Expand your horizons in 2017 with 10 unique hand-picked destinations, each with something amazing to offer.
A more traditional and chic alternative to Dubai, Oman boasts wondrous architecture, sweeping landscapes and authentic culture. Long coastlines and vast deserts are the perfect terrain for adventurous excursions, before stopping to cool off in a striking turquoise oasis.
2. Costa Rica
Costa Rica hosts 5% of the world's biodiversity, and is the ultimate paradise with beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, hot springs and abundant wildlife. Stay in a luxury hotel, an eco-lodge or even a converted 747 plane in the protected forests and reserves of the tropical country.
With regular, short flights to Reykjavik, Iceland is easily accessible a city break or longer. Enjoy a natural spa experience in a blue lagoon, surrounded by bubbling geysers and spectacular waterfalls. Witness magical sights to take your breathe away with a whale-watching tour, or an excursion in search of the elusive Northern Lights.
Take part in a year of country-wide celebrations marking the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in Canada in 2017. Take advantage of free admission to national parks and historic sights, and relax or explore in some of the country's most treasured locations.
For an alternative city break, Budapest is ideal. The historic capital provides a beautiful mix of sights of Roman, Gothic and Turkish influence, which can all be explored on foot or from a cruise along the Danube. The city can be enjoyed all year round, as outdoor hot-spring spas provide a welcome escape from the frosty air.
This lesser-known destination has it all - exotic private islands, world-class coral reefs, wildlife safaris and miles of untouched natural coatline.
Only a short flight away, Croatia and its islands are a great option for an active week away. Cool off in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea with a host of watersports on offer. Sail round the islands or explore the caves of the Dalmation Coast by kayak, or head to the vineyards of Brac for a delicious wine tasting tour.
The sandy island of Anguilla in the Caribbean is an idyllic tropical paradise, with sugar-white beaches, coral coves, and palm trees lining the coast. The Four Seasons have just opened their newest resort here, reflecting the growing interest in the tranquil island.
9. New Zealand
Majestic scenery encompasses both the North and South islands, from secluded beaches in the Bay of Islands to the towering mountains. You can take a jaw-dropping train journey through the Glacier Region, unwind in the winelands near Auckland or experience true tranquil beauty with a cruise across the Milford Sound.
Japan is full of iconic sights, such as the skyscrapers in Tokyo and the vast Mount Fuji. Visit between February to early May to see the famous cherry blossom turn the country a soft pink, and experience historic culture with a tour of Kyoto's magnificent palaces, temples and gardens.
Where to first?
For inspiration, advice and to discuss your travel plans further, contact:
Sarah Tichacek - Norad Travel
T 01730 892298