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    The world is replete with beautiful places; offering the must stunning views and the most thrilling activities. For any ardent traveler, it is not a question of when to travel. Nor is it a question of whether or not to travel. The only question that one has in mind is Where should I go to in this coming New Year 2017?

    And with the New Year knocking the doors, it is time to make your travel resolutions for the year 2017. And to help you prepare your travel bucket list, we bring to you a list of the best countries to visit in the New Year.

    This recommended international travel bucket list for 2017 includes the best travel destinations from every part of the world. Have a look at this list of amazing vacation spots before you start planning an international holiday.

    Best Countries To Visit In North America In 2017

    1. Bermuda

    The insides of the subterranean cavern located in Hamilton Parish in Bermuda

    Why you should go: Treacherous coral reefs make it one of the best diving destinations in the world. The destination is known for its pink beaches, crystal caves, trekking & swimming options, Rum Swizzle (local specialty of alcohol). Also, Bermuda is ready to host the historic America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta in June 2017.

    Best time to visit: June


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    2. Canada

    View of Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto Sign in downtown at night, in Toronto

    Why you should go: Canada turns 150 years old in 2017 and cities like Ottawa are putting on 12 months of festive events. And a scenic glacier flight over the Kluane National Park will present you with amazing views. Furthermore, you can treat yourself with Maple Syrup on pancakes, crepes, & even meat and indulge yourself in adventure activities.

    Best time to visit: Year-round

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    3. Dominica

    The stunningly beautiful Emerald pool waterfall in Dominica

    Why you should go: Prehistoric ferns and deserted shores set it apart from the rest of the Caribbean islands. World’s third largest barrier reef at Providencia, snow-capped volcanoes, emerald-pool waterfall, and Carnaval de Barranquilla in late February are other highlights of the destination.

    Best time to visit: February

    4. Guatemala

    Cascades National Park in Guatemala

    Why you should go: Ancient Maya ruins at Tikal, beautiful colonial towns like Antigua, and bustling mountaintop hubs like Quetzaltenango are not very crowded despite their potential. The beautiful Lake Atitlan is surrounded by volcanoes and charming little villages like San Marcos & San Pedro that one must visit.

    Best time to visit: November to April

    South America

    5. Chile

    Colorful buildings on the hills of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaiso in Chile

    Why you should go: It is one of the safest countries in South America. It boasts of glaciers of Patagonia, Atacama Desert, artsy hub of Valparaiso, wine country in the Aconcagua Valley, and rolling green hills in the Lakes District. Monkey Puzzle Trees in the lake District, Patagonian Wildlife Safari, trekking in Atacama, and horseback riding through the Andes Mountains are other highlights of a trip to Chile.

    Best time to visit:

    • June to August for ski resorts
    • September to November & March to May for Lakes district
    • November to February for Patagonia

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    6. Peru

    An aerial view of the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru

    Why you should go: Lima, the Peruvian capital, boasts of 3 of the world’s top 30 restaurants. Also, the Amazon Rainforest offers digital detox, in addition to the beauty and jungle stays. And let us not forget the ruins of Machu Picchu that find place among the UNESCO world heritage sites.

    Best time to visit: May to September

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    Best Countries To Visit In Africa In 2017

    7. Ethiopia

    The Emperor Palace at Gondar in Ethiopia

    Why you should go: You will surely be overwhelmed by the beautiful sights that you encounter while trekking through the Simien Mountains, climbing to a church on a cliff in Tigray, or boating across the waters of Lake Tana. And the new airline links that start in 2017 will make the country all the more accessible.

    Best time to visit: October to June

    8. South Africa

    A surreal sunset in Cape Town, South Africa–the best holiday destination in South Africa

    Why you should go: Let’s get it straight! South Africa is a paradise for the wildlife lovers & the adventure seekers. And if a romantic honeymoon is on your mind, it is still among the best options to go to. There’s a rich culture & a long history that the nation holds on to. So, be it some fun time at the beaches of Cape Town, a relaxing drive through the Garden Route, or a hike to the Drakensberg mountains, you won’t be disappointed.

    Best time to visit: Year-round

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    Best Countries To Visit In Oceania In 2017

    9. French Polynesia

    The Otemanu Mountain and the overwater villas in the backdrop of a beach at Bora Bora in French Polynesia

    Why you should go: French Polynesia is a delight for the honeymooners and the adventure seekers. Rangiroa and Marquesas are the two recommended places for 2017. And in case you are exploring Tahiti, try visit in August to attend the Billabong Pro surf tournament at Teahupo’o.

    Best time to visit: May to October

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    10. Papua New Guinea

    Nipa bamboo Huts in Papua New Guinea

    Why you should go: The cruise rides, the breathtaking beauty, and the plethora of adventure activities make Papua New Guinea the go-to destination for 2017. And the best of PNG is celebrated at the Mask Festival in Kokopo, the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, and the Canoe & Kundu Drum Festival in Alotau. Of these, the Mask Festival in July 2017 is the most popular event.

