Excited for Travel Next Year? Check out Lonely Planet’s Top Picks for 2017
If your feet are itchy for travel next year (and ours always are), look no further than Lonely Planet’s top picks for 2017 travel. With categories including best value, countries, regions and cities, you’re sure to find your next big adventure.
Here’s a look at our favourites.
Sometimes only an extended adventure will do, so you can take extra time to explore everything a country has to offer. Especially with the natural wonders of these two.
With the opening of a new airport next year and ever-increasing tourism, Mongolia’s holiday star is set to rise. The country, however, has long been a favourite among adventure travellers, with exceptional camping, birdwatching, fishing and cross-country-skiing.
See the home of Genghis Khan, visit peaceful monasteries, go on a camel trek in the Gobi Desert and try a horse riding expedition through spectacular scenery. For a truly authentic experience, arrange a homestay with a nomad family to sample the food and discover the fascinating culture.
A prized destination for action, next year Finland will host the World Figure Skating Championships and the Nordic World Ski Championships. The country’s adventures are set amid majestic scenery, with lakes, forests and dream-like valleys.
If you’re there in winter, you can’t miss a spot of ice fishing with the locals and cross-country skiing in the hills of Lapland. Midsummer sees 24-hour daylight and an abundance of outdoor fun. Oulu is the city for sipping beer on pretty terraces, Turku offers culture and nightlife and Helsinki has thriving café, shopping and arts scenes.
Ready to get your walking shoes on for exploration of an exciting, new city? These destinations are set to boom.
As the host of the FIFA World Cup in 2018, Russia is getting ready to show the world what it’s got. The Russian capital is splendour personified, with palaces and history galore.
Red Square is at the top of most tourist lists, with Lenin’s tomb and colourful domes of St Basil’s cathedral. Then, there’s the Kremlin, with its spectacular palaces and cathedrals. Wander the Old Arbat area for buskers, bars and restaurants and take day-trips to the countryside to discover magnificent estates.
With the redevelopment of the Garonne riverfront and quicker travel times from Paris, Lonely Planet thinks Bordeaux is one the rise for 2017. Not that it hasn’t always been a haven for foodies and wine aficionados.
When you’re not simply strolling through the gorgeous streets sampling the local produce, there’s museums like the Musee d’Aquitaine, the medieval history and, of course, the vineyards.
Best Value Destinations
Looking to save your pennies in 2017? These destinations give you value for money.
No longer the domain of wealthy travellers, Venice is ever more accessible, with apartment rentals that make eating, drinking and staying cheaper. If you’ve never been, the floating city is an absolute must, with crumbling architecture, exquisite squares, the atmospheric Grand Canal and extravagant history.
Apart from gondola rides, eating, shopping, museum hopping and strolling through the narrow lanes, the best thing to do in Venice – is simply get lost in the magnificence of it.
Budget airlines and cheap tours make Porto fantastic value for a 2017 break to Portugal. The historical centre is a World Heritage Site, with winding alleys and churches to lose yourself in.
Then, there’s the city centre with galleries, fashion, restaurants and wine shops. The picturesque Douro River acts as a backdrop to the town and it’s the riverfront that’s the perfect spot to eat the famous Francesinha – a sandwich smothered in cheese and topped with tomato and beer sauce.
Choose your favourite destination and satisfy those itchy feet, in 2017!