21 Trending Destinations to Visit in 2017


With a new year upon us and adventure in the midst, I present to you the top 21 trending destinations to visit in 2017! Many of these destinations have sprung to international spotlight recently and many have undergone revamped tourism initiatives to draw back the crowds, though the one thing each destination shares in common is how unique an experience they offer. From Kyoto to Madagascar, these are the destinations you will want on your bucket list this year!

Kyoto, Japan

The old city of Kyoto offers visitors a Japanese experience you’ll soon realise is hard to find beyond the ancient capital itself. As if kept in a time capsule, Kyoto best displays old Japan and its many traditions that have stood the test of time and urbanisation.

Read more: 20 Reasons to go to Japan (like, five minutes ago!)

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Cork, Ireland

Just a short plane ride from the mainland of Europe is Ireland, a country rich in history, scenery and with one of the most laid back friendly cultures you will find in Western Europe. Down on the southwest coast of Ireland is one of the countries’ most idyllic and picturesque towns: Cork. You’ll find oodles of charm, colour and colourful characters in this part of Ireland!

Read more: 8 Places you must visit in Ireland

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After the 2015 earthquake shattered tourism in Nepal, now is as good a time as any to continue supporting this adventurous country that is best known for its hiking and outdoor terrains that make this one of the most scenic countries to explore.

Serengeti, Tanzania

Lions, giraffes, zebras – you name it. If a safari is on your bucket list for 2017, you might want to consider taking the authentic route to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This has hands down got to be one of the most beautiful countries to get out and explore in the wild!

Read more: My safari in Tanzania

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(image by Emma Kate for World of Wanderlust)

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik and Iceland more generally have been high on bucket lists for the past few years, but with the magic and beauty of this small country continuing to wow visitors, there really is no reason not to visit Iceland in 2017! The Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik are just the beginning of your adventures.

Read more: 5 Things you must experience in Iceland

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I have always wanted to travel to Mongolia but in 2017 I’m hoping to make it happen! The goal would be to travel the Trans-Siberian Railway, though I’d happily take a couple of weeks in the wilderness of this untouched country!


Norfolk Island, Australia

One of my highlights of 2016 and for sure the best uncovered secret was right in my own backyard. Norfolk Island is just a couple hours flight from Sydney and has got to be one of the most beautiful islands in the whole country. The island is sparsely populated around the coastline, making it a world of adventure in its own right.

Read more: Australia’s best kept secret: Why you must visit Norfolk Island

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With the hit series Narcos on Netflix comes a lot of rejuvenated interest in Colombia and its natural beauty. Tourism is rapidly starting to pick up throughout Colombia as the safety and subsequently its’ image have improved since the days of Pablo Escobar. If you find yourself in South America be sure not to overlook Colombia as it appears to be one of those “must visit now” destinations that will gain rapid popularity in the coming years.

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Off the beaten path on the continent of Africa you will find plenty of serenity throughout the country of Ethiopia. This country first entered my radar when my family visited over a decade ago to adopt, making the trip into an exploration around the country and showcasing its beauty. Since then Ethiopia has really opened up to tourism and this is quickly becoming a must visit destination in Africa.

Saint Petersburg, Russia

One city I vouch to return to in 2017 is the former capital of Russia and one of my favourite cities in Europe (which you’ll know if you’ve read my book!) – Saint Petersburg. This city is brimming with royal history, artefacts to discover and culture to explore.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Saint Petersburg, Russia

(image by Emma Bates for World of Wanderlust)


Another popular country on the continent of Africa is Kenya, though with tourism booming I’d say now is the best time to go (as I’m sure popularity will only increase!) Giraffe Manor allows you to even feed giraffes at breakfast – talk about ultimate bucket list!!!

Read more: 6 Things to Know before Visiting Kenya

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San Antonio, Texas

Another great discovery in 2016 was San Antonio in Texas. The city has a name for being one of the most charming cities in Texas, though this has improved even more so since the opening of Hotel Emma. The hotel and the surrounding neighbourhood is a mecca for great food, local artisans and weekly farmer’s markets.

