Besides loving to travel, what’s one thing travel bloggers all have in common? They all have travel goals! We all have goals of some kind. Just as runners aim to beat their previous personal best and entrepreneurs strive to make their company more profitable, those who love to explore have exploration dreams and desires . For some it’s of a local retreat and for others it’s of far off places.
Travel isn’t just something that happens. We must prepare and plan for it. Regardless where you dream to venture, resolve to make traveling a goal. Just in case you need some inspiration, I’ve compiled this article where 34 travel bloggers think we should go in 2017. Since I received so many great responses, I’ve broken it into 2 parts. Enjoy!
Malta – In Search of Mexican
Malta is all the comforts of home with the feel of being a faraway place. This little island in the middle of the Mediterranean has a varied and unique history which can be seen in every part of life. Their food as you might expect is sea based, leaning towards Italian flavors, their language and architecture puts you in mind of the middle east, while the streets are filled with English shops and English is spoken everywhere. Malta is a popular destination for English Expats looking for sun and everyday use of the English language while still being just a few hours from the motherland.
Malta is home to the oldest freestanding structures in the world and you’ve seen it before if you watch Game of Thrones. Robin William’s Popeye was filmed there and you can still visit the town they built and the island is lined with one of the most beautiful coastlines you can imagine. Late summer parties, fireworks displays, and amazing architecture abound. If you’re feeling brave grab yourself a Kinnie. In Malta you can get a little bit of everything without having to travel far.
Canada – One Weird Globe
Canada celebrates the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of Confederation in 2017 – and that means lots of buzz and activity around the northern parts. While the country will have various celebrations, it’s really the smaller cities offering the quirkier spots to enjoy.
What to see? In Nova Scotia alone, you might come across the Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum, Hank Snow Hometown Museum, Muriel’s Doll Museum, the Farm Equipment Museum, and (if you’re luckier than we were) a UFO Interpretation Centre. Prince Edward Island, the country’s smallest province, holds the Bottle Houses and Canada’s own Potato Museum. And then, of course, there’s Back Road Folkart, which holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Handheld Egg Beaters – and no, I can’t make this stuff up.
Whether you opt for an epic road trip or a week-long stay in a big city like Toronto, there’s plenty going on.
Iceland – Maria Abroad
Iceland is a place full of contrasts. The land of fire and ice, where volcanos and glaciers are neighbors, undoubtedly deserves its spot on the list of Top Travel Destinations in 2017. And what is not to love about Iceland? It has something to offer for everyone. The nature lover will enjoy the varied landscapes that go from green and lush to icy and barren. The adventurer will love the glacier treks, exploring active volcanos and diving between the two tectonic plates. And the animal lover will have a great time horseback riding on the beautiful Icelandic horses, or whale watching, taking pictures of the endless flocks of sheep and the cute puffins.
Iceland is located half way between North America and Europe and thanks to great deals with budget Airlines like WOW Air or Iceland Air, you can find deals starting at $99 One Way. While Iceland is by no means a budget destination, the cheap airfare and hundreds of free activities help to balance your travel budget a little.
What are you waiting for? Put Iceland on the top of your travel bucket list and check it out in 2017.
Helsinki, Finland – Home in the Wild
Helsinki is a city with a lot to see and experience. However what makes the city a really unique destination is the nature. You don’t need to go far from the city center to experience the nature, it is just minutes away. And one of the best ways to explore the nature is by kayak. You move slowly and being close to the water gets you in contact with the nature.
There are hundreds of islands on the archipelago of Helsinki. This means you can find sheltered routes between the islands and there are a lot of public islands to take a break. To really feel the nature, I recommend camping on one of the islands. This way you can easily enjoy the sunset and the sunrise in the beautiful archipelago. If you are lucky, you might have the whole islands to yourself!
The season to go kayaking in Helsinki is from the beginning of May until the end of September. The warmest month on average is July, but June and August are also good options. At anytime I recommend bringing good outdoor clothing and a warm sleeping bag especially late in the season. Around midsummer the days are very long and there is a lot of daylight.
