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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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

John December 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

Ever since I first saw your incredible pictures and post about Lencois Maranhenses, I’ve been truly inspired to visit there one day. Now with this post I’ve got a few more interesting places to add to my travel wish list! And having recently been to Brasov, I can vouch for its awesomeness. Cheers!

Bethaney December 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Bravo. Finally an interesting list of places to visit in 2015!!! Now I want to know where YOU are going!!

Ashley December 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I love that this post was so unlike all of the other “where to travel in 2015” lists. These are definitely unique destinations, and I will be adding quite a few to my travel wishlist.

Carolyn December 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I can’t even pronounce the names of some of these places and I never even knew they existed, but they are beautiful especially that white sugar-sand beach. There’s so much beauty in this world.

Adventurous Miriam December 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Robert, I absolutely love your photos! You are such an inspiration x

Dan Thompson December 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Oh wow man, your list gets my vote. My bucket list just got a little bigger! Especially Lençóis Maranhenses, which I never knew exists… I’ve finally found a reason to go to Brazil!
Thanks for sharing!
Dan

Chanel | Cultural Xplorer December 29, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Again, I am amazed by your photographs. So beautiful…. thinking about popping over to Nikko when I go to Japan in a couple months; I want to roll around in those purple flowers when I (finally) visit Texas; I have yet to go to Canada (really sad since I live in NY), but when I do, I will be tearing that lobster up; and I have given consideration to the thought of buying land in Lapland several times… still considering it 😀

Robert Schrader December 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

😀 I am so excited for your Japan trip especially! You’ve been pumped about it for a long time.

Robert Schrader December 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

Thanks for reading! Please share 🙂

Robert Schrader December 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

Aw, thank you Miriam! That’s exactly what I aspire to be.

Robert Schrader December 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

It’s unreal, right?

Robert Schrader December 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

Excellent! exactly what I was going for 😉

Robert Schrader December 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

Well, so far I have China, Japan, Thailand and Switzerland confirmed…

Robert Schrader December 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

Cheers for reading! Hope you get to the Lençóis Maranhenses!

WorldWideVegetarian December 31, 2014 at 9:33 am

What a unique list. I have been very curious about Georgia and Azerbaijan, maybe 2015 is the year! Thanks for the advice, I need to save this list!

Robert Schrader January 2, 2015 at 7:18 am

Thanks for reading! Godspeed!

Robert January 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm

All I can say is “Wow!” Amazing photos Robert! For a world traveler, I don’t think I’ve seen too much after reading and viewing your journey’s! Well done! Safe travels in 2015!

Robert Schrader January 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

To you too! <3

Jerrenn January 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm

It’s indeed a great list. Brasov would be my favourite!

Looking forward to reading about your travels in 2015 🙂

Robert Schrader January 4, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Thanks Jerrenn! Looking forward to sharing.

Chris Tharp January 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Cool list.

Robert Schrader January 13, 2015 at 8:31 am

Thank you!

Sarah TravelCake January 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Lençois Maranhense has been my dream for years! I’m not sure it will be happening this year BUT I’ll definitely check out Valle de Cocora when I’m in Colombia next month! Great list, finally something different from the standard suggestions!

Robert Schrader January 20, 2015 at 7:51 am

Yes, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have fun in Colombia!

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Eduards Stucers March 6, 2015 at 10:38 am

Just got some ideas for upcoming search of exclusive destinations being not so crowded with tourists 🙂 Thanks, Rob! Hope we can cross our roads once.

Katrina of The Two Week Travel March 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

Awesome! I especially want to go to Azerbaijan.The more obscure the better!

LHalden March 7, 2015 at 9:32 pm

I don’t even have words for how much I love this.

Robert Schrader March 9, 2015 at 9:37 am

I count 11 😉

Robert Schrader March 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

It’s waiting for you!

Robert Schrader March 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

I hope so too! <3 <3 <3

Laura Chen April 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Just came back from Fairbanks, Alaska chasing Auroras and enjoying the healing powers of Chena Hot Springs. Was looking for Japan’s best Onsen and found your blog.
Thank you for sharing your experience at Takaragawa Onsen, Japan,.
You are an amazing blogger and how wonderful to be able to experience vicariously through your adventures.
Respect!

Robert Schrader April 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Respect back to you! Thanks so much for reading. Can’t wait to visit Alaska myself!

Martini Tahir May 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

I had been a solo-backpacker most of my life until the arrival of my son. He’s now 5 years old and has flown over the Pacific-O 5x. His training as my personal sherpa started early :p I’ve been searching for new destinations to prepare his “walkabout” (like the Australian Aborigines) when he is 15. Thank you for this amazing list. However, I cannot wait until he turns 15 to hit a few of these places on your list, Robert. So Raja Ampat will be our next destination en route our relocation to Borneo in August 2015. Cheers!!

Robert Schrader May 30, 2015 at 8:27 am

Cheers to you, Martini! Have fun!

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