7 Of The Greatest Countries You Have To Visit In 2017

Last Updated on October 8, 2016

7 Of The Greatest Countries You Have To Visit In 2017


Yes, I am making my prediction already!  Am I crazy?  Probably.  But in all seriousness, I KNOW that these destinations are going to be the places to visit in 2017.  Here’s the greatest countries you have to visit in 2017.


7 Of The Greatest Countries You Have To Visit In 2017

  1. Papua New Guinea

A country that many people have overlooked for all these years is now becoming slowly popular,  even cruise ships have started putting this destination in their itineraries.  Papua New Guinea has one of the most diverse cultures in the world; there are over 700 native languages!  There’s virtually no tourism infrastructure here, which means that, for an eager adventurer, it’s a fascinating place waiting to be explored.  The landscape here is mountainous, and there are more species of birds and frogs than there is in Australia – even though it’s less than a quarter of its size!  Its untouched reefs, active volcanoes, and jungle-like territory will have you dreaming of this one-of-a-kind travel destination.  Don’t miss one of the most popular festivals called the Mask Festival, which happens in July.  Expect traditional dancing, rituals and storytelling!


  1. Iran

Iran has an abundance of history waiting for travellers to come and see.  The country has an astonishing 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Iran may surprise you as it has a dark past, which is hard to forget and discourages many travellers from going to this wonderful country.  It’s colourful, the people are friendly, and there are some beautiful places waiting to be discovered.  From vibrant mosques to sandy deserts, mountain ranges, and busy bazaars, you will be glad you decided to experience this place for yourself.


  1. Jordan

Jordan has a unique ancient past, which makes it alluring, calling people from all over the world to visit.  Expect to see desert landscapes, world wonders, and to meet hospitable locals.  Everywhere you look you will be rewarded with marvellous ruins that will take you back in time.  Jordan is home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Don’t forget that this country is also home to the Dead Sea.  At 400m below sea level, Jordan’s crystal blue water is the lowest point on earth.


  1. The Maldives

The Maldives have had a deceptive reputation that it’s only for cash-happy, loved-up couples, but many solo travel bloggers have tested that theory in recent months – and disproved it!  This magical paradise is for everyone to enjoy but be careful as you may never want to leave, EVER!  If you’re coming from London, don’t book a ticket straight to the Maldives.  Make sure you book a ticket to the likes of Sri Lanka or Dubai before heading to the Maldives to keep your costs down.


  1. Scotland, UK

I know, I know, Scotland isn’t an independent country but I couldn’t leave it out on this list of top places to visit in 2017.  Scotland has slowly been creeping up in my news feed every day.  People perceive Scotland to be grey and rainy all the time (okay, most of the time it actually might be), but during the spring and summer months this place becomes a road-tripping haven.  If you pick the right weeks, you will be granted fantastic weather and see some of the most beautiful and secluded little villages and beaches in the UK.  Scotland even has white-sand beaches to offer and although the Scottish water’s temperature may not be the same as its Grecian or Caribbean counterparts, it’s still a magnificent place to visit.  Make sure you do the North Coast 500 which is the 500-mile coastal road.  It’s even been named one of the top coastal roads in the world!


  1. Bosnia and Herzegovina

This beautiful destination has been through some gruelling history, which ended not so long ago.  Bosnia and Herzegovina boasts effortless landscapes, cute little villages, and a simplicity that makes you appreciate the little things.  This historical place will make you feel like you have stepped back in time, and it will never leave you feeling bored as there’s so much to see and learn, it will make you feel like you have stepped back in time.  Life is a little slower here, and for a good reason.  People are enjoying every day, and they are thankful for the life they have been given.


  1. Taiwan

After reading Veronika’s post on ‘10 reasons to visit Taiwan’, I knew Taiwan had to be added to this list simply because it looks amazing!  From the lush mountain ranges to the white-sand beaches and endless culture, it’s a feast for the traveller’s eyes.  The Taiwanese food, friendly locals, and magnificent views will make this place the next Asian country to visit in 2017.  If you love hiking then this will be your paradise, and the great thing about it is that Taiwanese people love hot springs – so you’ll have a good excuse to relax in one after hiking up the mountains!


