From renowned destinations to ones that are off the beaten track, we scour the globe in search of some of the best places to visit in the year 2017. Mark your calendars – these destinations are not to be missed!
Peru is an amazing country to visit with glorious Inca ruins and amazing cuisines. About three times the size of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao probably resembles Angkor Wat in its early days before the droves of tourist buses came in. It is one that’s visited by few – about a dozen at most per day. This is because you’ll need a four-day round-trip hike to get there. But when you’re there you’ll find this magical place of mountainous valleys and humble villages deep within. If you have four extra days to spend, take the hike from Cusco, which is the same place where you set off to Machu Picchu. It’s definitely worth it.
Cape Town, South Africa
The laid-back folks of Cape Town have been hard at work to solidify its reputation as a city with a global outlook. Explore the city’s in all of its charm, from its beautiful sandy beaches, to scenic mountain tops, to its historic wine estates found in all directions. The art and design scene is getting a boost too, with the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), this marks it as the world’s largest museum of contemporary African art.
Andaman Islands, India
Fabled for its beaches and world-class dives, the Andaman Islands is surrounded with emerald waters and lush jungles. Of all the 300 or so islands, you only get to visit about a dozen. While The Nicobars are strictly off limits to tourists since they are tribal areas, Havelock on the other hand is by far the most popular for its beaches and diving locations. The islands sit in the middle of nowhere on the Indian Ocean, making this the ideal location to detach from the distraction of bustling cities.
Moroccan cities are among the most exciting to visit in the continent of Africa. From the sandy dunes of the Sahara to the highest peaks of the High Atlas, it’s a country that seems like it is made just for travellers and photographers. You can choose to hike up North Africa’s highest peak, or go camel trekking in the desert, shop in souqs, or relax upon terraces and grand squares for a panoramic view of the skyline before finally ending the day with a rejuvenating bath in a hammam.
Instagrammers will find Morocco to be heaven for photographers! You can find uncrowded architectural sites to visit, such as the beautiful Hassan II Mosque located in Casablanca. This place of worship houses magnificent marble interiors and the world’s tallest minaret soaring into the sky. It is the largest mosque in Morocco, and is one of the few that is open to travellers of all religious backgrounds.
If you’re looking for a culturally-diverse and heritage-rich destination, Malaysia is one of the best places to travel to. Perak’s capital, Ipoh is nestled two-hours north of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. This off-beaten track is blooming with vintage cafes and boutiques, all thanks to the British colonial structures that stand preserved since the 1900s. They’re now turned into foodie spots for many local delicacies such as ais kepal (ice balls) and renowned local white coffee, as well as delightful cafes like Roquette Cafe and Burps & Giggles. Pangkor Island is also located nearby, and you’ll find a breath of fresh air by its nature walks and sandy beaches.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo is quickly becoming the must-see destination in Sri Lanka. Once known as “the garden city of the East” in the 19th-century, its green roots are still very much intact in modern-day Colombo. Today, you can still find shady boulevards among a wide spread of architecture built back in the British colonial days. The city’s old quarters and its beaches are sprawling with new and ever-more stylish eateries, museums and hotels – making this capital city the perfect destination for you start and finish to your Sri Lankan adventures.
With brilliant blue seas and stunning beaches, Seychelles is a haven for honeymoon goers and travellers alike. Mahé is of its 100 plus largest islands, home to capital, Victoria, and international airport. Here you can go on a trail walk, snorkel and swim. Its second largest island, Praslin, is quieter. You’ll find Vallée de Mai here, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the few places on the islands where you can see wild coco de mer – the world’s largest coconuts!
Finland has been contested by Russia and Sweden for over 800 years before gaining its own independence in 1917. Celebrating its 100 anniversary in 2017, the Finns are planning to hold events throughout the entire region. You can expect everything here: from concerts to culinary experiences to sauna evenings. They’re also hosting the Nordic World Ski Championships this year. There’s no better time to visit Finland than this!
What are your top travel destinations for the upcoming year? Let us know our 8 best places to travel is on your list, or if other regions that should not be missed.