It’s 2017, a new year so why not expand your travel universe and try some exciting destinations out for the first time. Do you ever get tired of the same old vacation over and over again? Me too, let’s try some new spots out in 2017 and see what this planet really has to offer. We found the most radical vacation destinations for you to explore, don’t worry; we checked them all out in advance.

 

Japan

Japan has long been on our list of cool vacation destinations because it’s like visiting the future and the past all at the same time.  Now is an excellent time to visit the land of the rising sun, with the Olympics coming in 2020, Tokyo is more accessible than ever before. There are new non-stop flights from New York and Chicago making Tokyo a much easier landing spot. Because of the Olympics hotels are revamping their style and new, lavish hotels are popping up. Check out the futuristic Tokyo and go back in time at the northern city of Hokkaido.  2017 is the perfect time to visit this beautiful country.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Congo? I know what you’re saying, but they have gone through a lot of changes to make the Democratic Republic of Congo a tourist destination. No longer a militarized zone, the Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the most amazing and under visited wildlife refuges on Earth. You have to check out the Virunga National Park and see some of the endangered mountain gorillas and experience nature in its wildest forms.   You can also hike up Mount Nyirgongo, a 12,000-foot volcano.  This nation has been through a lot but 2017 looks to be an awesome year here.

 

Botswana

Staying in Africa, you have to check out Botswana this year. Botswana is making serious strides to curb poaching as it’s new ivory ban is finally being taken seriously. This country is the best place to go on a safari as it has the most diverse population of large animals in the world. Come to Botswana and see more elephants here than anywhere else and experience where life began.

 

Northern Iceland

Iceland has long been a hot destination, but the under visited Northern region has the most to see. Come for the amazing whale watching in Husavik, or the Dettifoss waterfall or the alien looking terrain of Lake Myvatn. Iceland is the best place to see the Northern Lights in its entire splendor. If you love outdoors and extreme nature, you will love Northern Iceland.

 

Portugal

If you are looking for an amazing and affordable European vacation, you need to look no further than Lisbon in Portugal. This old city has recently gone through major renovations to fix its dilapidated infrastructure and is feeling really fresh. Enjoy some of the best seafood from world-renowned chefs like Jose Avillez and Kiko Martins. Travel is cheap within the country so check out all four corners to get a unique experience.

  

Oregon

Come to Oregon for one reason, the total eclipse of the sun will be fully visible from this region only on August 21. A tour has sprung up to help visitors view the once in a lifetime event. After the eclipse, enjoy a wine tasting event and dinner. If that’s not for you, check out all the amazingness that Oregon has to offer. Portland is a hot city right now but the expansive wilderness should fill your vacation with adventure.  Plus Crater Lake is a place everyone should see at least once. 

 

Check out these hot new vacation destinations in 2017 for some adventure and intrigue.