The Vacation Gals Top Travel Destinations for 2014

The Vacation Gals top travel destinations for 2014 is our first such list, but presumably not our last. After all, a short list of five recommended travel destinations leaves a lot of great places off the list. Nevertheless, five is a manageable number; wouldn’t it be fun to try to get to each of these places in one year? Considering how few vacations Americans are able to take each year, even one would be wonderful, actually. Travel expands our horizons both literally and figuratively — this year, The Vacation Gals hope everyone does their best to venture out to a new place in the world. New experiences make all of our lives richer and more meaningful.

The Vacation Gals Top Travel Destinations for 2014

One of The Vacation Gals top travel destinations for 2014 is Kauai. While it lacks the relative hustle and bustle of Oahu and the chic glam of much of Maui, it makes up for that in spades with its plethora of stunning, immersive outdoor adventure activities. In fact, that’s precisely why it’s so recommended. From snorkeling and scuba diving on the south side in Poipu, to catamaran sails and views of the Na Pali coastline in the west, to biking around Kapa’a on the east side, to rainforest hikes, horseback riding and paddle boarding on the north side in Hanalei Bay, Kauai has all of the old Hawaii nature and beauty with any modern travel convenience you may want as well.

Waimea Canyon Kauai (Jennifer Miner)

Berlin, Germany is the second of The Vacation Gals top travel destinations for 2014. West Berlin is leafy, green and well-established, while East Berlin is so ever-changing that its urban landscape seems to change every few years. Investigating the incredibly creative and avant-garde architecture (like Alexanderplatz) makes it clear that ever since the Berlin Wall came down, East Germans are emphatically making up for its stifling effects. Museum Island, the Reichstag and more provide so much in terms of cultural tourism, and a 1/2 day trip to Potsdam helps satisfy those wit ha yen for German countryside.

The Vacation Gals Top Travel Destinations for 2014

Another of the Vacation Gals top travel destination for 2014 should be obvious: Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 2014 World Cup will be there, of course, and hotels are already booking up. Problems persist regarding the stadiums being built; at last count, the five remaining venues are not ready for the World Cup yet. the World Cup is in June. Twelve stadiums in total will (hopefully) be ready for Brazil to host the World Cup. The biggest problem right now is the delay with building the Arena de Baixada, so anyone planning a Brazil trip in June may want to consider staying closer to a different stadium. But have faith, soccer fans; Brazil hosted the World Cup before, back in 1950.

Sao Manuel, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Jose Reynaldo da Fonseca)

The Vacation Gals fourth recommended travel destination for 2014 is Costa Rica. Being in Latin America, its beaches border two oceans — the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean — and in between is one of the most bucolic rain forested countries in the world. It’s also one of the happiest, with Pura Vida, and a friendly, peaceful culture. Ecotourism is the name of the game here; in fact, Costa Rica’s government has pledged to be the first carbon-neutral country and is aiming for 2021 to reach this status. Stay in an ecolodge, such as the Finca Luna Nueva near Arenal or the Luna Lodge in Corcovado National Park. Try zip-lining, snorkeling and scuba diving, hiking, and other outdoor activities in Costa Rica — it’s the perfect “first” Latin or South American country for travelers who have been henceforth wary about traveling outside of the United States.

Zip Lining Adventure The Vacation Gals top travel destinations 2014 (Jennifer Miner)

The fifth of The Vacation Gals top travel destination for 2014 is really exotic, so hold on to your hats…it’s…the United States of America!* And seriously, why not? Ours is a huge, huge country and a traveler could spend her life visiting different states and still not see everything that the United States has to offer. From the temperate rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, to the deserts of the American Southwest, from the greatest city in the world (New York City) to midwest cities and towns with small town charm, from the cowboy culture of Cheyenne to the hipster scenes in Brooklyn, Austin and Portland, a more geographically and culturally diverse country doesn’t exist. The Vacation Gals recommend exploring different regions of the United States this year. After all, you’re (probably) proud to be an American. Get out there and discover exactly what that means.

