While some are staying close to home for various reasons including the fear of traveling to certain countries, other destinations are coming into the spotlight.
Last year, travelers visited Brazil for the Olympics, and Americans flocked to Cuba for the first time. But this year, other countries are enjoying the spotlight.
Here are 10 amazing places to visit right now in no particular order.
10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now
Canada is celebrating 150 years! And in honour of our 150th anniversary of our confederation, Canada is celebrating all year long. More than 200 national parks and historic sites are offering free admission throughout the year. The only issue you’ll face is deciding where to visit first – British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, or Quebec?
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific, Chile is the world’s narrowest country with an average width of just 110 miles. Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar place on the planet. Clear skies, high altitudes and next to no light pollution make the Atacama desert one of the best places in the world for star-gazing.
Cape Horn is the southernmost part of South America and the most southerly point of any continent outside Antarctica. Located on the Pacific coast of the central region of Chile, Valparaíso is known for its brightly colored houses, bohemian culture and beautiful seaside views. Torres del Paine is a national park in the Extreme South region of Patagonian Chile and features mountains, lakes and glaciers.
Finland is also celebrating a milestone birthday, 100 years as an independent country in 2017. It’s rated as one top three countries to visit by Lonely Planet as well as one of National Geographic Traveler’s 21 Best of the World destinations for 2017.
The air is one of the cleanest in the world and landscapes are second to none. The hidden gem far north boasts thousands of lakes and forests, lush national parks, beautiful Northern Lights, and best of all, Santa!
Greece is experiencing a record amount of tourists mainly due to its unstable economy and lower prices. My parents’ homeland has always been the travel destination for romance, ancient history and destination weddings. The beauty of the Greek islands is unlike any other in the world.
Make sure to visit Athens and see the birthplace of democracy, the Acropolis and the Parthenon, as well as the Acropolis Museum. Trek out to the vibrant city of Thessaloniki. You’ll have a tough time choosing among the stunning Aegean or Ionian islands; visit Corfu or Zakynthos on the Ionian sea, or Mykonos or Santorini in the Aegean.
Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is home to thousands of plant and animal species that you can’t find anywhere else. More than 90 percent of the island’s mammals are not found anywhere else! The wildlife is among the best in the world in terms of diversity, abundance, and approachability. Madagascar offers world-class snorkeling and diving, beautiful beaches, mountain hiking, and much more.
Named the “new Croatia” and known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, Montenegro is unique in many ways. Situated in the south of the Adriatic, the country boasts 72 miles of beaches, as well as lakes and mountains.
Montenegro is second on the list of Top 10 travel hotlist of the most amazing places to visit in 2017 by the U.K.’s “The Mirror”. After Montenegro gained independence from Serbia in 2006, it became a holiday destination again, bursting back onto the scene in 2011 with an extravagant Rothschild party.
Sveti Stefan’s luxury town-hotel hosted celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Kirk Douglas. It fell into decline during the breakup of the former Yugoslav federation, but reopened once again as a member of the Aman Resorts in 2010.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was once off limits to tourists. But after five decades of military rule and then democratic reform, the country has finally opened its doors to wanderlusters.
Now tourists are flocking to the Asian country in droves, curious to explore Myanmar’s majestic temples and idyllic beaches. A less expensive destination, the country boasts stretches of white- sand beaches and palm-lined shores. Locals are friendly to Westerners and even keen to show you around.
Since the wake of Brexit (Britain’s vote to leave the European Union), the value of the British pound has weakened, making the United Kingdom more affordable for many international travellers. North Wales has been named one of the top 10 regions in the world for travellers in 2017 by Lonely Planet.
The region is passionate about language, music and history, with magnificent castles, railways and festivals. Enjoy fine beaches, tumbling rivers and the mountains, and the lakes and waterfalls of Snowdonia.
Portugal is having its moment in the spotlight. The country started offering many affordable routes on the country’s flag airline, TAP. Porto in particular is a colorful city that everyone is flocking to. Located in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores offer captivating natural beauty roughly 1,000 miles from Portugal (to which they belong).
Sri Lanka is a tropical and diverse island off the southern tip of India that offers everything from sandy beaches, ancient Buddhist temples, lush landscapes with tea plantations, and wildlife safaris. The country is back on its feet after the 2004 tsunami and a 20-year civil war.
The country’s beaches attract tourists with its gorgeous golden colour lined with swaying palm trees. Sri Lanka is one of the best places in Asia for seeing wildlife, and there are several national parks to see them firsthand.
What destination do you want to visit right now?