Slovenia – Travelling Buzz
Slovenia is a destination that everyone should add to their travel bucket list for 2017. It is a place full of impressive natural sites, wonderful cultural places and warm people. Slovenia is also a good place to visit because everything is very well-organized and it’s a generally safe country.
Lake Bled, of course, is the top spot for every curious soul. It’s a postcard-perfect place that you’ll find hard to resist. Postojna cave is a huge carst cave that will impress you with its giant halls and ‘baby dragons’. Another breathtaking place in Slovenia worth visiting is Vintgar Gorge. A few kilometers long, a wooden path in the gorge follows river Radovna and carves its way to through the vertical rocks forming one of the most picturesque walks I’ve ever had. Those and a few more places make Slovenia my favourite destination and, hopefully, it will become yours too!
Ghent, Belgium – 5 Star Hostels
Ghent is one of my favorite hidden gems in Europe, along with Bologna and Strasbourg. The first time I visited Ghent, I was blown away by its beauty and the genuine character surrounding it. The city is called the European hipster paradise, and thanks to Backstay Hostel Ghent it is now the ultimate perfect place to visit – without the tourist crowds.
Don’t get me wrong, there are tourist. But they are mixed up with the locals, spread over the city, and you don’t feel the touristy vibe taking away the authentic character. And there is more. Ghent is a students city with great nightlife, plenty of delicious restaurants, and very photogenic!
We were lucky enough to have friends in the city, so we got the locals point of view. And thanks to our friends, we got the ultimate experience, we still cherish. We visited the bar called „Dulle Griet“ and were told to order a so-called „Kwak“. A weirdly-shaped beer glass, filled with 1.2 Liters of fantastic Belgian beer. As the glass is very special, everybody ordering a glass has to give a shoe as a deposit. When you finish the beer, you get the shoe back. Imagine the fun entering this place: You see almost everyone sitting in a bar with only one shoe on their feet!
Tatacoa Desert, Colombia – uTravelShare
Hello guys my name is Davide and I’m Italian. Me and my friend Stefano are the owner of the blog uTravelShare.com. We’d like to share tips we’ve learned, feelings and emotions of years of travelling. This post is on Tatacoa Desert, I have been here with my wife Romina last year during our 6 months journey around South America!
Tatacoa Desert is located on the north part of Huila Department. Why is this place one of my favourite?
The first time I saw a picture of the Tatacoa Desert on google I thought I was seeing a place located somewhere in USA or Australia. Tatacoa Desert is another kind of landscape to add to Colombia’s already impressive list. Actually the 330-square-kilometer area is technically not a “desert,” but a tropical dry forest. Tatacoa is a unique and incredible place, renowned for its majestic landscapes and crystal clear sky. What’s the best part of Tatacoa Desert?!?! Its unrivalled view of the night sky, people can see dozens of different constellations, depending on the time of year, as well as planets and sections of the Milky Way.
Nashville, United States – Travel Addicts
Nashville, Tennessee isn’t frequently considered a top travel destination in the U.S., but it should be. Nashville, known as Music City, has many things going for it. The city’s music scene isn’t just limited to the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame. The city is a hotbed of independent musicians from country to punk and rock to blues. Artists looking to be discovered play in bars and clubs around town for free (not just along the Broadway music corridor). The city has a rich and deep history, including nearby plantations, that interests many visitors.
Nashville has become a major culinary destination. Yes, you’ll still find ‘Meat and Three’ as well as the famous Hot Chicken, but serious chefs are creating remarkable cuisine in Nashville. And then there’s the spirits. Nashville is Tennessee whiskey country. There are several distillers in the city itself, however, most visitors make the short trip to Lynchburg to visit the Jack Daniels Distillery. Whatever your interest, there’s no better time to visit Nashville!
