By Michelle Yastremsky
You’ve taken the perfect selfie in front of Big Ben, You’ve climbed the steps of the Eiffel Tower, you’ve thrown a coin into Rome’s Trevi Fountain – what’s next?
This year, explore the destinations you’ve dreamed about; here are 11 top travel destinations begging to be explored in 2017.
Experience: ancient castles, breathtaking scenery, and a scotch tasting (or two)
From the rolling hills to the ancient volcanoes that call the capital city of Edinburgh home, a trip to Scotland promises a scenery like no other!
Experience: historic cities, picturesque beaches, thriving nightlife
The soul of Portugal sings with songs of buildings in the most vibrant colors, and days spent leisurely lounging on hidden beaches.
Experience: lava-filled fields, picturesque fishing villages, famous filming locations
Thanks to the new direct flight from Keflavik Airport to Akuyeryi, there’s never been a better time to visit North Iceland, where you can truly experience the “land of fire & ice!” Aurora hunters especially will want to take advantage of this easy connection - North Iceland is the best place to see the Northern Lights!
Experience: breathtaking architecture, culinary adventure, leisure, and adventure
From wine-rich regions to cities overflowing with Islamic architecture, there’s no shortage of things to see, eat, and experience in Spain. Even those planning a return trip to Barcelona are in for a treat: Gaudi’s Casa Vicens – his first commissioned work after graduation - is finally opening to the public! Check out more Gaudi Works in Barcelona.
Experience: bustling cities, safari adventures, and perhaps even a wild encounter
Discover cities with a tumultuous history one day, then embark on a safari adventure the next.
Experience: endless fjords, jaw-dropping cliffs, stunning Nordic villages, and maybe even the northern lights
Those with a taste for adventure will be amazed at the endless opportunity for exploration in Norway's vast landscape.
Experience: cozy countryside, Shakespearean villages, and legendary locations in music history
Financially, there’s never been a better time to visit England. If you’ve already taken that perfect selfie in front of Big Ben, pay a visit to Shakespeare's birthplace in the picturesque countryside, or celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a trip to Liverpool!
Experience: snow-capped mountains, idyllic lakes, and vibrant cities
Will you go skiing in the Alps or explore the medieval streets of Bern? Switzerland’s diverse landscape make it a dream for those with a thirst for adventure and hunger for culture.
Experience: exotic flavors, sweeping deserts, and bustling souks
From the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca, to the blue-washed city of Chefchaouen, a trip to Morocco is an adventure for all the senses!
Experience: awe-inspiring national parks, fairy-tale castles, and an undisturbed countryside
Wales may be small in size, but the breathtaking landscape and countless castles sprinkled throughout makes for a perfect road-trip destination!
Experience: culture, country charm, and an unparalleled nightlife
After a night spent exploring historic castles and ancient ruins, head to your local pub and join in on singing with the locals while sipping on a pint of the black stuff.