Are you feeling the working blues? Tired of the daily doldrums of a 9-5 workday? It’s time you took a vacation! Or, at the very least, it’s high time you spent some time day dreaming about leaving responsibility behind, burying your toes in pristine sand, sipping a cocktail and worrying about nothing other than relaxing and perfecting your tan. TripAdvisor has released its list of 2015 Best Islands in the World as part of its Travelers Choice Awards. You can almost smell the scent of the salty sea, feel the breeze blowing through your hair, and taste the sweet flavor of freedom.
1. Providenciales – Turks & Caicos
This island is first on the list thanks to its pristine beaches and its appeal to divers and snorkelers. The island boasts miles of coral reefs that are located just off the shore, so you don’t have to travel far to check out life under the sea. You can also enjoy kayaking and, of course, a lot of rest and relaxation.
2. Maui, Hawaii
Located right in the good old US of A, this island has something for everyone. From bamboo forests to amazing waterfalls to incredible snorkeling and the road to Hana, you will have an amazing and memorable vacation.
3. Roatan, Honduras
Zip-lining, deep sea fishing, reef diving – the possibilities are endless on this beautiful island. Don’t miss out on exploring the beaches by horseback or checking out the botanical gardens!
4. Santorini, Greece
This island screams romance. Stroll on the black sand beaches as you take in the breathtaking sights, complete with sparkling turquoise water and a backdrop of stunningly beautiful white buildings and multi-colored houses. Enjoy an evening taking in the breathtaking sunsets of Oia and don’t forget to sample the delicious Mediterranean fare.
5. Ko Tao, Thailand
The island’s name comes from the many sea turtles that take up residence on Ko Tao’s beaches. These white sand beaches are protected by steep hills, giving you the privacy you crave for the vacation of a lifetime.
6. Madeira, Portugal
This is home to a beautiful collection of gardens, religious sites and unique tourist attractions. Hike to the top of Pico Ruivo and you’ve earned a glass of Madeira wine!
Bali is what dreams are made of. With endless sun, white sand beaches, tropical jungles and fun loving monkeys you will not only find peace, you will never want to leave.
If you are the type of vacationer who craves a bustle of activities, you will not be disappointed by this island. With a busy market and a lively waterfront, there is always something to do. You can also opt for more resort type areas as well!
9. Bora Bora
Bring along a significant other to enjoy this island of romance and beauty. This island boasts crystal clear water, white sands and stunning sunsets. Snorkel with tropical fish, swim with turtles, and enjoy the dormant volcano of Mount Otemanu.
10. Fernando de Noronha
This island has such a delicate ecosystem that visitors are restricted. If you are lucky enough to be one of those select few who make their way into this paradise, you will find quiet beaches with warm water filled with dolphins and sea turtles. Don’t forget a camera to document this once in a lifetime experience!
By: Lynn Cole