We’re still firmly in summer 2016. But before we know it, the festive season will be looming, and it’ll be time to usher in 2017. If you’ve already enjoyed this year’s holiday, why not start thinking about future travel plans? Here are some holiday hotspots to consider for 2017.
If you’re interested in a wintry retreat, Norway ticks all the boxes. You can see the Northern Lights, enjoy urban adventures, and relax in spectacular surroundings. The Fjords of Western Norway are one of this country’s biggest draws, and it’s no surprise. The scenery is truly breathtaking. Be prepared for some of the most impressive and dramatic geographical wonders you’ll ever see. Take a cruise to see the sights in all their glory and soak up the tranquility. Visit Oslo and take a tour of the museums to find out more about Viking history. Or follow in the footsteps of the Olympic greats and hit the slopes of Lillehammer. Head to Tromso for the best chances of catching a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights.
Malaysia is an excellent choice for those looking for cultural activities and relaxation. Start your journey in the energetic city of Kuala Lumpur, and enjoy a bird’s eye views from the viewing deck of the Petronas Towers. Shop until you drop in the designer malls or head home with armfuls of bargains from Bukit Bintang’s thriving markets. When you’re ready to kick back and chill out, book a budget hotel in Penang. You’ll find beaches aplenty, as well as lively bars and restaurants. Try the local specialty dishes, Assam Laksa and Mee Goreng. Street food is a national treasure in Malaysia, so you can eat well very cheaply. If you have time to take an extended trip, Malaysia is a fantastic base to explore Thailand and Singapore.
New Zealand is a stunning year-round destination. It is a perfect location for those with a taste for adventure. If you live for adrenaline kicks, this is the spot for you. The best way to see New Zealand is to hire a car and drive around at your leisure. Follow a map, by all means, but be prepared to stop on a regular basis. You’ll find something different to marvel at around every corner, especially on South Island. Head to Queensland for outdoor activities and adrenaline-pumping activities. Take a tour of the Catlins to enjoy incredible wildlife spotting opportunities and book a whale watching trip in Kaikoura. Walk on the Franz Josef Glacier before visiting stunning Milford Sound. On North Island, stop in Rotorua to revive your tired muscles in the thermal waters or take a day to recover in tranquil Lake Taupo. Finish your break with some laid-back beach days in the Bay of Plenty.
We’ve not yet reached the end of 2016, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead. It’s always good to have things to look forward to! Hopefully, these suggestions will give you some ideas and help to inspire your 2017 travel plans.