For most of us, are now on a holiday count down to our long-awaited holidays. However, if you haven’t booked a holiday yet and are a bit stuck for ideas, we have put together a few ideas of where to go on holiday in 2017.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Throughout the whole of August is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The fringe is a comedy and film festival. The festival will consist of shows and street performers throughout the day and evening. The festival kicks off with a grand opening party and ends with a spectacular firework display. We do advise you to book accommodation, transport and show tickets in advance as it’s one of the busiest times of the year for the city. Many of the shows are free but donations are encouraged for the upcoming acts and performers who performing shows for free.

Matera, Italy

The city of Matera is often called Italy’s most spectacular with a series of 9,000 year old dwellings carved from limestone on the edge of the ravine. The city is now coming into its own as an enticing place to visit with: new bars, galleries and exuberant street art as well as their ancient history. The city even offers unique hotel rooms in converted caves for under £70 for two people per a night.

Aarhus, Denmark

Denmark’s second largest city has been on the rise for a couple of years, thanks to its support from the arts and the Michelin – star food scene led by restaurants such as Frederikshoj, Substans, Gastrome and Domestic. The city is set to have a big year as they have many events (free and ticketed) on the horizon.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands’ second city has been dubbed the “city of the future” by architects. The city is the host of new experimental buildings such as its incredible horseshoe shaped market hall and its new dramatic central train station. The innovative approach to urban development will continue throughout 2017, with the opening of a floating park made from recycled plastic, collected from the Nieuwe Mass River and the world’s first floating farm that will be home to 40 grazing cows.

Portland, United States of America

The unofficial slogan “Keep Portland weird” is a quick description of the hipster, bohemian vibe city. The city is home to fantastic food, buzzing nightlife and access to the great outdoors. Portland welcome you to their culture with art museums, local history, shopping and nature walks. There is a little bit of something for everyone.

Chile, South America

At the beginning of the year, British Airways started the first non-stop flights from the UK to Chile. There is plenty going on in leafy, cosmopolitan Santiago, from new places to stay – such as boutique hotels in the foodie Lastarria district – to cueca dance classes and craft beer trails. But Chile is rightly more famous for its landscapes than its cities, and 2017 is the 40th anniversary of seminal travel book ‘In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin’.

Colombia, South America

Colombia has been hotting up as a destination for a decade, but with last year’s peace deal between the government and the Farc insurgents ending 52 years of civil war, 2017 could be the year the tourist floodgates open. The Caribbean coastline, with its wild rainforests skirting pristine beaches with cerulean seas, can be visited on a shoestring in the far west, Gulf of Uraba are two remote and beautiful spots. The town of Palomino, 70km from Santa Marta, is fairly unknown, but is a great spot to lose the crowds. It stands on an ugly highway, but a short motorbike taxi from the main drag finds the most perfect, tranquil Caribbean beach, with affordable hotels, hostels and campsites.

Belize, Central America

Fewer than 15,000 Brits a year visit Belize due to circuitous flight routes to Central America which involves stopovers in Dallas or Los Angeles. However, tourists may be visiting soon with the discovery of a new tomb at the centre of the ancient Maya world. Last August, researchers discovered what may be the largest royal tomb. With stunning landscapes, you will be also be able to enjoy and take in the Caribbean culture and the hot weather.

Seoul, South Korea

With shimmering skyscrapers, dazzling neon-signage, chic coffee shops, 24-hour shopping, delicious street food and a “sheep cafe” (just like the famous cat café, you can pet sheep while you enjoy a coffee), the South Korean capital gives Tokyo a run for its money. As well as main tourist stops, this year they are launching an eight-day South Korean food tour where travellers will discover the true meaning of Korean fried chicken. So if you’re looking for a buzzing city break holiday, Seoul could be the place for you.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, read The Guardian’s Hot Spot Guide for 2017 with a list of must see places in the UK and across the world.

Make sure travel insurance is one of your must have’s for your holiday this year. We offer single trips, annual multi trips and backpackers/long stay policies so you can have a worry-free holiday. From flight delays, medical expenses and much more – we can make sure you’re covered. Get in touch with a member of our friendly team 0333 400 2316 or you can get a quote online!