The New Year is here and everyone is busy making New Year’s resolutions and plans.
While deciding to spend more time at the gym or eating and drinking more healthfully is always a good thing, over here we’d much rather resolve to spend more time in new places, try new foods and explore new cultures.
We’re lucky to live in a time where travel is so seamless and accessibility so ready, even to some of the more isolated places in the world. There are times when we crave to be alone, one with nature while other times where we want to be in the thick of things. That’s the beauty of travel – you can indeed have it all.
So here’s to the new year – and 17 places we’d like to visit in 2017:
JT: This has long been on my list of must-visits, and I’m hoping 2017 is the year I finally make it down to Argentina. Other than having Iguazu falls high on my bucket list, I’m a big lover of a good
glass bottle of Malbec, and it’s would be a shame to skip over a country that grows the Malbec grape in over 50,000 acres of land. Plus, how could I pass up a trip to the unique cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires?
2. Palawan, Philippines
JT: After Travel & Leisure named Palawan the top beach in the world, this one might come off as incredibly obvious, but I would be remiss not to include this gorgeous archipelago of gorgeous islands located in none other than my home country. With over 1,700 islands, there’s tons to do – from snorkling, to island hopping, to visiting the underground river, or hey, just laying on the beach. Did I mention miles and miles of breathtaking beach shores?
JT: Compared to much of the region, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is fairly untouched, with the country brimming with culture, historic landmarks, and is well, almost lost in time due to years of closed borders. I’ve been meaning to visit Bagan and Inle Lake for ages.
4. Kauai, Hawaii
JT: While Hawaii needs no introduction, this tiny island is bursting with picture-perfect landscapes and beaches. You won’t find the same city feel you might find in Honolulu here – just miles and miles of canyons, parks, and rivers as far as the eye can see.
JT: After my trip to Peru last year, I’ve become captivated by the culture and history of the country. Naturally, with the tales of the historic Inca empire, comes the myth of the birth of the Inca in Lake Titicaca, located at the border of Peru and Bolivia. While Bolivia may not be the top of most travelers’ lists, the country boasts a unique natural landscape, including stunning sights like Salar de Uyuni and Laguna Verde. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a breathtaking view.
6. South Korea
JT: Even if I don’t factor in the unique culture, amazing food, and interesting pop stars (remember Psy?), the Demilitarized Zone is enough to peak my curiosity about this fascinating country.
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
JT: If the charming canal houses in Nyhavn weren’t enough, I’m so intrigued by the striking architecture, the world-class museums, and miles and miles of bike lanes in this incredibly eco-friendly city. Bonus: Crossing the river by train or by car to Malmo, Sweden and picking up some bites at Saluhallen, an indoor market with local (and global) food
8. Cape Town, South Africa
9. Istanbul, Turkey
10. Jaipur, India
11. Shanghai, China
12. Lima/Cuzco, Peru
13. Koror, Palau
14. Sapporo, Japan
15. Rarotonga, Cook Islands
16. Port Louis, Mauritius
17. Cairns, Australia
So there you have it. Our 17 of ’17.
Some (most) might agree that 2016 was a mixed year of mixed baggage so we here at Change Your Altitude are greatly looking forward to 2017 and what adventures lie waiting for us. Whilst some of these trips might not materialize in 2017 there’s no harm in hope – something all of us are in dire need of these days. And once again, there’s the beauty of travel – it inspires hope, joy and the excitement of doing something for the very first time.
We hope you continue to stick with us in 2017 as we share our journeys both on the road and at home with you.
-Arun and Joey