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We’re all dreaming of that ‘oh my god’ trip and the perfect time to take it. To help make 2017 the year you start on your bucket list, we’ve compiled some of the most unforgettable destinations and experiences.

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Lose yourself on unspoiled beaches, away from the crowds and enjoy the pace of life



Europe: Reasons to love summer

Because Croatia is home to a summer-long island festival

Obonjan, a 136-acre island in the Adriatic, is about to begin its second summer festival season. From 23 June-3 September, the previously uninhabited island offers a 70-day programme of musicians, speakers, artists and wellness classes. Sleep under the pines, dance in the openair stone amphitheatre and, in the evening, pick up a telescope and stargaze from the beach.

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Because when the snow melts in Innsbruck, the real adrenaline junkies come out to play

The mountainside scenery of the Ötztal Valley is idyllic but play at the AREA 47 amusement park is fast and furious. Zoom down one of five slides in the 20,000sq m waterpark. Go cliff-diving, canyoning, kayaking. Or, if you’ve ever fancied being a human cannonball, hop in the water catapult. Just don’t collide with someone flying along the 400m zip wire overhead.

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Because it's the season for extreme sports in Norway

Ekstremsportveko (25 June-2 July) in Voss does what it says on the tin. The foolhardy try base-jumping or skydiving while water-bound adrenaline junkies speed downstream on a bodyboard. The signature event? The Horgi Ned, a reworking of a triathlon that replaces the flat with the steep: downhill skiing, downhill biking, whitewater kayaking.

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Because it's time to eat 'little ears' in Puglia

Nestled in the tip of the Salento peninsula – the heel of Italy’s boot – is the small town of Maglie. It hosts the Mercatino del Gusto (1-5 August), a festival of food stalls, workshops and guided tastings. Wander down the Via dei Dolci (‘Street of Sweets’), learn how to make Apulian specialities such as pasta filata cheese, or sample orecchiette – a local ear-shaped pasta.

Explore Brindisi >

Find inner peace at one of Kyoto’s 1,600 Buddhist temples or 400 Shinto shrines



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Take in the street art and architecture, and taste your way around the tapas trail



How could anyone forget seeing this iconic #skyline? #NewYork #FridayFeeling

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North America: Reasons to love summer

Because Calgary goes rodeo-mad


Novice bareback, tie-down roping, steer-wrestling… If you don’t know your rodeo, now’s the time to learn at the Calgary Stampede (7-16 July). At 19.45 each evening, a klaxon kicks off the GMC Rangeland Derby – nine heats of four-horse wagon racing. Think thunder, dust and pounding hooves, plus the best street food.

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Because New Orleans isn't just about Mardi Gras


Louis Armstrong grew up singing on the streets and went on to revolutionise American music. “Every time I close my eyes, blowing that trumpet of mine,” he was to say in later life, “I look right in the heart of good old New Orleans… it has given me something to live for.” Satchmo Summerfest celebrates his birthday from 3-6 August, with free live music and a ‘jazz mass’ at St Augustine Church.

How to spend 48 hours in New Olreans > 


Because the circus is coming to Washington Mall


Celebrate the big 5-0 of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (29 June-4 July and 6-9 July) and join the million-plus visitors to the largest cultural event in the US capital. A series of stalls and exhibitions will take over the Mall. This year’s theme is Circus Arts, so expect tales from generations of travelling circus folk, with aerialists, acrobats, clowns and a big top.

Discover Washnington >


Because British style is booming in NYC


Husband-and-wife team Tim and Kit Kemp, who run Firmdale boutique hotels, make bed look like an appealing place – even in the city that never sleeps. Sandwiched between MoMA and Central Park, The Whitby is their second US hotel. Plus London favourite Hawksmoor also opens its doors in the World Trade Centre at the end of the year.

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Get active on some of America’s best hiking trails or join the crowds at the Levi’s stadium

San Francisco


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Meet our panel of Global Travel Insiders

Jess Parr

A global brand ambassador for British Airways and creator of travel blog, The Layover Life.

British Airways Cabin Crew

Mina Holland

Editor of the Guardian’s Cook supplement and author of The Edible Atlas and Mamma.


Dave Cornthwaite

Record-breaking adventurer, author, filmmaker and founder of SayYesMore.


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