These travel hotspots will give you something to look forward to in 2017; Amy Laughinghouse; Dallas News

Ireland – Skellig Michael

When the excitement of the holidays is behind us and dreary January sets in, you’re going to need something to look forward to as you while away those winter nights. It’s the perfect time to plot your getaway for 2017. Need a little inspiration? We’ve compiled a list of five great escapes for the coming year.


In 2017, our neighbor to the north turns 150 years old, and Canada will be blowing out the birthday candles in a big way. The capital of Ottawa will celebrate with a series of pop-up events and performances dubbed “Ignite 150,” with blazing Canada Day fireworks on July 1.

Not to be outshone, nearby Toronto is opening the Museum of Contemporary Art in autumn, and it is developing a new community space akin to New York’s High Line called the Bentway.

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2016: A Year in Photography; Gary; Everything Everywhere

Serbia – Medieval Monuments in Kosovo

2016 was a year of changes for me. It was the first year I haven’t been living on the road since I started traveling full-time in 2007. I got an apartment in December 2015 which meant I had a place to go in between trips this year. It has radically changed how I travel and how I get work done. Oddly enough, I traveled more in 2016 than in did in 2015 even though I wasn’t on the road full-time.

This year I also made the big switch from Nikon to Sony. I had some minor issues with the change, but overall I was quite pleased with the quality of the results this year. All of the images I took in 2016 were taken with my Sony a7rii or a6000.

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1-Day Itinerary In South Kyoto With UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Crystal; Trip101

Japan – Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

If you’re looking for a new kind of adventure, why not explore half of Kyoto’s World Heritage sites, all in one day? Let us bring you on a trip around the south of Kyoto, where historical shrines stand tall against flourishing backdrops of age-old trees that have withstood the test of time. Soothe your tense mind by enjoying a moment of peace in the stillness of ancient temples, all while re-connecting with your loved ones and yourself.

In the morning:

1. Tenryu-ji in Ukyo Ward

The grandeur of Tenryu-ji was refurbished from old palace grounds to a zen temple at the request of Ashikaga Takauji, who was the ruling Shogun during the Muromachi Period in the 1300s.

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Here are 10 New Year Resolutions 2017 for every traveler; Dilip Merala;

India – Western Ghats

These 10 New year resolutions will get you excited about 2017!

2016 is nearing its end. It’s time to bid farewell to all that was good and bad in the year and move on. The beginning of every new year calls for some New Year Resolutions. 2017 promises to be a great year for all kinds of travelers. Several new avenues are opening up at some of the most remote corners of the world which means there are several options to explore.

With great technological advances and amazing offers on flights and hotels, there is no room for excuses anymore. It is time to just pack your bags and take off on that long pending vacation in 2017. From conventional tourist spots to offbeat hidden trails, there are a number of places waiting for you to explore. So, this new year, make travel your resolution.

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Discover Japan’s Ogasawara Islands: Things to Do and Much More; Japan Info

Japan – Ogasawara Islands

The Ogasawara Islands are a group of 30 islands located about a thousand kilometers away from Tokyo to the south of Izu Islands. These are also known as Bonin Islands which translates to “uninhabited islands” in Japanese. The archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is mostly referred to as “the Galapagos of the East” due to its disconnection from the continent.

Although initially uninhabited, the islands were later discovered by the European and Japanese in the late 16th and 17th centuries, respectively. It is claimed that the Spanish explorer, Bernardo de la Torre, has discovered Ogasawara around 1543 A.D. The islands was under US occupation for a while and the inhabitants had a unique creole language.

Chichi-jima and Haha-jima are the two main inhabited islands in the archipelago.

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Chaco Canyon: Ancient civilisation imported maize; Lea Surugue; IB Times

USA – Chaco Culture

The trade and cultural hub that was Chaco Canyon might not have been a good place to grow crops.

The ancient civilisation inhabiting Chaco Canyon in New Mexico may have imported maize to feed its very large population, a study has revealed. There might not have been enough rain to grow maize or beans for the population to be self-sufficient.

Between 800 and 1250, the advanced Pueblo culture occupied a vast region in the south of the US. Chaco Canyon was the most important trading and cultural hub for these people, and the home of many of them. Around 1100 AD, it is thought that several thousand people lived in Chaco Canyon.

Many sophisticated buildings from this era – including a ceremonial centre unlike anything constructed before or since – still stand.

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India’s First Garden-Tomb: Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi; Akshatha Vinayak; Nativeplanet

India – Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb is one of the oldest Mughal structures in Delhi.

Most architectures brought by the Mutual Empire have been exotic and interesting. Some of them are even listed under the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The period of Mughals is a great time in terms of art, architecture and even administration. The Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi is one of the structural marvels of this era. Humayun’s Tomb was also a one-of-its-kind design built during those times.

History of Humayun’s Tomb

The Humayun’s Tomb was commissioned by Beda Begun during the time of Emperor Akbar. Bega Begun was one of chief consorts of Humayun. Emperor Akbar visited this beautiful mausoleum during the later stages of construction. Humayun’s mortal remains were shifted to this mausoleum from his original resting place at Old Fort.

Attractions at Humayun’s Tomb

Interestingly, Humayun’s Tomb was one-of-its-kind architecture in those time.

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Where to go on holiday – 17 must-visit destinations for 2017; Lucy Sheref; LiveShareTravel

Spain – Historic City of Toledo

With another year almost drawing to a close we’re starting to plan our travels for next year. With the promise of a year with new pastures for us to explore it’s important to consider where to go on holiday in the coming year.

In a year of great change socially and politically around the world we’ve visited amazing destinations and racked up plenty of air miles – 2017 truly has big travel shoes to fill.

So with so many incredible countries to visit around the world, we have collated some of the hottest places to visit for 2017 so you can relax and focus on booking your flights.

Where to go on holiday in 2017

Whether you’re looking for sun, sea and sand, culture or a fun food-focued trip, we’ve a destination to match.

Top destinations for adventure

1. Canada

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Touring Stockholm is a ‘capital idea’ in Sweden; Bob Taylor; Communities Digital News

Sweden – Skogskyrkogården

Stockholmers love to describe their city is “the best of the old, and the best of the new.” That’s probably the best way to describe Scandinavia’s largest city.

STOCKHOLM, December 30, 2016 – Stockholmers love to describe their city is “the best of the old, and the best of the new,” and that’s probably the best way to describe Scandinavia’s largest city.

Built on 14 islands, Stockholm is a thriving Baltic archipelago situated at the mouth of the country’s third largest lake, Lake Malaren, and the Baltic Sea.

The Swedes have had plenty of time to get it right, with settlements dating to the Stone Age in the 6th millennium BC. It was officially founded as a city in 1252 by Birger Jarl, a Swedish statesman who established the Old Town (Gamla Stan) on the central island.

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Sydney Opera House may soon get robots to soundcheck its stunning tile facade; Barbara Eldredge; Curbed

Australia – Sydney Opera House

The robots will have tiny hammers and microphones to “tap-check” the integrity of the ceramic tiles

The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House are covered in over a million white ceramic tiles. Every five years, expert engineers must inspect each individual tile by tapping it with a hammer and checking for differences in sound and appearance. But that job could get a whole lot easier.

The Getty Foundation is funding research for the creation of robots that could automatically check the opera house’s tiles. They’ve already taken a step in the right direction, attaching data-capturing sensors to the hammers used by human inspectors. Getty, the opera house, the University of Sydney, and engineering firm Arup hope to automate the tap-test within the next five years.

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