It's about that time of the year when everyone starts getting the travel itch and looks frantically online for the best deal in town. But according to Lonely Planet, fear no more, as they've found the top 10 places to visit for the rest of this year, and let me tell you, you don't want to miss the boat! Number one on their list is Bermuda, often confused as an Island that's part of the Caribbean, this one stands alone, and for all the right reasons. It's just 1050km off the coast of North Carolina, and only two hours away from most major US cities. In June, this tropical oasis will host the America's Cup, so if your an avid sailor, or just like to be amongst some action, this place cant be missed. Bermuda is also known for it's fusion of cultures - It's British charm, African heritage and other influences old and new that can't be found anywhere else.
If you haven't visited Canada before, 2017 is the year to do it, the reason? Its Canada's 150th birthday bash. To celebrate 150 years of confederation, massive celebrations are being planned in various Canadian cities. What you have to look forward to is it's endless variety of landscapes from the rocky mountains to the glistening glaciers. Dive into the rich culture and celebrate with them, enjoying their vast music world and local foods like Poutine (A traditional dish of golden fries topped with gravy and cheese curd.)
Columbia has seemingly appeared on just about every “hip new travel destination” list over the past decade. Why? It's safe and affordable. The country’s mix of vibrant culture, nature and hospitality, is a rich tapestry woven by welcoming arms. The contrast between beautiful white beaches to lush green jungle. It's ready for you, the question is, are you ready?
Dominica is an island in the Caribbean, and is one of the only places left that has been untouched from resort development. It's known as the "Nature Island," think coconut palms, shiny white beaches, water falls and rich local culture. Its architecture is a distinct mix of French, English and Spanish influences.
Where else in the world can you get 12 months of sunshine? Ethiopia is an exotic country with a unique cuisine. It's flora and fauna is beautifully unique. If you are a coffee drinker, they produce some of the best coffee in the world! Since early 2017, airline links have made the country more accessible than ever, so be one of the first to hop on board!
Mongolia has been off the grid for most people and has been rarely spoken about. However since 2017, it's made the top 10! One of the last surviving nomadic countries, endless fairways of treeless green, a rainbow assortment of wildflowers, this beautiful country is a must.
Fought over by Russia and Sweden for 800 years, Finland finally gained independence in 1917. The Finns will celebrate their centenary with gusto, with events planned in every region. Expect everything from al fresco concerts and communal culinary experiences to sauna evenings and vintage-travel-poster exhibitions.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is known for it's affordability, and their cuisine is said to be delicious, derived from Thai, India and Chinese decent. However, although visiting comes with challenges, the reward is a window onto a vanishing Asia, where the difficulties of travel are part of the appeal, and where life moves to the timeless rhythm of chanting monks and monastery bells.
Nepal is said to be home of the world's best trekking routes. It's home to the famous Everest mountain. It's also said to be very affordable and some of the most welcoming people in the world. It has over 35 different ethnic groups, which means there are multiple religions, languages, musical influence, and food. Nepal is a wonderful place to immerse yourself into different cultures and leave your comfort zone. Dive in!
The Sultanate of Oman is a tiny country in the Middle East that, for the most part, nobody has heard of. But not anymore. Whether it's infinite golden desert you're searing for, or stunning secluded beaches, Oman has it all. Omani architecture is said to be intricate and unique and colorful.