Robert Schrader at the Lençóis Maranhenses in Brazil

15 Unique Places to Travel in 2015

I go to great lengths to avoid publishing what I call Typical Travel Bullshit™ on this site, which is why I hesitated about today’s post as I moseyed on over to the computer this morning. I mean, there’s not much else to be said RE: “The Best Places to Travel in 2015,” with literally everyone in the industry having weighed in already, from The New York Times, to Lonely Planet, to travel blogs so new Google hasn’t indexed them yet.

But, well, here we are.

While it would arrogant (and, likely, inaccurate) for me to say that the list I’m about to present you is “better” than the ones you’ve read so far, I haven’t seen many (any?) of the destinations on my list on many (any?) others.

Which of these unique destinations would you most like to visit in 2015?

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Kazbegi

Where it’s at: About two hours north of Tbilisi, Georgia (by bus)

Why you should visit: The hike to Gergeti Trinity Church, which sits in the shadows of Mt. Kazbeg, Europe’s second-highest peak

 
 
 

More info: ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the (Georgian) Sky

Nikko

Where it’s at: 90 minutes from Tokyo, Japan (by train)

Why you should visit: Nikko is just a short distance from ultra-modern Tokyo, but its vast collection of ancient temples set amid an imposing forest make it feel trapped in the distant past

 
 
 

More info: How to Time Travel from Tokyo

Lençóis Maranhenses

Where it’s at: 5-8 hours from São Luis, Brazil by bus/4×4

Why you should visit: See below

 
 
 

More info: The One Place You Have to See Before You Die

Palestine

Where it’s at: That’s a controversial question

Why you should visit: In spite of their difficult history and present situation, the Palestinian people are among the kindest and most gracious in all the world, to say nothing of the beauty of their land

 
 
 

More info: Postcards from Palestine

Anuradhapura

Where it’s at: About 5-6 hours from Colombo, Sri Lanka (by bus)

Why you should visit: Unlike many of Asia’s other ancient capitals, Anuradhapura is practically devoid of tourists – at least for now

 
 
 

More info: Sri Lanka’s Hot, Sacred Mess

Raja Ampat

Where it’s at: In the middle of fucking nowhere

Why you should visit: See below

 
 
 

More info: The Loneliest Paradise

Musanze

Where it’s at: About two hours north of Kigali, Rwanda (by bus)

Why you should visit: Most people come here to see mountain gorillas – and you should too – but the opportunity to become part of a local East African community is the true highlight

 
 
 

More info: A Home in the Heart of Gorilla Country

Brașov

Where it’s at: About 3-5 hours north of Bucharest, Romania (by train or bus)

Why you should visit: Although the importance of the Dracula legend is misunderstood by tourists and overplayed by certain locals, Brașov is the best place to discover Transylvania, even if you can’t be bothered with vampires

 
 
 

More info: Greetings from Transylvania!

Kawah Ijen

Where it’s at: About an hour from Banyuwangi, Indonesia (by motorbike)

Why you should visit: It’s a volcano that spews blue fire in the middle of the night

 
 
 

More info: The Dark Secret of Indonesia’s Blue-Fire Volcano

Valle del Cocora

Where it’s at: About two hours from Salento, Colombia (by collectivo)

Why you should visit: Buried in the heart of Colombia’s Coffee Triangle, this is one of South America’s most scenic and invigorating hikes

 
 
 

More info: Colombia’s Dreamlike Valle del Cocora

Gaspé Peninsula

Where it’s at: About one hour from Montréal, Québec by plane

Why you should visit: Lobster, seabirds and evergreen forests that go on forever, to name just a few reasons

 
 
 

More info: A Very “Bon” Adventure in Québec

Baku

Where it’s at: On the shores of the Caspian Sea, less than 4 hours by plane from most of Europe

Why you should visit: Although the capital of Azerbaijan bills itself as the next Dubai, this eclectic city evokes dozens of other iconic places around the world, particularly Paris

 
 
 

More info: The Most Expensive 36 Hours of My Life

Lapland

Where it’s at: About two hours north of Helsinki, Finland (by plane)

Why you should visit: You can buy land there for next to nothing

 
 
 

More info: You, Too, Can Own a Piece of Nowhere

Alausí

Where it’s at: Halfway between Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador (by train or bus)

Why you should visit: The Andes Mountains, namely the Nariz del Diablo, a.k.a the Devil’s nose

 
 
 

More info: Up the Devil’s Nose

The Texas Hill Country

Where it’s at: Just to the west of Austin or San Antonio, Texas

Why you should visit: I’m way too biased to answer this

 
 
 

More info: The Colors of Texas in Spring

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