Trends change every year, which is why you must always be up to date with which destinations are worthy of your time this year. That is not only because people get bored with the old, common locations, but because things change each year. Locations that had nothing to offer last year maybe improved and can now provide a source of interesting landmarks. There are billions of dollars invested in tourism every year. Where do you think they go? Countries invest in development so that you can go there and absorb what they have to offer. Since you have no way of knowing which location is worthy of a visit this year, the list below should shed some light on your lack of information.
10. Abeokuta, Nigeria
Abeokuta may not be the place with the most tourist attractions, but it does have one that might generate some interest. The place is Olumo Rock. It is the number one attraction in Abeokuta, and for the locals, this is an important historical landmark. You can hire a guide, and he can tell you all about the myths and legends. The sights are beautiful, and the rock was made safe for climbing so that you can admire the view of the entire city.
9. Olongapo, Philippines
Olongapo is not a big city, but you will like what you see there. You can start your vacation with Tree Top Adventure Subic. The experience is thrilling, you will have a lot of fun, and children like this place as well. It is not recommended for people who are afraid of heights, but it is an opportunity to face your fears. The staff is very helpful, and you will be safe at all times. It would be a shame not to give it a try just because you are scared. Johan’s Beach Resort Scuba is very welcoming, and it even provides diving lessons. The divemasters will take you to see a lot of beautiful and interesting places underwater, and you can even go wreck diving. There are wrecks for all depths and difficulties. The accommodation is not something to overlook either. You will be treated with professionalism and respect, and you will have a lovely time there.
8. Gwalior, India
The pride of India is its temples. That is why you can find several such places of worship wherever you may put the finger on its map. In Gwalior, the fort is the main attraction. Most cities have one, and Gwalior makes no difference. It is an imposing structure with an interesting heritage, just like most forts. The most interesting thing about this one is that the paint is 400 years old. It does look old, but it is amazing that is still visible. Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod Qilla Gwalior may have an impressive and difficult to remember name, but the religious site is very beautiful. It is white and gray, and when it comes to maintenance, the people there are doing a very good job. The place looks pristine, the view is something out of this world, and you can learn many interesting things about the culture.
7. Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan may not be on many people’s list of destinations, but that will change this year. The place is a forgotten gem with several attractions that you will never forget. For one, the Metro Tashkent is one of the most beautiful you will ever see. Apart from helping you move around the city, some stations are historical landmarks. The architecture is impressive, and there are not two stations alike. Even if you just pass through, they are still worthy of your attention and a few pictures. The Chorsu Bazaar is a sweet place, where you can purchase a vast variety of merchandise. The most popular are the small figurines that you can give your friends and family as souvenirs. They are cheap. Also, the bazaar is the perfect environment to rub elbows with the locals. The food is something you should try as well. The Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Arts is hypnotizing. You can admire and learn about different collections of applied arts and crafts. You should try visiting the museum with a guide so that you can understand the culture better. You also learn interesting facts about the history of the country.
6. Malolos, Philippines
The Philippines have been and always will be worthy of your visit. There are so many great things to see and do there that you can never grow tired of it. There is something for anyone. Historians, adventure seekers, beach lovers, hiking enthusiasts, they will all find something to do in the Philippines. Malolos is not a very big city, but there are plenty of interesting things to see. For example, the Kalayaan Tree is a very interesting landmark. It is a monument that helps people remember the history of the city. That is where the Filipino revolutionaries used to meet. It is said that the tree had witnessed the moments when brave men made history. The Barasoain Church is one of the main attractions in Malolos. It has an interesting history, which you will have to learn once you get there. If you are lucky, you can get a guide, but the locals say the best stories.
5. Lodz, Poland
Poland has always been a top destination for travelers who went to Europe. All the landmarks that commemorate the victims of the Holocaust have a meaningful historical and emotional significance, and they have attracted tourists from all over the world. Lodz, on the other hand, has its own attractions. The Herbst Palace Museum will take you back in time. The moment you enter the museum, you will feel like walking into another era. You will learn how life used to be for the factory owners, who lived in luxury. It may not seem a luxury to you now, but that was all the available comfort at the time. Nonetheless, the place is interesting to see. The Karol Poznanski Palace is just as interesting as the previous palace. It depicts the same luxury, and the architecture is marvelous. The building belonged to a very rich textile baron. You can see where he and his family lived, and the experience feels like time travel. It is considered the number one attraction is Lodz, so you should not miss it. The Saint Alexander Newski Cathedral is a very beautiful building with stunning architecture. You will not see many buildings with that architecture in Lodz, or in Poland for that matter. This one is a rare Russian Orthodox church.
