Best places to travel in 2017.
With the new year approaching, there are all kinds of decisions, what New Year’s resolutions to put on their list, new habits to start, and of course, New places to travel! So how do you choose where to plan your next trip? Travel team agents have been creating dream vacations for almost 4 decades. Let us plan your next vacation or cruise. Read this list of the best new (and old) destinations to take for the upcoming 2017 travel season…
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
With a growing array of open-air bars, arts venues, and restaurants, Belfast is quickly becoming an attractive destination for travelers. Stay at the design-forward Bullitt Hotel (inspired by the Steve McQueen film), which opened in October with casual, well-appointed rooms and complimentary grab-and-go breakfast granola. Check out arts organization Seedhead, which runs street-art tours and hosts pop-up cabarets around the city. The Michelin-starred OX and EIPIC lead the fine-dining pack, but also visit Permit Room, with its internationally inspired breakfast and locally roasted coffee. Noteworthy new nightlife spots include the Muddlers Club, a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar in the trendy Cathedral Quarter, and Vandal, a graffiti-adorned pizza place that turns into a late-night club, on the top floor of a 17th-century pub.
Since the end of the Yugoslav wars, Belgrade has attracted steady investment—its graffiti-covered neighborhoods are now full of restaurants and bars. You’ll find hearty platters of ćevapi—smoky sausages without casing—and stuffed somborka peppers at Sokače, paprika-laden kebabs at Tri Šešira, and pan-Latin tapas at Toro. But the biggest draw is the growing craft-beer scene (the city has 37 breweries). Don’t miss the Kabinet Supernova IPA at Prohibicija in the bar-filled Savamala district, as well as Kas’s full-bodied pale ales and Salto’s IPA at Bajloni, set in a 100-year-old brewery space in Cetinjska.
As of late 2016 there are around 350 all-inclusive resorts spread around the Caribbean, with more being constructed every year. More than 100 of those are in the Dominican Republic, with nearly 70 others in Jamaica. The Cancun/Playa del Carmen/Cozumel area has more than 100, and the rest are spread among other islands. When researching Caribbean vacations, you’ll find the cheapest all-inclusive deals are clearly on the islands with the most resorts. The Dominican Republic dominates cheap all-inclusive vacation packages even more than it had in previous years. The message is clear in that if you want a luxury all-inclusive at the best value then head to the DR. But cheaper flights into Cancun might make that the better option for some. In all of the Caribbean “high season” runs from December through early April, and the “peak season” is the last week of December and the first week of January. In May and November you might find “shoulder season” rates in some places, and generally June through October is the “low season.” Plus, if you are planning a destination wedding, honeymoon or tropical getaway, many resorts offer specials, and your Travel Team agent can design a tailor-made custom dream vacation package to suit your needs, and keep your pocketbook full.
Cambodia has some of Southeast Asia’s most stunning islands, but getting to them has always been arduous (a flight to Phnom Penh, a four-hour drive, then a choppy ferry ride). Luckily, there are now direct flights into the coastal Sihanoukville airport via Ho Chi Minh City. That means a much smoother journey to the newest island escapes.
Cape Town, South Africa
Beyond its iconic mountain backdrop and cinematic beaches, Cape Town has a compelling art and design scene, and it’s only going to get better as a grand museum opens in 2017. The MOCAA—heralded as South Africa’s answer to the MoMA or the Tate Modern—will take over a soaring concrete building once used for grain storage. The surrounding Cape Winelands—Stellenbosch, Constantia, and Franschhoek, among others—keep Cape Town’s residents well hydrated, while acclaimed restaurants are everywhere and will keep you well fed. Let a Travel Team agent create your very own custom-tailored Africa trip….
Travelers describe Ecuador as a place where four vastly different worlds come as one. In Ecuador, you can explore the magic on the Amazon jungle, stand in the breathtaking Andes mountains, relax in the warm Pacific Ocean, or even visit the legendary Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is a country to explore. Ecuador is 1 of only 17 “Mega-Diverse” countries in the world. Many visitors describe this country as the “Hidden Jewel of South America” Ecuador is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries with more species of plants (25,000) than entire North America, and also is proud of being home to over one-sixth of the world’s bird species. Amongst international travelers, Ecuador has built a reputation to discover something new and different.
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