Where to Travel in 2017

In the heart of winter when the weather’s the coldest, many people like to distract themselves with plans for trips to warmer places once the spring and summer come around. There’s a whole great big world out there to see, so how do you decide where it is you’re going to travel? As 2016 winds down and we look forward into 2017, here are some of the best places to look at planning vacations for in the summer of 2017.

Moscow, Russia

While global tensions running quite high and even though the visa restrictions are rigid, Moscow is a beautiful place to visit. The 860-year-old metropolis is home to the iconic and colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square, and will be the future host of both the Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Amsterdam

When you think “summer” you probably don’t immediately think “Amsterdam,” but there’s no reason to knock it till you’ve tried it! The best time of year to visit Amsterdam has always been the summer, so why not try something new and exciting and head overseas to check it out? Even if you’re stuck with a day of bad weather, you can always visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank house, or the Gothic-renaissance stylings of Oude Kerk.

Canada

As the friendliest country in the world turns 150, why not celebrate along with it by paying it a visit! A gigantic nation, there are countless sites to see within its borders; Niagara Falls is a must-see tourist hotspot, Quebec is a beautiful Canadian province, and the Canadian Rockies are a lovely sight for any and all nature lovers.

Cuba

For 54 years from 1961-2015, any existing ties between the United States and Cuba were severed, including trade and travel. However, since diplomatic relations were restored in July of 2015, travel is available to the Caribbean country for the first time in decades. Since trade was nonexistent between the two countries for so many decades, strolling down the streets of Havana feels like a step back in time to the 1950s as you’re surrounded by people driving cars from that time.