There’s no better time to see the world than now. Flights have become easier and more affordable. Travelers can choose from a wider range of accommodation types to suit their preferences. There are also various travel apps you can use to make trip planning smarter and more efficient.
The question now is: Where to go? The following are the top must-see destinations in Travel+Leisure’s list this year, now listed according to the experiences you may want to enjoy.
1. Escape the crowds: Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Enjoy the beauty of the Brazilian forests and seas without the usual holiday
crowd. The island of Ilha Grande, in particular, is so protected that only a
limited number of visitors is allowed per day. Definitely book a luxury beach
villa for top-notch views, service and amenities. But you may also want to wait
for the soon-to-open complex that will include a hotel, golf course, marina, spa
2. Have a dose of culture with your coffee: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Stay at the Bullitt Hotel, inspired by the iconic 1968 Steve McQueen film. Have
brunch and perfectly roasted and brewed local coffee. Spend your day roaming
the city to check out the various arts venues, street-art tours and pop-up
cabarets. In the evening, go to a new, trendy nightclub or visit a 17th-century
3. Enjoy the best of wildlife and luxury travel: Okavango Delta, Botswana
See black and white rhinos at the Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and help in their
conservation. Visit &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp – an elegant club
offering sustainable accommodations and fantastic views of Botswana’s wild
game and lush grasslands.
4. Live Scandi-Chic: Oslo, Norway
Sip pour-over coffee prepared by the world’s champion brewers. Discover
Vulkan, a neighborhood that was once industry-heavy and has since undergone
transformation to be one of the hippest cities in Oslo. There, warehouses have
been transformed into modern shops serving vinyl, single-origin coffee and
craft beer and other things in the intersection of culture, design and
5. Experience the city as modern art: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Feast your eyes on architectural stunners, murals, sculptures (some by Picasso
and Rodin), public art pieces and other art installations. At the same time,
feast on gourmet goods and locavore eats from the numerous restaurants and
vendors that make up the city’s acclaimed culinary scene.
6. Indulge in an adults-only holiday: Paros, Greece
Book one of the modern, luxurious rooms of Porto Naousa if you’re into quaint
fishing villages, beautiful beaches, history and the iconic all-white Greek
architecture. These apartments can only accommodate adults – a plus, if you
plan to vacation away from the family holiday-going groups.
Other things to try: smoky sausages and stuffed somborka peppers with local craft
beers in Belgrade, Serbia; high-end shopping and musicals in Suzhou, China; an
intimate meal by the cliff-side in Jebel Akhdar, Oman, and an island escape to a
wellness haven in the Cambodian Coast.
So what are you waiting for? Make your reservations, pack your bags, say yes to
travel, leave home and see the world this 2017.