Looking For The Best Holiday Destinations For 2017?

//Looking For The Best Holiday Destinations For 2017?

It is high time to start getting your list of 2017 holidays in place! People like me have already started gearing up for summer. But it is only January! Yup! Those are the cries that most of my friends utter when they hear that I’m thinking of making plans for the summer vacations. Can’t help it… I plan in advance and we take really long to finalize on the country that we want to visit.

Stay in India! Cry some of my friends. My reply? Not a chance if I can help it. Unfortunately financially traveling around the globe is not always an option. It is an unfortunate reality that everyone stumbles upon. While looking ahead at the future, I decided to cheer myself up and look at my vacation spots that I would recommend for your 2017 holidays. After all it pays to learn from experience doesn’t it?


I’ve always said that experience is a great teacher. Well… Not just me. My parents told me that and so did my teachers. Now after all these years I say it too. On that note I thought that I would share what I have learned because some of those countries would make great 2017 holidays.


2017 holiday

Kinderdjik in Netherlands

I fell in love with this country and it still is my top favorite. I want to go back there and if I can I am going to drag Shawn there for one of our 2017 holidays. Unfortunately for me I know it is going to be hard to convince him on the merits of visiting the same country twice! Men! *Audible sigh*

So what makes Netherlands or Holland so special? You with the hand raised up there, please do not tell me Amsterdam! Yes Amsterdam is famous but that isn’t all that this wonderful country has to offer. Keukenoff (which I unfortunately missed) houses the tulips. Edam has the cheese and boy is it delicious. Take a walk along the coast near Volendam. It is gorgeous.

That however is all in the north. Head south and discover Den Haag (my all time favorite city!). Rotterdam, Kinderdijk, Leiden… The list just goes on. The country may be small in comparison to India but it grabbed my heart and never returned it!


2017 holiday

The lavender fields in the South of France.

France is another country that is really nice and exotic. Don’t get stuck in Paris. While Paris is a beautiful city it does not define France. That is where many people make a great big mistake. Head down to the coast and discover how laid back the French can really be. It is really refreshing after Paris.

We did a ton of stuff down south. It was an interesting drive with our rented car. France definitely has places that should go on your list of 2017 holidays. Toulouse, Marseille, Carcassonne, Cannes, Nice… Oh there were just so many places that enabled us to kick back and relax. Would I include France in my 2017 holidays? Maybe but I think this time I would head up to the North of the country or to the east of it.


2017 holiday

Touring Thailand’s waters.

Thailand is definitely on every ‘Indian male’s’ 2017 holiday list. I emphasize on Indian male and I think you know why. You would be surprised to know that it is a place that women enjoy too! So get those narrow minded glasses off your nose and do a bit of research. Gorgeous beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, trekking and just lazing in the sun makes it a perfect location.

Bangkok is a favorite among the Indian females. Why? Simply because of the cheap shopping. But hold on… I’m being too generic. These are stereotypes that have cropped up in the Indian society and I am glad to say that the trend is changing.


Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo’s peak.

A great place for sand, hikes and volcanoes is none other than Indonesia. That is probably why it needs to make its way onto your list of 2017 holidays. Most people who look at Indonesia look at just Bali. People forget that Bali is just one island among the numerous islands that form the country.

A few places that we have visited include Lombok, the three Gillis, Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen. Each and every one of these places had their own allure. Their own personality may be a better way of describing it. Find out what suits your personality best.


Monkey Island

Monkey island in Halong Bay

Vietnam belongs to one of the most recent adventures that Shawn and I have undertaken. It ranks high in my favorite South East Asian countries. The people are friendly, it isn’t too expensive and the food is good. It has a lot to offer in the form of adventure. I have spent quite a bit of time trying to convince people to add it to their list of 2017 holidays.

Most people hesitate to venture into Vietnam’s borders because it isn’t a so called popular tourist destination. It’s time to look outside the box. Vietnam is slowly gaining popularity and for very good reasons.


2017 holiday

The Angkor Wat ruins

Cambodia was never on my list before. In fact even though the year has just begun, I have already ticked Cambodia off my list of 2017 holidays. While Phnom Penh wasn’t exactly my favorite destination, it gave us valuable insight into the country’s troubled past.

Wander off the beaten path in Cambodia. It is supposed to have some amazing beaches (we did not get much time to explore). We did however visit Kratie and spent a good deal of time in Siem Reap where the famed Angkor Wat resides.


2017 holiday

Dubai sand dunes!

I’m not a big fan of big cities but I have to say that Dubai is impressive. I find it amazing how they have managed to have such an incredible lifestyle in the middle of a desert. What do you do in Dubai? There are plenty of malls in Dubai which provide plenty of entertainment. Visit the souks (which means market).

Get a chance to do some dune bashing on a desert safari, ride camels and even an ATV if that picks your fancy. While at first I thought there wouldn’t be much entertainment in Dubai, I was quick to learn that Dubai has something for everyone.

With that I come to the end of my list of potential 2017 holidays that you should consider. Yes! There are other highly recommended locations but I’ve picked the ones that I know off through personal experience.

