This year may be close coming to an end, but it’s never too early to firm up your upcoming travel plans. Find inspiration from the Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 countries to visit for 2017. Most of these places have rich traditions, gorgeous scenery and exciting cultures to discover. Book early to save more, and have fun fulfilling all your #wanderlust goals!
Canada is currently thriving, and is known for its energetic cities and welcoming culture. You can also relax and recharge amidst nature in its beautiful national parks.
Once thought to be marked by crimes and violence, this South American country is now home to a mix of vibrant cultures. Pope Francis is also going to be visiting in 2017!
Home to picturesque landscapes, Finland is a great place to unwind for nature lovers. There’s even going to be a new Hossa Hiking Area opening next year.
This Caribbean island is truly paradise if you want to get away from the more touristy beaches. Here, you can go diving or hiking, and even pay a visit to one of the island’s many natural hot springs!
Nepal is regaining her feet after the 2015 earthquake. Visit to help support local culture, and try going on one of the many world-renowned treks and trails.
Located about just two hours away from most major east-coast US cities, pay a visit to Bermuda to check out its stunning beaches – which reportedly have pink sand!
Mongolia lies between Russia and China, and is a vast country with the lowest population density among all independent countries. It is also home to nomadic inhabitants and breathtaking landscapes.
Experience Old World Arab and soak in the city’s rich traditions and architecture. There’s also a wide range of activities to suit the adventurer here – from desert trekking to swimming with dolphins.
Myanmar is fast becoming a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia. Check out the historical temple ruins in Bagan, or wander through local markets when you’re there.
Its rugged landscape is home to untouched natural beauty. Make sure you visit the Simien Mountains (also known as Semien Mountains) during your trip – it’s home to exotic wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
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