Where are you planning to travel in 2017? We asked some of our travel blogger friends about the best travel destinations or countries they visited in 2016. This gave us a great list of the top 7 recommendations of places not to miss in 2017!
Manila, the sleepless city in the Philippines, similar with Jakarta in Indonesia, has its attractiveness. It is very crowded and full of people in the city, especially during the peak hours. Most of the jeepneys are full with the passengers.
The LRT is no different. Every single public transportation is very packed. But it doesn’t make me hate this beautiful city. This capital city is probably boring for some people who seek for beaches and nature life. But Manila has its own gems.
I went here last Oct and enjoyed every single time mingling with the locals by taking public transportation and ate the local food. Intramuros is not the only place and historical site you need to visit. You also need to learn how the traditional hand-tapped tattoo exists in this big metropolitan city.
I am in love with the locals, food, and my little new traditional tattoo that I got in Manila. This city is definitely worth a visit, at least once in your life.
Suggested by Meira Karla Farhana. Check out her lovely travel site Oi Meira.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, a French colony nestled in the center of Vietnam has a charm like no other. The city bustles in the day and transforms in the night. Night markets, talented tailors, lanterns, food served on boats (which was surprisingly cheap) and the quaint architecture made our Christmas beautiful. Definitely a place I want to revisit.
Suggested by Penny Fernandes Viegas. Check out her fantastic travel blog at GlobeTrove.
The poorest and least visited country of South East Asia has incredible wonders to show for those willing to explore it. Inle Lake, Bagan, Yangon and Mandalay are the top destinations and there is a reason for that, they are great placeS to visit.
But for those willing to get out of the beaten track the rewards will be countless! People are just amazing there and you will have the chance to enjoy unspoiled beaches or swim in an awesome waterfall totally alone. I haD planned to spend 28 days and ended up spending 50!
Suggested by Sergio MA. Check out his epic travel blog at Ambitious Tracks.
The gorgeous rugged landscape, the timeless little villages, some of the highest in the world, age old monasteries and the kindest people – it was all too easy to fall instantly in love with Ladakh and it wasn’t just the over 12,000 feet elevation that took my breath away.
Spending a month in this Buddhist haven made me want to live there forever. The locals make you feel more than welcome with their wide smiles and heart-warming ‘Julley’, used conveniently and very generously to mean both hello and goodbye.
The clear blue skies contrast wonderfully with the stark barren mountains, making landscapes so imposing, they remain etched in one’s memory. The muezzins call to prayer mixes beautifully with the fluttering of the prayer flags.
To see such diverse cultures coexist so harmoniously is heart-warming. The quiet long walks in the villages are therapeutic. The slow pace of life is addictive. This surreal corner of the world is really the kind one day dreams about when sleepwalking through their mundane city lives. Truly a world within a world.
Suggested by Simran Kaur. Check out her beautiful travel blog at Trails With Tales.
The iconic rock, jutting out across the fjord is a sight that stays with you for a lifetime. The landscape is stunning & beautiful! You have to walk through boulders, steep climbs, jump across a waterfall and glacier crossings, to make it to your destination. This is one of the most underrated places in the world, that is becoming a hot travel destination.
Suggested by Jyothsna Devulapally. Check out her super travel blog Find My MoJyo.
Chandratal, Himachal Pradesh, India
A breathtaking lake one reaches by traveling on one of the most adventurous routes of India filled with thrills. Every moment as you get closer the routes get more challenging but once you reach the destination all your efforts put in are rewarded.
This serene glacial lake is at its utter beauty on a calm day when the reflections of clear sky and dry peaks can be seen in the lake. One can spend hours witnessing the changing moods of the lake and cherish the beautiful memories for a lifetime.
Suggested by Mohit Agarwal. Check out his beautiful blog at mOhItArTs
The best place I visited in 2016 was Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The country of Vietnam has always been fascinating to me. As an avid historian, I have always wondered how this tiny southeast Asian nation was able to fend off not two but three super powers.
Of all the superpowers they were able to fend off, their war with the USA hit the closest home for me and I knew someday if the opportunity presented itself I would like to find out what Vietnam was really about. As fortune would have it some friends of mine were planning an Asia trip with Vietnam on the itinerary and I decided to join.
What I loved the most about this tiny country was the energy of the city, the amazing parks, and most of all the trip to Halong Bay.
Suggested by A.K Olu. Visit their fantastic travel blog at Party Trail.
Are any of these places on your ‘must see’ list this year? Or have we inspired you to visit somewhere different? Let us know and share yours in the comments below…