A new year calls for change, “New Year, new me,” as they say. So this year we make it a point to create not just a list of resolutions but also a list of travel destinations we long to visit this year or in the years to come.
1. Palawan, Philippines
The Philippines is home to about 7,500 islands, and the chart topper of them all is Palawan, otherwise known as “The last frontier of the Philippines.” It boasts of its underwater world, shipwreck diving sites, underground rivers, wildlife sanctuary, stretches of white sandbars, and locals are teeming with vibrant energies. After all, it would not be hailed as the “best island in the world” by international travel magazines for nothing.
2. Niseko, Japan
It cannot be denied how cherry blossoms gather the citizen of the world in Japan. But little did we know a town nestling in the icy mountains of northern Hokkaido called Niseko holds powdery snow, which makes it one of the best ski resort destinations in Asia and one of the travel destinations 2017.
3. Helsinki, Finland
Finland might be known for its winter wonderland, but Helsinki, the country’s capital, is always alive with its thriving art scenes and architectural wonders. The food, infrastructures and the locals all complement each other to make Finland one the best travel destinations 2017.
4. Marrakesh, Morocco
To fully experience the place’s culture, one should and must visit the market places or souks as commonly known in Marrakesh Morocco. Souk Semmarine is one of the popular souks in the city. In here you’ll see colourful textiles. The Moroccan culture is deeply ingrained in every product that one could find in souks.
5. Golden Triangle, India
Golden Triangle is the collective name for Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. These cities form a triangular shape. Hence the triangle in the name, are the most visited cities in India. Each place has a distinct feature that will help you get to know what India really is. Delhi, as the jump off point of your Golden Triangle journey, boasts a wide variety of bazaars. Jaipur, on the hand, houses the former royal families. And the last point of the triangle, Agra, is where the Taj Mahal ethereally stands.
6. Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is where the city meets the sea. There are quite a few places in the world where one could experience the beach vibe just a few minutes away from the city. If you ever get tired of strolling the city just head to Hatayalet and wait for the sun to set with its great colours. Tel Aviv is such a character to behold from its fascinating history that is evident in every corner of the city to its wide variety of food selection. Visit Tel Aviv and get to know yourself a little bit more.
7. Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Dubbed as one of Cambodia’s youngest cities being founded in the year 1955 is starting to gain attention from tourists and backpackers alike. If you prefer huts over the luxury of the hotels Sihanoukville is definitely one for you. Chill by the beach, drink cheap beers and meet interesting people.
8. Cartagena, Colombia
If you want to immerse yourself in history and art a visit in Cartagena, Colombia is always a must. The city’s vibrant colonial buildings, cobbled stones streets, and large churches are the perfect starters for every traveller. If walking is not your thing, you may opt to take the Cartagena’s Chiva tours using the Chiva bus a brightly coloured wooden bus that used to be a popular public transportation for the Cartagenians.
9. Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg or Jozi is one the emerging urban destinations in the world. The city boasts a lively nightlife and diverse cosmopolitan. Travellers will not have a hard time finding where to eat and what to do as the city offers endless choices. It is no secret that Johannesburg had a significant past and they have built the Apartheid House to honour it. Cleary, with its rich past and future, Johannesburg is the next travel destination 2017.
10. Koror, Palau
If you’re up for some water activities, Koror in Palau is the place to be. Have some time swimming with the stingless jellyfish at Jellyfish Lake, go island hopping to nearby islands, or experience snorkelling in Milky Way. More than the water activities, Koror Prison is also a must see once you have set foot in Koror. Here you can purchase unique storyboards made by the inmates.
11. Quebec, Canada
Quebec, Canada is the largest French-speaking province in the country. Everything you see is French from food to lifestyle to architectural designs. It is like travelling to France but with the absence of the Eiffel tower. Walk through the alleys of Old Quebec and have your picture taken in front of Chateau Frontenac, which was named as the most photographed hotel in the world.
12. Naples, Italy
To all the pizza lovers out there, if you want to know the origin of your favourite food a visit in Naples is always a surefire hit. Discover how the locals make it and taste how it differs from the other pizzas you’ve ever tasted. Once here, visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli which houses important archaeological artefacts from the whole of Italy.
13. Stockholm, Sweden
Travellers can easily explore what Stockholm has to offer through its 57 bridges that connect one from the other. To get a better feel of one the trendiest cities in the world, a walk through Gamla Stan or Old Town should be on your itinerary. According to the story during the WWII, Stockholm was on the neutral; thus it has not been damaged. So the cobblestone and the colourful architecture you see around here have been preserved since the olden times.
14. Auckland, New ZealandThis place can quickly become one of your favourite cities from snowcapped mountains to lush forests New Zealand offers nothing but majestic views to its visitors. One can choose to stay in Auckland and maximise everything that the city offers or travel the countryside and be one with nature.
15. Granada, Spain
With Castles dating from the Moors and Romans era, Granada is the perfect backdrop for your Disney princess nostalgia. Thus a visit to the magnificent Alhambra Palace will unleash the inner princess in you. One better way to get to know a place is to taste and devour its local food. In this case, take the time to savour Spain’s tapas from the local restaurants. Without a doubt, with the place’s enigmatic history Granada can be your best travel destination 2017.
16. Machu Picchu
One of UNESCO Heritage Sites, Machu Picchu should definitely be in your travel destination 2017. There two ways of going to Machu Picchu, one you may choose to trek the Inca trail for 3 to 4 days or second you hop on the train for an easier ride. But either way, Machu Picchu is always worth the trip.
17. Reykjavik, Iceland
Seeing the Northern Light or the Aurora Borealis is the ultimate travel destination 2017 on everyone’s bucket list. This dreamlike phenomenon is visible in the months starting from September to April. Sure we see the northern lights in a lot of photos but seeing them in real life will an experience you will cherish for the rest of your life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mikee Pascual is a Filipino travel and lifestyle writer who is gradually shifting from a sedentary life to a nomadic one. She dreams of traveling to all 81 provinces in the Philippines and having her own book, hostel and restaurant someday. Keep track of the world through her words at World in My Words.