Hello, my wanderlust friends! New Year has just begun, holiday mode is still on and long, cold winter is knocking on our doors. It’s the time of the year when many of us dream of just one thing: WHERE TO TRAVEL THIS YEAR! Forget unpaid bills, loans and all other expenses that holding you back from going to Maldives! Make a resolution to spend most of your money on you, get off the couch and book a flight ticket to one of these 17 bucket list destinations for 2017! Bon Voyage!
1. Finland – Lapland
Santa Clothes, Rudolf and the rest of Santa’s flight crew, dog sledging, overdose of snow and beautiful landscapes with a touch of Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)… do I need to say more? Lapland has been on my bucket list for so many years and it’s officially my first destination in 2017! Oh, how exciting, can’t wait to explore all its beauty!
2. Rwanda & Uganda
You can probably guess why, right? The best place in the world for mountain gorilla trekking! I fell in love with this wonderful creatures from the first time I saw them on David Attenborough incredible video – THIS ONE:
Did you know? Mountain gorillas can only be found and seen in Africa, in just three countries including Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. There are fewer than 800 mountain gorillas remaining in the world!
3. Galapagos islands
An archipelago of about 19 volcanic islands sprinkled 620 miles off Ecuador’s coast in the Pacific Ocean is a place full of natural wonders. From incredible nature to amazing, friendly wildlife this archipelago is one of the few places left on the planet where the human footprint is kept to a minimum.
Did you know? Galapagos islands served as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution!
Have you seen how interesting and fun is in Galapagos fish markets?
4. Tanzania – Kilimanjaro
After southeast part of the country it is time to explore the Kilimanjaro area, home to Africa’s highest mountain peak and some of the best national parks in the world! From Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater to the amazing Masai tribes, Tanzania is an ideal destination for all safari & nature lovers!
Iconic Inca citadel Machu Picchu is a worldwide symbol of wonder, beauty and some special spiritual energy. For the past few years Peru has been on my radar, but in 2017 I really hope to make this trip finally happen!
5. Namibia & Botswana
I can not separate these two countries. Road trip through Namibia and Botswana is an ultimate adventure and an amazing combination of stunning Namib desert and beautiful green scenery of Okavango Delta in Botswana! If you have enough time (and money) don’t miss Victoria falls in Zimbabwe too!
Unique, extraordinary, special… I’ve always wanted to visit the land of Hello Kitty, Mt. Fuji, sushi, ‘intelligent’ toilets and square watermelons.
True wilderness, nomads, eagle hunters and the cutest babies ever! For the epic journey travel the Trans-Siberian Railway and stay at least one week with traditional nomads in the middle of nowhere!
Catch the Hogwarts Express (Jacobite Steam Train) and enjoy one of the most beautiful and green countries in the world! Epic journey!
Watch this video and find why you should put Norway on your 2017 bucket list:
Also known as Burma, this incredible country is full of ancient temples, beautiful, smiling people and stunning nature. What not to miss? Sunrise over Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Golden Rock Pagoda, remote villages, Yangon, U Bein Bridge, Irrawaddy River.
Cristal blue ocean, luxurious resorts, coconuts, coral reefs and colorful fish… Maldives are true paradise on Earth! And if you have that special someone to share this romantic heaven with than this is a place you wanna be this year!
13. Portugal & Azores
This relatively small country offers so much! From charming cities and remote villages to beautiful southern coast, good cheap vines and long, rich history, Portugal has it all. If you have time, include the Archipelago of the Azores in this trip and enjoy world-class whale watching, hot mineral springs and lush landscapes. Definitely worth a visit!
Sunsets over Santorini and indescribably magical Meteora, no need to add more.
15. Patagonia, southern Chile and Argentina
If you are an adventurous outdoor freak then this is a perfect destination for you! Step into a wild, beautiful nature full of majestic glaciers and mountains. It’s hard to describe the incredible beauty of Patagonia so watch this wonderful video and dare to dream big with me:
Although the political situation in the Middle East is not so bright Jordan is a very safe place to travel to. Not just safe, but also one of the most spectacular and amazing countries I have visited so far! The ancient city of Petra, Wadi Rum desert, the Dead Sea and friendly, hospitable people are real treasures of this Middle East gem.
This island is out of this world beautiful. There are no words to describe its beauty. Rent a car and in 10 days explore the land of fire and ice!