The Vacation Gals top travel destinations for 2014 list is hardly inclusive, since we narrowed it down to our top five recommendations.  Suffice it to say that all travel is good (unless you’re the doofus traveling to South Africa to shoot an endangered Black Rhino). Wherever you go this year, may your travels be exciting, boundary-stretching, and fun.

The Vacation Gals top travel destinations 2014 Los Angeles Sunrise (Jennifer Miner)

*Yeah, yeah, Kauai is part of the United States, we know. Let’s say this one means mainland USA. Better?

22 Responses to “The Vacation Gals Top Travel Destinations for 2014”

  1. 1

    Would love to go to Kauai but so far from England!!

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    Quyen says:

    I would love to go to Costa Rica this year! :)

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    Karisa says:

    Great list! I’ve been to 2/5 so far- Berlin and the US. I really want to get to Brazil though! :)

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    Kim-Marie says:

    I love that you added the US, my son lost a geography bee – he blamed it on me – he knew every international question – but missed the domestic ones!

    • 4.1
      Jennifer says:

      That made me smile, Kim-Marie; your son is already more geographically knowledgeable than lots of other young Americans.

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    Kim says:

    My husband and I took a dream trip to SW Utah last year…and then the national parks closed after our first day in the region. Even so, we had an amazing time. There was still plenty to see and do. Turns out Utah has some pretty wonderful state parks. Also, do not miss Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah. I had the best breakfast of my life there. It was simple, but delicious.

    In 2014, I’ll be basking in my memories of Utah, planning a 2015 cruise to Alaska with extended family, and likely visiting several colleges in the Midwest.

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      Jennifer Miner says:

      Kim, the National parks in Utah are amazing. Otherworldly, even.

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    I’m putting a huge emphasis on US travel these days, and the more of our glorious country I see, the less I feel the need to use my passport.

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      Jennifer Miner says:

      I know what you mean! Not that I’ll go a year without a stamp in my passport (for the time being) but one of my travel dreams is to spend a week at each US national Park. That’s like a lifetime of trips right there.

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    As a huggggge soccer fan (especially of the Spanish National Team and defending champs), I would love to make it Sao Paulo! I had a very short list this year, and just added a new destination when I gleefully found a ticket that was cheaper to Berlin – India!!

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    The USA is going to be my first port of call for 2014…. Hawaii in particular! After that I’m open to any inspiration that pops up.

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    i just want warm weather, to be honest. sick of -15!!! 😉

  10. 10

    Mr Gran Canaria Local briefly worked in San Francisco, so we’re well aware of the shortage of holidays for Americans. Great list, though, with one notable exception. How could you have missed off Gran Canaria?

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    Brazil: Yes! Such a beautiful country, and amazing people. For all of it’s many problems (and there are many), it still is a lovely place to experience.

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    Wow. I would love to see this whale watching at least once in my life. Thanks for sharing these info. Hope that I would get lucky to go and watch it myself.

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    What a great list — timely and smart. Berlin appeals to me. And so does the USA – particularly the parts I’ve never seen that do indeed seem exotic like . . . the Midwest. County fair? Count me in.

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    Wow, I never realized that West Berlin is leafy and green. Thanks for opening my eyes to a potential future travel destination!

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    Rod Austin says:

    The US? Travel to Montana, then! Often overlooked but amazingly colorful and picturesque.

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    Not a good idea to shoot rhinos… or elephants for that matter! Would love to travel to Montana… or Wyoming!

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    Great picks… Kauai is an absolute dream… funny how far away it seems once you get high into the Himalayas… Although, that being said, Nepal is a fantastic holiday location as well.

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    carryscott says:

    Great list of travel destination, from your list i love to visit Sao paulo from brazil. it’s totally different from other places and i really loves to visit that place in my traveling time.

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