Let the new year be the year you travel. The whole world is at the tip of your fingers, and there are so many beautiful places on this earth that are a must see! Here is our list of the seventeen places to put on your travel bucket list this year.
Visit These 17 Places
With more than 200 national parks, Canada has an abundance of spectacular natural beauty. Montreal, one of the most popular Canadian destinations, has a plethora of festivals during the year and a distinctly European vibe, while Vancouver combines a relaxed West Coast vibe with easy access to nature. Check out their website to start your planning!
In case you're not already excited about Croatia's ancient cities and natural beauty, the country is introducing electric scooters t visitors to allow for more exploring. If you’re a “Game of Thrones” fan this place is for you because it’s a popular film location for the show. Be sure to check out their website for more information about the electric scooter program.
The natural beauty here is astonishing. You’re always surrounded by a mountain range. The wildlife in Wyoming is very active, and there’s always a national park very close to wherever you may be. Wyoming is interesting because it allows for a more natural setting with less people and no light pollution.
4. Coasts of the U.K.
The coasts of the U.K. are often forgotten. There are hundreds of castles to explore, and even ruins that will take your breath away. Although the weather may not be the nicest, the grey, cloudy days make for a great adventure followed by high tea.
Wouldn't it be a dream come true to be able to explore mountains, reefs, beaches, and jungle at the same time? Well, this is the place. And since their new leader, it’s a great and affordable place for tourists right now. Plus, who doesn't want to see Alex the lion?
With the city of Pafos recently voted as the best European city for culture, if you’re into the fine arts, this is where you need to be. There are several famous museums and that's only the beginning. It’s very up-and-coming.
7. Great Barrier Reef
Sea level temperatures are rising, and sea life is becoming more scarce. The Great Barrier Reef is facing very dangerous risks today. Now is the time to visit the most famous reef and see the incredible sights it has to offer. It’s better to go now since their seasons are opposite of the United States.
The wildlife in this African nation -- particularly the large populations of forest elephants -- is some of the most beautiful in this world. We all dream of taking a safari trip, so now is your chance. From hippos to gorillas, Gabon has it all. Tourism hasn't always been popular here, but in the last five years it has increased, partially due to the affordable prices inside the country.
9. Puerto Rico
You'll make so many new memories in Puerto Rico. A must-see is the bioluminescence on the beautiful beaches. The neon blue glow is absolutely stunning, and definitely has to be on your bucket list. You'll love the soulful culture and great food. Plus, if you're a U.S. citizen, you don't even need a passport to travel there!
Spending time hiking through the mountains in Sedona is a breathtaking -- and challenging -- experience. The natural red rock peaks and the desert sun make for a photo-worthy weekend getaway. You'll love the sunsets and endless roads where you can take scenic drives.
If you like the cold, this place is definitely for you. From ice bars to lagoons, Norway will make all your northern snow dreams come true. One of the most famous reasons to visit Norway is because of the perfect view of the northern lights. It is truly one of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world.
12. South Korea
Design lovers should definitely plan to visit South Korea. Many cities that were previously visited infrequently are becoming popular, and their design museums and architecture are exquisite sights to behold. Take a look at all the amazing places you can visit.
Yes, Detroit's reputation is more negative than positive, but don’t believe everything you hear. Detroit is up-and-coming with entertainment-focused districts and great food. It has new sports facilities, and all the sports teams play downtown. You can also enjoy the city's riverwalk with a beautiful view to Windsor, Canada. Just be careful of the common “polar vortex” winters.
If you ever dreamed of being in a storybook, now is your chance. The second you walk into the city, you’ll feel like you’re in a mystical world. The architecture of Edinburgh's neoclassical buildings is gorgeous, and the people are so kind. With so much history, the list of things to do is endless.
One of the most inexpensive European cities, with the world’s best sangria, put Lisbon on your list. The sights are beautiful, and so are the people. Lisbon is very similar to San Francisco, especially with its bridge that mimics the Golden Gate Bridge. Also, the food is divine.
16. Cliffs of Moher
If you like breathtaking scenery, this is the place for you. One of the most incredible sights in this world is the Cliffs of Moher. You can walk along the cliffs, and then take a boat tour and see it from below. This has been a filming location for several movies such as Harry Potter and the Princess Bride.
Head to Amsterdam during the spring and a take bike tour of their famous tulip fields. You will literally feel like you’re in a dream because of the beauty and smell. Amsterdam is an easy city to get around on bike, and even by boat because of the city's beautiful canal systems.
This article was written by Kevin Burrows.