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The ten MUST-visit Places for 2017!

January 25, 2017 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

As motivational speaker Brian Tracey said, “It doesn’t matter where you came from. All that matters is where you are going.” And, with 2017 already in full swing, we’ve got some bucket-list worthy destinations that you must add to the travel list this year.

 Tara Sena-Becker, Head of Marketing at STA Travel says, “kick of 2017 with an epic adventure ahead of you. With so many amazing deals on offer at the moment and unique locations to visit, now is the time to start the adventure. Our team of experts have pulled together our list of the top 10 destinations that you should be visiting this year for the adventure of a lifetime. So, scan the list and choose one, or all of them!

1. Canada – for the outdoors lover

Visit the land of the Maple, where you will learn quickly that Canadians have Maple Syrup on everything – even bacon! Don’t worry though, you can work off the extra KGs quickly as Canada has endless hiking trails and National Parks. There are also many activities available to satisfy your inner adventurer including: kayaking, canoeing, fishing, dog sledding, skiing and snowboarding.

2. Costa Rica – for the beach lover

Want to find out the secrets behind the happiest nation in the world?Perhaps it starts with a greeting, as Costa Ricans say “Pura vida” (pure life) instead of hello. You’ll be living the ‘pure life’ with access to the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, meaning swimming, snorkelling, surfing and sunbathing are all in the daily routine.

3. Cuba – for the historian

With the US Embargo lifted on the island, now is the time to visit the authentic Caribbean pearl of the sea. With access to oak aged Rum, cigars, jazz music and vintage cars, you’ll think you’ve gone back to the future… hello 1952. Full of music and culture, Cubans were born to play instruments and create beautiful art. While you’re there, marvel at the colourful murals on houses, and admire the work of vendors selling their paintings on the streets. Music, art, laughter and dancing are all just a part of life here on this Island.

4. Japan– for the foodie

Everything is Super Kawaii (or ‘cute’ for those not up with the lingo)! You will be transported into another world with cartoon-everything and karaoke available on every corner! Experience the jam-packed cities, the snow-capped Mt. Fuji, the sacred shrines and much, much more. As well as hitting up the sites and singing a song or two, your tastebuds will be tantalised by the delectable unique cuisine. Did you know that Japan has the most three-star Michelin restaurants in the world? Definitely worth a visit.

5. Madagascar– for the nature lover

Home to mind-blowing scenery, lush rainforests, and curious lemurs, you will be in heaven on the island nation. Bring your bikini as you’ll be swimming in natural pools and splashing under one-of-a-kind waterfalls. And, you’ll encounter the unique trees of Baobab Alley, something you won’t see anywhere in the world. Madagascar offers all the outdoor splendour you could possibly ask for. 

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6. Mexico – for the partier

Did anyone say tequila? Possibly what Mexico is most famous for, you can visit local tequila factories to see how it’s made and have a tipple while doing it – don’t forget the salt! When you’re not sipping the famous drink, check out the white sands of the Mexican Riviera, the death-defying cliff divers of Acapulco and the bold broodiness of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The country is also jam-packed with culture and history, and you can even visit the ancient Mayan pyramids up close in Tulum.

7. Nepal – for the adventurer

Home to ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites and seven of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Nepal is the perfect destination for adventure seekers. The spectacular country offers mountaineering, trekking, rafting, wildlife safaris, hot air balloons, paragliding, bungee jumping and more. You can also experience the Old World culture of Nepal with the highflying prayer flags, by visiting the secluded monks and beautiful temples. Good luck choosing!

8. Peru – for the hiker 

The ancient Incan ruins are considered to be some of the most beautiful and mysterious sites in the world. Hike the Inca Trail where you can visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Stop into fascinating villages where you will also cross paths with alpacas, llamas and vicunas, and get to know the locals. If you’re a lover of spicy food, make sure you pay a visit to one of the famous “Picanterías”. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

9. Portugal – for the culture lover  

With its pure white sands and clear blue waters, it’s no wonder that the beaches of Portugal are among the most incredible in the world. Known for its crystal waters, Algarve is a popular tourist destination where visitors can enjoy the beach, cave tours and a round of golf.  For those seeking something a bit more upbeat, Lisbon, Portugal’s’ hilly capital city is beyond amazing. Like most capital European cities, you will never get bored with museums, amazing architecture, and food to die for. This city really has the best of all worlds.

10. South Africa (Cape Town) – for EVERYONE 

Known for its beautiful beaches and scenery, Cape Town has too many amazing features to name. Take in the vast landscape from Table Mountain, accessible via cable cart or on foot, and follow up the adventure by checking out badass animals – lions and tigers and bears (and sharks) OH MY. Or relax while enjoying a vino at one of the many world-class wineries. Before you leave, visit the Robben Island Museum, where Nelson Mandela spend 18 of his 27 years incarcerated – it will give you chills!

With STA Travel all you need is $99. That’s right $99 to lay-by your flight for the trip that YOU want to take this year. Make 2017 your most amazing year yet!

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