Get Outta Your Comfort Zone! Top 12 Travel Destinations for New Yorkers in 2017

Let’s be real guys, we barely made it through 2016. We deserve to start the new year off right, with some impending adventures. But not just any adventures– hot to trot to adventures.

We as New Yorkers are a specific breed. We know what we like, we’re determined to get it, and we don’t always have ample time to research and plan that glorious getaway. 

New Yorkers like to be the first on the scene, set trends, and then tell everyone about it. 

Although much of the world has been discovered and re-discovered, there’s still those nooks and crannies and the potential of uncovering travel gems. And if we can pioneer it? Even better.

In conclusion, we need an escape from the city tailored to our New York needs- plain and simple. So, let’s make 2017 the year of travel. 

Here’s a curated list of the hot destinations you should prioritize to visit in the new year put together by your resident traveler herself, @girlwanderlist. You’re welcome. 

In no particular order, drumroll please...

1. Cuba

Why: Because we can now? Oh, and the nonstop flights just opened from New York City to Havana, for cheap, to boot. Step back in time and experience a destination still untouched by tourists.

When: NOW. Go immediately for the love of sangria! Before everyone else does and drinks it all.


Suggestions: Sign up for a salsa class, eat in a local’s home, take a tour of Old Havana in a 1950’s car. It’s all good, just save your receipt for proof upon re-entering the States. Heads up: there's limited to no wifi, and the island is pretty much cash only (and don't forget you're going to need Cuban pesos).

2. Arches National Park, Utah


Why: Because last year was the National Park Service Centennial and the celebration has carried over (rightly so). Also, it’s right in our own backyard (Well, the USA anyways). And, what's cooler than natural arches. 

When: Early fall- September-ish; it's not as hot, but not as crowded as peak autumn times.

Suggestions: Take in a sunrise or sunset at the Windows Arches. You can thank me later. Also the breakfast paninis at Love Muffin Cafe are ON POINT.

3. Iceland


Why: It’s still hot, and getting hotter. Get there now. (Ok so it’s actually cold, but you get the point.) Your Instagram will never look better- you’ll be like Dora the Explorer but with better fashion sense and not nearly as annoying... although, we don’t know your life.

When: Like, yesterday. Seriously though, go quick before everyone else and their brother does. Try May or June before the hoards drop in for the summer months.

Suggestions: Rent a camper van and road trip around the island via the Ring Road. If it's an epic adventure you want, then an epic adventure you shall have.

4. Dominica


Why: It's the nature island so it promises pretty things. If you can believe it, it's also somehow still a relatively off the beaten path island in the Caribbean. So there’s that pioneering thing again I mentioned that we love. 

Be Tarzan of the jungle, chuck yourselves into waterfalls, and do it all in a long weekend jaunt to this island beaut.

When: Um, winter, duh.

Suggestions: Getting there is a touch tricky with flights, but Norwegian Airlines is doing a helluva sale to Guadeloupe from NYC, and guess what? Dominica is its next door neighbor. BOOM. Too good to be true? You’ll just have to find out for yourself now won’t you.

5. Montenegro & The Balkans


Why: Do you like beautiful things? Stupid question. Medievaly, charming, and downright impossibly gorgeous. Convinced? Good, glad we had this talk. Also, stil relatively cheap and as a New Yorker most of us operate on a perpetual budget.

When: Go a touch off season for great deals and no crowds: May/June or September should do ya good.

Suggestions: Bop over to a neighboring country- yes, country. Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, take your pick- they're all pretty damn close by. 

6. Banff National Park, Canada


Why: Fun to say, fun to go. Canada! Who knew? Seriously though, New Yorkers are used to having their breath taken away for some not so nice reasons (i.e. subway stank, witnessing things you’ll never unsee, rats running over your bare toes in flip flops at 4am waiting for the C train, etc.) 

So why not lose it for an entirely better reason? STUNNING SCENERY FOLKS. The Canadian rockies can do that for you, pinky swear.

When: Summer unless turning into an icicle is your thing.

Suggestions: Bring your hiking shoes, and if you don't hike then learn. Alpine lake treats GALORE. 

7. Koh Rong, Cambodia


Why: As New Yorkers we love a good party amirite? This Cambodian island is poppin', but not everyone has caught on yet. So while most others are still bustin' a move in the Thai islands, head over to the newer bash on Koh Rong. The white sand and tropical views will cure your inevitable hangover. Because you will be, hungover. 

When: November to April is dry season, but April gets hot hot hot.

Suggestions: Take the fast boat from Sihanoukville to paradise.

8. Wachau Wine Region, Austria


Why: Love NYC wine bars? Well Austria’s about to do ya one better. How about biking through vineyards in your own fairytale dream- YUP, told ya. We as New Yorkers may be hardened by the city but we still believe in fairytales, don’t we? If not then the Wachau wine region is sure to persuade you.

When: Summer whilst the wineries are open!

Suggestions: Stay in Weissenkirchen der Wachau. It’s the adjacent village to the more popular Durnstein, but you’ll avoid the tourists and river cruise passengers that stop in daily, and well, that's worth it.

9. Zermatt, Switzerland