As this year ends many of us start think about holidays and travelling plan in the new year. Experts at high-end travel companies have selected the coolest places to visit in 2017. From remote places to tropical paradises and rare experiences, these are the places you should keep in mind when planning your next holiday.
The Andaman Islands, Thailand
Opening up for the first time, the Andamans Islands offer an extraordinary archipelago of about 300 palm-lined, white-sand islands that so far have been almost impossible to access. A tropical paradise with marine wildlife and a refuge for indigenous islanders who are still living a hunter-gatherer existence little changed for 26,000 years.
Lisbon is one the most vibrant, good-value and attractive cities in Europe. One more reason to visit Lisbon? Several old quarters have been renovated and the restaurant scene is emerging as one of the most exciting in the world.
Botswana is home to largest elephant population in Africa and recently the government got fully behind the ivory ban and ended hunting safaris. This is the safari destination of your dreams!
Iceland has been on the radar for years with attention centered on Reykjavik but a new location is emerging. side from the fjord-side charms of Akureyri, the location puts visitors in close proximity to superb whale watching in Húsavík, the powerful plunge of the Dettifoss waterfall and the moonscapes and mud pools near Lake Mývatn.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Until recently a no-go combat zone, the DRC has become a tourism draw. The country gives travelers a chance to witness a conservation success story in Virunga National Park, one of Africa’s most diverse and least visited. Endangered mountain gorillas are still abundant here, making it relatively easy to commune with them.
In advance of the 2020 Olympics, all sorts of transportation upgrades and hotels are blossoming in Japan. New hotels include the art-centric Setouchi Aonagi, Hoshinoya’s urban ryokan” in Tokyo, the Four Seasons Kyoto and Aman’s new Amanemu.
Tourism has doubled in the past year in Iran thanks to the 2015 nuclear agreement along with regular flights from London, Paris, Vienna, Istanbul, Dubai and Doha. Iran is the perfect destination for culture lovers and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the ultimate rewards.
A new protected area in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, will be the world’s largest protected marine area when it comes into force in late 2017. And while most travelers still opt to arrive by sea, an
increasing number of fly-and-cruise voyages are making the continent more attractive for people.
The Quietest Square Inch in North America
The quietest corner of the world seems to be located in the Hoh Rainforest of Olympic National Park in Washington State. UNESCO designated the area around a One Square Inch of Silence a World Heritage Site.