Trip Advisor compile reviews for the various destinations to come up with the Traveler's Choice Award. This award is as real and unbiased as it gets because it is strictly based on user reviews, so when users bad reviews of a destination, you'll see it go down or even leave the list. I'll give you a really practical example, I decided to include a 3 night Istanbul stop over in my summer holiday mostly because it had the number one spot in 2014 awards so I figured I had to see things for myself, I'd been to Istanbul a few year back but it didn't wow me that much I wanted to see how things had improved. Things indeed had improved but I didn't quite like the traffic plus I had a nasty encounter with a taxi driver(if you find yourself in Istanbul, be very careful with the taxi drivers, they're thieves and scam artists and will easily gang up against you) which I later learnt a number of folks experience the same thing. You'd imagine the first country I checked out when the 2015 list came out....I wasn't totally disappointed as Istanbul had dropped to the 3rd spot, I would've preferred a double digit spot.So without further ado, here are the top 25 destinations for 2015.....Enjoy
#25 Destination(Lost 3 spots): Sydney#24 Destination(Lost 7 spots): Dubai#23 Destination(New): Hong Kong#22 Destination(New): Queenstown#21 Destination: Budapest#20 Destination: Athens#19 Destination(New): Kathmandu#18 Destination(Gained 2 spots): Bangkok#17 Destination(Lost one spot): St. Petersburg#16 Destination(New): Cusco#15 Destination(New): Ubud#14 Destination(New): Goreme#13 Destination(Gained 2 spots): Barcelona#12 Destination(New): Zermatt#11 Destination(Gained 1 spot): New York City#10 Destination(Gained 9 spots): Cape Town#9 Destination(Lost 2 spots): Paris#8 Destination(Gained 6 spots): Buenos Aires#7 Destination(Lost 5 spots): Rome#6 Destination(Lost 3 spots): London#5 Destination(Retained Spot): Prague#4 Destination(Gained 4 spots): Hanoi#3 Destination(Lost 2 spots): Istanbul#2 Destination(Gained 7 Spots): Siem Reap#1 Destination(Gained 5 Spots): Marrakech
Every year Trip Advisor compiles the top twenty five destinations based on the reviews gathered from their site, now this is actual user reviews so no mago-mago, no wayo. This is the 6th edition of it.They practically slice and dice user reviews and ratings over 12 months into lists of its most highly recommended global and regional destinations.
The Traveller's Choice awards recognize top travel spots globally based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travellers’ favourites and spots that are frequently rated high. Without no further ado, find below the top 25 holiday spots for 2014... It's time to plan a vacation!
25. San Francisco - California - USA(Lost 18 Spots)
Each neighborhood in San Francisco has its own unique personality. The Marina district has trendy bistros and picture perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Noe Valley on the other hand offers classy and quiet boutiques. Say hello to the sea lions located at Pier 39, and try out local cheese and charcuterie around the Ferry Building.
24. Chiang Mai - Thailand (Retained Ranking)
You could spend your entire Chiang Mai excursion trying out the renowned Night Bazaar. Once you've finished the game of cheerful haggle, there's a whole lot more to explore. The Botanic Garden and National Museum are awesome spots to douse up some local culture and inhale the fragile fragrance of Thai orchids. The downtown area has remnants of ancient wall of over 30 temples.
23. Lisbon - Portugal (New)
The rich culture and history of the Portuguese capital cit is celebrated by the museums of Lisbon. The Maritime Museum is ideal for children (and adults to!) who love all things nautical.The Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves is a shrouded jewel of beautiful fine art. To completely appreciate the city's stone architecture that is dramatic, you can take a guided tour,be sure to visit Padrao dos Descobrimentos, the UNESCO World Heritage site the Torre de Bele and the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
22. Sydney - Australia (Lost 12 Spots)
Sydney offers a lot of contemporary and historical Australian flavor. The superb Sydney Opera House resembles an awesome origami sailboat, skimming gently in a harbor. Stroll through the limited cobblestone lanes of The Rocks and afterward watch some street performance on the Circular Quay before proceeding to the Museum of Contemporary Art. You can wrap it all up by soaking in epic views from the Sydney Tower Eye observatory are epic – You can seize the opportunity to learn about the city layout from high above
21. Budapest - Hungary (New)
Over 57 Million liters of water bubble into Budapest's 118 springs & boreholes. This city of spas offer a dumbfounding array of baths, from the shimmering Gellert Baths to Rudas Spa to the limitless 1913 neo-baroque Szechenyi Spa.Get your camera prepared for the Roman ruins at the Aquincum Museum, Statue Park and Heroes' Square and also the 300-foot St. Stephens's arch
20. Bangkok - Thailand (Lost 7 Spots)
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, it's like a magical fairy land characterized by its floating markets and majestic porcelain laid spires. This city is divided into 50 unique districts with each one offering interesting activities. From the reclining Buddha temple of Wat Pho through Siam Square popular for premium shopping to Dusit that is characterized by its European style Gardens.
19. Cape Town - South Africa (Lost 3 Spots)
Cape Town shines at the southern toe of Africa. "The Mother City@ as it's fondly called offers sweeping sea views, wild life encounters, wine tasting, shark cage diving and plenty of historic sites including Robben Island that houses Nelson Mandela's 27 year jail cell.
18. Chicago, Illinois - USA (Lost 4 Spots)
Chicago has lots of museums and theaters which guarantee a rich cultural experience. The city theater is sure to yield lots of laugh in this windy city that is also characterized by fine dinning, modern art, cutting edge comdy and die hard sports fans.