I would love to know if you plan on visiting any of these destinations in 2017.  Let me know below if you have any other destinations that I should add to the list!  If you need accommodation in any of these countries then I highly recommend checking out Agoda or Hotels.com, they offer the best value accommodation around the world.


Love this article?  Please share it with your friends!

7 Of The Greatest Countries You Have To Visit In 2017

Leave a Comment

The Comments

  • Rhonda Albom
    October 9, 2016

    Interesting list. Jordan is the top of my list. My 2017 list includes mostly South American countries.

  • Megan Indoe
    October 9, 2016

    Whoa, I haven’t even begun to think about 2017! We were just traveling with a friend who was born in PNG, now lives in Australia, but was telling us how beautiful, but dangerous it can be. Sounds tempting! Also, we just left Taiwan and can confirm it’s a great destination! We LOVED the food and hiking Taroko National Park should be a must if you’re visiting! We would love to visit Bosnia! Great list and inspiration!

  • hcura
    October 9, 2016

    Great list! I’ve been to Jordan, Scotland and Bosnia (thank you for including us!) and highly recommend all of them. Would definitely love to go back.

    As for the others, Iran clearly tops my list. I’m very intrigued by their culture and natural sites.

    Time to start planning 2017!

  • Darlene
    October 9, 2016

    Great choices! I personally would like to visit Maldives, Taiwan and Scotland! Taiwan has such good markets and Maldives of course for the beach. And Scotland… Well, that accent and the historical places for sure. 🙂

  • anna
    October 9, 2016

    Soooo many awesome places to visit! Iran is definitely an up and coming spot to travel to.

  • mappingmegan
    October 9, 2016

    Totally agree with all of these! Papua New Guinea is on our list, and now that we’re permanently back in Australia we’re hoping to make it happen in 2017. Thinking about trekking the Kokoda trail 🙂

  • Indrani
    October 10, 2016

    Great list! I am keen about Iran, it was out of bounds for so long!
    I really would love to mingle with people there.

  • Antonette Spaan
    October 10, 2016

    I haven’t made up my mind yet for 2017 and these are some great suggestions. I was just invited to come to Jordan but I can’t make it so maybe I’ll head out there myself one day. Great list!

  • Melissa Jones
    October 11, 2016

    This is such an awesome list, I wanted to pick a favourite as I was reading through to look into going next year but couldn’t pick one! This is the only problem with being so passionate about travel, we want to go everywhere! I’m concerned that I’ve not been to anywhere on this list a part from the outskirts of Scotland so I feel like I have got a lot of catching up to do. I’m starting to think about where I want to go next year and this is perfect inspiration. Oh actually you know what? Maldives…I’ve decided Maldives, perfect blue ocean and white sandy beaches, I think the would be perfection 🙂

  • McCool Travel
    October 11, 2016

    I would definitely consider any and all of these destination in 2017 or any year.

  • amused0bserver
    October 11, 2016

    I’ve been to Iran this year. Just for ten days but it was a great time! However, I guess I’ll come back when it’s going to be possible to walk around without a headscarf 🙂
    All the other countries are on my ‘to go one day’ list 🙂

  • Ryan Biddulph
    October 11, 2016

    Hi Anita,

    Great list! Papua New Guinea and The Maldives are right at the top of our list. Drop dead gorgeous spots in the tropics. And hearing of all that amazing wild life in Papua does not turn me off from the place, love me some nature LOL! The Maldives are getting better coverage from travel bloggers these days, making the spot slowly more popular on our circuit. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Juliette @ Snorkels To Snow
    October 11, 2016

    My husband desperately wants to visit Papua New Guinea but I am just not yet convinced, for safety reasons. My mum actually spent 2 years teaching there when she was 21, it was much safer back then and STILL two guys armed with machetes turned up at her classroom! It would be interesting to go to – I hear there’s great diving there – buuuuutttt every woman I talk to who’s been there recently has suggested not to go. I might leave that one up to hubby…and I’ll head to the Maldives!

  • Carmen's Luxury Trvl (@carmensluxtrvl)
    October 11, 2016

    Really great list! I absolutely love Scotland and would love to explore more of it next year. Thanks for sharing, happy travels 🙂

  • Agness of Fit Travelling
    January 25, 2017

    These countries are definitely on my bucket list! This list is very motivational! Thanks for sharing, Anita!