It’s January 2nd and I’m already dreaming of adventures for the rest of the year. I guess the chilly weather doesn’t help. I’ve already got my first trip in the pipeline but I’m excited to plan more. I’m guessing you’re no stranger to wanderlust either? So if you need a little inspiration, you’ve come to the right place; I’m sharing my top travel destinations for 2017 for all budgets, from city breaks to beachy vacays…
Paros, Greek Island – Scenic break
With it’s white washed building speckled with blue, Paros is the affordable alternative to the popular islands like Santorini and Mykonos. With clear seas, meandering streets to explore and great food, it’s the perfect place to discover at your own pace. Spend your days sailing or visit the market places for an authentic experience.
Porto, Portugal – City break
The food, the architecture, the locals and the vino all battle it out to be Porto’s most impressive offering. Skip the capital and head to Porto for a cultural city break. Stroll around the city to spot the iconic blue and white tiles, with regular cafe breaks for a warm Pastel de Nata, dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar. Breakfast dates are incredibly affordable, with a host of pastries and hot drinks for two totalling just €5-8 euros. Follow the locals advice and eat alongside them at restaurants like Museu D’avo.
Reykjavik, Iceland – Long weekend
Iceland has been on my hit list for a while now and I’m determined to at least plan a visit there this year. From seeing to northern lights to the golden circle tour, it all sounds spectacular! Plus a visit to the uber cool Blue Lagoon is top of my list. The only thing that’s held me off visiting already is that I’m a total sun bunny and I’ll need a weekend somewhere warm to defrost afterwards. The gorgeous Ally from Digital Diva has loads of great snaps and knows all the best places to visit in Iceland.
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Dominican Republic – Sun & Spa break
If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday and a chance to get your glow on, the Dominican is perfect. Less pricey than it’s nearby Caribbean neighbours, the Dom Rep offers luxury on a smaller (but still considerable) budget. We’ve stayed in two different Dreams resorts and fallen in love with both (Punta Cana and La Romana). If you want my advice, lounge by a private pool, take a dip in the ocean, then set up camp in the spa and never leave. We went on some incred excursions too, like the James Bond experience, where my other half fully regretted letting me drive the speed boat before taking a seat on the ocean floor whilst snuba diving (a mix of scuba and snorkling). Visit the south side of the island for calmer, clearer seas and sip cocktails from coconuts.
New Zealand – Road trip
A camper van road trip has been on my bucket list for forever, and where better to explore than NZ! It’s blooming beautiful for a start, it has plenty of cracking vineyards and even a town that looks like it’s stepped right out of the 1920’s. A visit to the Lord of the Rings filming locations would totally be on my to-do list and some serious out-doorsy activities.
A faux-ginger, gin drinking, digital marketing gal with a thing for food styling. That was basically my old Tinder bio... Living in Leeds, I'm forever heading out for dinner, buying too many clothes, spending 50% of my money on ubers and, as of now, putting my stamp on my new apartment!