Top Reasons to Get Excited for 2015

Here are a few significant events to gear you up for the coming year

Some people might be saddened by the end of 2014, but there is plenty to look forward to in the coming year. Here are just a few things you can add to your travel calendar!

Svalbard Solar Eclipse
It's not just an eclipse, but a total solar eclipse. On March 20 over 90% of the sun will be obstructed by the Moon. This doesn't happen very often and this spot in Norway will have the best view to witness this impressive event.

The Milan Expo 2015
Don't worry, you have six months to get to this new revamp of the World's Fair. This year's theme is food and nutrition. A slew of entries from countries around the globe will be showing off their culinary skills. Bring your stomach along and join the 20 million others to explore this historic city.

South By Southwest
Every year this hodgepodge event of music, tech and film grows in popularity, and this year it's rumored to be bigger than ever. Some of the greatest names in each industry will be here, as well as some up-and-coming darlings trying to make a name for themselves. It all happens in Austin this March.

Mons European Capital of Culture
Starting back in 1985 as a way to spur tourism and awareness of a specific city, it's Mons's turn take the reins. That means the entire city will be on display as an artistic exhibit. Millions are expected to flock for visits this year for the festivities where "technology meets culture."

Rugby World Cup 2015
This is one of the largest sporting events of the year, and Newcastle will be alive when matches are played there. Having reigning champion New Zealand in the house helps, but there's no question fans would be lining up regardless.

Singapore Golden Jubilee
It's the 50th anniversary of this beautiful city's independence from Great Britain. There will be events going on all year, but August 9 is when the entire city comes alive for National Day - that means parades, parties and fireworks.

Civil War 150th Anniversary
It's been a long time since the death of President Lincoln and end of slavery, and many cities will be hosting exhibits and events to mark the occasion. As usual there will be reenactments around the country, but Gettysburg will be having one of the best.

FIS Alpine Ski World Championship in Colorado
This is the first time the US has hosted the event since 1999. Even if you're not into winter sports there is reason to come to Vail and Beaver Creek this year. There will be skiing, dancing, carousing and events that will basically take over the area for two whole weeks.

It doesn't matter what year it is, Oktoberfest is always put on the list. Spanning over two weeks from September into October, this annual festival brings millions and millions of people to the city of Munich. Join other participants from around the world to indulge in great beer and food.

Coachella and Stagecoach Festival
It's the least-kept secret in the music industry, as over 90,000 people daily attended these events. For two weekends Coachella overwhelms the town of Indio, and when it's finished Stagecoach comes in and tens of thousands of country music lovers take over.

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