Right then: it’s time. Are you ready for 2015? Where are you going next year? We’ve made our new year’s travel resolutions… please do share yours in the comments.
Anthony Gould, Smith24 consultant, New York: ‘I’m in the midst of learning French and Spanish, so I should be in Paris next summer and Spain in June, as I cross the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco into Europe. But my major resolution is to never overpack again. I always bring a large suitcase, and end up wearing only swim trunks and running sneakers. Who needs clothes on vacation?’
Kate Weir, content editor, London: ‘I’m desperate to visit Treehotel in Sweden (above) because treehouses. And reindeer.’
Melissa de Courcy, Smith24 consultant, New York: ‘I sell Thailand all the time, so I need to go. I’d like to stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (right). Bring on the elephants! And my other travel resolution is to go wherever Hanson are playing. I don’t care where. I would go to the ends of the earth to see those sexy brothers sing Mmmmbop to me.’
Amber Spencer-Holmes, CMO, London: ‘My new year’s travel resolution is to book all our family holidays before the end of January now that we’re beholden to school hols. I know that the best-value stuff goes quickly!’
Laura House, Americas editor, New York: ‘I’d like to get more stamps in the passport book for my wee one. And, Cuba! Finally! My travel fantasy is to be on at least one flight where all adults are wearing actual pants/skirts/dresses instead of sweat pants that scream “I’ve just given up on dressing myself.” Is that too much to ask?’
Lindsay Faberij de Jonge, hotel partnerships manager, New York: ‘Hopefully 2015 will be just as action packed as 2014. I almost booked a flight to Panama City, Florida, instead of Panama City, Panama this year. And while in Belize (left) I got so lost driving that I ended up in Guatemala!’
Charlotte Heyman, executive travel consultant, London: ‘I have way too may to list them all but here are my top three: organise a trip to Bhutan, stay at one of the Six Senses hotels, and book Soho House Istanbul as soon as it opens!’
Ann Marie Noel, marketing manager, New York: ‘I resolve to “overdo it” every time I fly next year. I think Laura House is with me on this one.’
Heather Barkhuizen, executive travel consultant, New York: ‘I’m planning to do a Colorado and Wyoming road trip in 2015. I want to see big, wide American country, mountains and parks! I would love to include Hotel Jerome in Aspen and Amangani in Jackson Hole – they look awesome.’
Rachel Juarez-Carr, senior content editor, London: ‘In 2014 I honeymooned in Morocco – staying at Dar Maya, Jardin des Douars, Dar Zemora, La Mamounia, El Fenn (right) and Kasbah Tamadot – and it was so flat-out ridiculously brilliant that I’m not even going to try and top it in 2015. Instead I’m planning lots of little city trips: I’m off to Budapest and Dublin for the first time (I’ve been dying to photograph Brody House for ages). I’m starting the year in Los Angeles, though, so my first stop of 2015 will be the new Ace. Can’t wait.’
Elise Tagatac, regional hotel partnerships manager, New York: ‘I’m looking forward to finally traveling to the Philippines in 2015 with my dad and sister: it’s where my grandfather was born and raised. We have family in Manila that I’ve never met before and I’m so excited.’
Stevie Gulliford, head of sales, London: ‘My new year’s resolution is to go to Borneo and see orangutans (my dream!) because I was booked to go about five years ago but the day before I was due to travel, I realised that the airline had put “Mr Steve Gulliford” instead of “Miss Stevie” on the ticket. They said it would be no issue to fix; I just had to send them a fax of my passport.
‘So, because I am a complete twonk, instead of photocopying my passport and then faxing the copy I just stuck my actual passport into the Mr & Mrs Smith fax machine. It got trapped shredded a couple of blank pages. The next day I spent 3 hours in the little interrogation room at the airport before they allowed me on my flight because of two ripped blank pages in my passport, and then I made it as far as Singapore before they refused to let me get on any further flights! I was trapped there for three weeks in a windowless hovel in Little India, with loads of cockroaches and a strange intercom in every room which was used by a creepy old man who would laugh like a maniac at random intervals throughout the night! I never did make it to Borneo, so in 2015 I would love to try again. I’ll stay at Gayana Eco Retreat and see my bloody orangutans!’
Lucy Fennings, group editor, London: ‘Mine is: go somewhere nice.’