Read more: A Quick Guide to San Antonio

(Image via Flickr)

Savannah, USA

Another hotspot in the United States that has been on my radar for a while is Savannah. Here you will find ultimate Southern Charm… and I’m not just talking about the gentlemen! The town is full of history, charm and beautiful parks and acts as the perfect representation of what the Southern lifestyle is all about.


Another hot spot destination that recently hit my radar is Belize – an adventure seekers’ paradise! If tubing down rivers, horseback riding to mayan ruins and endless underwater activities sound like paradise to you, consider it found!

Read more: Weekly Wanderlust – Take me to Belize!

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One destination I refuse to miss this year is Myanmar. Having recently opened up to tourism and quickly gaining popularity as a must visit in Southeast Asia, now is the time to Myanmar!

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If you’re looking for off the beaten path natural beauty, you will find all that and more in Bermuda. The sunsets are to die for, the food incredibly fresh and the people warm and friendly. Just as an added bonus – there are pink sand beaches!!! What more could you ask for!?

Amazon Jungle

Iquitos, Amazon, Peru

Iquitos is the gateway to the Amazon Jungle and as such it must be a top destination for 2017! One of my favourite trips I have ever taken was to cruise the Amazon river and spend 5 days amongst the wildlife, meeting locals and indulging in Peruvian cuisine.

Read more: Cruising the Amazon

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My first trip of 2017 absolutely has to make the list because it is a destination I have long wanted to travel to and now that it is happening I can hardly believe it is almost here! Bora Bora traditionally takes the spotlight in Tahiti but there are many reasons to visit this paradise. Polynesian culture, great food and crystal clear waters are just the beginning.

(image via Frank Vassen / Flickr)


For the past few years Madagascar has been on my radar but in 2017 I really hope to make this trip finally happen! This beautiful country has been gaining popularity over recent years but if you’re after untouched beauty and minimal westernization, you will still (thankfully) find all that and more. Lets make it happen in 2017!

(Image via Flickr)

Portland, Oregon, USA

After many trips to the United States over recent years I have found all of my favourite trips to be beyond Los Angeles and New York (though I do love NYC!) One city that has topped my list as a must visit in 2017 is Portland, located a short drive from Vancouver, Canada, if you fancy a border crossing!

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Banff, Canada

Last but not least – I am dying to visit Banff National Park this year. Later in the year I am planning a trip back to Canada and if a picture tells a thousand words, I need not explain why Banff is on the top of my list!

Read more: Canadian Bucketlist

Over to you! Where will you be headed in 2017?

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    January 15, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I visited Banff as part of a weekend Rockies trip when I visited Vancouver this year, it was absolutely incredible! I highly recommend Lakes Moraine and Louise as well. The whole area is beautiful.

    Megan Gottschalk
    January 9, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I’m going to Kenya next month for my first time to Africa and I’m so excited! Also, good pick with Banff Canada, I live in Calgary which is just an hour away so go there quite a bit. Make sure to see lake Louise and Moraine lake in Banff – bluest water I’ve ever seen! Lake Louise has a hike you can do that is a couple hours up a mountain with beautiful views and some waterfalls that lead to a tea house cabin in the middle of nowhere! Grassy lakes hike in canmore is just an hour or two and leads to these beautiful green lakes as well. Just some tips and ideas! Also it is by far most beautiful in the summer months (my opinion) so recommend going then and renting a canoe for an hour or so on one of those two lakes 🙂

    January 6, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Great list! Thank you for your work! Hello from Russia 🙂

    tally tips and tricks
    January 6, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Eight down, thirteen to go. All wonderful destinations for adventure!

    Lovely Bees
    January 6, 2017 at 1:36 am

    A great list for inspiration! I would love to visit Kyoto one day. I’ve ‘only’ been to Tokyo so far and it was amazing 🙂

    January 4, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Awesome list, some of it are part of our ultimate bucket list! Thanks for sharing this Ms. Brooke!