17. Dubai - United Arab Emirates (New)
Dubai is one of the most eccentric cities of the middle east and the world, it's futuristic cityscape is breath taking when you're descending into the city, towers above the Arabian desert. This is city bags a lot of records from the tallest building (Burj Khalifa), through the biggest man made palm island (the palm Jumeirah), the biggest dancing fountain to the biggest natural flower garden Called the miracle garden.
16. St. Petersburg - Russia (Gained 4 Spots)
St. Petersburg is both the country’s cultural heart and second largest city. Peruse globally renowned art collection of the hermitage at the Kazan Cathedral and the Winter Palace.This city offers lof of fine dinning, art and nightlife for all and particularly return visitors.
15. Barcelona - Spain (Lost 10 Spots)
Take a walk down Las Ramblas or experience the FC Barcelona trophy laden stadium or soak in the biggest collection of Pablo Picasso's work or have some delicious paella with the full view of the La Sagrada Famigliaor just lounge by the lovely beaches, Barcelona just offers the right mix of Art,History,Sports, fine dinning and some Tapas.
14. Buenos Aires - Argentina (Jumped 4 Spots)
Tango was born in this city, seductive,bustling and captivating are some of the adjectives that rightly describes Buenos Aires just the the Tango dance itself. The city has lots of neighborhoods that offer thumping night life, romantic restaurants and history.Teatro Colon still impresses as much as it did in the 1908 era. This is the shopping capital of latin America and offer premium retails therapy along its wide and grand boulevards.
13. Florence - Italy (Lost 5 Spots)
Florence is full of art and history. Folks that are interested in photography can take lovely pictures of Ponte Vecchio bridge while shopaholics can wander Piazza Santo Santo for the best bargains. You can wrap the day up with the tuscan cuisine which will transport you to your happiest place instantly.
12. New York - USA (Lost 10 Spots)
A visit to the big apple will expose you to an energetic and restless city with sports, history, culture, restaurant and shopping in abundance. A visit to some of it's well known monuments like the Statue of Liberty, Empire state building, Metropolitan Museum of Arts and the Yankee stadium will give you a really taste of this city that never sleeps.
11. Berlin - Germany (Retained Ranking)
Berlin is a city on the edge, from it's architecture to it's fashion and tense political history. The Berlin Wall is a mellow reminder of the super charged post war atmosphere, The graffiti covering the remnant of the was is an indication of the progress they have made.
10. Shanghai - China (Gained 12 Spots)
Shanghai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in China and the largest too. It gives vacationers the unique opportunity to experience the future, present and past all at the same time. The Huangpu River divides the city into two districts namely Puxi and Pudong. being the old and new sides respectively.
9. Siem Reap - Cambodia (Gained 14 Spots)
This city is home to the ancient structures that form one of the biggest religious complexes in the world. The complex coupled with the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are some of them tourist attractions in this historic city. You can play some haggling games at the Angkor market.
8. Hanoi - Vietnam (New)
This capital city of Vietnam is charming. The city has aged well and has been able to properly preserve the monuments, colonial architecture and old quarter while providing for modern developments too.This city has more than 600 temples and pagodas which immensely contributes to the city's appeal.
7. Paris - France (Lost 6 Spots)
Romance, Deserts, Fashion, Wine, Perfumes , arts and history are some of the things this lovely town is reputed for. Awaken your soul by taking a trip to the Notre Dame or hunt for a bargain the Marche aux Puces De Montreuil. Blow of some steam at the end of the day with some risque entertainment at the Moulin Rougue.
6. Marrakech - Morocco (Lost 13 Spots)
Nicknamed the The “Red City”, Marrakesh is a magical place, full of palaces, mosques and gardens. Take in the beauty of the city by visiting of the the historic mosques or try out some of it's cuisine which is influenced by their french colonials.
5.Prague - Czech Republic (Gained 5 Spots)
Prague offers a bohemian allure which makes it a great destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to insert themselves in culture. Prague’s best bars are in cellars, these historic pubs set the scene for a great night of traditional tippling.
4. Beijing - China (Ganed 17 Spots)
Beijing offers a wealth of history, including ancient (Summer Palace, the Hall of Preserving Harmony, Forbidden City) and modern (Tiananmen Square, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall). Word for the wies, go for the Dirt MArket instead of the touristy Silk Market.
3. London - England (Retaind Position)
Buckingham Palace, The crown jewels, Camden Market… London fuses history with with art, food,fashion, food and good old British ale. The shopping is the mist appealing for the average Nigerian, so just head over to Oxford street and seek out the best bargains.
2. Rome - Italy (Gained 2 Spots)
The Ancient city Rome can’t be toured in one day. There's just so much to do From the Trevi Fountain where you can drop a coin and make a love wish through the Colosseum to the Pantheon. At the end of the day fuel up with a a plate of fresh pasta with some succulent fried artichokes and numerous other great meal...yes it is not just the art lovers and historians, the food lovers will love Rome too.
1. Istanbul - Turkey (Gained 11 Spots)
Europe meets Asia in Istanbul, This is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe and offers great shopping options courtesy of its extensively developed manufacturing sector.Several mosques,hammams (Turkish Bath) and Bazaars can keep you quite occupied. Don't miss out the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) which is visible from several points in the city. Did I mention that they make some of the best Sharwama or Donner as they call it?