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It's time to start thinking about planning your dream trip next year. So where should you go?

Business Insider has compiled a list of 23 amazing places you should think about traveling to in the new year.



1. Japan will become a bargain destination for travelers



Tourism in Japan has taken a hit since the 2011 tsunami hit the country's coast and ricocheted into a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Since then, the Japanese government has cleaned up the countryside and launched a massive public-relations campaign encouraging tourists to come visit. Pair that with a sharp decline in the value of the Japanese currency, and you get a country that's ripe for tourism.

Traditionally one of the most expensive countries in the world, Japan is quickly becoming a bargain destination that's luring in travelers looking for a deal. More than 11 million visitors have traveled to Japan so far this year, with more expected. Most tourists are heading to Tokyo, which is also busy preparing for the 2020 summer Olympics.

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2. Lima, Peru, will be the foodie capital of South America



Lima, Peru has been slowly building its reputation as a city for foodies, cementing its status most recently when the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants Awards gave the coveted top spot to the city's Central restaurant. In total, eight of 50 restaurants on the prestigious list were in Lima.

The Peruvian city is home to everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to hole-in-the-wall cevicherias that will continue to draw in foodies from around the world.


3. “Frozen” fans will flock to Norway to seek out Elsa and Anna's fictional Arendelle



"Frozen" has made over $1.2 billion for Disney, and with its increased merchandising and rumors of a sequel, the "Frozen" craze will only continue to grow. Set in Arendelle, a fictional kingdom in Norway, "Frozen" shows a gorgeous landscape of lakes, waterfalls, mountains, and fjords. Fans of the animated film are now seeking out real-life Arendelle in Norway. The country has seen a huge growth in tourism since the release of the film, with tour operators reporting a 40 percent increase in sales.

Bergen, a city on the west coast, was the inspiration for the film. Voss is also popular with fans for its nearby fjords, glaciers, rivers, and lakes. With its small fishing villages and breathtaking cliffs, the Lofoten Islands will also attract Frozen fans.


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4. Iran will be the new tourism hotspot in the Middle East



Iran is becoming a tourist hotspot, with tour operators reporting significant increases in tourists booking trips to the Middle Eastern country. Perhaps that's because of a slight thaw in its relationships with the West, or simply because of the allure of exploring a little-known destination with few other tourists around.

Note that Americans are allowed to visit Iran, but they must travel with an official tour guide or get their itinerary approved by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Travel within Iran is considered safe if you tour responsibly, even though the US Department of State has issued a travel warning to the country.

The country is home to ancient cities with breathtaking mosques and gorgeous natural landscapes. Popular cities with tourists are Isfahan and Tehran, but people also travel to see the ruins at Persepolis, the tombs at Shiraz, and the beaches on the Caspian Sea.


5. River cruises will be popular in Europe and elsewhere



Forget the massive, personality-devoid cruise ships. The river cruise industry is booming. These cruises offer a more refined, intimate, and cultured experience than the behemoth ocean liners. They also allow guests to embark right in the center of the cities, and enjoy riverbank scenery the entire ride.

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6. Namibia's beauty will draw tourists to Africa



With its diverse wildlife, colonial architecture, and stunning landscape filled with mountains, deserts, and beaches, Namibia is hands-down one of the most picturesque countries in the world.

It's also one of the safest countries in Africa and was named hottest travel destination of the future by LoveHomeSwap. Travelers can go on safari, compete in the grueling Namib Desert Challenge, or explore the country's vast sand dunes.


7. Canberra, Australia, will attract new expats looking for an easy life



Canberra, Australia's capital city, was named the best place to live in the world by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to the New York Times.

Located in southeastern Australia, Canberra doesn't have the glitzy buildings and beautiful beaches of Sydney, but it does feel quainter and more peaceful — even though it's the country's capital. The city is set on an artificial lake and is home to Australia's Parliament House and High Court, as well as several great cultural institutions like the National Gallery and National Museum.


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8. Berlin, Germany, will continue to be the most hipster city in Europe



It's no secret that Berlin is one of the coolest cities in Europe, but it's only recently that it's really blown up as the quintessential hipster destination. The center of all that is Kreuzberg, a central neighborhood that straddles both east and west Berlin.

Visitors to Berlin can check out some hipster hotspots, like White Trash fast food, an ironic restaurant, club, and tattoo parlor; Meschugge Berlin, a nightclub that feels like an Israeli dance party; and Stattbad Wedding/Stattbar, a nightclub inside an old swimming pool.


9. Palawan in the Philippines will be the top island destination in the world



Widely regarded for its beauty, named the best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.

The small island is home to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world. It also has gorgeous beaches and clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling, diving, and swimming. With more direct flights to Europe, America, and Australia planned on Philippine Airlines, Palawan is sure to see more international visitors next year.

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10. Travel within Lithuania will get easier next year



Lithuania will join the eurozone in 2015, which means that travelers will be able to use a convenient, continentwide currency.

Explore the capital city of Vilnius, whose historic center is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or relax on a beach at the Curonian Spit National Park. There are also historic castles and museums filled with treasures all over the country.


11. Denver, CO, will be at the forefront of weed tourism



Since Colorado legalized marijuana use and began allowing the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone age 21 and over earlier this year, Denver has become a tourist destination for people who enjoy the drug. These "weed tourists" come to frequent medicinal and recreational marijuana shops, much like oenophiles travel around the world to go wine tasting. Some tour companies, like My 420 Tours, cater to this crowd.

While there, tourists can also check out cultural institutions like the Denver Art Museum and Denver Performing Arts Center. There are also several local craft breweries.


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12. South Africa will become a more affordable destination for budget travelers



Traditionally, South Africa has been an expensive destination to visit, but recent currency fluctuations mean that it's becoming a cheaper destination for tourists.

An upgraded public-transportation system, new hotels, and new urban infrastructure projects like the Fan Walk will make Cape Town much more tourist-friendly. Even safaris to Kruger National Park seem to be more affordable now. For even better discounts, visit in the Spring or Fall (March to May, September and October), when it's not peak tourist season.


13. Florence, Italy, will continue to be one of the world's best cities for travelers



Florence is a perennial favorite, but 2015 is sure to bring even more visitors to the Italian city, since it was recently named the world's best city for travelers by Conde Nast Traveler.

It's a historic jewelbox that's full of incredible art, museums, shops, and restaurants. The Duomo, the city's main cathedral, is the most iconic tourist attraction here, but there are tons of other world-famous spots, like the Uffizi museum, the Accademia (home toMichelangelo's David), and the Ponte Vecchio.


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