Popular Destinations for 2015

Tunis, Tunisia
After periods of unrest, Tunisia's capital is once again emerging as a popular tourist destination. In the well-to-do suburb of Byrsa Hill, visitors can watch a glorious sunset over the water after spending the day discovering Tunis' past, which includes the 2011 revolution. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Tunis' medina (old town) is a Unesco World Heritage Site that is filled with hundreds of monuments, including the Great Mosque and the Mosque of the Zitouna.

Most of the Mediterranean island's three million annual visitors flock here for its beaches and water activities, including diving. Home to 300,000 people, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte has historic ties to Italy and has been part of France since 1769. Other attractions include the historic La Maison Bonaparte and the mountainous interior that is largely untouched. 

Zermatt, Switzerland
The car-free village in the Swiss Alps attracts over one million visitors a year thanks to its stunning sights and top-notch skiing and mountaineering. It is the only village on the Swiss side of the Matterhorn and has been luring travellers since British explorer Edward Whymper became the first to climb the peak in 1865.  Accommodation here is among the most expensive in Switzerland.

Faroe Islands
Home to just 50,000 people, the Faroe Islands is an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Iceland and Norway. The autonomous country is part of the Kingdom of Denmark and it is often overlooked as a tourist destination. Renowned for its unspoiled and magical landscapes, the Faroe Islands were voted the top destination by National Geographic Traveler readers. 

Koyasan, Japan
Koyasan, a monastic complex south of Osaka, is the heart of Japanese Buddhism and is set to celebrate its 1,200th anniversary next year. Established in 816 by Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism, it is one of Japan's most pristine and sacred sites.  Visitors can explore the grounds and watch monks go about their daily routine before eating a special vegetarian feast.

Sark, Channel Islands
Sark offers visitors a chance to step into a different world, as the Channel Island off the coast of Normandy is car-free and has no airport or ATMs. Time slows down in Sark, which has its own set of laws and parliament, and old-world traditions. Tourists who plan to visit the sea caves or Gouliot Headland or Venus Pool for a swim can get around on foot or bicycle, or by riding in a horse-drawn carriage. Next year, Sarkees will mark the 450th anniversary of feudalism.