Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

2016 is old news, 2017 is the new new and that’s not the end of the story -or the end of the world. In fact let travelling be your new year’s resolution and book your flights to all the places Conde Nast Traveller approves.

From our very own Athens (this “modern arts capital” du jour) through the vast Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia to the Highlands in tartan (aka Scotland) the magazine’s people in the know share with us their must holiday destinations for a year that is almost, well, booked. Pick your flight. 

Scandinavia’s Countryside: Norway, Finland, Sweden

“There’s little cooler than a Scandinavian capital—we see you, Stockholm, Oslo, and Helsinki. Yet if 2016 was the year for biking down city streets and lounging in design hotels, 2017 is all about adventuring into the countryside. Try a 100-mile Swedish road trip from Gothenburg to the border with Norway, or skip Sweden and tackle Norway via fjord (the best way, in our opinion). Finland? Swap nightlife for nature with a five-step process meant to transform each visitor into a new person. If that doesn’t speak to the spirit of the new year, we don’t know what does”

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

Portugal and the Azores

“A citywide contest last year in Lisbon saw innovators going head-to-head to win the chance to redesign 31 of the city’s famous plazas and abandoned factories turned into exhibition halls and artist collectives. The new Museum for Art, Architecture, and Technology opened on the banks of the Tagus River in October. An entire town on the outskirts of the capital has turned itself into a haven for bibliophiles. Consider, alternatively, a stopover in the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic with a revamped airline and astonishing diversity of terrain; with its mountain-jungle-beach combo, it may supplant Iceland as the next place everyone’s visiting”

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

Cuba (beyond Havana)

“In some ways, 2016 was the year Americans finally started going to Cuba again after a half-century away. But as more and more travelers from the United States visit the island, the new frontier is getting beyond Havana and exploring some of Cuba’s smaller cities for a more authentic experience”

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

Zimbabwe

“A new $150 million airport in Victoria Falls, capable of welcoming 1.5 million people a year aboard massive passenger jets, is only one of several reasons why Zimbabwe is on our 2017 list. The country is building up its tourism infrastructure despite—and, sometimes, in spite of—years of economic downturn and authoritarian governance. While everyone’s booking stays in the safari parks of Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa, we recommend scouting for the Big Five in much less-crowded (and often more affordable) Zimbabwe”

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

Tokyo-Kanazawa-Kyoto

“A completely new bullet train—the Hokuriku Shinkansen—and its new affordable rail pass now give overachieving travelers the option to squeeze Japan onto the itinerary. Departing Tokyo, the Hokuriku zips straight across the country to Kanazawa, a UNESCO Creative City on the Sea of Japan famed for its traditional gardens, preserved geisha and samurai districts, ice cream cones topped with 24-karat gold, and temples to rival those in Kyoto. From there, the Hokuriku Arch Pass connects to the Thunderbird train to Kyoto and Osaka”

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

Chilean Patagonia

“Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia just got easier than ever to visit. South American airline LATAM is now flying a non-stop route from Santiago, Chile to Puerto Natales, the airport nearest the park, eliminating an extra stop and nearly four hours of driving required by the usual route. After the long trip, you’ll be rewarded with the mountain, fjord, and glacier photos your phone can handle—but get there soon. Global warming is taking its toll and this southern summer has been one of the warmest, driest on record for the region”

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

New Zealand

“2017 is totally the year to get on down or return for round two (heck, even round three): The greener-than-green region of Northland just upped its luxe game with the opening of the multi-million dollar Helena Bay resort, the only luxury lodge in the country located right on the beach, which means you can take a sunrise dip with the passing dolphins right outside your room’s ocean-facing glass doors”

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

Buenos Aires

“It’s not like we’d ever tell you not to go to BA—but we’re primed to fly south in late 2017 for the inaugural edition of Art Basel Cities, a citywide program of cultural events that will connect local talent with the international art world”. Buenos Aires restaurants and bars are also getting innovative; stop by Florería Atlántico for one-of-a-kind cocktails (access via a back door in an unassuming wine and florist shop), Mishiguene for reinvented Jewish classics, and brunch from celebrity chef Gastón Acurio’s La Mar. Book a room high above Puerto Madero after the summer 2017 opening of the 53-story, skyline-transforming Alvear Icon Hotel & Residences, which will have 159 rooms and suites and everything from a milk bar to a kosher restaurant”.

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

Scotland

“For some, the cities are the draw—the medieval lure of Edinburgh, with a “New Town” from the 1800s, but a food scene that’s so contemporary, it makes Brooklyn look behind the times; or the gritty-but-great art and music scene of Glasgow, where underground is sometimes better than aboveground. Then there’s the reaches of the Highlands, from Oban up to the Orkneys, plus dozens of islands, some known for their whisky, others history, still others their white-sand beaches (no joke). The year 2017 marks the year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology in Scotland, which means it’s time to explore the standing stones (made famous, for better or for worse, by Outlander), discover your roots, and find your tartan”

Where to travel next? Conde Nast Traveller’s editors on 2017’s holiday agenda 

Athens

“Athens has always been known as an old city—that’s nothing new. Instead, what is new is its burgeoning status as a modern arts capital: Look no further than the recently opened, Renzo Piano-designed, $623 million Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which houses the National Opera and the National Library of Greece, sits on the biggest park in Athens, and is the first public building in Greece to achieve a Platinum LEED certification. The National Museum of Contemporary Art also partially reopened in a renovated brewery after a 12-year closure, and in April, the city will co-host documenta, the exhibition of modern and contemporary art that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany (it’s the first time the hosting duties will be split between two cities)”

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