The easy part is over: you made a New Year’s resolution to escape for a while in 2017. Now comes the tough part: deciding where in the world you should go. The possibilities are seemingly endless…are you looking for a tropical getaway to just relax on the beautiful beaches of Fiji, do you want to see the ancient historical sites of Rome, or enjoy the non-stop nightlife of Dubai?
Here are some of the hottest travel destinations for escape artists in 2017.
1. Hampi, India – If you’re looking to see history come alive, then Hampi, India should be high on your list of travel destinations. Hampi is home to the 14th-century capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, which was among the world’s largest cities.
The recently completed 46-room guest house spread across the area was designed to fit in with the ancient Vijayanagara theme. According to the director of the Banyan Tours in India, “The property is a game changer for visitors to Hampi.” With the luxury lodging, travelers can enjoy the historical artifacts, monuments, and temples without having to travel a great distance from their hotel.
2. Colombia – If you’ve wanted to visit Colombia, but had a (legitimate) fear of visiting the coffee capital of the world, your patience is about to be rewarded. Now that the country has signed a peace treaty with the guerrilla army they’ve been battling with for the past 52 years, tourists can once again visit this great country without worry.
If you can, schedule your trip between November and March and experience the local coffee harvest. The area known as the coffee triangle is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and has sleeping accommodations throughout the area.
3. Peru – Nature lovers should start flocking to Peru and experience the outdoors like never before. With sites such as the Peruvian Amazon and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru is ranked in the top 5 in biodiversity in the world.
Thanks to the mix of rainforests and highlands, Peru is the natural habitat for thousands of unique mammals, birds, and reptiles. If you want to take a break from nature, you can learn about the ancient Incan civilization by visiting the 15th-century citadel known as Machu Picchu.
4. Castaway Island, Fiji – For families that are looking to spend some quality time together at a beautiful beach resort, you can’t beat Castaway Island in Fiji. There are tons of activities that will keep kids of all ages entertained, like designing Fijian costumes, attending bonfires, and a great resort staff that will keep the kids busy from sunup to sundown. Of course there are also clean, gorgeous beaches and sparkling blue pools too.
After the kids go to bed, you can find some excitement by going around the island and enjoying the nightlife it has to offer. If you prefer to stay at the hotel, you can access the Wi-Fi and try your luck playing online roulette games for real money.
5. Barcelona, Spain – There’s a lot going on in Barcelona that would make any vacation special. Football fans can enjoy watching Lionel Messi, one of the best soccer players in the world, as he captains the FC Barcelona team. But the reason we’re including it on the list is the amazing nightlife this city has to offer.
Barcelona will make an amazing clubbing vacation; it’s world renowned for the exciting nightlife and clubs that will keep you dancing all night long. This year Barcelona also hosts the two biggest events in the European music schedule in June: Sonar and Primavera.
6. Porto, Portugal – If you’re looking for a budget vacation, Porto is a great option. It is known as one of the most affordable areas in Western Europe and is a great destination for travelers who want to enjoy beautiful beaches without breaking the bank.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and has nice, yet inexpensive, hotels, hostels, and some great Airbnb places to stay. In addition to the great beaches, vacationers can also visit the historic old city and see 12th-century cathedrals, churches, and other monuments.
7. Islay, Scotland – For whiskey enthusiasts, making a pilgrimage to Scotland can be the perfect escape. But Scotland has more to offer alcohol aficionados then just whiskey. On the Hebridean island of Islay is an amazing micro-brewery called The Botanist that specializes in making a floral gin. All of the ingredients are grown locally on the shores and hills of Islay and distilled to create a unique must-have drink.