Fortunately, the world is still a big place. Even though the number of countries that are unstable, somewhat hazardous or simply off-limits seems to be growing exponentially, there is no shortage of enticing possibilities. However, I expect that security will be a factor in many people’s travel plans for 2015.
Chile is safe and hospitable, and as well as being a scenically beautiful country of immense variety, it can now boast a growing number of world-class resorts.
Despite France’s political and economic tribulations, Bordeaux has shrugged off the malaise to become a provincial city of real charm and style.
Japan is as clean, orderly, polite and culturally fascinating as ever (and more affordable if the currently favorable dollar/yen exchange rate persists).
As well as visiting many of the above, I will also be heading to New Zealand in the coming year. I have long considered Kiwi hospitality — to say nothing of the country’s stellar food and wine — to be a perfect antidote to the routine madness of the nightly news.