So what are you waiting for? Get cracking! Find a location that suits you best and add it to your list of 2017 holidays. Then get back to me and tell me what you chose and why. I would love to know how similar/different out thought process is.


2018-08-11T12:30:08+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Travel Tips|26 Comments


  1. Mike Clegg January 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Great suggestions. I have a few of these on my radar for 2017. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Penny January 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      I am glad it helped. 🙂

  2. Shernice January 26, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Hello there! 🙂 Great suggestions you got here. I’m currently wandering Vietnam and loving it. I can’t wait for my future travels and this post is surely making me excited. DUBAI is definitely on my list this year. Cheers to more adventures!

    • Penny January 26, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Cheers Shernice! Dubai is fun. My next stop is going to be Russia. I am so so excited because it means that I’m going to be seeing snow for the first time. The adventure never ends and that is definitely the way we like it!

  3. Caitlin January 26, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Great choices!! My parents are actually going to France and the Netherlands in April! I am so jealous of them!! My biggest vacation that is up in the air for 2017 right now is my honeymoon! We’re planning on going right after our wedding (so the first week of October). We are still so clueless about where we want to go!!

    • Penny January 26, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Well a wedding is excitement enough! I can relate to the confusion. We did Thailand for our honeymoon but that was in May. My suggestion would be to find a place with activities that you both like!

  4. Nomadic Foot January 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Really good suggestions all the places are worth visiting. My Favorite is Dubai and Netherlands.

  5. Melissa January 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    You have some great suggestions on your list, and many that I’m considering either this year or next. Would love to experience Vietnam, and it sounds like you had a good experience there.

    • Penny January 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Oh I can’t stop raving about Vietnam. Definitely worth spending time there!

  6. Dmitriy January 27, 2017 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Thank you for all those wonderful suggestions for 2017 travels. The most appealing to me is Southeast Asia and particularly Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. Never have been in that part of the world but always want to visit.

    • Penny January 27, 2017 at 2:47 am - Reply

      South East Asia is beautiful. It is a totally different experience. I hope you get to experience it soon.

  7. Emily January 27, 2017 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Some great suggestions. I’ve done Thailand and Vietnam and they are great countries. Ha Long Bay is beautiful but there’s loads more to see too! I think I’d be off to Cambodia next – have got to see Angkor Wat!

  8. Erica - The Manini Experience January 27, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

    These are all SUCH GOOD suggestions! I have a pretty packed 2017 but have been looking for one more place to go in August. I’m definitely going to look into a few of these!

    • Penny January 27, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Thanks Erica. I suggest keeping Vietnam and Netherlands at the top of that list.

  9. Victoria Hawkins January 27, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    I had a ball in Dubai and cannot wait to go back! Asian destinations are a bit out of my reach at the moment but never say never right!

    • Penny January 28, 2017 at 12:43 am - Reply

      Totally! I always thought that Europe was out of my reach and then circumstances changed and I saw Europe. Now I look at America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and say whoa… Those big wigs are too expensive! I know that someday I will reach there. When doesn’t matter right?

  10. Anne January 27, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Love your suggestions! When I saw the picture of the lavender fields I was like… ahhh yes please! I would love to visit again! Then Thailand and Vietnam came up…and Cambodia. ..love your tips!

    • Penny January 28, 2017 at 12:42 am - Reply

      Thanks Anne… Yes they have been amazing trips with really amazing memories. That is the beauty about traveling. There is always a next time and there is always something new to see. Sometimes seeing the same stuff again is equally captivating.

  11. SindhuMurthy January 28, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Dubai and Vietnam are on my list for this year. Netherlands and France look awesome but I would take it slow and plan for a visit during the next year. I really like your list of destinations here.

    • Penny January 28, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Thanks! Going slow is the way to go. It took me 2 and a half years to cover the list. I’ve been lucky!

  12. Itinera Magica January 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I couldn’t agree more about France: don’t get stuck in Paris 😉 Go and explore! I love your list. I wish you happy travels.

  13. Diana - MVMT Blog January 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I’m going to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam this year! Great tips about Netherlands and France – unfortunately I have only been to Amsterdam and Paris, but I have heard wonderful things about other parts of the Netherlands and France and would love to see it for myself. I would also love to visit Dubai as I have never been in the Middle East before! Great list!

  14. Sheena January 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    After reading this post I would have to agree that you are a great teacher! Because what makes one is someone who loves to share their knowledge & experience, so it’s great to know that you’ve personally visited all these countries – it makes the recommendations so much more heartfelt for me. I would definitely have to agree with Indonesia, that’s fantastic photo of you at Mount Promo & you don’t look the least bit terrified!

    • Penny January 29, 2017 at 12:12 am - Reply

      Thank you Sheena. I think that comes from the time I spent teaching nurses both in the hospital and in college. Never put a good experience to waste right? Oh and I was terrified. Shawn (my hubby) just knows how to make me smile!

  15. Chasa Fulkerson February 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I would love to go to the Netherlands and Thailand. For this year though I want to take a train from California to Chicago. I am really ready to go anywhere.

    • Penny February 14, 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

      The world has plenty to see and I honestly feel that we must go where the wind takes us.

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