17 Hottest Destinations of 2017: Agra, India
The whole place has undergone a face-lift. An orientation center for the Taj Mahal is set to open this year. In addition, streets have been repaved, the area has been cleaned up, and a new railway from New Delhi has been constructed. Beyond just the Taj Mahal, Agra is also home to the Agra fort, constructed with red sandstone, several tombs that are the final resting places for Mughal emperors and empresses, a city of ruins, and several bazaars. Because of the recent renewal of the location, Agra deserves a spot in the 17 hottest destinations of 2017.
Great for: majestic architecture, lively local culture
17 Hottest Destinations of 2017: Gabon
Gabon is vastly underrated. Part of it stems from its precarious position between Cameroon and the DRC, two nations struggling with unrest. However, Gabon has been lucky in avoiding the vast majority of political and security strife that has plagued its neighbors and in recent years, has grown into a mecca for ecotourism. Wildlife is abundant, and though it is still difficult to travel to the nation, the government has taken many steps to improving the the process for foreign visitors.
Great for: abundant wildlife, ecotourism
17 Hottest Destinations of 2017: Switzerland
You’ve heard me say it before, you’ll hear me say it again. Go to Switzerland! You will not regret it. There’s something there for everyone, be it exploring ancient castles on the shores of Lake Geneva, having fondue, hitting the slopes in Zermatt, or shopping high fashion in the streets of Zurich. If you want to be fully immersed in the experience, take the train to smaller towns and cities – you’ll find plenty of them in the foothills. Rolling green expanses dotted with cattle and storybook houses? Sounds like a dream come true.
Great for: skiing, picture perfect towns and villages, old architecture
17 Hottest Destinations of 2017: Marrakech, Morocco
It’s not exactly a newcomer to the scene, but Marrakech has proven to be one of the 17 hottest destinations of 2017 because it has been time-tested. The city is heavily influenced by its Berber roots, and provides a veritable smorgasbord of sights, sounds, and smells. From exotic gardens to bustling marketplaces to palace ruins to imperial tombs, Marrakech is chock full of character and places of interest.
Great for: busy marketplaces, Berber culture
17 Hottest Destinations of 2017: Iran
Iran tends to get a bad rap because of its past – revolution and war aren’t necessarily the best things for a country’s tourism industry. But visitors to Iran note the stark contrast between the country’s image and its actual personality. Iran has been modernizing for some time now, and the thawing of diplomatic relations has led to the establishment of more flight routes. Spread across the country are ski slopes, beaches, historical towns, and the like, but if that doesn’t convince you, consider going for the famed warmth and hospitality of the locals.
Great for: kind locals, historical heritage
17 Hottest Destinations of 2017: Nepal
Following the devastating 2015 earthquake and ensuing avalanche, this nation has been rebuilding. Thus, tourism to the region is at a low level, and the government is trying hard to pull visitors back and aid in rebuilding the tourism industry. The country may still be rough around the edges, but through the opening of new trails and tours, hopefully Nepal will be bouncing back in no time.
Great for: affordable travel, natural beauty, culture