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Southern California luxury home owners looking to get away from their high-end residences this year may want to follow the Virtuoso Luxe Report on best travel destinations for 2014. The 2014 Virtuoso Luxe Report takes information gathered by an annual survey of elite travel advisers to determine the best places to go, what to do and why those places are so magnificent. While some places, like Italy, have been in the top five for years, some new destinations are becoming known for their extraordinary sights, sounds and smells.

The luxury travel forecast is based on trends currently seen in the industry and what advisers believe will be of interest later in the year. The report features several categories, including the most popular emerging destinations, biggest travel trends, most trendiest international destinations, top U.S. destinations, best destinations for families, best adventure travel and more. Italy came out on top in four of the 10 categories.

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Travel Weekly reports: “This year’s just-released compilation reiterates a lot of what travel experts have been saying over the last few years: adventure travel and multigenerational vacations are among the top travel trends; Asia continues as a favored emerging destination; and luxury travelers are increasingly seeking unique experiences.”

Where to Go in 2014

While some categories are fairly predictable, such as New York City reaching the No. 1 spot on the most popular U.S. travel destination, others are a bit more surprising. In the emerging destinations category, Cuba took the No. 1 spot, followed by Myanmar/Burma, Vietnam, Galapagos Island, Bhutan, Cambodia and Iceland. In this category, the Galapagos Island has increased its presence while Iceland and Belize are finally being noticed for their beauty.

Travelers looking for a bit of adventure may want to consider South Africa, New Zealand, Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica or Peru. Those seeking a romantic getaway may want to jet to Italy, French Polynesia, Bali, France or Maldives.

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Some significant shifts in travel trends included the Mediterranean regaining the top spot in the most popular cruise category, knocking Alaska to No. 2. In the most popular family destinations, Italy remained in the first spot for the third year in a row and Costa Rica fell from No. 2 to No. 4, behind England and Hawaii.

The New York Times also recently came out with its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014, which included some of the most culturally diverse, historically preserved and naturally stunning locales across the globe. Cape Town, South Africa; Christchurch, New Zealand; the Albanian Coast; Namibia; Ecuador and Quang Binh, Vietnam grace the list. The Time’s list featured Unesco’s World Heritage list locations, urban metropolises and far-away lands.

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