With the turning of the new year brings the opportunity to reflect on travels past and focus on what the future holds. 2015 is already proving to be an exciting year with the promise of art, adventure and summer fun. Cities across the world are readying themselves for year long celebrations of culture and are proudly boasting their unique qualities for the community of travelers who will be seeking experiences that can only be found only in exploration. From Europe to Australia and everywhere in between, the world over seems to be offering intimate details of culture, exports and the communities that bind them together.
If you have ever wanted to travel to Belgium, this is certainly the year to do it. Quietly tucked away in the hills sits Mons, a little known town with quaint cobblestone roads and an enthusiasm for artistic culture that has them named Capital of Culture in 2015 by the European Union. In addition to hosting a large display of Van Gogh this year, the city plans to open five new museums by April, and will have artistic displays ranging from the contemporary arts to photography displays, stunning street performances and quaint little shops.
Image yourself on winding roads through rolling hills, covered with vineyards that hold only the richest grapes, destined to become most coveted and expensive wines in the world. The only place where true champagne comes to life, in 2015, the town, along it’s expansive amount of cellars, vineyards and champagne houses, will be admitted into the World Heritage List of Cultural Treasures. From private tours and tastings to the best known names in Champagne, this small town destination promises to extend the experience of a lifetime.
Coober Pedy, Australia
Another previously hidden travel destination is a town named Coober Pedy, the opal capital of the world and a place where a majority of the city is underground. This year they are celebrating their Centenary, a cause for celebration, parties, dancing and festivals. Should you find yourself in Australia this year, make Coober Pedy a stop, pick up some inexpensive gems and join in the fun.
With all the traveling you will be doing this year, take a break in the sun and enjoy the Caribbean with culture. Celebrating 500 years, Santiago promises to throw festivals and parties that you won’t soon forget. Nearly every month will be occupied with festivities, and with the city gearing up for the fiestas, you might as well enjoy the plentiful food and the beautiful culture that will be celebrated the whole year round.
There can’t be recognition of culture and creativity celebrated in 2015 without shedding light on the Universal Expo that will be hosted in Milan this year. The theme is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, and will be showcasing culture, innovation, technology and tradition. Ongoing from the beginning of May until the end of October, Milan will open their doors to thousands of people from all over the world, an experience you certainly don’t want to miss out on.
Whether you decide to travel abroad or stay in your own home country this year, there is a bit of culture and tradition being displayed wherever your feet may guide you. With the new year comes new opportunities that may never be open to you again. Seize the day and fly away to all the places you never thought you’d be. Safe travels and a happy new year!