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Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2017

Another year, another excuse to book a holiday. If you're working hard to see the world but not sure where is next on the list, we've got you covered. Based on cold, hard, facts (and a little bit of insider knowledge, we are a travel company after all!), we've put together the ultimate list of where you should go in 2017. Some of these destinations have been rockstars in their own right for a few years running, and are still going strong. Others are new on the radar and for good reason. Dive into the best destinations of 2017.

1 Cuba: Havana and Viñales

Typical street in Viñales

Typical street in Viñales

Cuba’s white sandy beaches, colourful colonial architecture, and intriguing history make it a gem of a holiday destination. Head north to visit the capital, Havana, or venture south to the beautiful Viñales. And of course, a homestay, or a Casa Particular as it's referred to in Cuba is the best way to stay.

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2 Canada: Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax

Peggy's Cove, Halifax

Peggy's Cove, Halifax

With a temperate year-round climate and adventure at its heart, Canada is the perfect place to discover in 2017. Choose to visit the ever popular Toronto or Vancouver, or check out Halifax; which is building its must visit rep, boasting sea breezes and a vibrant cultural scene.

See Canada Homestays.

3 USA: Boston, LA and NYC

Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden. Image credit: Jeff Gunn

America isn’t exactly up and coming as a travel destination, but its timelessness means it has to be included on every trending list. LA and NYC need no introduction, but have you ever been to Boston? It’s a city full of charm and diverse neighbourhoods meaning you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

Discover Boston homestays.

4 Croatia: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town

A holiday in Croatia is the kind that keeps giving and the southern city of Dubrovnik encapsulates this like no other. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s got history, scenery, sea, sunshine, character, food, islands to explore and good nightlife options. A definite contender for next year’s vacation.

Find a Dubrovnik homestay.

5 South Africa: Cape Town and Johannesburg

Cape Town's Table Mountain at sunset

Cape Town's Table Mountain at sunset

Another city that has it all is South Africa’s Cape Town. Beaches, mountains, gardens and, if you’re in a penguin seeing mood, they have those too. Johannesburg is a city of optimistic change. What used to be considered a city in decay is no longer the case. This vibrant city is fast becoming a cultural hub and now is the perfect time to experience it.

Experience South Africa in a homestay.

6 Mexico: Mérida and Guadalajara

International Mariachi & Charros festival in Guadalajara. Image credit: Gerardo Golzales

The sometimes clichéd hot spots of Mexico have been somewhat pigeonholed, and that’s why towns like Mérida are fast becoming the places to go beyond the usual spots. Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán Peninsula, offers a taste of Mayan culture, rustic architecture, and a very chilled out vibe. For a slightly more relaxed city vibe than Mexico City, try Guadalajara.

Uncover the unusual with a local host in Mexico.

7 Portugal: Lisbon

Typical tram in Lisbon

Typical tram in Lisbon

And you thought 2016 was the year for Lisbon! Gaining all kinds of traveller attention for numerous reasons, this city’s potential has only just begun to show itself. We’ve only scratched the surface of what Lisbon has to offer. So it’s hot topic again for 2017.

Stay in a Lisbon homestay.

8 Greece: Athens

Acropolis overlooking Athens

Acropolis overlooking Athens

Steeped in history and oozing with style, the allure of Athens is well-founded. With a healthy mixture of new and old, it would be almost impossible to say you’ve seen it all. All roads lead here, and so should your 2017 travel plans.

Experience Athens the homestay way.

9 South Korea: Seoul

In the year when this forward thinking capital launches its visionary Skygarden, there’s no better time to visit this modern metropolis. Below the skyscrapers, the city, is filled with palaces, markets and temples juxtaposed against busy business districts and designer shops. Seoul is a must visit destination for 2017.

See Seoul homestays.

10 Ireland: Dublin and Donegal

Ireland’s green, green grass is home to this humble author so I may sound biased, but you need to visit Ireland. More specifically, Counties Dublin and Donegal. With Dublin offering as much culture and fun as you can shake a stick at, Donegal offers a laid-back respite from the busy city and a comparatively untouched-by-tourists alternative.

Be inspired in an Irish homestay.

So there you have it. Our round-up of the trending destinations for 2017. Have you been to any of the places on the list? Let us know your top tips in the comments section!

And don't leave it too late to book your first 2017 adventure.

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