Slovenia – My Adventures Across The World
If there is one country that has to be considered a top destination and added to the list of places to visit in 2017, that is Slovenia. Sure enough, it is one of the most incredible places I have ever visited. As soon as I arrived there, my only thought was: “what took me so long to visit?” Imagine a country made of gentle green hills; beautiful mountain peaks; castles that appear at hidden corners, almost as if they had been causally dropped from the sky; gorgeous small villages; beautiful cities (Ljubljana has to be a fairytale of a city). Add to this the delicious food, the good wine, the crisp beer. Sprinkle it with the friendly locals. Top it off with the most friendly bike culture, one of the highest rates of environmental consciousness, and hard to beat prices and you have the recipe for the perfect travel destination. Sure enough, I can’t wait to go back.
Kyoto, Japan – Great Big Globe
Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is one of our favorite cities in all of Asia. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; we spent a busy week taking in the beauty of the numerous temples and shrines this city has to offer. Kyoto made it easy for us to maximize our sightseeing time with its extensive city bus system, allowing us to hop on and off in all parts of the city. We love people watching and taking in local culture, so we knew we needed to experience the Gion entertainment district. This neighborhood is well known for its historic wooden buildings, tiny winding streets, teahouses and some of the best dining in Japan. It also offered us a glimpse of one of the elusive and elegant geishas as she walked from building to building in the early evening. We also really enjoyed the hike up Mt. Daimonji and were rewarded with the best view in all of Kyoto. And of course, we couldn’t leave without visiting the famous Sagano Bamboo Forest. The experience of walking through this bamboo grove, seeing and hearing the stalks rustle with the sunlight filtering through is something we will never forget. Kyoto genuinely has something for everyone and shouldn’t be missed when visiting Japan.
Cambodia – The Neverending Wanderlust
Cambodia is my pick for 2017 because it is one of the few places I’ve ever been that truly took my breath away. If you’re looking for warm weather, lots of history and culture, and some pretty great food, then Cambodia is the place for you! Whether you visit Phnom Penh for the Royal Palace, Siem Reap for the Temples of Angkor, or Koh Rong for the beautiful beaches – there’s something for everyone. There is a wide variety of lodging and dining options to suit every type of traveler.
One of my favorite experiences was dining at one of the many charity restaurants. These restaurants help underprivileged youth by teaching them to work in the service industry; cooking, serving, etc. The food is great, the service is fantastic, and you know you are giving back to the community. You can find these restaurants all over the country and experience great, local dishes.
2 Tips for your trip: #1 – If you want to see both Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat (and not rush), I recommend a week – 3 days in Siem Reap / 3 in Phnom Pen / 1 day traveling. #2 – FLY from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap – it will save you time and be infinitely more comfortable.
London, England – Ad-lib Traveller
London is one of the most iconic cities in the world attracting millions of visitors every year from across the globe.
From Big Ben to Camden Market, the London Underground to Wembley Stadium, it’s exciting, inclusive and has something for everybody. Offering a wealth of history, shopping and nightlife, as well as the West End for theatregoers and a diverse range of restaurants, it’s an eclectic city that hardly ever sleeps.
Not only this but if you’re yet to visit London then 2017 is the perfect opportunity to do so; we’re looking forward to another big year of sport in the city.
The NFL will stage four games in London for the first time since the international series was introduced to the UK. Following the success of London 2012 Olympics we also have the IAAF World Championships taking place in summer 2017. The city will be under the international spotlight, enjoying the (hopefully) sunny weather and giving visitors a chance to enjoy the pubs and parks around the city or travel beyond London and to other parts of the UK. There’s plenty of things to see and do in London.
London is a place that every traveller should visit at least once in their lifetime – I hope to see you here soon.
Luxembourg – Divergent Travelers
I think a visit to Luxembourg can be perfectly coined by the country’s motto ‘Unexpected Luxembourg’. Often overlooked by the mega stops like Paris, Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague, to name a fe, Luxembourg surprised us with its beauty and architecture. Officially one of the smallest countries in the world, this place packs a lot of punch.