    Taste of France
    January 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Glad to hear that tourism is up in Kenya. I lived there for two years and loved it.
    Myanmar and Nepal also are wonderful destinations.

    kelly r
    January 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Great list! Have you ever been to Tulum or Isla Mujeres? Both have such beautiful beaches. I think you would like it!

    January 3, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Love this list – so fun, and many aren’t on the “mainstream” radar! I grew up in the beautiful outdoors of OREGON and must say you will love Portland if you are headed there soon 🙂 It is such a spunky, artistic (and somewhat hipster at times) city! If you are able to stay in OR longer, I would always recommend a trip down the coastline, or even getting over to Bend… I hope you enjoy!! xxx

    Lisa // Fjords & Beaches
    January 2, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    What a great list of places! So many of them are high on my bucket list! I completely agree with you on St. Petersburg and Portland 🙂

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    January 2, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    great! happy 2017!

    Yvonne Anwanwan
    January 2, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Awesome! Thanks for the heads up

    January 2, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Was super happy to meet Saint-Petersburg here! That IS the city to return to:) But I’m pretty sure all the destinations are pretty cool. I would really love to visit Australia in 2017, because after moving to New Zealand that is the closest destination and I’ve never yet been there:)


    January 2, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Great choices all around! Portland is amazing and if you get t o Banff, I would definitely recommend a few extra days to get up to Jasper which has fantastic hiking and wildlife. Looking forward to your posts and pix from Bora Bora 🙂

    Tosh Bene
    January 2, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Brooke, this is the year to visit Canada’s National Parks!! Our parks are FREE for our 150th birthday! Just a heads up for you if you DO decide to make it back this way! 🙂 Look into it!

    January 2, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Thank you for your list and great inspiration! Need to update my wish list!

    January 2, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Banff really is amazing!!! I love road tripping through the mountains!!

    January 2, 2017 at 2:01 am

    So much wanderlust! I’m hopeful I’ll make it to Iceland or Ireland this year!

    January 2, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Just did a 12 day trip in Madagascar in November, friendly people, wonderful wildlife and great beaches. Try the less commercialised east coast though, Ile St Marie island is unspoilt and spectacular. Andasibe Rainforest for 4 days was unforgettable.

    Minh Nguyen
    January 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Nice list for the new year. I’m going to Myanmar in February. Already booked the flights. Glad to see Kyoto at the top of the list. such a gorgeous place to visit

    January 1, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I can definitely recommend Ethiopia. I was there in 2015 and loved it!

    January 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Victoria. We are road tripping from Savannah to NYC in late February – early March after flying over from Australia. Any tips on the trip. Will it be warm enough to go inland for the Blue Ridge Pwy and Skyline Dr? We like scenery. The coast is the alternate road.

      victoria perrone
      January 2, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Savannah doesn’t get as warm as you might think. When I researched it–the temps average between 40-65 F in February. New York will be very cold. I haven’t driven from NY to Georgia in a long time–since I was a kid when we went to Disney for Christmas. I plan on taking 95–the coastal route since I’m trying to get to/from rather quickly as I only have a set amount of time. If I had more time–I might try a more scenic route. Sorry I’m not really being all that helpful–I’m still researching the trip.

        January 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        Thanks anyway. Are you going to QuiltCon?

    Shweta Mokashi
    January 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Most of these have been on my bucket list as well. I live in Portland Oregon and was pleasantly surprised to find it on your list for 2017. Do let me know when you plan to visit Portland. I would like to meet up. I have been following your blog and Facebook for some time now.

    A Redhead in Argentina
    January 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Great list for the new year! I’m looking forward to seeing even more of Central and South America with Belize and Peru on my radar. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!

    victoria perrone
    January 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    About half of your list are in my travel bucket list. And one of them is already a booked trip–I live in NY so Im road tripping to Savannah in February with my Mom. Looking forward to some southern hospitality.