The new year has begun, which means there are thousands of getaways to explore. So, get your passport ready to broaden your horizons. From the charms of Japan to glorious Bosnia and Herzegovina and the beaches of Bermuda, we selected some of the best places to travel in 2017.
Often mistaken for a Caribbean island, Bermuda is best known for its pink beaches, deep-sea fishing and pristine golfing greens. It’s a great place for visitors who like to relax all day and party all night.
Home to one of the oldest civilizations and empires in the world, Iran boasts a rich artistic, architectural and culinary culture and brims with hospitality. And, by the way, the country is geographically beautiful.
Papua New Guinea
Travelling to Papua New Guinea feels like you’re stepping into the great unknown. With a virgin rainforest, unexplored mountain terrain and a fascinating history to explore, Australia’s closest neighbour will make you wonder as if there is no civilizations yet discovered.
Canada is overflowing with tourism attractions, from the ever-popular Rocky Mountain regions of British Columbia, to the cultural capital of Montreal, polar bear spotting in Manitoba, the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia, and plenty more in between. But, this year, the country turns 150 years old in 2017, which means celebrations will be happening everywhere.
One of the world’s great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighbourhoods and forest hikes, Portland is a recreational paradise and a vibrant example of how several cultures can mesh to create a far-from-boring cityscape.
A lush landscape bursting with bougainvillea, coast-side cliffs and golden beaches, Portugal is one of Europe’s most picturesque countries. From the fresh urban delights of Lisbon to rural retreats in the country’s south and the north, Portugal has it all: architecture, cuisine and entertainment.
Filled with gorgeous scenery and some of Africa’s lesser-known wildlife as well as having a history that’s left its wide-ranging landscapes laden with historic treasures, ranging from 17th-century castles to ancient tombs and obelisks, Ethiopia is as exotic as countries come.
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The former-Yugoslavian nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a treasure-trove of architectural and natural beauty. Begin your trip in Mostar, one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most spectacular cities, that has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most.
Explore Myanmar’s majestic temples, primeval jungle and unspoilt beaches, which have for so long remained concealed and gloriously untouched. After five decades of military rule and consequent democratic reform, the nation also known as Burma is poised to receive an influx of travellers.
The samurai country of Japan has it all: deeply rooted cultural traditions, ancient shrines and temples, lovely gardens, beautiful mountain scenery, geishas and tea ceremonies, and accommodations that range from ryokans or quaint inns to ultra-modern luxurious hotels. Tokyo is a great place to start your journey in this country.