    Best time to visit: May to October

    Best Travel Destinations In Asia In 2017

    11. Mongolia

    The largest statue of Genghis Khan in the world in Mongolia

    Why you should go: From the Shangri-La complex – featuring a 290‑room hotel, an IMAX cinema, & a Hard Rock Café – to the brand-new airport in the capital city, the year 2017 will see many new attractions opening up. And in case you love a quiet countryside, Lake Khövsgöl – the Blue Pearl of Asia – will not disappoint you. In July, the annual Naadam festival attracts large crowds to the Mongolian capital.

    Best time to visit: June to August

    12. Myanmar

    The pathway leading to the Karaweik palace at Yangon in Myanmar

    Why you should go: With the first civilian government at the center in half a century, Myanmar can be one of the best countries to visit in the world in 2017. Though the destination is replete with beautiful Pagodas, pristine islands & beaches, jungle-clad limestone peaks, and hidden monasteries & relics, very few travelers have been visiting these lands. And this is a good news for the travelers because it means there are fewer people to share the beauty with.

    Best time to visit: November to February

    13. Nepal

    An aerial shot of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bakhtapur in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal

    Why you should go: Yes, the earthquakes of 2015 in Nepal were devastating. Landmark temples crumbled, but most of the tourist places in Nepal survived. And then there are many trekking trails of the countryside that were untouched. While the destination has the skill & the know-how to revive its tourism, it lacks the finances. So, why don’t you travel to Nepal and help it became a truly global destination.

    Best time to visit: September to November

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    14. Thailand

    Tourists take an elephant ride in Thailand

    Why you should go: Yes, it is a popular travel destination. Yes, travelers flock here in huge numbers. But that is what makes it an amazing party destination. The Full Moon & Escape paties of Koh Phangan & Koh Samui are surely must-attend events. And then there are stunning beaches, beautiful temples, amazing local dishes, splendid water activities, and junk-boat cruise rides to enjoy on a trip to Thailand.

    Best time to visit: Year-round

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    Best European Destinations To Travel To In 2017

    15. Bosnia & Herzegovina

    A beautiful view of the new Stari Most Old Bridge at Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Why you should go: If Croatia grabs the eyeballs for its impeccable coastline, its sister country Bosnia & Herzegovina has ski resorts and impressive architectural wonders to boast about. The cities of Sarajevo & Mostar is slowly gaining the attention of the tourists; thanks to its fledgling arts, music, diners, and classical architecture that holds on to the scars of war.

    Best time to visit: Year-round; less-crowded during Autumn (September & October)

    16. Finland

    Husky dogs are pulling sledge with family at winter forest in Lapland in Finland

    Why you should go: As the Finns get ready to celebrate the centenary of their independence with gusto, it is only recommended to include Finland in your travel bucket list for 2017. The destination will also host the World Figure Skating Championship and the Nordic World Ski Championship this year. And the Northern Lights that can be seen from Lapland have always been the high-point of the tourism of Finland.

    Best time to visit: February to April

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    17. France

    A shot of the Eiffel Tower taken from the other side of the water body in France

    Why you should go: Still vary of the security issues? Worry not! The hard times have long gone. If anything, you will find the otherwise crowded tourist hub relatively quieter. And the tourist attractions of France have not been harmed. The romantic destination awaits you with the feasts & the museums of Lyon, the chateaux of Loire, the stunning coastline of Riviera, and the romance imbued in the attractions of Paris.

    Best time to visit: Year-round

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    18. Georgia

    Beautiful panoramic view of Tbilisi at sunset in Georgia

    Why you should go: Georgia is not only an eclectic melting pot of cultures but also a land of splendid landscapes. From the highest village of Europe – Ushguli – to the unusual cave cities like Uplistsikhe, and from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta’s Svetitskhoveli Cathedral to the old world charm of the capital Tbilisi; there are ample reasons that make Georgia one of the best countries to visit in 2017. And did you know that it is also one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world?

    Best time to visit: May to September

    19. Spain

    The traditional architectures of Poble Espanyol at Barcelona in Spain

    Why you should go: With each region of the country offering a unique set of cuisine, traditions, and even language, a holiday in Spain is something that must be on your bucket list for 2017. And then there is popular La Tomatina Festival, held on the last Wednesday of August, that must not be missed.

    Best time to visit: mid-August to October

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    20. Switzerland

    Beautiful view of famous Chateau de Chillon at Lake Geneva in Switzerland

    Why you should go: Arguably the most popular on the list, Switzerland is a must-visit destination on any day. A holiday in Switzerland is perfect not only for the honeymooners but also for those who wish to travel with their families. And while the countryside offers towering peaks around Lauterbrunnen & rolling green hills of the Emmental, the rich culinary experience in Zurich & the boat rides in Aare River at Berne present the best of the city life. Furthermore, there are Interlaken, Lucerne, and Geneva to woo the travelers with their beauty.

    Best time to visit: Year-round

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    The list of the best countries to visit in 2017 is enough to satiate the wanderlust of the travel enthusiasts. Aren’t you excited for the next year? I know that I am.

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