By Ethan Desseta
6. Highlands, Paupa New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is an exotic gem of the Pacific, remaining mostly untouched by travelers, rich in cultural, eco and bio diversity. The country is home to over 700 tribes (each with their own language and culture) and an estimated 200,000 species of plants and animals, most still unknown.
7. Trinidad, Cuba
Cuba should be on everyone’s bucket list for 2017! Head to Trinidad Cuba for not only the gorgeous cobblestone streets lined with colorful homes and old cars driving the streets but some amazing outdoor activities. Fifteen minutes way from Trinidad is Playa Ancon a gorgeous beach on the Caribbean Sea and just outside of town is Topes de Collantes a massive nature preserve. There is some epic hiking and waterfalls to be found in Topes de Collates and very few tourists hit the hiking paths.
8. Port Barton, The Philippines
The small town of Port Barton on the island of Palawan in the Philippines is a must visit for 2017. There are at least two big reasons for this. One, because it’s stunningly beautiful and two because it’s still relatively undiscovered…for now. It’s not easy to get to this little piece of paradise as the road there is unpaved and pretty rough, but it is more than worth the effort.
Georgia is an up and coming destination that needs to be on your radar for 2017. Amazing countryside, vast and fascinating history (did you know that Georgia is considered the birthplace of wine?) and the food is unique and out of this world. Katchapuri (cheese bread), Khinkali (soup dumplings) and if you love BBQ then you’ll be in heaven.
10. Siem Reap, Cambodia
If there is a place I recommend to visit in 2017, that is Siem Reap in Cambodia. Not only Siem Reap is a cool city to hang out, with a friendly atmosphere, happy vibe and super-budget friendly. It is also the main port of access to the spectacular archeological site of Angkor Wat, which well deserves to be explored.
While some of these locations may seem unexpected or unfamiliar, they are all sure to provide you with a unique and unforgettable vacation. Now head to your favorite airline and book that flight!
P.S. Don’t forget to download the app Uplift so you can overcome jet lag and spend more time enjoying your vacation!