With the new year looming right ahead, you must be planning for your trips for the new year. Here’s a list of five 2017 destinations to discover now. All five are different in each way with different cultures, climate, food, and landscapes. You’ll discover a part of the world, one place at a time.
Ah…flights from the USA to Cuba are here. Southwest, Jetblue, American Airlines, and Silver Airways are a few of the airlines now offering flights from US soil to Cuba. Tourism is going to rise and fights and hotel will only get more expensive as the idea of Cuba becoming a tourist destination grows.
Visit Cuba now before it’s too late and gets commercialized. Every destination ends up (sadly) overdeveloped and loses it’s charm. Canyon Calling is organizing a trip to Cuba this spring in 2017. This trip to Cuba is an eight (8) day adventure. You can expect to explore, eat, do lots of sightseeing, and learn about the history and culture of Cuba.
Bali…a destination that is on the top of people’s travel list this year. I’m a bit surprised since I feel Bali had it’s hey day during Eat Pray Love. It’s been a hot spot for digital nomads and Australians for awhile now. I can understand the love for Bali though. It’s got lush greenery, volcanoes, beaches, and the sweet Balinese people. Bali is the place for some reflection and self-exploration.
You can discover Bali with Wild Woman Expeditions. They are hosting a two week trip in May and September of 2017. Expect peaceful yoga sessions at sunrise,magical temple visits, bicycling and enjoying the views. There’s even a fire dance and some visits to Pemuteran and Black sand beach. Take a day to go whitewater rafting for some adventure. If your soul and heart is in need of magic, hope, and healing, learn about Bali and Wild Woman Expeditions.
You couldn’t really see the list without happy Hawaii could you? I may be a little bias because I’ve recently decided to slow down on my nomadic ways and call Hawaii a home.
Hawaii has four major islands – Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawai’i or the Big Island. I recommend visiting all the islands at some point or another if you have time.
Honolulu is located on Oahu. This makes it the most populated. It’s got beaches, hiking, a city with nightlife, and everything in between. Then, Maui is another similar island (I find it less beautiful personally). It’s been a romantic honeymoon destination for awhile now. Kauai – the oldest island, is the most beautiful. Kauai is lush, green, and has waterfalls everywhere. You have to see the infamous Napli coast and be sure to book an open door helicopter ride. Lastly, the Big Island is the biggest island and it’s really different from the other islands.The only island with an active volcano, you’ll find the landscape quite different. You’ll feel like you’re on another planet and secluded.
Reach out to me if you end up visiting Oahu, otherwise Damelsy is hosting an Islands + Identify trip in February 2017. Hurry up and book it for a great adventure. 🙂
Morocco is another destination that I’ve been to and can heartily recommend. You’ll be transported to another world in Morocco. It’s a stable and accessible destination right now. You’ll do well to learn some basic Arabic or French but some of the younger people will know English. Marrakesh has more accommodation choices than before. I recommend staying central in a traditional riad. Essaouria – a beautiful coastal (but windy) city can not be reached directly with flights from London and Paris. Be sure to hike and visit Ouzoud to see the amazing waterfalls.
One of the Scandinavian countries up north. Finland is a must for 2017. Finland gained independence in 1917. They spent 800 years being fought over by Russia and Sweden. This Finns will celebrate this 100 years with excitement and festivities planned in every region. There will be outdoor concerts, culinary experiences, exhibitions, and more. There’s a new national park in Hossa with pine forests and rivers. During winter, the country is also hosting the World Figure Skating Championships and the Nordic World Ski Championships this year. There won’t be a better time to discover Finland’s unique culture and landscapes.