19 Places You Need To Travel To In 2017

1. Canada

Canada

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This year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary since confederation, and there’s never been a better time to visit. Head to Banff National Park for dramatic views, Prince Edward Island for bucolic countryside and coastlines, or Montreal for exquisite architecture and buzzing city vibes.

2. New Orleans

New Orleans

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One of the most unique cities in American, New Orleans’ French Creole culture is a must-experience this year. Rather than get swept up in the crowds of Mardi Gras, head over in April for either the French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz Festival.

3. Nepal

Nepal

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In 2015, a catastrophic earthquake hit Nepal, causing mass devastation. Among other things, it upended the country’s tourism industry – but this year Nepal looks set to be getting back on its feet. Many of the trekking trails remain undamaged, and the country is still as beautiful as it ever was. Plus, a visit will help pump much needed income back into the country.

4. Melbourne

Melbourne

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Melbourne is a dream of a city, loaded with beautiful buildings, great food and incredible cocktail bars, like the Black Pearl, Bad Frankie and Above Board. Stay in Fitzroy for the best of the food and drink scene in walking distance, then be sure to plan a day trip to rock jump off Mount Martha and a road trip down the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles and the Bellarine Peninsula.

5. Chile

Chile

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This often overlooked wonderland is finally beginning to get some of the recognition it deserves: the country picked up an award last year at the World Travel Awards, and new flights have just been announced direct to Santiago. Head to the city for fine dining and culture first, then pick any of the 36 national parks to explore or make the pilgrimage to the stunning Marble Caves.