Top Ten destinations we are dreaming of visiting in 2015
Posted on 01 February 2015
It is that time of the year when we start to think about where we would like to travel too. We have compiled a list of ten destinations that the Lavender Hill Clothing team would love to visit. We hope you enjoy the list and would love to hear if you have visited countries!
1. Botswana: Bloom of the Southern Desert
From the wildlife of the Central Kalahari reserve—including antelope and the black-maned lions that hunt them—to the salt pans of Makgadikgadi and the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, Botswana holds some of the most spectacular vistas on Earth.
2. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
For a little bit of sun and surf:
Photo courtesy JTB Photos/Getty Images
3. Mexico City, Mexico
Why we want to go: The Virunga mountains, jutting like shards of dense emerald from Africa's central plain, are one of the world's great phenomena: volcano-born, ancient, now lush with an array of plants and wildlife as dazzling as any in Africa. Their most famous inhabitants are also their rarest: the mountain gorillas, critically endangered but also, in recent years, fiercely defended by conservationists. Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park offers one of a very few opportunities to encounter them in their native habitat. (It's also home to their nearly-as-rare evolutionary cousins, the golden monkeys.)
Why we should not wait to visit: Myanmar is like Southeast Asia's last frontier, where almost everything still feels undiscovered and off the beaten path after decades of military rule. But go now—luxury hotels are springing up in Yangon (the capital), and it probably won't be long before tourist hordes descend on temple-studded Bagan, making it feel (unfortunately) like another Angkor Wat in terms of the insane crowds. —John Wogan
Perfect for a weekend break: The Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago, but you can still see hints of the former East and West cities as you walk through the German capital. There are tasteful, well-thought-out museums about the Stasi, the Holocaust, and the city itself, but there's also plenty of light amid the darkness. By day, have coffee and cake in a cool, design-focused coffee shop like Westberlin; by night, check out a band or DJ set at iconic live music venue Lido and dance til the wee hours atBerghain, which is so cutting-edge that there are no phones allowed.—LM
7. Cape Town
A destination to look forward to in the Winter: Industry insiders are abuzz about this vibrant South African city, where striking mountainous scenery, gorgeous beaches, and the chance to get up close to amazing marine and wildlife now competes for travelers’ attention with an elevated shopping, dining, and nightlife scene. The V&A Waterfront is a must for exploring and taking a boat ride to visit Robben Island’s rich history; adventurers shouldn’t miss taking a cable car ride up the spectacular Table Mountain or driving a rented sidecar—our favorite way to view Cape Town.
For a little bit of dancing and colour:
9. Milford Sound, New Zealand
10. Japan and the Pursuit of Perfection
Japan ranks highly on so many global "great" lists. Home to one of the world's truly noble food cultures; some of the most distinctive natural beauty on earth; one of our most influential design traditions; world-class cultural centers in Tokyo and Kyoto; and even, believe it or not, some of the finest beaches in Asia—Japan belongs on any traveler's life list. Also on not to be missed are the bullet trains; temples and shrines at Asakusa Kannon, Kinkakuji, Meiji, and Kasuga Taisha; and of course a visit to Kyoto’s renowned geisha district, Gion.
We of course couldn't recommend any of these destinations without mentioning our favourite t-shirt to pack when travelling, for us at Lavender Hill Clothing who specialise in luxury basics we could not travel with out the classic boat neck tee. You can wear it back to front as it has two different necklines and it is the perfect item to pack if you have limited space in your bag.
The Boat: £32
p.s. Please note that we have had the help of Conde Nast Traveller to write the above article!