Last week we brought you our best picks for Europe in 2017. If you are looking to travel a bit further afield, we’ve gathered our top picks for world travel.
Where to go in 2017
Yosemite National Park, United States
For a taste of untamed rugged America, visit Yosemite National Park with its stunning glaciers, waterfalls mountain peaks and valleys. Famed for its giant sequoia trees, they are undergoing a major renovation project on the Mariposa, the largest sequoia grove, due to launch this summer. You can explore the park on the many boardwalks and hiking trails that meander through the groves. With fishing, biking, golfing, rafting, rock climbing, horse riding as well as bus guided tours, there’s something for everyone. Watch the video.
British Airways are introducing non-stop flights to Santiago, Chile from Heathrow for 2017 making it easier than ever to reach. You are spoiled for choice in Chile. Santiago itself is up and coming on the food scene with many fine dining restaurants. For wine connoisseurs, you have the famous wine tourist scene south of Napa. Channelling your inner Bear Grylls? Try exploring the Atacama Desert, west of the Andes mountains.
If you are a rugby fan, New Zealand is the place to be this year. They are hosts to the British and Irish Lions tour in June and early July. Ten matches will take place across the country including three test matches against the All Blacks. The tour kicks off at Whangarei, travels through Aukland and Christchurch. Full tour info here. Not interested in rugby? New Zealand is still a stunning country to explore and well worth a place on the list.
Infrastructure in China has improved significantly over the past couple of years. Great news for tourists as it cuts down travel time when exploring this massive country. Experience wonders such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Bejing or the rippling waters of Tiger Leaping George tracking through south-west China. City fans will love Shanghai with its Art Deco buildings, bustling bars and restaurants.
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