By Jen Lewallen
Vacation season is coming to an end, which means now is the perfect time to plan 2017 adventures. We’ve searched for iconic must-sees, exotic journeys, and water-bound paradises to inspire a new year full of new experiences.
The months of January and February are the best for experiencing Canada’s exciting winter culture, but even in warmer months, diverse regions, cities, and natural wonders fascinate visitors all year long. While Canada always finds the fun in every season, our friendly northern neighbors have a lot to celebrate in 2017. The upcoming year marks the 150th Anniversary of the country’s Confederation, and the Prime Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, has guaranteed 12 months of celebration. Cities and towns will be hosting various events and festivities throughout the year, making 2017 the best time to visit the Great White North.
Everybody can always use some good vibes, and that’s exactly what you get all year long in Aruba. Coined the Caribbean’s “One Happy Island,” Aruba is notorious for having some of the friendliest locals in the islands. The warm dry weather with cooling sea breezes create a constant temperature range of high 70s to low 80s with little rainfall regardless of the season. It’s the type of destination where beach bums can lounge in the sand for the duration of their trip or can head into the Oranjestad for world-class shopping and dining—we encourage a balance of both.
There has never been a better time to visit our friends across the Pond. Great Britain has always had a high appeal for American travelers; fascinating landmarks, deep historical roots and connections, and the bonus that they speak English (depending on who you ask) work in their favor. Plus, with savings on hotels, shopping, and dining being the best they have in years, it’s never been more affordable.
What better way to spend 2017 than on an island that boasts to have a beach for every day of the year? Those on the hunt for the perfect sun, sand, and surf will find Antigua’s beaches far exceed expectations. From social hot-spots to hidden gems, Antigua has a beach to match every personality. We recommend renting a car and hosting your own seaside scavenger hunt.
Italy is always a good idea. This country truly has it all; delicious food, captivating vistas, profound history, welcoming people, and wine—we can’t forget the wine. Italy’s size compliments its larger-than-life atmosphere, but with so much to see, choosing an itinerary can be daunting. Thankfully, the country’s excellent public transportation system makes it possible to sample a bit of the north and south, and everything in between.
The Islands of Tahiti
Ask any traveler what’s on their wanderlust list and guaranteed the Islands of Tahiti are there. Visions of overwater bungalows, water so clear you can see fish from land, and luxurious resorts made for pampering immediately spring to mind at the mere mention of these pearls in the Pacific. There’s no time like the present to turn your dreams into reality. Set your sights on Tahiti for the upcoming year and make it your most memorable yet.
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Los Cabos, Mexico
Visitors to Los Cabos will be pleasantly rewarded with two destinations in one; San Jose del Cabo preserves the feel of authentic Mexico with cobblestone streets and Spanish colonial architecture, while the Cabo San Lucas neighborhood lights up the night with world-famous evening entertainment, luxurious shopping, and posh resorts. One trip to this trendy Mexican province and you’ll understand why this area has been a celebrity favorite for years.
No matter where the following year takes you, it’s never too early to start planning your next getaway. Talk to your GOGO Travel Agent today to start booking trips to one of these destinations or for expert recommendations to locations around the world.