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World’s Best Places to Travel in 2017

November 16, 2016

The world is becoming smaller and smaller with the advances in technology and transport, while increasing the chances of having incredible new experiences. Whether it’s an emerging sandbank in the Caribbean or the mountain range in Chile, next year’s standout destinations are changing the travel landscape. I have identified 10 standout destinations, based on industry news, expert advice and travel inspiring hashtags on Instagram.

1. Reykjavík

reykjavik-ceStunning, yet tiny, the northern most capital of the world astounds with bright, colorful buildings, artistic minds, quirky designs and plenty of late-night entertainment. A town by international standards, Reykjavík offers space and serenity compared with most hustle-bustle European cities. World-renowned for Northern Lights viewing, also referred as the Aurora Borealis, can be seen painting the winter night skies, blazing in red, blue and purple patterns.

2. Belize

Belize Regardless of its small size, Belize awaits adrenaline junkies and culture-seekers with its dense jungle forest surrounding most of the country. It boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in the region, dazzling shade of turquoise, underwater coral gardens, multi-colored marine life, and the ancient Mayan history. The dependable public transport options and various hotels makes it an ideal place for solo travelers. Not to forget it is also home to the world-renowned “Blue Hole”.

3. Dublin

DublinA “little capital” with big city perks, Dublin’s 1,000 years old traditions and life principles will not disappoint its visitors. Exploring the Georgian squares and stately houses, museums, cathedrals and churches, historic buildings, castles, restaurants and museums are some of the endless supply of things to do and visit in this Viking city. With its warm hearted and kind people, no wonder this lively city is rapidly ascending the list of Europe’s favorite tourist destinations. All you got to do is show up.

4. Costa Rica

Costa RicaPicturesque trails leading to deep caves, forested valleys, volcanoes, mangrove swamps, waterfalls, and desolated beaches. Tucked between both the oceans, the Pacific and Atlantic, often portrayed as a powerhouse of political and economic activity in the center of an unstable region. Costa Rica is a giant playground with a captivating wildlife, much of it is now protected by local laws, also widely referred as a system of its kind.

5. Petra

PetraUndoubtedly the most popular and mysterious charm in Jordan, hidden in the deep southwestern deserts. A hauntingly beautiful site centuries old, buried with secrets waiting to be unveiled. The temple-tombs are chiselled entirely into the rose-red cliffs, thanks to its vague location in the center of a windblown landscape, a view which will not fail to impress. Set your sights on the historical kaleidoscope of this ancient city, it is equally incredible and breathtaking to see in person.

6. Galápagos Islands

 Galapagos IslandsOnce feared a sorcerer had a spell casted over an isolated group of thirteen volcanic islands, dispersed across 45,000 square kilometres of Pacific Ocean. The islands are in a strange formation, blanketed in emerald forest with volcanic bumps here and there, they are no less fascinating now than they were a hundred years ago. Do we have to be a marine biologist or a geologist to value one of the few places left in the world where the human foot is kept to a minimum?

7. Havana

HavanaArriving at Havana is like stepping back in time and is everything you imagine it to be and more. Until recently, travel from the US to Cuba was all but impossible – and it promises plenty of things to see and do. The city is taking a progressive turn, which may not be apparent right away, but behind the historical walls are some of the emerging boutique hotels, villas and luxury lodgings that fortunately has not compromised the charm of this incredible city. So don’t come to Havana searching for answers, instead come with an open mind and an open heart.

8. Transylvania

Transylvania Most visitors imagine Transylvania as a realm of dark fairy-tales, where fog condenses on tree leaves like spider webs and drips onto the ground. The deep thick jungles and the ruined Gothic castles will treat the medieval fantasies of its visitors, among the tall towers and the narrow cobblestone lanes of Sighişoara and Braşov. Transylvania will please fans of vampire movies and television shows, and captivate with its jumble of tensed places and towns that time has forgotten.

9. Moscow

MoscowThrilling its visitors 7 days a week, 365 days an year with its creativity, heritage and grandeur. Far forgotten its origin as a quiet wooden town that it once upon a time was, the present-day Moscow has transformed into a city that never sleeps: its residents and visitors can get anything they want around the clock. Moscow is a strike on all sensations: a sea of commuters on the subway, designer shops, fine dining, high-end galleries and chic nightlife, cathedrals with colorful domes and historical treasures.

10. Vancouver

VancouverGifted as one of Earth’s most scenic cities, shimmering waters and majestic mountain-ringed settings, lush flora and fauna throughout the year. Its natives and their warm hospitality, with wonderful aspirations and a cheerful spirit. Safe and walk-able neighborhoods, art galleries and museums, fine dining restaurants and pubs, mountain gazing from Stanley Park’s astounding seawall, there are numerous reasons to visit and fall in love with this vibrant cosmopolitan city.

Over to you! So, where will you go in 2017? I can’t plan your holiday, but if travel is your life’s passion, there is so much to look forward to in 2017. I can help you narrow your wish list and make an actual resolution to “travel more” while 196 countries awaits to be explored.

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