4. Visakhapatnam, India
India is another country that will never go out of trend. There will always be something worth visiting in India. For example, some people go to Agra to see the Taj Mahal more than once. Visakhapatnam, on the other hand, has its own attractions. The most popular is the INS Kurusura Submarine Museum. It is an amazing experience, which children love, by the way. You get to enter an actual submarine. It is a pity you cannot take it for a ride, but finding yourself in one is not something that can happen very often. The Simhachalam Temple might as well be the most illuminated place of worship. During the day, it is a lovely building with beautiful architecture, but it is at night when the real show begins. The image is spectacular, especially if you choose to see it from afar. If no one told you what it is, you could say that it resembles an amusement park, not a temple.
3. Nakuru, Kenya
The most interesting thing you will see in Nakuru is the Menengai Crater. You have to reach the top of the mountain and then look down. It is a thrilling experience, and if you are afraid of heights, the way down might make you feel dizzy, so stay away from the edge. However, this is supposed to be something exciting, and you do not have the chance of doing it very often The Lord Egerton Castle is also a popular attraction. You can go on a tour guide and learn about the history of the place. The surrounding area is very beautiful, and you can have a lovely picnic there. The sights are amazing, which is why the locals use the place for weddings and other parties. KraftyArtZ is the perfect place from which you can buy your souvenirs. They are all made by hand, and the craftsmanship is flawless. However, in spite of their beauty, they are not expensive. If you like, you can watch an artisan while he is working, which is an interesting thing to see.
2. Iligan, Philippines
Iligan is probably the location with the most waterfalls. Some people are crazy about them, which is why they choose locations such as this one for their vacation. Nature’s wonders will always be in trend, not only in 2017. The most popular waterfall is Tinago Falls. It is a wonderful spot, the sights are amazing, but you have to make an effort to see it. You must go on a hike and climb many stairs. There are more than 300 of them. However, the place is worth the effort. The waterfall is stunning, and the view is one to remember. You can even take a raft and just float around. The pictures you take there are superb. It will be hard for you to leave. Maybe even harder than climbing all those stairs. Other than Tinago, you can go and see Maria Cristina Falls, which is as beautiful, but also Mimbalot Falls, Dodiongan Falls, Kalubihon Falls, which has such a stunning blue that you will question its existence, and Hindang Falls. The list can continue, but you cannot visit them all. Not in one trip in any case. If you want a beach to lie on, Bucana Beach is perfect for that. The water is perfect for a swim; you can buy something to drink, but make sure to watch the current as is very strong sometimes. Other than that, you will have a lovely experience there.
1. Cape Verde
The places you could visit in Cape Verde are jaw-breaking. The islands are unbelievably beautiful. One of them is Praia de Chaves in Boa Vista. Swimming in the turquoise water is something you will always remember. The sights are stunning, and the food in the area will make your taste buds crave for more. This place is a small piece of heaven, and it should be on everyone’s bucket list. The Santa Monica State Beach is also in Boa Vista. There is white sand as far as eyes can see, and the water is perfect for a soak. It looks deserted because the area is not developed, not yet at least, but that makes it even better. Enjoying such a wonderful beach without crowds of people is a rare thing, and you should take advantage of it. If you want a break from the beautiful beaches, you can go in Santa Maria and visit the Viveiro, Botanical Garden and Zoo di Terra. It is the perfect place if you want to relax, read, or have a drink at the chillout bar. The vegetation is beautiful and well maintained, and there are lots of animals you can see. Some people go to Cape Verde with the sole purpose of seeing the volcano. Pico de Fogo is a true nature’s wonder. You have to climb for about two hours, and you can descend for one hour on the other side. The experience is out of this world, and the scenery is amazing. On you way up, you can also see Pico Pequeno.
Finding the perfect places to visit this year is not difficult. The destinations above are a great idea. Why going somewhere where everyone goes when you can make your own itinerary and visit what you want? All you have to do is a little research about what you want to visit and make up your mind.