We wanted to make it easier for you to choose places to travel in 2017 and thus here are 39 alluring destinations for you to choose from.
(Wait. Did we just make the choice even more difficult? Oops!)
From the allure of colorful mosaics to the vintage car-filled streets, there is plenty to love about the destination–including its sun-drenched coastline. The warm weather and turquoise water welcomes visitors year-round, as average temperatures rarely seem to dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter which part of the country you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some relaxation time on the beach.
Bermuda may be known for its pink sand beaches and colorful namesake shorts, but it will soon be synonymous with one of the world’s preeminent regattas, since the mid-Atlantic island will host the 35th America’s Cup in June 2017. Book your tickets y’all!
Travel to Athens is a must for history and archeology buffs, but the city’s hillsides and picturesque vistas will be equally appreciated by nature lovers. When you visit Athens, be sure to take in the city’s legendary historical sites – The Acropolis, The Parthenon, The Temple of Hephaestus, The National Archeological Museum, The Ancient Agora, and Mount Lycabettus.
From active volcanoes to wild jungles, Bali truly has it all. But, most versatile are the many beaches that line the island’s shore. The picturesque view of the mountains complemented by blue skies is the view I’ve been dying to experience.
35. Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Angra dos Reis is a Brazilian municipality in southwest Rio de Janeiro state, and it’s oh-so-gorgeous! It’s made up of 365 islands and a small port surrounded by steep, forested coastline. The region is known for its many beaches and biodiverse Ilha Grande, the largest island. Vila do Abraão is the island’s main village, with amazing restaurants, bars and the St. Sebastian Church at its heart. Want to rejuvenate this 2017 in a beautiful location? Then Angra Dos Reis is your best bet!
Scotland – a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. This is a perfect location to live a fairy tale vacation with castles, mountainous views and scenic blue skies.
33. Portugal and the Azores
All the islands in Portugal and the Azores have volcanic origins, although some, such as Santa Maria, have had no recorded activity since the islands were settled. Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft). The Azores are actually some of the tallest mountains on the planet, measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean to their peaks, which thrust high above the surface of the Atlantic.
32. Croatia’s Coast
Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it’s also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Dubrovnik has these gorgeously massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings is a memory you would want to create in 2017. So go get yourself some white sand, salty blue water, and the amazing vibe of Croatia!
If you’ve had enough of beaches in 2016, Jerusalem promises to be a good change in 2017. Holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jerusalem’s Old City is one of the world’s foremost pilgrimage destinations. Visit Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of prophets, pray in buildings constructed by order of caliphs and kings, and overnight in hospices where Crusaders and cardinals have slumbered. With the soundtrack of church bells, the muezzin’s call and the shofar (ram’s horn), and the streets smelling of everything from church incense to the heady aromas of the spice souq (market), it’s a sensory and spiritual experience unlike any other.
30. New Zealand
As the planet heats up environmentally and politically, it’s good to know that New Zealand exists. Make this uncrowded, green, peaceful and accepting country the ultimate escape. Sometimes, it’s good to feel at peace in a world trying to rush into madness.
It’s been my dream since forever to visit the majestic Victoria Falls. Get a slice of adventure, and adrenaline in a land known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife.
Not many are aware of this beautiful location, neither was I until I started typing this list of destinations you could visit in 2017. Rwanda is a East African country with green, mountainous landscape. Fly down to Rwanda to get a taste of its renowned Volcanoes National Park, mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Now, who wouldn’t want to mingle around with golden monkeys!
27. Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin, and for all the right reason. Soak some sun in this colourful city for a happy 2017!
26. Chilean Patagonia
If you’re like me, you would rather go to someplace unknown than known. Chilean Patagonia is a mountainous region in the southern part of South America. It’s beautiful setting will be a fantastic backdrop to just ponder over life in general. Would’t it?
Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated, Uruguay offers visitors opportunities to experience everyday ‘not made for tourists’ moments, whether caught in a cow-and-gaucho traffic jam on a dirt road to nowhere or strolling with mate-toting locals along Montevideo’s beachfront. Short-term visitors will find plenty to keep them busy in cosmopolitan Montevideo, picturesque Colonia and party-till-you-drop Punta del Este.
24. Belgrade, Serbia
Warm, welcoming and a hell of a lot of fun – everything you never heard about Serbia seems to be true. Visit Serbia to know why it needs to be famous for the forts, churches, museums, and picturesque locations.
23. Cambodian Coast
Fly down to Cambodian Coast to answer the call of the beach, the South Coast will not disappoint. While brash Sihanoukville isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the islands offshore have something for everyone from die-hard partiers to those seeking sandy solitude. Pick your beach, sprawl on the sand, make friends with your hammock. There’s a reason many visitors decide to never leave.
22. Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil is a port city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar promenade, home to La Rotonda monument. In the north, Las Peñas is a neighbourhood full of colorful houses. Stairs lined with cafes and art galleries lead up Santa Ana Hill, site of Santa Ana chapel, a lighthouse and views of the city. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
21. Cincinnati, Ohio
Get a spoonful of wildlife, art museum, conservatory, casino, underground rail and more at Cincinnati, Ohio. Make this your summer vacation, and we promise you will never regret.
