Happy New Year! And with a new year comes a fresh new travel slate for 2017. Always wanted to visit Thailand? Why not finally go for it! Never been to Paris? What better time than this spring! As much as we’d love to give you 2017 reasons to take a trip somewhere new, how about this: last year it was all about Belize, California and Costa Rica. This year, we’ll take you right around the globe. Here’s where to go:
With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday this year, there will be plenty of exciting things to do in this great big northern country all 2017 long. One place to visit that’s no stranger to throwing a party (hello 2010 Olympics!) is the picturesque ski resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. Just a short drive from the bustling Canadian West Coast hub of Vancouver, this idyllic vacation town located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains is all about the great outdoors. Home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America, Whistler’s pedestrian village at the base of this towering mountain could not be a more perfect spot to spend that winter vacation taking in the fresh air, hitting the slopes, relaxing by the fire with a glass of excellent B.C. wine, or discovering the surrounding wilderness and national parks. Whether you’re strapping on a snowboard for the first time, or you’re more of a fireside chalet buff, there’s something here for everyone.
Where to stay in Whistler
The Greek Islands
Greece is on many people’s travel wishlist this year and with good reason. With its economy still on the rebound, tourism has never been stronger, or more important to helping Greece get back on its feet. And lucky for us, there’s also never been a better time to visit the spectacular Greek islands. If you’re looking for a vacation filled with endless sunshine, great food (at exceptional prices), tons of inexpensive, incredible wines and all the shades of Mediterranean blue that dreams are made of, look no further than divine places like Corfu, Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, Paros, or Zakynthos. From art and culture that date back thousands of years to plenty of beaches, olive groves and cypress-covered mountain peaks, valleys dotted with small fishing villages and whitewashed cubist buildings, that warm, dry Aegean breeze and even that rose coloured hue when the sun begins to set, you’ll know why locals and tourists alike are all in love with these islands.
Where to stay in Greece
This small sliver of a country is made up of a North island (where you’ll find the cool cosmopolitan city of Auckland and the very artsy capital, Wellington) and a South Island (home to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown and many, many excellent vineyards). Although it’s quite a trek to make it out to New Zealand, you need to cross this destination off your bucket list as there is no doubt you’ll fall for this otherworldly, beautiful place and its charming people. With a dramatic, changing landscape that brings to mind sweeping, spectacular panoramic scenes in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (which was famously shot all over the country by local filmmaker Peter Jackson), there is no other place quite like it. From snowy mountains and beautiful stretches of untouched beach, to wild, jungle-like vegetation, volcanoes, fjords and crystal clear lakes, it’s just one breathtaking sight after the next. The best part about making this your first destination of 2017 is that our northern hemisphere winter is summertime in the southern hemisphere so get ready for that easy, breezy, carefree summer lovin’ right through till March!
Where to stay in New Zealand
Los Cabos, Mexico
Baja California is a muy caliente travel destination this year, and the southern municipality of Los Cabos, whose biggest city is Cabo San Lucas – a go to place for those in search of sand and sun with a healthy dose of nightlife – just happens to be on the tip of Baja California Sur. Once a sleepy fishing village, Cabo is now a favorite vacation spot of tourists and celebrities alike, who all flock to this beautiful spot known for its incredible beaches, dramatic scenery, world class snorkeling, surfing, and of course, the parties. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a quieter side to Cabo as well. Visitors can equally spend their days lazing on the beach (like the secluded Divorce Beach and Lover’s Beach), indulging in the local Mexican fare and drinking refreshing cervezas or can take advantage of the city’s buzzy nightlife, dance the conga line under the stars in the sand and drink tequila or mezcal until the sun rises. From packed bars, restaurants and clubs, to more private beaches and desert destinations dotted with cacti, Cabos is the perfect getaway any time of year.
Where to stay in Los Cabos