The 12 Trendiest Travel Destinations of 2017
Throughout 2017, travelers took on new adventures to discover the trendiest destinations and best places to go around the world. We've compiled a list of this year's most popular travel hot spots that are buzzing all over social media. Decide which destination you want to explore and start packing!
Croatia has soared in popularity and quickly became one of Europe's most visited tourist destinations in 2017. Dubrovnik features some of the country's most charming architecture, beautiful coastline views, and quaint beaches. The fact that the city was used as the backdrop in Game of Thrones has bumped it up to the top of many people's bucket lists.
This year, travelers flocked to Cuba because they could. Its capital city, Havana, boasts trendy salsa bars, thriving Latin jazz venues, and refreshing cocktails on every corner. The outgoing and friendly locals mixed with rich culture and history make Havana a unique destination that everyone should experience.
For travelers hoping to visit Cuba in 2018, be sure to do your research in light of Trump's travel restrictions.
Bali is the ultimate destination for those seeking a lush island paradise. With everything from beach yoga to snorkeling in gorgeous coral reefs to surfing, it's known to have some of the world's best adventures. You'll also find many temples and meditation retreats.
Marrakesh is a magical city filled with palaces, traditional textiles, and bustling souks. Within the city center, you'll find a mix of old and new. Head to Jemaa el Fna, an open-air theater boasting performers, henna tattoo artists, snake charmers, and more.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It's a city where ancient history meets cutting-edge innovation, with some of the most beautiful beaches, fresh farm-to-table cuisines, friendly locals, and lively nightlife. You can navigate through the Carmel Market for freshly made hummus and pita, delicious coffee, handmade clothing, and more.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a fascinating city filled with picturesque towns and a wide variety of restaurants, and it's home to the ultimate Instagram-worthy beach with over 3,000 penguins. One reason to go there now is The Silo, a brand new luxurious hotel with pillowed glass windows offering views of the harbor and mountains.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand has always been a popular travel destination, but Chiang Mai has quickly become a trendy spot for those looking for a more relaxed and hipster area of the country. With boutique hotels like Akyra Manor, quaint cafes, and historical temples without the crowds, Chiang Mai is the new popular alternative to Bangkok.
In the cosmopolitan capital city of Honolulu, you'll find everything from historic landmarks to fine dining. Head to Waikiki, one of the most recognizable beaches in the world that visitors love. The Bishop Museum is Hawaii's largest history museum and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific.
Portugal instantly became a top European destination this year, and it's continuing to stay strong. The Portuguese capital city of Lisbon has everything from beaches to pastel-colored buildings. It is bursting with culture and great places to eat, stay, and party.
Travelers love exploring the busy city of Tokyo. Start your mornings tasting breakfast sushi at the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market and let yourself get lost in Japan's vast and interesting history. A popular trend for visitors is heading to Tokyo Disneyland, filled with original rides and attractions.
Ever since WOW Air rolled out extremely affordable flight deals to Reykjavik, travelers have been flocking to this trending destination. Perfect for a long stopover in Europe or making it a trip of its own, there's so much to do and see here. If you're lucky, you'll get to experience the Northern Lights in Iceland on clear, crisp nights.
New York, New York
The Big Apple is home to three of the world's most Instagrammed locations: Central Park, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge. With its ever-changing culinary scene, trendy attractions, art exhibits, and more, New York City is the place to be seen. Stop by a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city.