For 2015, Quotient has handpicked destinations beyond the trodden territories, hoping to inspire travellers to see the world from a different perspective. Get a concise introduction of our 26 recommendations here, or read the full A-Z feature.
Altai Mountains, Mongolia: Experience the nomadic way of life in yurts and don’t miss the Golden Eagle Festival in October.
Baku, Azerbaijan: The city teems with swanky new buildings such as the Heydar Aliyev Center designed by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid.
Community-based ecotourism in Chambok, Cambodia: A slice of rural heaven of authentic villages, home-cooked Cambodian fare, natural sights and more than 300 species of birds.
Dark Sky Parks: Admire rare displays of the Northern Lights and the Milky Way at Ireland’s Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve and Germany’s Westhavelland International Dark Sky Reserve.
Einstein: Don’t miss out on Bern’s Einsteinhaus and Germany’s newly reopened Berlinische Galerie and Botticelli Renaissance.
Faroe Islands: One of the most beautiful and remote places in the world will also be the ‘venue’ of the total solar eclipse on 20th March, 2015 at 9.41am.
Greenland: Immerse in a magical land of fjords, mighty glaciers, icebergs and unique Inuit culture, and ponder how you can play a role to retard the effects of global warming.
Hill of Crosses, Lithuania: More than 100,000 crosses depict the country’s religious identity and make for a memorable view.
Italian wave: Milan hosts Expo Milano 2015 and Turin displays the Holy Shroud, while the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato landscapes have recently been inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Jura, France: Come by this special department, famed for its “yellow wine” produced from the Savagnin grape grown here for over a thousand years, for some merry making. Delicious Comté cheese and the legendary Jura Mountains will also lift your spirits.
Kiruna, Sweden: The town is literally moving 3 kilometres to the east. Visitors can also pop by the future location and see the progress with the new town centre.
Leipzig, Germany: On its 1,000 anniversary, a myriad of events and festivals, including the Longest Civic Festival, the Street Theatre Festival and the “1,000 years of Leipzig” celebration week, will be held.
Madagascar: It teems with curious wildlife, excellent shopping, gorgeous scenery, historic palaces and churches, as well as festivals and open-air markets.
Nunavut, Canada: This year-long winter wonderland boasts a slew of activities such as dogsledding, cruising among icebergs to neighbouring islands, kayaking along icy waterways and catching the Midnight Sun.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica: Versatile ecosystems including cloud forests, jolillo palm forests, and mangrove swamps, as well as coastal marine and beach habitats, await the outdoor enthusiast.
Pilsen, Czech Republic: As the European Capital of Culture in 2015, the town will have any traveller hooked on its collection of exciting events such as One World Festival and the international festival Smetana Days.
Quito, Ecuador: It boasts impressive vistas as well as a beautifully preserved historic quarter which features churches and monasteries, cobbled old squares and steep narrow streets.
Russian waterways: Take a cruise on the Volga, Europe’s longest river and visit palaces and churches in grandiose cities such as Yaroslav, Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd.
Silk Road: Retaining the old-world vibe, the new UNESCO World Heritage Site section of the fabled Silk Road lures adventurers to explore palaces, cities in ruins and inaccessible deserts.
Tunis, Tunisia: There are more than 700 monuments to visit in the UNESCO World Heritage Medina and the city exudes a rich meld of European, African and Middle-Eastern influences.
Underwater art: Otherworldly underwater installations such as the Cancun Underwater Museum in Mexico and the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park are now taking art to a different level.
Vienna’s Ringstrasse turns 150: The capital will teem with multiple ceremonious balls, live opera concerts, marathons, festivals and weeks dedicated to art to honour the 150th anniversary of Ringstrasse.
Wild Wild West experience, USA: Outside Wells, Nevada, you will have the opportunity to go on safaris and horseback riding excursions in the gorgeous American wilderness.
Xe Pian, Laos: Visitors will be spoilt for choice to meander sprawling forestry and spot wildlife such as the Asian elephant, tiger and the Asiatic black bear.
Yemeni slice of peace: Gawk at Socotra’s panoply of queer-looking trees and animals uniquely adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island and try a slew of outdoor activities such as surfing, wildlife watching, fishing, scuba diving and camel rides.
Zermatt, Switzerland: 150 years later, the village pays homage to the first ascent and celebrates with a series of festivities, which will keep both skiers and gourmands entertained.