3 Countries You Must Tick Off Your Bucket List This Year

Meteora, Overlooking Kalabaka, Pictures of Greece

Still trying to decide on where to go on holiday this year? Well, why not make it somewhere from your bucket list? With the average person spending at least €2,500 to go on holiday, you might as well take yourself off to somewhere you have always dreamed of going – don’t settle for anything less!

1. Greece

How many times have you watched Mamma Mia? Or Captain Corelli’s Mandolin? Well, if you’ve been hunkering down on the sofa and only dreaming of visiting those beautiful beaches you only see in pictures of Greece, with azure blue seas, soft sand, and warm sunshine, 2017 is the year to do it.

But why? Well, holidays to Greece are fantastic value right now, and you’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking landmarks such as Olympia, the Meteora or the Acropolis of Athens. Find a good deal on getaways to Crete (Greece’s largest island) if you fancy checking out Heraklion before laying out a towel on Elafonissi beach, but bear in mind it is easy to island hop if you fancy staying in hotels all over Greece.

Stunning Santorini

2. Cuba

Has Cuba been on your bucket list for some time? Well, for many people it’s been a must-visit destination made all the more intriguing due to the fact it’s largely been closed off from the world for decades. For that reason, it really is somewhere you should consider ticking off your bucket list in 2017!

Cuba is a vibrant and colorful place with some impressive old architecture, art, and music, and while you won’t get much in the way of traditional home comforts such as WiFi and cash machines, you will get an incredible experience. If you fancy going this year, it’s worth remembering that May and June are the wet seasons in Cuba. However, tobacco harvesting and the carnivals happen in these months, which will be plenty of fun for tourists willing to brave the weather! Go this year before it starts to get too commercialized… 2017 offers the perfect opportunity to see Cuba as it really is.

3. New York

A city famous for its hustle and bustle and so exciting that it’s been the scene of many movies, TV series and even inspired the title tracks of a number of songs, (songs performed the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jay-Z, and Alicia Keys no less), New York is somewhere you really ought to consider visiting this year. Whatever piques your interest when it comes to travel, you’re bound to find something you like in this city. If you're looking for a guide to the city, these are my favorite places to visit in New York.

Those who like to exercise can clock up miles of steps walking New York’s streets, exploring Central Park or climbing to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Foodies might like to sample the incredible dishes on offer in Little Italy and Chinatown, tucking into the varied cuisine made by New York’s street vendors – pizza, bagels, and burgers will keep you full up for hours. But, try to save room to sample your way through this list of NYC’s most important meals! And of course, there are plenty of places to shop, sightsee, dance and more. Best of all, it’s soon going to be possible to visit New York from Ireland as a day trip – really!

So what are you waiting for? Pick one of these destinations for your holiday this year and tick something exciting off your bucket list.

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