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The top ten trending travel destinations for 2017

By Marni November 30, 2016
Banff

Time to book that trip!

We've all probably dreamed of having a beach paradise all to ourselves, or a never-ending blanket of snow without a soul in sight. And wouldn't it be amazing to come across an amazing city that's relatively untouched by tourists? 

As the new year dawns, our desire to discover and explore new frontiers is awakened, but how do we know which places are exciting, yet not crawling in tourists? Thankfully for us, Booking.com has dug out the trending destinations for 2017.

Based on the growth in people's searches, Booking.com analysed the destinations to find the most aspirational places to visit next year. These patterns have revealed some amazing destinations for Australian travellers.

If you're planning an overseas trip next year, try one of these locations...

1. Seattle, USA

Seattle

Seattle is a northwestern city surrounded by water, mountains, evergreen forests, and acres of parkland. Travellers in 2017 must visit the city’s most iconic landmark, the Space Needle! 

2. Lisboa, Portugal

LISBOA

Lisboa is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. Full of culture and history, from the gorgeous beaches to its iconic pastel-coloured buildings – this city a must-see for all travellers in 2017. 

3. Reykjavik, Iceland

REYKJAVIK

On the coast of Iceland, Reykjavik is the country’s capital and largest city. Travellers in 2017 can pamper themselves at the geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa – located in a real lava field! 

4. Saint Petersburg, Russia

SAINT PETERSBURG

Russia’s cultural centre, Saint Petersburg, is the perfect destination for travellers enthusiastic about the arts. With an abundance of theatres, galleries and museums, visitors are spoiled for choice. 

5. Colombo, Sri Lanka

COLOMBO

Colombo has long history as a point of ancient trade routes, which is certainly reflected in the architecture. With a mix of colonial buildings, high-rises and shopping centres – this is a fascinating city for any traveller in 2017.   

6. Takayama, Japan

TAKAYAMA

Travellers in 2017 should definitely visit Takayama for it’s famous Takayama Festival. Dating back to the mid-1600s, the festival celebrates spring and fall with parades featuring floats and puppet shows.   

7. Portland, USA

PORTLAND

Portland, Oregon’s largest city is a jack-of-all-trades! Known for its parks, bridges, eco-friendliness, coffee houses, microbreweries and thriving arts scene – who wouldn’t want to go there?!    

8. Scarborough, UK

SCARBOROUGH

Scarborough is a resort town on England’s North Sea coast. With beautifully sandy beaches, visitors can also explore the 12th-century Scarborough Castle. And yes, this city is the inspiration for the song ‘Scarborough Fair’.   

9. Vancouver, Canada

VANCOUVER

Vancouver is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. With beautiful scenery, this city is an extremely popular filming location – and has even been nicknamed ‘Hollywood North’.  

10. Banff, Canada

Banff

Banff is a resort town located in the Rocky Mountains, an excellent destination for adventurous travellers in 2017. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to and abundance of wildlife, including elk and grizzly bears.

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