20. Helsinki, Finland
It’s fitting that harbourside Helsinki, capital of a country with such watery geography, entwines so spectacularly with the Baltic’s bays, inlets and islands. While Helsinki can seem a younger sibling to the Scandinavian capitals, it’s the one that went to art school, scorns pop music and works in a cutting-edge studio. The design scene here is one of the most electrifying in the world today, with boutiques, workshops and galleries proliferating in the Design District, Helsinki’s thoroughfares and intriguing backstreets. The city’s foodie scene is also flourishing, with hip eateries offering locally sourced tasting menus, craft-beer bars, coffee roasteries and microdistilleries popping up at dizzying speed.
19. Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast, Northern Ireland is definitely where I would love love love to visit over and over again. From the beautiful botanical gardens to the majestic castles, Belfast has so much more to offer. Also, here’s to future husband, this would be one ideal honeymoon destination.
18. Honolulu, Hawaii
An all in one destination. It’s known for being a volcanic landmark with military history, and also for its uber fantastic snorkelling activities at the beach. Hawaii is the vacation you deserve!
17. Hamburg, Germany
16. Noosa Heads, Australia
Noosa is one of Australia’s most fashionable resort towns, a salubrious hub backing onto crystalline waters and pristine subtropical rainforest. The town is located within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, a Unesco-recognised area famous for its highly diverse ecosystem. While planning a trip to the land down under, don’t forget to visit the gorgeous Noosa!
15. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, capital of Tennessee, lies almost in the center of the state on the Cumberland River. With its many universities and colleges, along with its superb reproduction of the Parthenon, it’s often called the “Athens of the South.” The city serves as an excellent jumping-off point to explore the rest of Tennessee, and Nashville’s surroundings offer many historical and recreational attractions, including old plantations and Civil War sites.
Get moving in Madagascar already! Madagascar is unlike anywhere you will ever be – fantastically beautiful, amazingly diverse for its size (similar to France) and still so unspoiled. Vast tracts of the country are virtually uninhabited and seldom explored, and nothing comes easy. But that’s what makes it so unique and rewarding.
13. Hampi, India
The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see this World Heritage Site in a day or two, plan on lingering for a while. It will be worth every moment.
12. Norfolk, Virginia
Set on the shores of Chesapeake Bay and part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Norfolk is a historical city with a long standing connection to the ocean and is known in particular for Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. In the vibrant downtown area, visitors can experience some of the history first-hand by visiting Nauticus and touring the Battleship Wisconsin, stopping by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, taking a Naval Base Cruise, or hopping aboard a tall ship for a quick sail.
11. Panama City
Panama city is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars.
10. Paros, Greece
Paros is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Parikia, the bayside capital, is a boating and transportation hub for the Cyclades region. The north coast’s Kolimbithres is a beach where naturally sculpted rocks form swimming coves. For an over the top experience, book a flight to Paros soon.
9. Perth, Australia
Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum.
8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
With giant NYC less than 100 miles north and Washington, DC, due south, Philadelphia often gets knocked down the must-visit list. In many ways, though, the City of Brotherly Love can be as rewarding as its bigger neighbors.
7. Salta, Argentina
Salta is a provincial capital in mountainous northwestern Argentina, known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Andean heritage. Explore Salta for the outstanding architecture, and art!
6. Leh Ladakh, India
Drive off to nowhere with a view like this? Yes please! Leh Ladakh will inspire you to an extent you would never imagine. It will inspire you to seek more in life, seek better, seek beautiful, seek peaceful. It will teach you to be calm outside, while being eccentric inside. Visit Leh Ladakh for a life altering experience.
5. Himalayas, India
Waking up to the view of beautiful snow clad mountains is a dream I wish to soon tick off. Go to Himalayas to live off the edge every moment, to be with people who won’t ever judge you, to know what it feels like to be alive and kicking!
When I think of the Seychelles all the colours in my mind go electric. The sun reflecting off the white sand, turquoise water, green jungles and fiery sunsets make everything surreal, a tropical dream-come-true. No matter how many times I heart about this bijou archipelago, its beauty still leaves me wanting to hear for more. I can’t wait to happily spend my days lazing on idyllic beaches at Seychelles!
3. Rome, Italy
A heady mix of haunting sights, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s Eternal City is one of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring capitals.
Why is Paris on this list? For the romance. You live once, if you don’t feel the romance now, then when? And trust Paris to make you feel head over heels romantic! Pack your bags now, as an outstanding concentration of 180 museums and monuments await you!
1. New York, New York
Number 1 on this list. My most favourite destination. Epicenter of the arts. Dining and shopping capital. Trendsetter. New York City wears many crowns, and spreads an irresistible feast for all. While there are many reasons to fall for New York, I’ve always wanted to experience the energy in NYC. There’s so much creativity in the air, with wildly imaginative works filling the city’s galleries and concert halls – not to mention its restaurants, with ever more inventive mash-ups of global cuisines. I can’t wait to be there!
So, which of these destinations will make your 2017 memorable?