With the arrival of autumn, I’m realizing how quickly 2016 will soon come to an end—and the question on my brain is: what adventures are in store for me in 2017? I already have some exciting ones planned for the next couple of months, but nothing is set in stone for next year yet. I’m working with a completely blank canvas here—and I’m ready to start painting! Here are 5 unique places I’ve never experienced but would love to travel in 2017.
I recently fell in love with Mozambique as it was so vividly shown to us via The World Pursuit, a blogging couple who always seems to discover the most unique places to visit. They recently blogged about their experience in Anvil Bay, giving me every reason to want to plan a trip there. This place was the definition of seclusion—looking at the photos, you’d think they had the entire coastline to themselves. They also mentioned that Anvil Bay is determined to be low impact on the environment. Since I feel very strongly about eco-friendly tourism, this little tidbit made me pretty happy and eager to add Mozambique to my destination list.
Originally I was determined to go here for my honeymoon, but the timing just wasn’t right due to monsoon season in Asia. I dream of riding a train across The Nine Arches Bridge, admiring the mesmerizing Sri Lankan classical dances, and watching elephants roam free in the wild. My friend just got back from Sri Lanka and he won’t stop raving about how amazing his trip was. Personally, every time his beautiful, lush travel photos show up in my timeline, I view it as a sign that I need to visit Sri Lanka in 2017.
My Favorite Video of Sri Lanka:
If you’re anything like me, then Instagram is probably a major source of wanderlust in your life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen those breathtaking hot-air balloon photos of Cappadocia that made me want to hop on a plane the next day, despite recent events. What really sold it for me, was watching Cynthia and Niko from Journal of Nomads (check out their show on YouTube), hitchhike their way all throughout Turkey. Their journey is beautiful and inspiring—and they do such an impressive job of giving us a deeper, more authentic look into Turkish culture.
I saw a meme the other day that made me laugh. It said: “After 50 years of failed embargoes and isolation, the US is about to unleash its most obnoxious weapon on Cuba to date…The American Tourist.” Although I can fully attest to how obnoxious some of my fellow Americans can be, I’m super excited that I can finally plan a trip to Cuba. I am just itching to taste the food, see the colorful architecture and classic cars, and experience Cuban culture IN Cuba…instead of in Miami.
I shared with you my unforgettable trip to Peru earlier this year—and believe it or not, it was my first taste of South America. Now I’m addicted. For my next South American adventure, I’d love for it to take place in beautiful Bolivia, a country with a complex mix of fascinating nature, dangerous adventures, colorful culture, and yummy cuisine. My perfect Bolivian adventure would include tiptoeing into caves of tube-lipped nectar bats, paragliding above the valleys of La Paz, following along on a Bolivian parade, and stuffing my face with tropical fruits and quinoa beer.