PHOTOS: To Go or Not to Go: 2015

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Visitors can also expect fewer crowds at some of Egypt's biggest bucket-list-worthy attractions, like the Great Sphinx of Giza, pictured here.
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As of press time, the Egyptian Tourism Authority advises visitors to stick to larger cities like Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Hurghada, and Aswan, as parts of the northern Sinai and spots outside the Cairo metropolitan area are still considered to be dangerous.
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Cuba has been making news a lot lately, especially with American and Cuban officials working together more than ever to restore the relationship between the two nations. As a result, restrictions that once made travel to Cuba nearly impossible are now starting to ease up.
While it's not as easy as just booking a flight and lounging on a beach all week, Americans interested in traveling to Cuba to visit family or to participate in religious, student or journalist-related activities, cultural performances, sporting events, or educational People-to-People tours will no longer have to face as much red tape as in recent years.
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We say: Go! Friendly Planet's Discover Havana tour starts at $2,399 per person for a six-day trip when you book through this link by Feb. 24th.
Ever since Vietnam opened its doors to tourism in the early 1990s, visitors have flocked to experience the country's vast history and culture, warm hospitality of its people, and to feast on the food. Here, vendors carry their wares through the colorful streets of Hoi An.
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You can tour ancient pagodas and palaces, like the eastern entrance to the ancient Imperial City of Hue, pictured here.
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Spend some time kayaking among the islands and exploring the caves of Ha Long Bay.
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In recent years, the Peruvian tourism industry has been working on improving its hotels, airports, and overall infrastructure to help the country emerge as a major tourist destination. And it's working.
Spend some time learning about the violent, oppressive Spanish takeover of the Incas in the oh-so-charming city of Cusco, where you can visit Coricancha, the site where a church was built on top of a partially-destroyed Inca temple.
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Travelers are branching out beyond the big bucket list items like Machu Picchu and the Peruvian Amazon, and visiting places like Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley (shown here), Arequipa, and Puno.
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Nowadays, it's hard to tell that this part of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula was hit by Hurricane Odile back in September of 2014, and we're happy to report the entire area has been bouncing back nicely ever since.
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Don't miss the chance to see Land's End, also known as El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, during your next trip to Los Cabos on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.
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With the U.S. dollar doing better than ever, this is the year to take that trip to Europe you've been dreaming about—especially if you've always wanted to visit the City of Light.
If you plan to go, try staying in an Airbnb or HomeAway vacation rental to get a true Parisian neighborhood experience, or if you're looking for an affordable hotel option, check out Accor Hotels, a popular brand that puts you near the center of all the action for less.
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If you're looking for budget-friendly accommodations and the chance to bond with your fellow travelers, check out Generator Paris, a hostel designed like a boutique hotel, that opened in Paris' hip 10th Arrondissement above Canal St. Martin on Feb. 1st, 2015. Rates start at $29 for a bed in an ensuite shared room (shown here) or from $112 a night for a private room.
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People around the world watched in disbelief when the Sydney hostage situation unfolded in December 2014, but  "lone wolf" style attacks like that should not stop anyone from visiting this popular Australian hotspot.
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Located in New South Wales and home to such wonders as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the legendary Sydney Opera House, the city will be hosting major events like the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 this year.
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Don't miss this beautiful view of Camps Bay in South Africa. Geographically speaking, not wanting to visit countries like South Africa because of Ebola cases more than 3,000 miles away would be like saying you don't want to visit Florida because there were cases of Ebola in Alaska.
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You can still visit South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and plenty of other African countries without worrying about coming into contact with the Ebola virus.
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This part of the world (that includes Israel and the Palestinian territories) is full of cultural and historical treasures near and dear to the hearts of most major religions, yet violent conflicts between the people who live in this region are constantly making headlines.
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As of right now, the U.S. State Department's Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank (pictured here), and Gaza advises against travel to the Gaza Strip, although technically a ceasefire has been in effect since Aug. 26th of last year.
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With ongoing conflicts between Ukraine and Russia worsening every day, we can't recommend traveling to the Eastern Ukraine / Russian border area until things calm down.
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With mounting threats by terrorist groups like ISIS and an ongoing and unpredictable civil war, the U.S. State Department continues to warn American citizens against traveling to Syria. Here, the awe-inspiring ruins at Apamea.

We've got the inside scoop on how you can check places like Cuba and other hot spots off your bucket list—plus some need-to-know info about the spots you should hold off on visiting until political tensions calm down a bit.

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