Traveling may be at the top of your 2017 to-do list, but narrowing down where to travel may feel a little daunting. Though there are endless options (domestic or international? city or country? spa or fitness? beach bum or ski bum?), our VIP Travel Experience partner Fit & Fly Girl has helped narrow the list with their top 10 travel picks for 2017, offering a little something for everyone, no matter what type of vacation you prefer.
Morocco is set to be one of the most coveted travel locations for 2017. If you’re only going to visit one city, make it Marrakech! Between the sights and sounds (and shopping) in the souk, the Atlas mountains within drivable distance and Yves Saint Laurent’s stunning gardens, this Northern African country will provide you with complete (and wonderful) sensory overload.
You don’t have to love country music to love Nashville. With a surge of new restaurants, bars and trendy neighborhoods, Nashville seems to be drawing more foodies and hipsters than cowboys these days. If you want to embrace Nashville’s country music roots, you certainly can at a number of honky-tonks in the city. So many celebrities and musicians are calling Nashville home these days, don’t be surprised if you run into Taylor Swift or Nicole Kidman in line for coffee.
Lisbon is an often overlooked European city but one that should definitely be on your radar. Not only is it much more affordable than many cities in Europe, the city is beautiful, easy to traverse, filled with friendly locals and its Mediterranean climate means great weather year-round. With Lisbon’s location along the Atlantic coast, seafood lovers will be in heaven. And don’t forget the wine… Port wine, to be specific.
With the U.S. government loosening its restrictions for travel to Cuba, big changes are coming for this island nation. Alongside big changes come big commercialization, so take a visit before this city morphs from its 1950s roots fully into to the 21st century. While visiting, immerse yourself in Cuba’s history, salsa dancing, architecture, 1950s Ford convertibles and maybe even a cigar or two. Our best advice: Go sooner rather than later.
Picking just one place to travel in Canada would be impossible. No matter where you choose, though, you really can’t go wrong. Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017, and as its gift to you, visits to all Canadian national parks are free all year long! For Americans, this is a fantastic time to go to Canada as the U.S. dollar is so strong. Our favorite Canadian spots? Montreal, Quebec for French Canadian culture and Whistler, British Columbia for skiing or snowboarding (or après ski in the world’s coldest vodka ice room).
Bali is hardly undiscovered, but it will always remain on our top travel list. Instead of visiting the overly commercialized Kuta or the overly crowded Seminyak, check out Canggu Beach, a coastal village that feels how you would imagine a more undiscovered Bali felt. Between surfing, yoga, beach bars and cafes, Canggu is the place for completely chilling out at the beach. Also while you’re in Bali, don’t miss Ubud, an art colony in the hills where expats from all over the world have settled. Don’t be surprised if you think about settling there too.
As with Canada, we couldn’t choose just one spot in France to visit. Paris is always a good idea, but be sure to explore other areas of France as well. Two of our favorite French towns are in the French Riviera—Vence and Saint Paul de Vence, side-by-side medieval villages just 15 minutes from Nice. They offer stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, art galleries, wine bars and beautiful cafes.
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
You may not know exactly where in South America Uruguay is located, but Jose Ignacio is worth figuring it out. From December through February, this beachside fishing village morphs into “South America’s St. Tropez.” (It’s also been compared to St. Barts of 20 years ago. And if you haven’t visited St. Barts, go ahead and add it to this list too)! Between its beaches, boutique hotels, restaurants, art galleries, horseback riding, wine tasting, windsurfing and yoga, Jose Ignacio is perfection. Go in November when the weather is warm, the celebrities haven’t yet arrived and prices are still low.
Iceland seems to be on everyone’s radar right now and for good reason. The island country is only a five-hour flight from New York City, but it’s a complete world away. View the Northern Lights if you’re lucky (and it’s likely if you’re visiting September through April). Spend the day soaking in the Blue Lagoon with its geothermal steamy water. Take a drive in the countryside to seek out wild Icelandic horses. Walk on a glacier (the country has more than 4,500 square miles of glaciers!). Iceland is also developing quite a food scene, so maybe it’s not a complete world away from New York City after all.
Isla Holbox and Tulum, Mexico
Located south of Cancun, a combined trip to both Isla Holbox and Tulum is the perfect Mexico vacation to avoid the mega resorts and overly commercialized areas. Isla Holbox is accessed by a ferry from the town of Chiquila, and once on the island, your main mode of transportation will be either golf cart or moped. Take a few days to relax before heading back to Tulum on the mainland. Tulum is known for its picturesque Mayan ruins perched above the ocean. Don’t miss swimming in area cenotes, strolling down the beach to one of the numerous yoga classes being offered, or a healing session with a shaman.