From Canada to Madagascar, the Hottest Vacation Destinations of 2017

You might imagination skiing in Japan, or heading to a swanked-up Nashville. Or perhaps it’ll be Montevideo. Or Madagascar. Or Ethiopia … Boarding passes, please.”>

1. Canada

The 51 st state. Americas hat. Take your picking among the bevy of diminutive monikers our northern neighbour has sufferedtoo polite and apologetic to ever form a rebuttal. Of course the jokes on we are currently, especially on election night when the Canadian immigration website famously crashed due to a sudden upsurge in search queries.

Besides the appeal of a progressive social democracy led by a political prince who enjoys topless photobombing, Canadas immense natural beauty is eventually getting the spotlight it deserves. Celebrating 150 years as a nation in 2017, Canada simply eclipsed the awesomeness of the American Parks Service centennial by offering everyone a Discovery Pass permitting free admission into any of the nations reserves from coast to coast.

Start in Nahanni National Park, in the Northwest Territoriesa dense and concealed wilderness carved by glacial valleys and roaring rivers. So utterly remote and spectacular, Nahanni was the first place ever to be inscribed on UNESCOs coveted listing of World Heritage Sites. Pair it with a stay at Blachford Lodge on the vast inland sea of Great Slave Lakethe perfect place to watch the northern lights.

From the surfable shores of Tofino in British Columbia to the ceaseless charm of Newfoundlands outport coastal communities along the Bonavista Peninsula in the east, you could attain five separate journeys to Canada next year and youd only be scratching the surface.

2. Hokkaido, Japan

Trendy wouldnt even begin to describe Japan during the course of its Bubble Economy era, and now the buzz is back with a noticeable uptick in international travelers descending upon the Land of the Rising Sun each year. Shinkansen( bullet train) plans continue to be rolled out, creating easy new roads between hubs like Tokyo and Kyoto and smaller destinations.

Long-term schemes are already underway to make faster develops and brand new resorts on Japans northern island, Hokkaido, stimulating 2017 the perfect time to go before the inevitable inundation of tourists and the increased awareness in Japan leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Long famed for its superlative skiingcoined Japow for the gremlin dust snowHokkaido is already a favorite for Australians, but is abruptly starting to catch on with the mainstream American crowd. The freshly refurbished Kiroro, a Tribute hotel, marks the first of several initiatives to bring in international skiers beyond the traditionally popular pistes at Niseko.

Beyond skiing, Hokkaido has a rich culinary tradition based upon locally sourced seafood and high-quality dairy from the islands farms. Whisky distilling, too, has a proud heritage; the land bears some similar environmental traits to the Scottish Highlands.

3. Cape Verde

Following the lead of IcelandAir, Azores Airline( originally called SATA ), based on the tiny archipelago of Portuguese islands 1000 miles off the coast of Lisbon, will be increasing its transatlantic capacity and service by 46 percent next year. Stops on the islands will of course be offered along the way, but a direct transcontinental connect brings a new destination into focus for America travelers: Cape Verde.

A Creole combustion of Afro-Portuguese influence, the volcanic islands off the coast of northern Africa make an interesting alternative to the Caribbean with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, like Praia de Chaves on the island of Boa Vista.

4. Nashville, Tennessee

If you search the bowels of the internet for travelling tendencies five years ago, a lot of top 10 lists featured Music City. The titular TV depict starring Connie Britton was stimulating its soap-Opry debut just as the citys penchant for serious BBQ eats was earning a more mainstream reputation.

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