Forget New Year’s resolutions involving fitness fads and extreme money saving goals. Why not let the best jazz talent in New Orleans or a luxury Peruvian train enrich your life instead?
If you’re looking for fresh travel ideas, we came up with 6 destinations to kickstart that wanderlust. Whether you globetrott often or are ready to take a first flight out of Australia, start planning now and make 2017 your best year yet!
1. Mérida, Mexico
Donald Trump threw a fair bit of shade at the people of Mexico last year, so we’ve placed vibrant Mérida from the Yucatán peninsula at the top. But not without good reason. We’re expecting to see a full calendar of public events there this year, as it’s the designated American Capital of Culture for 2017, an initiative promoting one city a year in the Americas. Mérida offers something for everyone, whether it’s colonial architecture with Cuban likeness or a bustling foodie scene. Put your walking shoes on to explore the narrow streets and friendly plazas, pork belly taco in hand.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
Want to get off the beaten path in 2017? Journey to the beautifully aged city of Lisbon by the sea. Featuring an array of baroque style and medieval buildings lining cobbled streets, it’s best explored by foot. It’s also a great place for muso’s, with Europeans flocking to the city for its various outdoor music festivals throughout the year like NOS Alive in June. Headline artists for 2017 include Foo Fighters, The Weeknd and Depeche Mode. Will Lisbon be the city you escape to this upcoming Aussie winter?