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The New Year is underway and with come hopes and plans of a year full of exciting trips and holidays. People the world over have started looking for holiday options for the year. This is when lists chalked out by reputed names in the travel industry come in helpful. Be it travel magazines or websites or popular tour operators, people look at a number of resources when it comes to planning their vacations. One reputed name worth trusting when it comes to world travel is The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). Knwon as one of Britain’s most prominent travel associations, APTA has released its pick of 12 destinations across the world worth visiting this year. They have ranked destinations based on the potential of these amazing places to capture the traveler’s imaginations. While Kerala features at no. 8 on this list, there are some other stunning locales on the list which look extremely promising. (ALSO SEE Top 17 places to visit in India in 2017) Here are the top 12 destinations to watch out for in 2017 according to ABTA. Also Read - Action Has Returned to Indian Skies, Says Aviation Minister Puri as 532 Flights Resume Operation on First Day



Andalucia, Spain

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With one of the best climates in Europe, Andalucia in Spain is a great destination on account of its green hills, gushing rivers and vast farmlands. The 15th century architecture evident in some stunning structures here take you back in time. Prominent attractions include the Alcázar castle in Seville, the Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace.



The Azores islands, Portugal

Azores islands

An autonomous region of Portugal, the archipelago of Azores are popular for their unspoilt Atlantic islands. From dramatic
volcanic landscapes to seas full of dolphins, whales and manta rays, the Azores are full of amazing delights worth experiencing. The vast green pastures and sleepy fishing villages here will make you feel closer to nature. DO SEE 20 beautiful countries that issue visa on arrival to Indian citizens

Bermuda

Bermuda

Located right in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is a British island territory known for its scintillating coastline dotted with pink sand beaches. Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay are particularly famous. Its capital Hamilton is a great place to experience Bermuda’s characteristic amalgamation of British and American culture. Come June 2017 and the world’s greatest sailor Ben Ainslie will lead Great Britain’s strongest challenge for years in the 35th America’s Cup.

Chile

Chile

Stretching across 6,000 km of Pacific Ocean coastline, Chile is one of South America’s most vibrant places to visit. It features on this list not just because of its diverse and spectacular landscapes but also because of the fact that there will be several direct flights from UK to Chile in 2017. One of the prominent attractions in Chile is Santiago’s palm-lined Plaza de Armas which contains the popular neoclassical cathedral and the National History Museum. CHECK OUT Top 15 offbeat places to visit in India in 2017

Count Kerry

Count Kerry

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Watched Star Wars Rogue One? Then you will recognize the Count Kerry’s Skellig islands from the movie! Located in the peninsular southwest region of Ireland, Count Kerry is spectacular terrain consisting of a rugged coastline and mammoth mountains. The Ring of Kerry along the edge of the Iveragh Peninsula is known to be one of the most scenic routes to drive on.

Croatia

Croatia-Galesnjak-island

Eastern Europe is emerging as a popular alternative to its western counterpart as the Pound goes a longer way here. One such eastern European country which is becoming a favorite of budget travelers and nature lovers alike is Croatia. It has many islands ranging from isolated idylls to lively cultural hubs hosting dance fests. Prominent attractions here include Zagreb, Split and Zadar. Croatia’s highlight though is the coastal city of Dubrovnik which is home to huge 16th-century walls encircling the Old Town. The Gothic and Renaissance buildings here are totally worth checking out. CHECK OUT 15 photographs of Croatia that will make you rethink your summer vacation

Denmark

Denmark

One of the friendliest places in the world, Denmark is a great country to visit in 2017. Its happy and welcoming people combined with its vibrant activities make Denmark a fine tourist spot. The city of Aarhus has been named the European City of Culture for 2017 which means that it will be home to host of zestful activities and events. The royal palaces and colorful Nyhavn harbor of Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, are quite famous and worth visiting.

Kerala

Kerala-Poovar

And then there is our very own south Indian state which has caught the imagination of many a traveler – Kerala. Home to the mesmerizing backwaters as well as some of the finest hill stations of the country, Kerala is a delight for tourists. It offers amazing experiences like the houseboat ride in the serene backwaters of Alleppey, tour of the stunning spice plantations and tea gardens of Munnar and the rich culture of the local people as well as the lip-smacking cuisine of the state. DO SEE Kerala at eighth place on international list of top 12 Destinations to Watch in 2017

Sardinia

Sardinia

Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is an Italian island known for its sandy beaches, picturesque hiking trails and rugged landscape. Sardinia is particularly known for its mysterious beehive-shaped Bronze Age stone ruins called nuraghi. Going as far back as 1500 BC, these ruins are a delight for history buffs. Its white sands and turquoise waters make Sardinia an exotic holiday destination for 2017.

South Africa

South Africa

The southernmost tip of Africa is not new to the tourism scene. Known for its deserts, beaches and jungles, South Africa is a great holiday destination for those who like wildlife safaris and beach sunsets. The cliff at the Cape of Good hope and the Kruger National Park are popular tourist attractions here.

USA – the southern states

USA

The southern states of USA are worth exploring for their amazing music scene and vibrant nightlife. Be it Jazz or Rock and Roll, or Country, all kinds of music lovers can take something back from their trip to the southern states as most of the music forms have their roots here.

Vietnam

Vietnam

One of the most underrated destinations of southeast Asia which is now gaining recognition is Vietnam. Its stunning beaches, huge mountains, and ancient wonders make for great tourist attractions. The Buddhist pagodas here make for rejuvenating getaways and the lush green rice fields are a sight to behold. Vietnam is also home to several War history museums and French colonial landmarks which are worth exploring. NOW SEE 8 days in Vietnam: Your complete Vietnam itinerary!

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