With 2017 just around the corner, the time to dream about and plan future adventures is finally here! Reflecting back on my travels over the last year, I’m so grateful for all of the beautiful places I was able to explore and for all of the life changing moments those trips gave me.
Now, with the New Year only a few days away, my wanderlust is growing stronger than ever! Here is a list of 8 countries to put on your bucket list for your 2017 travel destinations
This is the newest addition to the list of dream travel destinations. Cartagena is an endearing, fairy-tale like city with a sense of romance that charms its visitors. Cities like Medellin, Bogota and Cartagena are cobble-stoned, sprawling wonders worth visiting. Soak up the culture, the people, and the laid back lifestyle that fills the streets of this gorgeous country.
Iceland, a nordic island is known for it’s stunning landscapes, geysers, volcanoes, hot springs and lava fields. It is a remote country, with a population of just over 300,000! Iceland is known for its wild horses, stunning views decorating the horizon, and the Northern Lights to explore.
China has a remarkable variety of landmarks to wander. Whether it’s shopping in Hong Kong , marveling at the beautiful mountains of Huangshan City, or immersing yourself in the culture of Beijing, China is filled with unique experiences. The Great Wall Of China is one of the most known wonders of the world that has always been a bucket list favourite!
Croatia is a country rich in history, as well as captivating natural wonders. If you’re looking to explore the deep history of this country, head to Dubrovnik- an Old Town encircled by 16th century walls. The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, is filled with diverse museums and a medieval Upper Town sure to provoke your sense of wonder! For natural wonders, head to Plitvice Lakes National Park; a forest reserve surrounded by a chain of waterfalls that is known all over the world for its natural beauty.
Italy is one for the books. A country known for it’s romance, unique cultural experience, and not to mention amazing food, it belongs on your bucket list for this years travels. Historic churches decorating the tight, narrow cobble stone streets, restaurants at every corner and lively locals who embrace their heritage- Italy will make an impression to last a lifetime.
Peru is for those looking for thrill and adventure. It is surrounded by rainforest, and is home to the Inca trail and famously known Machu Pichu. Enjoy the unique experience of seeing wild lamas roam the Machu Pichu trail! Evoke your sense of wonder with the nearby Sacred Valley and city of Cusco which are rich in historic archaeological sites.
Greece, a country of southeastern Europe is often referred as the cradle of Western Civilization, and for good reason! Ancient churches and buildings fill the country’s landscape, dating all the way back to 5th-century B.C. Not only is Greece rich in history, but it’s stunning beaches are known all over the world. Santorini and Mykonos contain some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, as well as the ancient cobble-stoned alley ways adored by so many.
What are your top countries to visit in the New Year? I’d love to hear about your travel bucket list!
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