no wonder why Greece made Lonely Planet’s list of best value travel destinations for 2014.
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Considered one of the best honeymoon destinations for 2014, the Cappadocia region in Turkey is a magical landscape dominated by the sight of fairy chimneys that needs to be shared. The best way to enjoy the sight with your loved is one from a hot air balloon, riding over the aptly named Love Valley.
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One of Lonely Planet’s best family travel destinations for 2014, Belize has a smorgasbord of adventure that appeals to both the young and old. There are beaches to enjoy, jungles to ride horses through, sink holes to rappel down, barrier reefs to snorkel, Maya ruins to discover, wildlife to observe, caves to explore and more. If you get bored in Belize, then there is not hope for you at all.
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Cuba’s tiny Trinidad, designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site, was listed as one of the top 10 cities to travel to in 2014. With 2014 being the 500th anniversary of the city’s founding, expect fiestas and cultural events galore. Of course, if you are going to Cuba, it only makes sense to explore more of the intriguing country, especially by bicycle.
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What is on your list for 2014?