Top Travel Destinations for 2015: Adventure Travel

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New Zealand will soon boast more than 1,500 miles 
of new bike paths and singletracks.

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Tour Marlborough, one of the country's wine and food region.
Spot New Zealand wildlife while you're out and about.

By Aaron Gulley
 
With the exception of perhaps Costa Rica, no country in the world has built its reputation on adventure travel more than New Zealand. “The country is truly a breath of fresh air,” says Virtuoso advisor Annette Sordoni of Sherman Oaks, California. “It’s one of the few places you can still slow down, touch the earth, and experience silence. We all need that more than ever today.”

This year, New Zealand is doubling down and investing millions to complete a national network of cycle trails that will include more than 1,500 miles
 of new bike-specific paths and singletracks. Butterfield & Robinson and Absolute Travel both customize cycle-specific adventures in New Zealand, varying from a sampler of some of the 23 new rides on the North and South islands to tours of wine and food regions such as Marlborough.

Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2015:
  1. Europe for Less: The Balkans
  2. Honeymoons: French Polynesia or Maldives
  3. Culture: Milan
  4. Safari: South Africa
  5. The Emerging Destination: Myanmar
  6. City Escape: Paris
  7. Supernatural Nature: The Galapgos
  8. Family Travel: Costa Rica
  9. Close to Home: Napa Valley
  10. Adventure Travel: New Zealand (You are here!)
 
Originally appeared in Virtuoso Life magazine, January 2015.

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“The country is truly a breath of fresh air,” – Annette Sordoni