From the charms of Colombia to glorious Portugal and the beaches of Cuba, here are 8 best travel destinations to visit in the coming months.
Cartagena and Medellin specifically are poised to be the hot spots for the new year, making Kayak’s trending destinations list. With recent reports of lower crime and a lessened fear of Zika, Colombia is primed and ready to make a comeback as it was already climbing in popularity in 2015 and 2016.
While certain elected officials might think otherwise, Mexico is a beautiful and diverse place—and Mexico City is one of the most cosmopolitan cities to visit. And you don’t have to take my word for it.
According to Expedia, it’s one of the trending destinations for this year. Go grab some street tacos or dine at some of the best restaurants you’ll go to (like, ever), visit the Frida Kahlo museum, and take a stroll in Chapultepec Park.
Portugal is pretty much on everyone’s list for this year, and it’s not surprising why. Dubbed the New Iceland (as the meteoric rise of the destination was no joke for 2016), the country’s ready to welcome more visitors. With U.S. travel to Portugal increasing 22 percent in the last 12 months, many are already flocking.
Lisbon is one of the most popular cities, while Algarve (Portugal’s coastal region), Porto (the busy city world famous for port wine), and Sintra (a day trip away from Lisbon and home to castles and villas) also make spectacular stops.
The hottest destination for 2016 shows no sign of slowing down. With commercial flights available for the first time in 50 years, Cuba is on fire.
Specifically, Havana searches skyrocketed with a 191% increase over the past year, according to Kayak. If you haven’t added it to your list, now is very much the time.
US Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands are celebrating their 100 year anniversary of becoming a U.S. territory, and the tourism board is giving those visiting money to play with.
Every visitor this year will receive $300 to spend on historical or cultural tours and activities, including kayaking and hiking.
Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and pretty much every major Canadian city is on the in-the-know traveler’s radar, including Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto.
But Banff may just top the list. The idyllic city is one of the top 5 best international destinations for 2017 according to Booking.com. A resort town in Alberta, the Rocky Mountains make up it’s border/skyline—making it the ultimate backdrop for a getaway (and some definite Likes).
According to Expedia, non-stops to India from the U.S. (yes, truly) are up — meaning there’s a definite market for travelers headed to the continent. And, thankfully, domestic flights between cities are also up — meaning you can more easily get around should you want to make multiple stops.
The hot spot continues to grow in 2017, so it’s time to request that time off if you haven’t already. According to Expedia, the Middle Eastern city experienced double-digit growth in capacity just last year, and the city is enjoying another six percent increase already this year.