Thinking of traveling somewhere new next year? We have compiled a list of the best places to travel in 2017 and the reasons why you should be visiting them.
After the 2016 presidential election, Americans don’t want to just visit Canada, they want to live there. It’s becoming so popular that Canada’s immigration site went down the day after the election. Beyond being a country to escape to, Canada’s many provinces all have something unique to offer. Plus, 2017 is the country’s 150th anniversary! Celebrations will be happening everywhere. Marking 150 years since confederation, the elongated birthday party promises to be heavy on bonhomie and highly welcoming to international gatecrashers. And, with a weak Canadian dollar pushing down prices, the overseas visitor has an even greater incentive to visit the country.
The British territory of Bermuda is often mistaken for a Caribbean island, and those in the know might not correct the misunderstanding. Just off the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda is reachable from most major east-coast US cities in around two hours. In June Bermuda will host the America’s Cup, where the US will defend its title. Temperate climates and favorable winds make Bermuda the perfect location for this historic sailing race. Bermuda will be the place to see next year since it’s hosting the 2017 America’s Cup. If the gorgeous pink sand beaches aren’t enough to get you there, the shopping and nightlife will be. It’s a great place for visitors who like to relax all day and party all night.
St. Lucia is the kind of island that travelers to the Caribbean dream about; a small, lush tropical paradise that is still relatively unknown. The Island is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, with a shape that is said to resemble either a mango or an avocado. The Atlantic Ocean hugs its eastern shore, while the beaches of the west coast owe their beauty to the calm Caribbean Sea. There is a broad array of exciting and exotic activities available on St. Lucia. You will find a genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains. The island’s steep coastlines and lovely reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most traveled individuals with lasting memories.
A beautiful city on the shore of Lake Ohrid, located in the southwest region of Macedonia. Once called the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’ for having 365 churches (one for each day of the year) this ancient lakeside town is overflowing with picturesque houses, churches, monuments, and views of the beautiful nearby lake. The town was renown for being a spiritual and educational center, and remnants of that tradition are still strong. I believe the city has one of only a few remaining papyri workshops in Europe. The church of St. Kliment on the shore of Lake Ohrid is an absolute must see. Ohrid has transformed itself from Macedonia’s religious center to its busiest holiday resort, and its beaches are the best by far in this otherwise landlocked nation. However, a planned new lake-shore development will likely change this sleepy town forever, making now a great time to go.
Moscow will host football matches in the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, so the race is on to bring an inkling of the ultra-modern to a metropolis renowned for bombastic architecture. The new Ramenskoye Airport and a new metro line will mean an all-time high in the city’s connectivity. Moscow will also gain a blockbuster attraction in the Polytechnic Museum and Educational Center. The best time to visit the city is April and May, when the temperature creeps into the 50s and 60s, the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day. Also the hotel rates have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges. Of course, the golden period is summer, when the city is warm and bustling.
Adelaide is an off the beaten path Australian city for lovers of food, wine, and the arts. Once overshadowed by flashier cities like Sydney and Melbourne, Adelaide has recently emerged as one of Australia’s most vibrant and surprising destinations. This laid back capital of South Australia enchants visitors with its world-class arts festivals, thriving culinary scene, abundant parkland, pedestrian-friendly downtown, and top-notch shopping. Foodies will revel in the famed Central Market, where you can wander through stalls overflowing with freshly caught seafood, kangaroo meat, and local cheeses. During the summer, Adelaide hosts renowned arts festivals seemingly every weekend.
The allure of the historic culture and scenery has always been at the forefront, but was always out of reach. And now, after decades as an outcast nation controlled by the military, it’s edging toward the mainstream. Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, is full of faded grandeur that will remind some people of an Asian Havana. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a 335-foot golden spire crowned with diamonds, rubies and sapphires, which is the nation’s most revered Buddhist site. The plains of Bagan, along the Irrawaddy River, are dotted with hundreds of 11th to 13th century temples. Irrawaddy cruises between Mandalay and Bagan are offered by Avalon Waterways, Belmond, Viking River Cruises and others.
If you like big celebrations, this is the time to visit Finland. The country will be celebrating 100 years as an independent country in 2017. The lush national parks and beautiful Northern Lights make it a nature-lover’s dream destination. Fought over by Russia and Sweden for 800 years, Finland finally gained independence in 1917. The Finns will celebrate their centenary with gusto, with events planned in every region. Expect everything from concerts and communal culinary experiences to sauna evenings and vintage travel exhibitions. There’s even a new national park studded with pine forests and crisscrossed with rivers. With the country also playing host to the World Figure Skating Championships and the Nordic World Ski Championships this year, there’s never been a better time to discover Finland’s unique culture and landscapes.
In northern Wales you will find a large tract of protected land that has inspired poets and song writers for centuries. Snowdonia National Park, Wales’ largest, has been designated a ‘dark-sky reserve’ thanks to its lack of light pollution. The best thing to do in Snowdonia is simply take in the natural surroundings. Ride the steam train up to the top of Mount Snowdon, and from here you’ll find unrivaled views of the northern welsh countryside (that is if you get a clear day!). There are countless walks and hikes throughout the large protected area, along with a plethora of small villages, the same type found in Brecon Breacons. Zip World boasts the world’s fastest (and Europe’s longest) zip line. A perfect place to bust out the telescope!
Portugal just started offering many affordable routes on the country’s flag airline, TAP, and it has made the country a new top attraction in Europe. Porto is one colorful city that everyone is flocking to. The architecture, cuisine, and entertainment make it special. Lisbon is also on the must see list. Lisbon is known for its museums: from Egyptian artifacts at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian to pop art at Museu Colecção Berardo. Add the weakness of the euro, and the countrylooks like an unbeatable deal.
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