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Here are our recommendations, places we visited this past year and we fell in love with. These are amazing destinations that represent a unique opportunity for 2017. Sometimes it is because these countries just changed their visa policies or because there has been a surge in infrastructure that make such places worth to really keep in mind when planning a trip.
This South American country has it all, from beautiful and well preserved colonial towns such as Cuzco, Puno and the same capital to being one of the foodies’ destinations of the world. It is an affordable country; it has a respectable tourist infrastructure. Lima is a modern and vibrant capital. Peru is much more than Macchu Picchu it boasts all kind of attractions for all kinds of travelers
It is a country that has been in the radar of travelers for a long time. Recently tourism has become a priority for the government. Visas are now much easier to get and new hotels have been opening all around the country. It is still a very affordable destination, and it represents one of the faster growing economies of the world.
For many this is the new Dubai, the country is quite rich in resources. Baku –the capital is a beautiful city with many impressive historic buildings that can easily create the impression that one is in Paris. There is a lot of wild beauty to explore. Getting a visa is now easier than before and with the beginning of a new electronic system is supposed to become a much simpler process.
The tiny mountainous country is frequently overlooked by travelers. Andorra boasts amazing natural beauty, some of the best ski opportunities and a country that values health and the outdoors. It can be quite expensive during high season but it has become very affordable during other times of the year. Andorra la Vella –the capital is a tax free city that is also famous for great spas.
From Dubrovnik to the far South there is a lot to see in this country. It is quite affordable, it offers wonderful hotels, gorgeous beaches, delicious food and very friendly people. Probably the best way to see Croatia is renting a car and exploring the many beautiful villages along the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
There is a lot to see in South Africa, but the Western Cape has some of the most beautiful places for those who love wine, good food, mountains and nature. From Impressive Cape Town to the gorgeous wine country, this is a destination to include in any great itinerary. Low season is the time to go for those wanting tranquility at an affordable price.
Aspen, Vail, Avon all are names of very stylish ski destinations that sound equally expensive. But the truth is that during shoulder season hotels are very affordable, everything is really quiet and it becomes the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the nature. It is a great idea to rent a car and to explore all these fascinating little towns.
It makes Vegas look like a little Village. Macau is impressive, it combines centuries of history, Portuguese and Chinese heritage and some of the best gambling and luxury hotels of the world. It is easy to get there, one can fly directly to Macao or arrive to Hong Kong and catch from there a speed boat.
This giant country is making a huge effort to push tourism. There are many luxury hotels opening every year, these properties are truly amazing and quite affordable when compared to Western standards. Public transportation works very well, there are countless buses, metros, planes and trains going from almost anywhere to anywhere in China. Visas have been becoming easier to get, there are options to even have a stopover without a visa in several cities. There probably never has been a better time to plan a trip to China.
It is one of the most stable countries in Africa and a paradise for beach lovers. Turquoise waters and first class resorts in a unique setting makes of Cape Verde an excellent destination to keep in mind for this 2017. The easiest way to get there is probably via Lisbon in Portugal.