(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED STATES - January 7th, 2014 - names its “go-now” destinations for savvy, sophisticated travelers Portsmouth, NH—(January 2014)—It's a new year, and for all those with a renewed resolve to get out there and see more of the world, traveling to any of the “go-now” hot spots named by will ensure a unique and memorable travel experience.

"We consulted our travel crystal ball to find places on the verge of discovery, or prime for rediscovery, in 2014,” says Mike Thiel, Founder and President of Hideaways International™ Inc. "Our 'Top 12 Hottest Travel Spots for 2014' are either well-kept secrets or enjoying a renaissance of sorts. And each celebrates those special things, like unspoiled beauty, that set them apart from every other place.”

Here's a little insight into why each destination made the list:

1.       Nicaragua: Safe and welcoming, this Central American country offers delights like hundreds of small tropical islets with sandy cove beaches, rolling hills with cloud forests, colonial towns with churches and museums, and new and noteworthy accommodations, like Mukul Resort & Spa.

2.       Brazil: The largest country in South America, Brazil is vast and varied, boasting destinations like historic Salvador, Manaus (the gateway to the Amazon), Buzios (Brazil’s version of the Cote d'Azur), and fiery Rio de Janeiro, where you must enjoy a stay at Copacabana Palace Hotel.

3.       Ecuador: The second-smallest country in South America, Ecuador has massive appeal, both as an affordable destination and as a paradise for nature lovers (think Amazonian rainforest, snow-capped Andes, Galapagos Islands), with plenty of restaurants, historic sites, and accommodation options.

4.       Mexico City: Mexico’s capital city will delight with its fascinating architecture, vast collection of museums, exceptional restaurants, and more than 300 neighborhoods (or colonias). Combine a stay here with the back-to-nature attractions of up-and-coming Riviera Nayarit on the Pacific Coast, for a combo city and seaside escape.

5.       Canouan Island: This year, the Caribbean island of Canouan begins improvement projects costing more than $11 million, including a new ring road, commercial jetty, and community wharf. These will improve the sleepy island’s infrastructure, but they’ll also attract more travelers, so visit soon! Try the laid-back, beachfront Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club for an unplugged holiday.