If you’re looking for your next travel destination for 2017, Kayak has you covered. The travel and flight site just released its findings on the top 10 trending destinations of the year (based on where Canadians are looking to book flights and hotels for), and the results have a little something for every wanderer.
Kayak also notes that Calgary, Alberta is an increasingly popular destination for travellers within Canada.
As for anyone looking to journey outside of Canada, here are the top 10 trending international destinations of 2017 that you may want to add to your bucket list.
1. Havana, Cuba
Although Canadians have always been able to travel to Cuba, improved relations between the country and the U.S. seem to have increased the attraction of Havana’s warm weather and culture. And thanks to the lift of government control, Cubans are again able to open their own small businesses, allowing visitors to shop and explore the area’s rich history.
2. Reykjavik, Iceland
Two words: the wall — and not the one Donald Trump keeps talking about. Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones have quickly made Reykjavik, Iceland a top travel destination, eager to see what north of the ice wall looks like in real life. While the city and surrounding areas are filled with GoT landmarks and tours, Reykjavik also boasts an exciting nightlife, beautiful harbors, top museums and enough hiking and northern light tours to satisfy all the leaders of the Seven Kingdoms.
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If one of the goals of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was to show off the beautiful beaches and cities of Brazil, it succeeded. See the famous Ipanema Beach, visit historical landmarks like Christ The Redeemer, and if you time things just right, attend Rio’s annual Carnival.
4. Casablanca, Morocco
Of all the cities in all the world, Canadians really want to walk into Casablanca. Casablanca boasts high-end shopping, beautiful beaches, delicious street food and world-class restaurants, including Rick’s Cafe, which recreates the famous restaurant from the 1942 film Casablanca. Many residents even speak French, making it an easy transition for some Canadians, and landmarks like the Hassan II Mosque are a must-see.
5. Auckland, New Zealand
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this list, it’s that Canadians aren’t scared of long airplane rides. Still, if you’re going to dedicate an entire day to travelling, the destination better be worth it. And in this case, it is! As the biggest city in New Zealand, Auckland boasts a number of comedy and musical festivals throughout the year, a mild climate, a number of parks both within and around the city, and has more than enough professional sporting events to keep any sports fan entertained.
6. Manila, Philippines
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient,’ Manila offers a little something for everyone. World-class shopping malls, boutique markets, coffee shops and museums come together in this city of skyscrapers and historical landmarks.
7. Nashville, Tennessee
The popular music city is only a car ride away for many Canadians, making it an ideal trip for checking out the local music scene or attending music festivals like the CMAs or Bonnaroo. A burgeoning art scene, a seemingly endless list of delicious restaurants and live music every night of the week make Nashville a must-see.
8. New Delhi, India
As the capital of India, New Delhi’s also the capital of stunning hotels and some of the most lavish weddings in the country. Tourists can check out historical sites like the Qutb Minar and Humayun’s Tomb to kick off their trip. And after a long day of walking and riding rickshaws to museums and parks, visitors can treat themselves at the Dilli Haat street market, filled with beautiful goods and impressive street food.
There aren’t many places where the skyline includes volcanoes, but that’s what visitors can expect to see in Guatemala. Plus, anyone can become an explorer by heading through the rainforest to the ancient Mayan city Tikal.
10. Bogota, Colombia
Traveling in Colombia has long been thought of as a dangerous endeavor, but as the country becomes safer, its ranking on must-see travel lists has been improving. Don’t even get us started on the appeal of Colombian food and the city’s famous street art — it’s well worth the flight.