They're mad and bad, unclean and mean - or so the story goes. These are the cities with the worst reputation in the world.
You can be close to nature and still enjoy some wonderful comforts.
However you like your hotels, the upcoming year is sure to please, with architectural acrobatics, spectacular renovations and innovative technologies colluding to produce some fantastic new accommodation offerings.
Roaring down an Oman desert dune in a 4WD and strolling an historic Magna Carta trail in England are among our travel writers' top holiday destinations for 2015.
If you're too old to be a schoolie, but still want to party like one, try one of these destinations.
There is plenty to marvel at and plenty to keep you awake at night on a hike into the birthplace of humankind.
There is plenty on offer for thrillseekers in and around Durban, writes Ben Groundwater.
Take the Garden Route which runs along the coast from Plettenberg west as far as George.
A country with a dark past, modern South Africa is now a vibrant and exciting country - as seen during the 2012 FIFA World Cup. There is natural beauty in abundance; incredible wildlife experiences in Kruger National Park; and diverse cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Recent history is not hidden, but acknowledged through places such as the unforgettable Apartheid museum and Robben Island.