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.
In its annual “Best in Travel”, Lonely Planet places Canada at the top position. As the country celebrates its 150th anniversary and Montreal prepares to celebrate its 375th anniversary, a host of events are on the menu. Please note that throughout the year, admission to parks managed by Parks Canada will be free.
NATIONAL PARKS WHERE TIGERS CAN BE OBSERVED IN INDIA
Nearly two thirds of the world’s population of free-ranging tigers (from 3200 in 2010 to 3890 in 2015) live in India. Through wildlife conservation initiatives, the national parks of Madhya Pradesh have become true paradise spots. Hop aboard the Tiger Express tourist train to enjoy a safari in Bandhavgarh or Kanha, two other parks, well-known for their tiger population. In my experience, I recommend staying at least three nights in one of these parks to give you a better chance to spot tigers.
EUROPEAN NORDIC COUNTRIES
The Scandinavian countries have gained popularity in recent months, because travellers seem to be looking for safer destinations as a result of the attacks in Europe. In addition, several airlines also offer access to Nordic capitals from Montreal, including IcelandAir and Wow Air, with a stopover in Reykjavik. Among others, Finland dominates the National Geographic Traveler list. Then comes Norway, which is undoubtedly one of the destinations most often presented in recent months by European bloggers. Finally, Aarhus, in Denmark, will be the capital of culture in 2017.
While Traveler advises to get off the beaten track and explore the north coast and the Camino de Santiago Trail, National Geographic Traveler reminds its readers that Madrid will host the World Pride Madrid 2017, from June 23 to July 2. With its splendid parks, its nightlife and its sixty museums, the capital has enough to keep all kinds of people busy! As for me, after several trips to Spain, I dream of rediscovering Barcelona!
Lonely Planet places Seoul in 7th position on its list of cities to be explored in 2017, highlighting among other things its efforts to protect the environment. Personally, I loved Seoul, from the traditional neighbourhood of Bukchon to the more modern ones! South Korea truly has an authentic culture and has nothing to envy to its neighbours. Moreover, the Korean gastronomy has conquered several gourmands in recent years, and that is certainly an important reason to visit. Besides the famous barbecues, the bibimbap, a bowl of rice with vegetables, egg and beef, is a real treat!
Travel consultant, college instructor in Tourism Techniques, lecturer, author and travel writer, Ariane Arpin-Delorme is passionate about everything she does. She founded the Parfums 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…