For the traveler, there’s never and end to wanderlust. Every day, the traveler dreams of seeing the world, escaping their local bubble and really immersing themselves in different places and cultures. Even if you’re not much of a traveler, this is a spirit that you should seek to embody. There’s so much to be said for the ways in which experiencing the many sundry pleasures of the world can enrich the mind and spirit.
Given that we’re already well into the new year, we thought it might be time to help you to set a new resolution. After all, by now you’ve probably given up on the ones you originally set! We think this resolution should be to check out some of the most breathtaking and enchanting places the world has to offer. This is why we’ve put together this list of the 20 places you’ve got to see in 2017.
So, if you’ve been feeling that itch of wanderlust or want to capture that spirit, read on. Any one of the 20 places that follow could be the destination that’s going to change your life. Let’s take a look…
1. Marrakech (Morocco)
It’s cast a spell over all who visit since time immemorial; make 2017 the year you find out why this is the case.
2. St. Petersburg (Russia)
Russia is truly apart of the public consciousness these days. Why not see what’s going on there for yourself?
3. Playa del Carmen (Mexico)
When you want the very best beach-going experience that Mexico has to offer, you can’t really do much better than Playa del Carmen.
4. Prague (Czech Republic)
An old city that reveals itself to visitors like the layers of an onion, you’re sure to find Prague absolutely enchanting.
5. Istanbul (Turkey)
This is just one of the places that you need to experience for yourself; there’s more to this city than could ever be summarized in a book, let alone a blog.
6. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Now that things have calmed down after the summer Olympics, it’s a great time to check out this Brazilian treasure.
7. Barcelona (Spain)
Bright, vibrant, delicious, exciting, infections… Those are just some of the words that can describe the wonders of Barcelona.
With incredible resorts dotting the coastline offering all manner of experiences, there’s something for everyone in Jamaica.
9. New York City
Even if you’ve already been to New York City, there’s likely plenty that you missed. It never hurts to let it cast its spell over you again.
10. Dubai (UAE)
A city that springs seemingly out of nowhere, there’s something uncannily futuristic about this place that many find infectious.
It doesn’t matter what year it is when it comes to Paris. It’s just one of those places that absolutely everyone needs to experience.
12. Hoi An (Vietnam)
There are many places in Vietnam that could have made this list, but this special location is our pick for sure.
So much of Western culture finds its origins on the streets of London; who wouldn’t want to put their finger to the pulse of this city?
14. Roatan (Honduras)
The gorgeous beaches here are ones that you won’t soon forget, but that’s just the start. The food, culture and ambiance are hard to beat.
15. Grand Cayman
Buzzing with incredible culture and home to some truly gorgeous beaches, you might not ever want to leave if you visit.
All roads lead to Rome, and your travel itinerary should definitely take you down one of those roads sooner rather than later.
17. Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Forget about the Pyramids of Giza or ancient Mayan Ruins… This ancient place blows them all out of the water.
18. Crete (Greece)
Azure blue waters beneath sweeping cliffs and coastal towns… What’s not to love about the island of Crete?
19. Ambergris Caye (Belize)
There’s much to see and do in Belize, something that many travelers don’t realize. Go see what they’re missing and visit this amazing spot!
20. Phuket (Thailand)
Ask anyone who’s had the chance to visit Phuket, and they’ll tell you just how life changing their experience was.