The Hottest Travel Destinations for 2017
Written by: Amanda Bailey on December 15, 2016
We almost can’t believe 2016 is drawing to an end, but a new year means new goals. Is visiting somewhere new among your resolutions for next year? Or are you an independent travel agent trying to anticipate your clients’ requests?
Check out these seven exciting destinations that are slated to entice travelers from around the world in 2017.
If you’d like more information on how to cross one or two of these places off your bucket list, contact your travel agent!
Exciting food, golden beaches, and stunning, fairytale-like heritage sites. Portugal’s time is now, and its capital, Lisbon, is illuminating the way forward. Decaying old town districts are being renovated, and new, modern hotels are popping up to accommodate those wanting to experience the country’s renaissance.
Election jokes aside, America’s northern neighbor has recently experienced an influx of both visitors and permanent settlers from around the world. Whether it’s the energy of cultural hubs like Toronto and Montreal, or the majestic natural wonders that await across the country’s vast frontier, Canada is welcoming travelers with open — and famously polite — arms.
Where else can you spend a day exploring epic landscapes and lemur-spotting, and then return to a luxurious, yet eco-friendly villa? Madagascar’s world-class biodiversity are under threat from climate change and deforestation; visit soon to fully appreciate this exotic island’s flora, fauna, and opportunities for adventure.
It’s not just about the shorts; this British territory is breaking out of its rut and enticing a new generation of travelers. Hosting the America’s Cup, an international sailing race, in June will bring a surge of high-end visitors and attention to the island. Lavish resorts, pink beaches, and short flight times from the east coast are also working in Bermuda’s favor.
Security has improved dramatically here over the past decade, enough to warrant a visit from the Pope in 2017. Cartagena is one of the trendiest cities right now, drawing in visitors with its coastal vibes and charming colonial architecture. Outdoor adventures through the lush countryside, a strong coffee tradition, and the vibrant dining and nightlife scene in Medellin are among the top reasons to make this a bucket list destination.
This quiet southeastern Asian nation has been isolated from travelers for years, but its future grew brighter this year with the election of the country’s first civilian government. Embrace Myanmar’s idyllic countryside, bustling markets, and golden temples before too much transformation occurs.
Sitting between the Balkans and central Europe is a country rich in history, culture and unexpectedly dazzling landscapes. From the sunny, sapphire-blue coast to the vivid greens in the Plitvice Lakes National Park to the diverse architecture, Croatia is quickly becoming an Instagram darling.
A new year is the time to take new adventures! Where will 2017 take you?
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