Top Destinations For 2014: The Comeback Kids (or The Reinventionists)

Three destinations that have come back in a big way

New Orleans, nine years after Hurricane Katrina, is in many good ways, the Vegas of the South, with a whole lot of culture thrown in for good measure. There’s a Canadian connection here, too, with Acadians and the Cajuns being cousins. Plus, there’s an app for this! Just download the city guide GO NOLA free at the App Store.;

Greece, five years after the global financial meltdown, is more welcoming than ever. It’s topping every travel expert’s list, including ours, as a must-do in 2014. Or take a guided tour with Voyages to Antiquity, via Merit Vacations (1-888-446-5212; – book before Jan.31 to save.)

New Zealand. After the devastating earthquake in ChristChurch in 2011, and with the lens trained on Middle Earth, via the mega-hit Hobbit films, the Kiwi islands are returning to favour for outdoorsy and nerdy types, as well as those looking for the “super-lodge” luxury that combines the outdoors with high-end amenities, such as local cuisine and superb wines. Plus, the inherent respect for the country’s indigenous culture (Maori) is second to none.

Where do you plan to travel this year? Let us know in the comments!