04 January 2017
From tropical beaches to brilliant green rainforests to snow-topped mountains, there are so many places to see in the world, aren't there?
If you're pondering where to travel to in 2017, here are 10 destinations to add to your travel wish list...
One of South East Asia’s hidden gems, Myanmar (Burma) is poised to become a magnet for travellers keen to explore untouched Asia. Wonder in awe at more than 2,000 brick temples scattered majestically across the open countryside at Bagan and discover the delights of this breathtaking country.
Finland gained independence in 1917 and the Finns are planning to celebrate their 2017 centenary year in style. Expect al fresco concerts, culinary experiences, art exhibitions and musicals. There’s never been a better time to discover Finland’s unique culture and landscapes.
In 2017, the world’s second largest country will mark 150 years since confederation with some of the biggest July 1st Canada Day celebrations the country has ever seen. Join in the celebrations in the cities of Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary or explore the many national parks and heritage sites offering free admission throughout 2017.
If you haven’t yet visited Cuba, a spectacular destination awaits. Experience the magic of the dreamy and dilapidated Havana, with gracious old colonial buildings, and stunning beaches. Don't miss a visit to the beautiful, historic town of Cienfuegos (pictured), a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
One of the most dynamic cities in Europe, Lisbon has an exciting art scene and a population of energetic young artists, architects and designers. Wander around the higgledy piggledy streets of Barrio Alto, search through charming trinket shops and vintage emporiums, and discover an exciting food and drink scene in this up-and-coming city.
Fancy a staycation? There's so much to explore in our home country of Ireland, from cities to sweeping landscapes. Dublin is a must-visit city that seems to be in a constant state of celebration whilst for road-trippers, the Wild Atlantic Way offers 2,500km of the most dramatic rocky coastline. A country rich in history, with romantic castles, deserted beaches, unforgettable music and superb food and drink.
Perhaps one of the lesser known regions of Spain, Extremadura is wonderful area to explore. Spain’s best Roman ruins dominate the city of Merida, the Parque Nacional de Monfrague is a dramatic gorge abundant with birds, and the region produces some of the country’s most celebrated cheeses and ham. Discover formidable castles, restored old palaces, cobbled streets and tasty tapas in this hidden gem.
Florida’s Emerald Coast
This 100-mile stretch of sugar-fine sand and beachfront lies on Florida’s once forgotten north-eastern coast. The Emerald Coast is one of the Sunshine States best kept secrets. Far from the maddening crowd, discover quiet sandy beaches, hidden state parks full of shore birds and calm, turquoise waters.
Trang Islands, Thailand
Blonde beaches glisten amongst rising shards of jungle-topped rocks, rainbow fish flit through an aquamarine sea... thankfully, the only thing missing from the Trang Islands are the crowds. These laid-back islands are irresistible. Laze on Ko Kradan, snorkel off the coral fringed Ko Ngai and paddle into Ko Muk’s cave as you relax in untouched splendour.
Big mountains, big sky and big bears, Montana embodies the spectacular scenery of the west in all its glory. The state of Montana is huge and it is one of the largest wilderness areas in America. Hiking through the meadows of wildflowers to discover aquamarine lakes backed by glacial peaks is a real hikers and bikers paradise on earth.
Ready for an adventure in 2017? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to plan your next holiday.