I don’t know if you’re like me, but I’m still looking forward to the next year’s destination lists. Although I have my own list of countries or regions I dream of, I like to keep on the loop of the new trends. So, in order to light up your desire to go on a journey and to inspire you, here are 9 destinations in vogue for 2017.
Cartagena, located on the Colombian Caribbean coast, remained intact through the last conflicts. It has long inspired visitors and writers, especially the novelist Gabriel García Márquez, known for his famous book, “Love at the time of cholera”. This has indeed been one of my favourite destinations in 2016. Walk through the old walled city with its colourful colonial mansions, balconies covered with bougainvillea, and open-air cafes and restaurants, where you can hear the cumbia rhythms and salsa of Cuban influence. Go on an excursion to the surrounding islands to find a beautiful beach, or hike in the jungle.
The countries surrounding Croatia, very popular and accessible thanks to flights offered by Air Transat, have never piqued the curiosity of travellers so much: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro… National Geographic Traveler especially focuses on the Via Dinarica Trail. This mountain range is actually the prolongation of the Alps along the Mediterranean, to the north of Albania. For its part, Lonely Planet highlights the extreme beauty of Ohrid, located in Macedonia, in its list of cities to be seen in 2017.
JUNGLE OF ECUADOR
Birds flock to the forests of the Ecuadorian Chocó region, considered one of the richest ecosystems on the planet for its fauna. Located north of Quito, on the Andean slopes, this biodiversity hot spot is home to hundreds of species of birds. At the Bellavista Forest Reserve and Lodge, take a guided night walk to spot butterflies and sparkling fireflies. At Mashpi Lodge, hang from a zip line and fly through the fog to admire the view from the top of the tree canopy.
” Ecuador is one of the South American destinations I fell in love with! “
Travel consultant, college instructor in Tourism Techniques, lecturer, author and travel writer, Ariane Arpin-Delorme is passionate about everything she does. She founded theParfums d’Asie travel agency a few years ago, as well as Esprit d’Aventure in 2013, where she continues to work as a made-to-measure travel advisor. Having travelled in 55 countries, she has amassed a variety of experiences in the tourism industry and has undertaken numerous international cooperation projects. Her driving force: meeting people, climbing the world’s highest peaks and taking off to cruise in a sailboat…