So, here’s a question for you… Have you kept any of your New Year’s resolutions thus far? If you’re like most – and like us, in fact – then the answer is probably not. There’s just something about those big promises we make to ourselves at the beginning of the year that never seem to bear fruit… But, just because you’ve given up on that original resolution, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a new one!
As it so happens, we’ve got a ready made resolution that you can make today. Are you ready for it? How about making the decision to travel to someplace exotic and off the beaten path this year? Instead of going to those old vacation standbys, why not give yourself something new and different to get excited about?
Sounds like a good plan, doesn’t it? Well, with all of the above in mind, let’s take a look at 20 amazing under-the-radar travel destinations for 2017. There’s something for everyone in the list that follows, and any one of these places could make a perfect vacation for you and yours!
Now that relations have been somewhat normalized between the U.S. and Cuba, it’s never been a better time to go check out this island nation.
2. Bay of Kotor (Montenegro)
The small town that sits on the edge of this gorgeous bay is a real treat, offering everything you’d want from a tremendous vacation.
3. Rotorua (New Zealand)
New Zealand is an incredible place to visit, and if you want to get a feel for the geological wonders that make it so beautiful, then Rotorua is definitely for you.
4. The Yukon (Canada)
This vast expanse of wilderness that encompasses much of Canada is something that needs to be seen to be believed.
This country is largely misunderstood in the West. From incredible food and culture to some of the finest historic sites and museums in the world, there’s plenty to love here.
6. Belgrade (Serbia)
A lot has changed here since the end of the war, and the city would love for you to come check it all out.
This is a country that many people forget exists, and to a certain extent this country would prefer to keep things that way…
8. Kanazawa (Japan)
Forget the high-tech hustle and bustle of a place like Tokyo, and instead check out the rich history of this off-the-beaten path Japanese destination.
9. Mystic (Connecticut)
A quaint little village on the border of Rhode Island, Mystic is home to wonderful restaurants, boutiques and some gorgeous New England coastline.
10. Lofoten Islands (Norway)
Quaint, rustic and absolutely splendid in its natural environment, those living in Norway would like this place to continue flying under the radar.
There are over 170 islands that one can explore when visiting Tonga, each with incredible culture and places for sun and relaxation.
12. Tellaro (Italy)
With the Cinque Terre trying to restrict the number of annual visitors it receives, the time is ripe to check out this equally beautiful destination.
13. Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)
The stunning natural environment here along with the incredible wildlife that calls this place home make this place a must-see.
14. Noosa Islands (Australia)
This destination, which is a relatively short trip away from Brisbane, is a perfect example of why people love Australia so much.
15. Goa (India)
There’s just so much to see and do here, not the least of which is enjoying the absolutely incredible local cuisine.
16. Cincinnati (Ohio)
Many vacationers in the U.S. don’t think to spend a week in Cincinnati, and that’s really too bad, because there’s so much here!
17. Palm Springs (California)
There’s a reason that the Rat Pack spent a lot of time here, and you should go see for yourself what that reason was.
18. Watch Hill (Rhode Island)
The traffic on Cape Cod is hell during the summer months. So, instead of making that journey, why not check out this Rhode Island treasure?
19. Todos Santos (Mexico)
Forget about the big tourist destinations in Mexico like Cabo, and instead check out the unrestrained beauty of this under-the-radar Mexican destination.
20. Atacama Desert (Chile)
How about a place that’s desolate, warm and has an expansive sky that opens up before you? That’s exactly what you’ll get here.