There’s never been a better time to get out of your comfort zone and visit a place you’d never have thought of before. Lonely Planet recently named its Best in Travel 2017 top regions that you need to visit now, before the secret gets out. For added inspiration, we included another 10 to give you 20 offbeat destinations to visit in 2017. Better start planning!
1. Choquequirao, Peru
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2. Taranaki, New Zealand
Lonely Planet says that new attractions include New Plymouth’s Len Lye Centre, which is New Zealand’s first gallery dedicated to the works of a single artist, while the Mount Taranaki Summit Track is one of the finest one-day hikes in the country.
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3. Azores, Portugal
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4. North Wales, UK
Lonely Planet says that Snowdonia National Park has now been designated a dark-sky reserve which will attract stargazers to the region too.
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5. South Australia
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6. Aysén, Chile
This may soon change, though, because as Lonely Planet says, there are now new routes to the area’s spectacular glaciers, a growing craft-beer scene and the huge Patagonia Park – which is awaiting national park status – to draw visitors.
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7. Tuamotus, French Polynesia
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8. Coastal Georgia, USA
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9. Perak, Malaysia
The capital, Ipoh, is renowned for its quirky eateries while, according to Lonely Planet, Pangkor Island is beginning to focus on sustainability with new nature walks.
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10. Skellig Ring, Ireland
Lonely Planet says that local businesses are expecting an increase in visitor numbers.
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14. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The New Ulaanbaatar International Airport is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017, and the new Shangri-La Centre with its mall, IMAX cinema, five-star hotel and sports club means that you’ll want to spend some time in the Mongolian capital before heading to the Gobi Desert.
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15. Hobart, Australia
According to Australian travel website Traveller, the 2017 opening of the new waterfront MACQ 01 hotel was the most anticipated hotel opening Down Under.
16. Warsaw, Poland
Airlines like Ryanair are adding extra flights to Warsaw in 2017, but the big event will be the reopening of the city’s most iconic hotel, which has been around since 1857, as the Raffles Europejski Warsaw.
Meanwhile, the lack of crowds means this is the perfect time to visit the new luxury Limalimo Lodge in the Simien Mountains National Park.
19. Chitwan National Park, Nepal
With rhino worldwide still in danger of extinction, Chitwan is a great place to see them while you still can, especially since the opening of the new Taj Meghauli Jungle Lodge.
20. El Salvador
Tourism is still a fledgling industry, but with some of the region’s best surfing, historic sites and incredible coffee, it’s only a matter of time before the masses discover this magical little country.