1 - Italy
As a country, Italy has the best of everything: art, food, hiking, history, language - the list goes on. From the art galleries in Florence and the historical sights Rome to the wineries of Tuscany and hiking trails in the Riviera and Lake Como, no matter what type of vacation you’re seeking, you can find it in Italy.
2 - Peru
Two words: Machu Picchu. Of all the major tourist sites in the world, this one rarely disappoints. There are interesting and beautiful hidden gems all across the sacred valley, and the Andes are a true hikers’ paradise.
3 - Tanzania
If you’re looking to go on a safari in 2017, look no further. Tarangire National Park hosts the largest concentration of elephants of any park in the world and is our favorite safari spot on the continent.
4 - Netherlands
The Netherlands, with its canal cities, is a unique destination. The tulip-filled cities and countrysides are some of the prettiest in the world, but also bustling and bursting with culture, art, and history. If you need more reasons to get excited, check out our podcast episode and our list of Top 10 Day Trips from Amsterdam
5 - Costa Rica
This country has natural beauty as far as the eye can see - a quarter of this country is made up of rainforest and feels like pure magic. While some spots have become touristy, a little research can help you steer clear of those areas, and much of this country is still uncrowded and untouched. Some travelers go for an adventurous vacation full of ziplining, hiking, and rafting, while others just slip into nature for a peaceful getaway - either way, Costa Rica delivers.
6 - Japan
Stunning ancient temples in pristine condition, efficient transportation, gorgeous countryside and fun (if not slightly overwhelming) large Asian cities are just some of the reason tourists are flocking to Japan these days. And we don’t blame them. You’ll want to take a picture of everything you see.
7 - Portugal
Some call Portugal a cheaper, less crowded Spain, but it’s so much more than that. As a central European trading hub, its diversity shines through in its food, history, architecture and culture, making it a fascinating destination to explore.
8 - Colombia
Once the drug capital of the world, Colombia has transformed in the last ten years and is quickly rising to the top of tourists’ lists. Plus, your money will go a long way, whether you’re shopping for unique tropical fruits at the market like guanabana and cherimoya or going out for a night of drinks and salsa dancing. And you won’t want to miss hiking in the surreal Cocora Valley with the tallest palm trees in the world!
9 - Canada
Free national parks entry in 2017 is just one of the many reasons to visit Canada this year. Lonely Planet named it the #1 travel destination for 2017, and we understand why: It’s safe, has beautiful national parks and diverse cities, and hosts amazing festivals like the Ottawa Tulip Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Something for everyone.
10 - Australia
In addition to the Great Barrier Reef - the best SCUBA diving site on the planet - this country is filled with natural wonders. The diverse culture and people have given rise to a unique pace and lifestyle that you simply won’t find anywhere else.