Top 10 posts of 2014: hottest destinations
New Zealand was the fastest-growing luxury destination, according to Virtuoso sales figures

2014 was a big year for Virtuoso Luxury Traveler. After almost five years of existence, this blog relaunched with a new name, look and features.

It was also a big year for topics such as luxury travel’s hottest destinations, the value of a travel advisor and quotes that remind us of the value of travel in our lives. Those were the subjects of some of Virtuoso Luxury Traveler’s top 10 posts of 2014. Enjoy these for the first time or refresh your memory if you’ve reviewed them before.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 posts of 2014, counting down from the most-read one of the year:

1. 20 Top Luxury Travel Destinations

Virtuoso released two lists: the 10 most popular travel destinations and the Hot List of destinations whose luxury sales are growing fastest. Italy topped the most popular list and New Zealand was the fastest-growing destination.

2. 5 Trends to Know Today About the Millennial Traveler

Twenty- and thirty-somethings are passionate about travel and go on vacations more than any other age group. Their sheer numbers and their clear preferences are prompting the travel industry to adapt and modernize.

Top 10 posts of 2014: photo tips
Getting dramatic close-ups is one tip to improve your vacation photos

3. 8 Tips for Taking Fantastic Vacation Photos

Did you know that 93% of travelers take photos on vacation? If you’re one of them, find out how to improve your technique. Get advice on everything from lighting to close-ups to framing the shot.

4. Unveiling the 10 Best of the Best Virtuoso Hotels

Each year Virtuoso recognizes 10 hotels for excellence in areas including design, cuisine, family programs, spa and overall merit. Learn which of Virtuoso’s 1,000-plus hotels earned this year’s coveted honors.

5. 10 Travel Quotes to Inspire Summer Vacations

The subject of travel has been written about through the centuries (even millennia) by great authors, leaders and explorers. Get inspired by the words of Christopher Columbus, Helen Keller, Dr. Seuss and others.

Top 10 posts of 2014: the value of travel advisors
In 2014, travelers discovered why more people are returning to advisors

6. 8 Travel Advisor Myths Debunked

Travel advisors are not only still around, but they’re thriving. Discover the myths that prevent people from working with advisors and benefiting from their knowledge and connections.

7. 10 Quotes on Why We’re Thankful for the Gift of Travel

People have been singing travel’s praise as a force that creates a more united world. Give thanks for the gift of travel by reviewing quotations from luminaries such as Mark Twain, Margaret Mead and George Bernard Shaw.

8. 8 Unforgettable World Travel Photos

Every year Virtuoso holds two photo contests: one for its travel advisors and one for their clients. Take a journey around the world and view the four top photos from each contest out of more than 1,700 entries.

9. 5 Family-Focused Experiential Travel Encounters

Two of the hottest vacation trends are family travel and active travel. Discover the experiences creative Virtuoso advisors arrange for clients tapping into those trends. Those include everything from Brazilian jungle getaways to ballet lessons in Russia.

Top 10 posts of 2014: active family travel
Family travel and active travel were two hot trends in 2014

10. Why More People Are Using Travel Agents

The numbers of travelers entrusting their vacations to an expert professional is on the rise. They say trips planned by advisors are better because they’re more knowledgeable about suppliers and destinations and more convenient.

As a global luxury travel network, Virtuoso is committed to bringing you the latest news in the industry. Look forward to more interesting luxury travel trends, tips and destinations on Virtuoso Luxury Traveler in 2015.