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17 Destinations to Visit in 2017 Before They Become Tourist Traps

January 29, 2017

During 2016 plenty of new travel destinations came onto our radars. But which ones should you travel to first? Here are 17 destinations you should visit in 2017 before they become total tourist traps.

1. Peru

While Machu Picchu may already be a tourist trap, the country certainly doesn’t end there. Peru is full of mind-blowing landscapes, a few of which are the Vinicunca Mountain (Rainbow Mountain), Colca Canyon, the Andes Mountains, Moray Ruins, Huacachina (a little oasis town nestled within the desert), and Salinas Des Maras. Thanks to Instagram, this little country has been rising in popularity, so make sure to visit before the swarms of tourists come.

2. Indonesia (Not Bali)

Yes, Bali has become wildly popular in the last year, but there are plenty of parts of Indonesia which are still relatively undiscovered and well worth the visit. Check out Padar Island (pictured below), Borobudur, Komodo National Park, Nusa Tenggara, Kelimutu National Park, Nusa Penida, and the Gili Islands!

3. Faroe Islands

Part of Denmark but located somewhere in between Iceland and the UK lies the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands have landscapes unparalleled anywhere else on the world, and is quickly gaining popularity among photographers.

4. Canada

Canada doesn’t get nearly enough credit. I truly believe that it is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, and yet, I don’t see nearly enough of it from travelers. If you do decide to go, I encourage you to explore everything from Montreal to Vancouver, Banff to Newfoundland to Yukon. It’s a spectacular country.

5. Belize

I genuinely have no idea why this country isn’t more popular than it is. It’s got gorgeous beaches, incredible scuba diving in the Great Blue Hole, rich cultural history to be explored in the form of Mayan ruins; what more can you ask for?

6. Philippines

This Asian country has been gaining favor within the travel community, which it rightfully deserves. It really is more fun in the Philippines. There are the popular places, like Boracay, Kawasan Falls, and Bohol, and the less popular ones, like Dumaguete, Coron, El Nido, Nacpan, Manjuyod Sandbar, Oslob, and Bantayan. All of them are worth visiting before they become more popular.

7. Nepal

This country’s got the claim to the highest mountain in the world, but that’s not all it has. It’s overall just a breathtaking country, and has some of the richest culture, I mean, it’s home to ten UNESCO World Heritage sites! Kathmandu is always worth a visit for its plethora of religious sites, there’s temples of more than one religion to be found.

8. Portugal

Of all the western European countries, I feel like this one gets the most overlooked, although it shouldn’t. Portugal boasts some pretty impressive landscapes for such a small country. Most impressive is the Algarve, low cliffs overlooking sandy coves. The cities are definitely worth the visit as well, especially Porto and Lisbon. Go quickly, before the rest of the world gets word!

Read the rest over on The Travel Women to learn what the others are!

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  • Glad to know that Indonesia is on the list!

    • I am dying to go to Indonesia so I just had to include it!

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