If you like castles, the density of wonders is higher here than any other country in Europe. You can hop on the well connected train and visit all the small villages, each of which has a beautiful castle to explore. When you’ve had enough of the castles, head into the Ardennes for some back country hiking and camping. You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of this region and find you’re the only one hiking the trails for miles.
Lastly, Luxembourg City itself, the heartbeat of this small nation, treats you to the Corniche where you can spend your afternoon following walking trails, contemplating the history of this country in a small private park and then touring the royal palace. It’s a country that deserves 3 or more days of your time on your next trip to Europe.
Sri Lanka – Free Two Roam
When we booked our trip to Sri Lanka we really weren’t sure what to expect; but we quickly fell in love with this fascinating country. From the moment we arrived the first thing we noticed was how warm-hearted Sri lankan people are. They always have a big smile on their faces and are ready to help you whenever you need it. We quickly felt welcome in their beautiful country. Sri Lanka has an interesting history, a rich culture, eight UNESCO listed heritage sites; and many breathtaking beaches. We loved exploring its many temples, exotic gardens and its bustling cities.
One highlight for us was the stunning six hour train ride from Kandy to Haputale. We passed by field after field of tea plantations, cute little hill-top villages and picturesque waterfalls. Another highlight was our elephant safari through Udawalawe National Park. We saw nearly a hundred elephants, old and young, along with heaps of other wildlife. Last but not least, as huge fans of spicy food we loved feasting on delicious Sri Lankan curries and Kottus. Delicious!
We were really reluctant to leave Sri Lanka to head home; and we’re keen to head back there soon to explore the parts we left out.
Kyrgyzstan – WildJunket
Kyrgyzstan has been dubbed the “Switzerland of Central Asia” for good reasons — it’s home to dramatic mountainous landscapes, rolling summer pastures (jailoos), and some of the most hospitable people in the world. I visited in September 2016 to attend the World Nomad Games and was blown away by the traditional nomad sports and cultural displays. As part of the games, an ethno village was set up and thousands of people came from all around the country to show off their vibrant costumes and cultural practices. I’m sure this global event will draw in more travellers to the region and make Kyrgyzstan one of the up-and-coming destinations of 2017.
Hiroshima, Japan – Our3kidsvtheworld
In October we had our first trip to Japan, we had a JR Rail Pass that allowed unlimited travel on the Shinkansen aka bullet trains. This meant that we were able to travel from either end of the country for one overall cost. We took the train to Hiroshima to visit that Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to learn about the atomic bomb that was dropped directly above the city and ultimately ended WWII. Now if your a history buff this is the place for you and I am sure like everyone that visits Hiroshima you will be astounded at the sheer devastation that was experienced here in August, 1945. Its a very sombre experience but one that I think everyone should do and I for one, hope that we never see a repeat of what happened at Hiroshima.
I had an American lady stop me near the Children’s Peace Memorial and thank me for taking my child there, it ever occurred to me not to take them. Hiroshima has a free tourist shuttle bus that takes tourists round the city, there is plenty to do other than the Peace Park and is well worth a visit.
Galicia, Spain – aWorldtoTravel
Galicia is home. The place where I was born and bred and the one I return to in between my travels around the world. And believe me, I would have definitely changed that should it was not a dream destination.
Lacking the big hotels and tourism complexes other areas in Spain are filled with, the development of tourism is still at a good pace in Galicia. People have finally understood sustainable and ecotourism is the way to go and all the efforts entrepreneurs are making go towards an environmentally friendly tourism.
The best example is St. James Way, a pilgrimage that comes from the Middle Ages that has been bringing hiking enthusiasts to Galicia ever since. Slow tourism, locally produced food, Galician managed initiatives and a great natural environment make the rest.
But hey, it is not just me the one who thinks Galicia is a place that should be topping this list of ecotourism destinations for 2017. Read what other Galician bloggers wrote about Galicia awesomeness here.