As we head into the second month of the new year, we find ourselves on the look out for new travel experiences and adventure, making it the perfect time to consider some of the world’s lesser know destinations. Yes, it may be tempting to want to revisit the old favourites and Paris, New York and London always be a draw, but there really is no substitute for adventure, discovering new cultures, people and places.
If you are ready to step off the beaten path to a region that is yet to be fully explored or a journey few have experienced, here is a list of the 5 best travel destinations in 2017 – and I’m thrilled to see our beloved country featured.
Sorry, Costa Rica, but there is a brand new hot spot in Central America. Nicaragua has quickly become Central America’s must visit destination. This beautiful country has so much to offer both short and long-term travellers. This is the perfect place for those of us who love to absorb their surroundings and engage in some slower travel. Ometepe Island is in the middle of lake Nicaragua. It is quite a relaxed place with very little traffic and hammocks as far as the eye can see. Look for the surfer spots on the pacific coast. Here you can rent a place right on the beach that won’t break your budget. It is extremely affordable and is now starting to attract many solo travellers from all around the world. This is definitely an excellent budget option for 2017.
2. South Africa
A safari is the one travel experience that just about surpasses them all. South Africa is beautiful country, which embraces tourism and welcomes visitors from all over the world to share and enjoy their unique and vibrant country. It is home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, which offers you some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. This gigantic national reserve is home to many wonderful private reserves and world-class safari lodges . South Africa’s neighbours may offer some amazing wildlife safaris, but rest assured you would have the best chance of seeing the Big Five in South Africa. Visit world famous wine farms, explore the beautiful beaches, including Boulders Beach for it’s resident African penguins, and immerse yourself in a truly diverse culture as you take the time to visit the jewel of Southern Africa.
Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is quite often cited as a must visit when travelling to Vietnam. The busy and chaotic streets mask a city that is brimming with an abundance of art and culture. It is home to a distinct blend of influences: particularly the Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. Vietnam, however, has much more to offer. You can visit stunning Ha Long Bay or the quaint and beautiful Hoi An. Get your dose of history at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum or see the Cu Chi tunnels, which represents the sheer grit and determination of the Vietnamese people. Visiting the War Remnants Museum brings the harsh realities of war into focus, while the My Son Sanctuary and marvellous Hue Monuments will awaken your soul. An all time favourite travel experience of mine.
If you’ve ever wondered what’s at the end of the world, then maybe 2017 is the time to find out. Chile tends to surprise many and take everyone else’s breath away. You can find an amazing blend of natural splendour, history and art. The more adventurous of you should consider hiking the W trek in Patagonia, which is probably one of the biggest trophies a traveller could have on their travel wall of fame. Visit the enigmatic and isolated Easter Islands or track down some of the significant architectural work done by Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower). Consider visiting during the off-season for the most authentic and grounded experience.
5. New Zealand
Many travellers regard New Zealand as their number 1 travel destination. This geographically isolated country is filled with relatively untouched, awe-inspiring wilderness. It’s easy to see why travellers are starting to flock there. New Zealand’s beautiful and dramatic scenery has been featured on the big-screen in a range of acclaimed international movies, with the most famous of these films being The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Many of the attractions and activities, like Weta Studios and the Hobbit on Movie Set, offer travellers the chance to visit some of the film locations for themselves. For those looking to relax there are beautiful hot pools, countless cultural attractions and galleries to keep you entertained.
Besides the lion pic, rest supplied. With Pondoro Game Lodge.