Our world is changing fast. In 2016 alone the UK voted out of the EU, The USA elected a new president, and Belgium and the Netherlands have swapped respective pieces of their border. So before things continue to change so much that we don’t recognize where we live anymore, it’s time to discover the world we live it and to appreciate its quirkiness. Pack your travel essentials and embark on a journey of wonders. Here’s our list of the top 3 destinations to try to see in 2017.
Venice, The Sinking Beauty
Venice might have to change its nickname of The Floating City for the Sinking City as it continues to sink at a rate of around 2mm a year. While there are many teams working on keeping it as dry as possible, the city continues to drown and to exposed to large-scale tectonic movements. In short, Venice is always on the move and always at risk. So before it is too late you need to book a trip to the city of marvels, where each bridge and each street tells a story from the past. It’s no wonder that Venice is still one of the most romantic destination on the planet!
Kazakhstan, Where Apples Come From
Kazakhstan is a former Soviet republic along the Caspian Sea. Situated just between Russia and China, it is a country that is often ignored by travellers. However, we are hoping that you will change your mind when you learn that Kazakhstan is the place of origin of all domestic apples. In late spring and early summer the wild apple forests are blooming: A beautiful sight to see. Besides, currently travellers from 48 countries, including the UK, are free to enter Kazakhstan without a visa for a period of up to 15 days.
Spiritual Japanese Destinations
Japan offers to open-minded tourists a list of incredible spiritual destinations that help you reconnect with nature and with yourself, without even needed at any moment to change your religious beliefs! For the most enthusiastic tourists, Kumano Kodo is a favorite pilgrimage network through the Kansai region in Japan that is over 1000 year-old. Pilgrims find themselves following the paths of their ancestors through the mountain and the forest that lead to the Three Sacred Shrines of the Kumano. For the tourists who are not too keen on long hiking holiday, you will have the possibility to walk to one of the central temples in Tokyo and watch how the Japanese people make use of the shrines. This is a perfect mixture of modernism and tradition as they both exist in complete harmony. While you don’t need to take part to any of these celebrations and traditions, observing their everyday impact on modern life is a mind-opening experience.
Last Piece of Advice
When travelling abroad, always make sure to purchase an emergency phrase book if you don’t speak the language. While most people speak a decent English, not everybody does. So, you will have to revert to pointing at words on the pages of your book. However annoying it may be, this is often the best way to be understood.
Additionally, make sure to keep your belongings with you at all time. In crowds abroad, just like at home, it is very easy for pickpockets to find a victim. Make sure you don’t attract their attention by walking around with an open bag or with your phone in your back pocket.
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